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Major 7th and Dominant 7th

I had a student with extensive prior experience ask the difference between a maj 7th and 7th today so I hope this question makes sense. Is Bb the dominant 7th in the key of F? Cmaj7 is C, E, G, B. C7 is C, E, G, Bb. So a dominant 7 chord includes a flatted 7th. Similarly, Fmaj7 would include E, and F7 would include Eb. …
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Standard Blues Progression

Why do we teach the 12-bar blues with CFCC as the first 4 instead of the standard CCCC that is everywhere else? Personally I like the F added in as it makes it more interesting. But does SM have a reason? I’m guessing congruency, so that there’s a pattern for beginning players. Remember that the blues is a folk tradition, not some formal music theory…
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Assignments for Month-Long Break

Would it work, when there is a month-long break from teaching, to suggest that dedicated students (at the appropriate level) work through Tune Toolkit and The Chord Drill on their own? I have the vaguest recollection from the training on those that "students can work through this on their own", but don't have time to chase it down in the training materials. Suggestions, please? (Mark S. Meritt, Elizabeth Gaikwad) Any other suggestions for filling the…
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Gateway Appropriate

How would I decide whether a student would learn reasonably well using the classic Simply Music approach, or whether he & I should invest in the Gateway program? I don't think you can really know until you start. It's always safe to start with Gateway. Then, if the student is moving quickly you can start incorporating some of the regular Simply Music approach. That's what I've done with a new student.…
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Accompaniment Variation Duplicates

Question about Acc Var (Accompaniment Variations). Is Var #6 intentionally duplicated to #18? Is this just because we're working within different song? It's not intentional but not necessarily an error; Neil just didn't realize it was a duplicate. Would the same be true for 16 and 19, 1 and 20, 2 and 21, which it appears, are also duplicates? Yup. …
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Songs using Honey Dew Chords

Can anyone think of any well known songs that use the Honey Dew chord progression? I would like to demonstrate some to my students when teaching Honey Dew. Justin Beiber's "Baby Baby" song. Lame but it gets a response every time. Blue Moon "Brave" by Sara Bareilles 20 songs - same 4 chords on guitar C Am…
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Blues Scale Fingering

I am doing the Blues Improvisation ‘Blues Scales’ and have a question about fingering patterns. In the C scale we use F1 on White notes and F3 on Black notes but what about in other keys? I don’t know if I’ve missed it somewhere... but that combination doesn’t seem to work with all keys. The Scale Journey approach is relevant with regard to a visual map. I've always involved my students…

Dark Blue Tailpiece Chords

Can anyone please tell me: what are the chords in the tailpiece of Dark Blue? Pretty sure those chords are Db6/9, Gb13, Cm6/9. So, what Maureen said - 9, 11, 13th chords must include the 7th. With the 6 and 9 added but no 7th, it's called a 6/9 chord. If anyone's interested, a simple(ish) way to play a 6/9 chord in RH is to put finger 1 on the 3rd,…

SHM After Discontinuing Lessons

I have a question about the SHM. I talked to my boss at the studio the other day and she was concerned about students possibly discontinuing lessons with me and then proceeding to use the videos and purchasing additional levels to learn the songs. She wanted to know if that is protected against and could this happen? I assured her there are some things that a student can only get in a lesson and the videos…

Shoo-Fly LH and Generativity

I'm learning Shoo-Fly. Any thoughts on reminder clues for the LH runs in the second part? It starts on D and goes up, then starts on C and goes up, and both have a black note but in a different spot. I find myself coming back to the videos over and over. This one of those places where crowd-sourcing ideas for how to remember something makes great sense, but if I…

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