We've been learning how to communicate chord relations using numbers, and now this week we took things a step further and started using the same techniques to transpose a tune. For those who were unable to make it to class (it seems like the plague is really going around right now) thanks for following quarantine regulations and don't worry if the following doesn't make sense, I'm going to keep reviewing and repeating and re-teaching this concept every week until it starts to sink in. It takes time. Its something that I still have to think about and double check my work, and there are many very accomplished musicians who have no idea how to do this. So fear not. Forgive yourself if it's not making sense, take a deep breath, smaller steps and just keep swimming.
Nashville Numbering & Roman Numerals
Use the following worksheet to fill in the chords for the 2 box charts below. Make sure you translate them into the indicated keys!!! not just the key that is used as the example on the worksheet. We will go over these in class and will have a new box chart to fill in as well.
Transposing Teach your Children into New Key
Because the majority of our group is having a hard time with the vocal range of this tune, I've decided to move into the Key of F major.
This means we need to move everything up 3 semitones, (if that makes sense to you, yay! if not, no worries just follow the steps below)
Grab your Number Chords worksheet and a blank piece of paper, at the top of the paper write the numbers 1-7,
and then the D Major Scale underneath. (hint: the Key of D has 2 sharps, F# & C#)
This was our original key, and now we need to figure out what the chords will be in our new key.
To do this, write the F major scale underneath the D major... (hint: F major has one flat: Bb)
Now, by following the arrows here, we can figure out what the new chord pattern is:
D becomes F.
G Becomes Bb
A Becomes C
You can use the numbers to double check the progression, is it still 1, 4, 1, 5 in our new key.
For guitar players we will be using a capo, placed at the 3rd fret, so that we can use the original shapes. (see the video below for chord pattern and picking pattern
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