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nateb
post Sep 17 2009, 06:45 AM
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hello Muris, first off i would like to say im a long time fan of yours and your lessons. good stuff. my question is i have this chord progression that uses Bm F# G D. when i started playing with the chords i was playing in the key of dmajor. So that F# should be an F#m but i for some reason thought it sounds great as a major chord instead. would this be a switch to the relative harmonic minor? i usually dont question these things but i would like to better understand music. also if this is the case can i use the harmonic minor scale over the chords that are derived by that scale (G Bm F#) and switch betwwen the major scale? sorry if im not being clear.
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post Sep 17 2009, 08:00 AM
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Hello nated, welcome to GMC and thanks for your kind words first of all,
much appreciated. smile.gif

And yes you are right!
This F# chord says that it's about B harmonic minor
so it is switching between D and Bm keys or scales.
However there are few options regarding which scale to use
over which chord.
Over Bm chord you can use either natural Bm or B harmonic minor,
it's totaly up to you and your tastes.
I said Bm and not D major eventho they are relatives and have same notes
but Bm is a chord here so it might be consider it as a root chord,
thus it's also first chord in a progression which doesn't have to be rule.
Over F# it's quite natural to use B harmonic minor
since it's delivered from B harmonic minor.
G chord also offers 2 options, either B natural or B harmonic minor,
again up to you and how you wanna sound.
And finally for D chord you would have to play B natural minor
or D major scale if D was your root in a first place, doesn't matter,
the only thing that matters here is not to play B harmonic minor
which would be quite wrong.

Hope I helped, let me know if I missed something
or if you need anything else. smile.gif


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post Sep 19 2009, 05:57 AM
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thank you. its good to be clear on this. makes me feel more sure of myself. also on the dmajor = bminor. I always refer to the major scale instead of the minor even when the root chord is the bminor. Its a bad habbit blink.gif
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post Sep 19 2009, 08:27 AM
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