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Beginning Guitar VII - Ear Training

Lesson 4 - Minor Chords

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Lyle: For starters, you'll be testing your ears with these minor chords:

Minor Chords

Lyle: Listen to this MP3 clip and see if you can figure out which of these minors chords it is.

chord quiz 01

chord quiz answer 01




Lyle: How did you all do, and do you get it right away, or does it take a couple tries?

gpg: Got it! Usually in about 1 or 2 tries the minor sound is tougher than the major.

Zeph: I have way more trouble with minor chords compared to major.

Lyle: Zeph, me too and I think it's because they are more colorful sounding than plain major chords.

Lyle: Ok, let's try more:

chord quiz 02

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Zeph: I agree

chord quiz 03

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Zeph: I have fits with the minor chords that are barred. What is the secret to getting your finger to lay on all the strings?

Lyle: Zeph, bar chords are tough, hyper-extend your finger and lay it down parallel to the fret.



chord quiz 04

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chord quiz 05

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Zeph: Hey, I got that one (because of Horse with No Name)

Lyle: Good! That's how you can do it, by association.



chord quiz 06

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chord quiz 07

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Lyle: Next you'll try to pick out which 3 chords I'm playing. Each MP3 clip will have me playing three chords in a row, three times. Here's the first one:

chord quiz 08

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Lyle: Ok, let's try more. Here we go:



gpg: Lyle, which note in the minor triad gives it the dark sound, is it the flatted 3rd?

Lyle: Yes, the flatted 3rd in the minor chords give it the dark, soft sound compared to the major chords.

chord quiz 09

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chord quiz 10

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chord quiz 11

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Lyle: Now you'll be listening to major and minor chords thrown together. These are the chord shapes you'll be using:

Major Chords

Lyle: And the same minor chords you've been using:

Minor Chords

Lyle: Here's your next quiz that combines major and minor chords:

chord quiz 12

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gpg: Lyle, that was not fair ;-)

Lyle: gpg, did I fool your ear?

gpg: Yea :-)



chord quiz 13

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chord quiz 14

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gpg: It is a good exercise the way you change the first tone between maj and min in the mp3s

Lyle: Helps to train your ear when you listen to the difference between the two. Quiz #15, 16, and 17 will be a little harder than the others.....

chord quiz 15

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Joel: my piano teacher is training me the same way... going to chord also helps the hand - eye coordination and trains the ear too.. Guitar same thing.. and develop barring too. :)



chord quiz 16

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chord quiz 17

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Lyle: Let's give your ears a rest for now.


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