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Different Scales to Change the Color

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What Child Is This > Different Scales to Change the Color

We're re-issuing one of Chris's most popular lessons with re-mastered video and updated loop points. From Chris:  

Hello Friends and Happy Holidays!

This week we’re going to be using What Child Is This to discuss some of the whys and wherefores of music theory. Specifically we’re going to look at how changing a note or two from the original key of E minor can subtly change the color* of this piece of music. For this lesson I won’t actually be showing you how to play anything new, but instead my hope is that you can start to see how these subtle shifts of one or two notes can affect the way the music feels to a listener and also why we would make these particular changes.



p.s. For those of you who are new here, welcome! We’ve got a huge archive of material that we’ve been building over the last 2+ years. No matter where you may be in your development, I’d recommend starting with lessons in the Fundamentals series as they set the stage for much of what follows. Many lessons build on earlier material so I’d suggest using the archives as a resource to bring yourself up to the present. Poke around - there’s a lot of stuff to explore!

*For more on “color” see the lesson “Scale Degrees and Melody" in the Fundamentals series.


Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 What Child Is This Run-Through


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 0:47 Breakdown of What Child Is This

Loop 16:20 Closing Thoughts





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