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Student NotesTo help remember how each chord type (major, minor, etc.) sounds it is good to pick out a song that you already know and use it as a guide for your ear. Example: The song "Anchors Aweigh" by George Lottman and Alfred Miles starts on a "Major" chord.

  • Major (such as F): "Anchors Aweigh" by George Lottman and Alfred Miles.
  • Minor (such as Fm): "After The Fox" by Hal David and Burt Bacharach.
  • Major 7 (such as Fmaj7): "Blue Autumn" by Bobby Goldsboro.
  • Dominant 7 (such as F7): "Bye Bye, Love" by Felice Bryant and Boudleaux Bryant.
  • Major 6 (such as F6): "Star Dust" by Mitchell Parish and Hoagy Carmichael.
  • Minor 7 (such as Fm7): "Aquarius" by James Rado, Gerome Ragni, and Galt MacDermot.
  • Major 9 (such as F9): the first full measure of "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" by Douglass Cross and George Cory.

We will also be using this same technique for note intervals in later lessons.

Your job over the next two weeks will be to look through song books and find songs that you know that start with each chord type shown in the list above. Write the chord type, name of the song, and the composers for the song in your music workbook. Use songs that you can hear clearly in your head and hum, whistle, or sing.
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