This is a fantastic lesson for beginners to get started with the chords on an Acoustic Guitar.
I would highly recommend any beginner to start their guitar journey on an Acoustic Guitar due to these 3 strong reasons,
- Firstly it develops a lot of finger strength,
- Secondly, it improves your perfection and
- Thirdly you gain a lot of dexterity if you start playing on an Acoustic Guitar.
Well, let’s not waste time and talk about this video in hand. This is a pretty easy to learn
This is a pretty easy-to-learn lesson by Marty Schwartz who shows you a melodious chord progression using 3 basic chords namely E Major, D Major, A Major and B Dominant 7th (B7th) on an Acoustic guitar.
The inclusion of the B7th chord gives the progression, a bluesy tinge.
To understand this lesson in detail, in a better way, you need to first know,
- How to build 4 Major Scales,
- Then the Major Chord Formula and the Dominant 7th Chord Formula and
- Apply them carefully to the Major Scales to derive all the 4 chords played in this lesson.
Major Scale Formula
The formula to build a Major Scale is W-W-H-W-W-W-H
W => Whole Step or Whole Tone
H => Half Step or Semi Tone
Flattening: Lowering a note by a half step or a semitone
Sharpening: Raising a note by a half step or a semitone
By applying this formula you can derive the 4 Major Scales i.e. E Major Scale, D Major Scale, A Major Scale and B Major Scale that will enable us to derive the 4 corresponding Chords used in the Chord Progression.
So by applying the Major Scale Formula we get the
E Major Scale Notes as E F# G# A B C# D# E
D Major Scale Notes as D E F#G A B C# D
A Major Scale Notes as A B C# D E F# G# A
B Major Scale Notes as B C# D# E F# G# A# B
Major Chord Formula
The formula to derive a Major Chord is 1,3,5 ( 1st, 3rd and 5th notes of the major scale).
By applying this formula, we can easily derive the 3 Major Chords.
E Major Chord: E, G#, B
D Major Chord: D, F#, A
A Major Chord: A, C#, E
Dominant 7th Chord Formula
The formula to derive the Dominant 7th Chord is 1,3,5, b7 ( the 1st, 3rd, 5th and Flattened 7th notes of a Major Scale).
B Dominant 7th Chord
By applying the Dominant 7th Chord formula on the B Major Scale notes, we get the B Dominant 7th Chord or B7th Chord notes as B D# F# A
If you’ve successfully got this lesson down, then why not learn an easy yet melodic rock chord progression inspired by Tom Petty and Green day?