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Introducing The VI minor

 

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The Minor Chords - II, III and VI

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In this first lesson I'm gonna show you how to find the related minor chord in any given key. First we'll do it the proper way, and then I'll show you the shortcut afterwards.

All theory aside, let's just listen to C major and A minor together. Hear how it's not as dramatic of a change as it is when we switch between C minor and C minor. A minor still feels sadder than the C major, but it feels like they're shades of the same color. Or first-cousins maybe.

This means that we can often get away with substituting a C-chord with an A minor chord if we want the slightly sadder version. This is of course gold for songwriting and coming up with chord progressions, and if you ever plan to improvise and play solos this is also extremely valuable because you'll be able to use the minor vocabulary that most people start out learning over major chords. But that's a whole other topic.

Let's try this with the backing track. It's very simple stuff, so make sure to put all of your focus on the function of the chords.
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