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After completing the workshop Ear Training for Musical Creativity, you have two great paths available to you: expanding your melodic repertoire or moving on to recognizing chords and chord progressions.

Next steps 7

The last chord of the major scale that we need to study is the seven chord which we write as 7-b5.

Next steps 6

This is a very catchy progression that goes down in scale degrees from the 6- chord to the 3- chord.

Next steps 5

In this module you are going to study chords 2- and 3- in the context of a minor key, where the 6- chord is the tonal center.

Next steps 4

With this set of activities you will get to know the 3- chord more deeply by studying it in different contexts.

Next steps 3

The 3- chord is a minor chord that can have a very uplifting feeling when we play it after the 1 chord.

Next steps 2

This progression is very similar to the "50's progression" (1, 6-, 4, 5D) we studied in the course Recognizing Chords by Ear, and that's why it will sound very familiar to you already.

Next steps 1

After completing the Recognizing Chords by Ear workshop, a logical next step is to master the remaining chords of the major scale. You can start by adding the 2- chord to your "ear repertoire".

Have I Told You Lately

Van Morrison's memorable ballad "Have I Told You Lately" is made from just five chords of the major scale. This is a great example of the wide variety of moods and creative possibilities that we find in the sounds of Pure Harmony.

IFR video lesson: Chromatic inspiration

In this lesson Mireia Clua walks you through many great ideas and inspirations for practicing IFR Exercise 1: Landscape.