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Relative Tonality Shifting

             


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RELATIVE TONALITY SHIFTING:

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Q: Can you make a video that goes over the concept of playing both major and relative minor scales over the same progression. For example; If there was a chord progression that went: Fmi Bbmi Db Eb could you demonstrate playing over it in two ways. Once resolving into the Major key of Ab Major and then doing it again but playing into the relative Minor, F Minor. Joe Satriani seems to have amazing control over this kind of thing and Id like to know more about it. I find it very difficult to do.
- Douglas Seattle, WA.

A: Shifting from one tonality to another requires a solid understanding of targeting specific notes and using arpeggios to bring out the two sides of a key's color. In the video lesson I explain how players can target into the tonal center pitches of F for Minor Key sound and Ab for Major Key sound.

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Specific notes that are very good to target (aside from the tonic already discussed) are the following:

For MAJOR TONALITY:
Target Tones = Tonic + Seventh + Third

For MINOR TONALITY:
Target Tones = Tonic + Seventh + Sixth

CGS

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Chord Chart (as PDF)

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Chord Chart (as Powertab)

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