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EMB5490  
6 Jan 2011 20:12 | Quote
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Very helpful tool that i found, called the Berklee Chord Game, They give you a type of chord and and a note in the chord and you gotta fill in the rest, requires a good knowledge of Your circle of fifths, and of course

aceg
bdfa
cegb
dfac
egbd
face
gbdf

Which are of course your 1,3,5,7 in your chords, i know both from memory, those chords are important. Those are the ONLY chords 1,3,5,7 that you will see in a standard form of chords (i mean without the 2nds 4ths and 6ths.. however those are all intervals inbetween the others, so you just go a half step if its from the 3rd to 4th or a whole step for the others... You get the idea.) the only difference is the accidentals.

Anyway practice your theory!

Try to do it with the circle of fifths, however! Write it out! Dont use an internet tool. Its not cheating if you write it out yourself and dont copy it. Write out those chords i wrote! very helpful, but do it from memory, take your time. What your goal is , is to memorize your circle of fifths and all your chords... Ive memorized those basic 1,3,5,7 chords and the circle of fifth from the help of playing this game once a day for less then a week. Really helpful.


http://www.renemacaroglu.com/

Its on the top left hand side, just click the picture above the words berklee chord game.

I got from getting a bunch wrong on my first time, now i got 100% each time. Just take your time, no race, and learn!
nullnaught  
6 Jan 2011 21:24 | Quote
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That is really cool. At the first thing i did i got a 56%. I will try this a lot. Thank you. Look like a way to FINALLY memorize these things.
EMB5490  
6 Jan 2011 21:32 | Quote
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Really helps, trust me haha
nullnaught  
6 Jan 2011 21:36 | Quote
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It seem to have one exersize per chord. This game could ba a lot better. But it is still ok.
RA  
6 Jan 2011 22:25 | Quote
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well that is nifty, but seeing that there no randomizer, doing it over and over will have you memorizing the slots not really the whole idea of it. So you should make your own; should be easy just hand copy or type one up and change the diagonal (which I think is what Nullnaught is eluding too)

regardless, learning your steps/intervals is a must in my opinion. Just wish I found it, would have saved me some time and I'd be further along.

One thing, Learning your cycle is great but how are you using it? Every way I think of doing it always comes out convoluted to me. Not saying you don't have a good way, the cycles great!! almost every month it teaches me something completely new (I have one on my wall in front of my piano I stare at it a lot).

Look into Coltrane's Giant steps {song and theory} if you want to get more into the theory of the cycle (I even have cut outs of triangles and hexagons and things)
EMB5490  
7 Jan 2011 06:14 | Quote
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memorize the slots? its a different chord letter each type...

Yeah its not exactly the best thing in the sense that its no nintendo thingy but i think it serves its purpose quite well
Empirism  
8 Jan 2011 01:30 | Quote
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This is cool, I got 36%... huh... lol, I think I have quite a work ahead :P, def bookmarked, thanks for this m8.

Emp
GuitarGeorge  
8 Jan 2011 09:48 | Quote
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Nice game!

..but I don't like the dim7 one, the last row. It took me quite a while to figure out that it didn't want the chord to be a F##dim7, but a Fxdim7 - which is the same. Unfortunately I didn't think about writing the doublesharp as a simple 'x' -.-
EMB5490  
8 Jan 2011 15:11 | Quote
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yeah! i got that one wrong too, i was kinda pissed haha i wrotre f## because i knew they dont take 'g' so i wrote f## and it was wrong... w/e
RA  
8 Jan 2011 19:06 | Quote
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now just to point out, I think this thing is great don't get me wrong in anyway.

my only concern, is that seeing that the diagonal never changes (lets take the first one of Major 7, which the diagonal is "C") you will end up memorizing the second row as Ab,Ab,c,Eb,g not the 3rd 5th and 7th of Ab is c,Eb,g. Thus memorizing the slots not the actual chords (in that, the point, at lest to me, is to memorize the relationships/intervals not the "chords." If that made any sense; I guess I'm saying tie it back to scales).

therefore, I suggested to copy it (which wouldn't be hard) and then change the diagonal when you go to practice it.

other than that, I'm still really interested in how you use the cycle if your willing. If you don't have the time or are not willing no worries.
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