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#1858812 03/09/12 05:15 AM
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I have been learning chord progression in the key of c , Now i was just playing on my piano and played a C chord and accidental played A minor chord when I should have played an F chord , well anyway i noticed that A minor sounds good with a C chord even when there played at the same time how can this be possible ,

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A minor is for two thirds a C major chord, meaning that C and E are there as well. On the other hand, the A is the 6th of a C major chord. So, an A minor could even be interpreted as a C major with an added 6th and without the 5th (G).
But the opposite must also be true. C major share 2 notes with A minor (C and E) So, a C major could be heard as an A minor without the A (probably uncommon being the root, but if another instrument is providing the root this becomes very common instead), but with the 7th (G). Sounding like Am7!

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Put simply, C major is C, E and G. A minor is A, C and E, so together they make C, E, G, A (C sixth) or A, C, E, G (A minor seventh).


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you can also play the bass of a chord and play another with the right hand, example:

Play F2 and F3 with 5 and 1 with the left hand, and do a Am with the right hand, it will form a F7(major) which to me sounds good, or you can play two Bs with the left hand and play a G chord, which is the best chord to go to a C major.

I love to do these kind of things instead of playing my piano homework, my teacher thinks different for some reason... smile

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Jose, do your piano homework first, then improv to your hearts desire. Truly fluid pianists know how to improvise. It develops your ear and creates tons of great muscle memory.


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You started playing a I - vi - IV - V - I progression.


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I love to do these kind of things instead of playing my piano homework, my teacher thinks different for some reason... smile



These are the kinds of things my teacher gives me for homework! Sometimes I enjoy it and sometimes my inner perfectionist makes me feel like I suck at it!


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Am is the relative minor of C major and share the same scale with different root notes with in the key of C: Ionian (Major Scale) and Aeolian (Natural Minor Scale). G major E minor is the same. Any major chord has its relative minor located 3 half steps down from it (providing the major is the I chord....if it is the IV chord).


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