What makes a minor key? Learn all about how minor scales and chords are built, and how they differ from their major counterparts.
A scale is a series of notes in ascending or descending order of pitch. Scales are closely related to key and provide the framework which melodies and chord progressions are built from. Learning to recognise types of scale and the individual notes of a scale by ear can help you throughout your musical life.
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Begin your modal improvisation journey with the versatile Aeolian and Dorian modes, with the help of Zombie Guitar’s master guitar teacher Brian Kelly.
Understanding the relationship between scales and chords has numerous practical benefits. Learn how to easily go from one to the other using a simple trick!
Sometimes, all it takes to make a tune spooky is some major-to-minor transposition. Resident pro Sara Campbell shows you how, just in time for Halloween!
The simple-yet-powerful pentascale is a staple in piano. Learn how these five notes can help you kick off your improvisation journey with a bang.
Pentatonic scales have found their home in the hearts of jazz, blues, and rock musicians everywhere. Learn to play this easy and incredibly versatile scale!
The Dorian Mode ranges from rock to jazz, and funk to folk. Learn what Dorian is, the theory behind it, how to play it, and how to hear it.
Modal improvisation sounds intimidating. But this simple improv trick puts those mysterious modes to work to offer you an easy way to create awesome music
Learn how to find the tonic in any song in a major key using our intuitive tips and tricks. Then use it to your advantage to write music and play by ear!
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Modal improvisation sounds scary and hard. Though it’s loved by monsters like John Coltrane and Steve Vai, modal improv can be very easy, fun and beautiful.
On first listen, Klezmer sounds oddly familiar. Learning the musical elements of this passionate, funky Jewish genre opens up new expressive possibilities.