Nothing But Arpeggios

This is an example of an arpeggio.
I Have Blisters on My Fingers

This little 12 bar section has nothing but arpeggios. As you no doubt know by now, arpeggios are the notes of a chord. In this case there are only 3 chords: C7, G7, and F7.

Which notes do they share?

C7: C E G Bb
F7: F A C Eb
G7: G B D F

C7 shares one note with F7: C
C7 shares one note with G7: G
G7 shares one note with F7: F

So it turns out the notes they share with each other are the roots of each chord.

The third and seventh notes of a chord are considered to be the most important. Musicians call them guide tones. Check out what happens when you multiply numbers by 3s and 7s:

333 x 444 = 147,852
333 x 777 = 258, 741
2 x 333 x 777 = 517,482

Do you notice anything about those answers? They all have the same digits. The first answer is the exact reverse of the second one. And one of them is twice as much as the other. Do you know any other numbers that have the same digits when they are doubled, or are the exact reverse? I haven’t found any yet.

Fun Fact #37:

37 x 99 = 3,663
37 x 999 = 36,663
37 x 9999 = 369,963

73 x 99 = 7,227
73 x 999 = 72,927
73 x 9,999 = 729,927

I could go on and on, but the answers will always be the same backwards and forwards. And it only seems to work with 37 and 73.

Isn’t that fascinating? I think so too!

If you find math as interesting as I do, you will probably like this video. And it might just save your life one day:

Repitition in Music

This is a perfect example of repitition. The melody is repeated in the bass line, and vice versa. This is just a small part from Swan Lake, but it is one of my favorite parts.

I transcribed the music and then repeated it in different keys with different instruments for this song.

(Warning: Once you hear it you will be humming it for the rest of the day.)

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Today’s Music Lesson

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Music is fascinating, isn’t it? Today I made the following progression to illustrate how dominant chords work. Any time you want to change keys you should play a new dominant seventh chord to state the fact that you are in the new key.

This example has every secondary dominant in the key of G Major. The closely related keys to G Major are: A Minor, B Minor, C Major, D Major, and E Minor. You just need to add the dominant chord of each of those keys prior to playing them. (I added F Major because I am a rebel.)

Class dismissed.

30 Bars Down……

The re-harmonization project continues….. Here are two versions of my re-harmonization of the Beatles “Within You and Without You.” I really like the way it sounds at the 33 second mark.
For those of you who don’t know, re-harmonizing a song involves adding different chords to an existing melody. In this case there weren’t any chords to begin with!

Here is the sheet music for all of you musicians out there:

Abbey Road Side Two

Do you remember a few weeks ago when I said I was going to re-create Side 2 of Abbey Road with my own versions of the songs? You do? Good! Because it is slowly coming together and I now have three different versions of four of the songs here.

And I think Mean Mr. Mustard deserves his own spot because the guitar is so nice: