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3:40pm 09-29-2019
Ronnie Wires


I use interval to set up a bass line a lot. lets take E moving up an interval of 6 you get C# when moving down an interval of 6 you get the G#. I like what this does for me. but I can not find any theory on this. not gonna stop using it. But would like some insight on this?
Replied on: 7:40pm 09-29-2019

hi ronnie wires! i'm sure guitarists know what you're using this interval for, lol. right now, the note from which you count may not be the root note of the song. it may only be a note in that song's key.
counting from the root helps to shorten that interval, since you can find the upper or lower octave of that root note, then count backward or forward from it.
example: c# d# e f# g# a b c#
with a root of c# minor, you could count 2 up for the e, and 3 down for the g# (from the upper octave of c#).
so, c# - e (up), or c# - g#(down).
find the song's key, play a scale in that key, and use the root to move to a note, up or down. thanks!

edit: here's a link that might help with harmony

4:13pm 06-30-2019
i wanted to keep this site on the net as a resource for anyone learning music theory. hope you enjoy
7:17pm 09-06-2018
hi, just made the Rhythm Basics page, as an intro to the rhythm1 and sheet music pages.
4:08pm 05-21-2018
hello, musicians, i finished the Sound Waves page. i think it will help to get a feel for an instrument, as well as voice
9:27pm 08-30-2017


Much Helpful, so clean. Very enjoy
Replied on: 3:26pm 09-10-2017

thank you alex. glad you could use the information! thanks for taking your time to post.

5:12am 05-28-2017


Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Great site! I'm going to be using this a lot haha XD
Replied on: 10:24pm 06-02-2017

amy, it sounds like you're very talented. message me here if you have a question. i'm glad you stopped by!

7:18pm 12-01-2016
thanks daniel!! sorry i didn't reply sooner.

my brother wrote the modes page (he's mainly guitar), and i just double checked and edited it. i'm so glad you can get something out of it, because i know it's hard to do everything by letters or notes, lol.
it must have been something, going from drums to a tonal instrument. i always think of an instrument as a drum anyway, since rhythm is intrinsic to the notes. i'm sure you're very good at improvisation. thanks again, cogs
12:09pm 11-05-2016
Daniel B. Alcutt


Drums, guitar and piano. In that order
I am 62, but feel a whole lot younger. Drums for 55+, guitar studies for 2 years and Piano (self-taught) for 35+. In my modal studies, I needed to check google for an answer. This was one of the sites I checked. I am glad I came across this. Thank you for your hard work and caring attitude. I know you will be a good part of my theory studies resources.
8:39pm 08-01-2016
what a great compliment, valerie! thank you! you're teaching elementary students? i hope so, because i wanted everyone to get this info early so they could get great when they're young, lol. you play the banjo? so does my father. i'm glad to help, and i hope this site stays on the net for people to use as a book. if you need help, let me know.
4:27pm 07-25-2016


Voice, guitar, banjo
Wow - you're a natural born music teacher. Thank you for FINALLY breaking theory up into small digestible chunks. My stress level for teaching elementary music for the first time with no music background is starting to diminish with each click. You're an angel.
3:24pm 02-22-2016
piper, glad this site helped you! it's wonderful that you're improving, and i'll bet you'll learn it all fast because you're trying so hard. if there is anything i can answer for you, please let me know! glad to have you here
9:34pm 02-12-2016
Piper Harvey


Thank you so much for this website. For so I long i longed to come across a website like this. It has improved my theory heaps (which I funed at) so thanks again! -♥";
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1:43pm 11-07-2015
thank you for your question!
this is the Modes page:

over the key of G Major, we play an 'a minor' scale, with 'a' as the root, and no sharps or flats: abcdefga
it's also called Aeolian (minor) of C Major.

if we keep the same key signature as G Major, starting on the 'A note' gives us a Dorian scale of G Major: ABCDEF#GA

listen for the sound of each one over G Major, to see what you'd like to use.
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