Need help with music theory question

  1. I have a music theory question...I'll hold off on actually posting it until there's somone who will be able to answer.

    Ted: Didn't you go to Berklee??? You will probably know what I'm asking.
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  3. by   Rustyhammer
    The answer is...."The key of "C".
    -R
  4. by   fab4fan
    Gee..thank's there Rusty. Here I was all happy thinking I'm going to get someone to answer my question. :spin

    And you're wrong; it the relative minor...A minor.

    I'm just going to put up the question, and see if anyone knows.

    I was taught chord progressions using the numerical method, e.g. I, IV, V, vi, etc. But there's also a way of doing this using some of the alphabet e.g. the Genesis song "ABACAB" is the chord progression for the song.

    So, for anyone who knows, how does this work?
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    Got me stumped----oh TED, where art thou!!!!!!!!!!!

    Google to the rescue??

    Harmony.org.uk - aims to help students of music theory understand the role of chord progressions in musical structures. Includes animated demos
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Oct 4, '02
  6. by   fab4fan
    Originally posted by NRSKarenRN
    Got me stumped----oh TED, where art thou!!!!!!!!!!!

    Google to the rescue??

    Harmony.org.uk - aims to help students of music theory understand the role of chord progressions in musical structures. Includes animated demos
    Thanks Karen...don't know how to do Google search...my next step was to "Ask Jeeves." Will try the site you listed.

    Thanks again!
  7. by   sunnygirl272
    didn't ted just have an anniversary? lol...maybe he's too weak from "celebrating" to get to the computer....
  8. by   valk
    Originally posted by fab4fan
    I was taught chord progressions using the numerical method, e.g. I, IV, V, vi, etc. But there's also a way of doing this using some of the alphabet e.g. the Genesis song "ABACAB" is the chord progression for the song.

    So, for anyone who knows, how does this work?
    I = A, IV=B, V=C, and so on. Hope this helps.
  9. by   rebelwaclause
    San Francisco Conservatory of Music Library

    As a kid, I just thought I was learning how to play the violin well....
  10. by   fab4fan
    Originally posted by valk
    I = A, IV=B, V=C, and so on. Hope this helps.
    Oh, thank goodness, someone who knows the answer! How do you note minor chords (e.g. if you're in C, then A is minor...you use small roman numerals in the numeric system...do you use small case letters?)?
  11. by   Ted
    Originally posted by fab4fan
    Oh, thank goodness, someone who knows the answer! How do you note minor chords (e.g. if you're in C, then A is minor...you use small roman numerals in the numeric system...do you use small case letters?)?
    Hi Fab4Fan!

    Still on vacation!! Still in North Carolina! Having a wonderful time!

    We leave to go back home early Wednesday morning!

    With regards to your post!

    I love Genesis! Great group!

    Assuming you're in the Key of "C Major", here's the following corresponding roman numberal numbers for the major and minor chords:

    C Maj = I
    D min = ii
    E min = iii
    F Maj = IV
    G Maj = V
    A min = vi
    B dim = viio (That's a small "o" sign or dim sign that located normally located on the upper right corner of the "vii" . . . just can't type it in. . .)

    I need more information regarding the chord progression for the Genesis song that you provided:

    "ABACAB"

    Please tell me if the chords are major or minor.

    Did I go to Berklee College of Music?? Yep! Graduated 20 years ago this year! I'm feeling very, very, very, very old. . . .


    Hope this is helpful!

    Cheers!

    Ted
  12. by   fab4fan
    Ted: Thanks...hope your vacation is going well.

    Actually, I was asking about noting the chords using letters (not the actual chord, but a similar system to the roman numerals).

    I guess you'd have to actually hear the song, ABACAB, but those letters don't seem like they should be the actual chords they are using...I can hear the song in my head and that just doesn't seem right.

    You might have gone to Berklee with someone I know, Rob Perlis. He teaches guitar; I took lessons from him off and on for 5 years and would occ. try to help him with keyboards, which is more my forte (pun intended).

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