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Related Notes For Module 2 (paid member site)

This PDF has handy-access printable charts to refer to for the Number System taught in the free
videos at .
These are just quick notes to remind you what is in the full video training.

Circle Of 5ths
The Circle of Fifths helps you know how many sharps or flats (black notes) are in each scale.
Starting with the key of C (no black notes), the 5th note of the C scale is G. The circle of 5th tells us the
G major scale has 1 sharp. The 5th note in the G major scale is D, which tells us that the D major
scale has 2 sharps, etc. Flats are done in reverse. Please watch the video for full details.

Which Notes Are The Sharps (#) And Flats (b)?

Notes that are sharped or flatted arent random, its always the same notes. In other words, the key of
G only has one sharp in it, and that sharp is F#. (# is the notation for how you write a sharp. b is the
notation for writing a flat.)
The key of D has two sharps in it, one of which is F#, and the second which is C#, and it keeps
building with keys/scales that have more sharps.
The first four sharped notes are F# C# G# D#
So since the key of E has 4 sharps in it, the above notes are the sharped notes.
To remember that, I made up, Fat Cat Good Dog
with the first letter of each word making up the sharped note.
Youll usually only be playing songs that have up to 4 sharps, but theres an alternate phrase that lets
you remember more:

Fat Cats Go Down Alleys Eating Baloney

That helps you remember the first 7 sharped notes, but you wont be playing in keys that have that
may sharps, at least if I have to say anything about it!
Theres also a way to remember the first 4 flatted notes:




Ab Eb

But in practical terms, the key of F with one flat (Bb) is about youll be playing in. When songs are
occasionally in an ugly key with too many flat etc, usually people just change the key of the song to
be easier to play.
(Which, by the way, is exactly where the number system comes in If you know a song is a 1 4 5
chord progression but its in Ab, just change the key to A and play the 1 4 5 chords in that key.
Problem solved.

Related Minor Keys/Scales

Good news: Every major key/scale has a related minor key that has the exact same notes in it.
Weve already talked about the fact that the key of C Major and A minor are both all white notes.
Thats no coincidence, because the Am is the related minor of C. Similarly, the key of G and Em both
have one sharp (F#). The only difference between the two scales is which note you start playing them
on. (For G you start on the G note, for Em you start on the E note)
The related minor is always the 6th note of the major scale. (Like A is the 6th note of the C scale.)
The related minor is also 3 half-steps down. (So from C, the A note is 3 half steps down from it.)

Playing 6m, 3, and 2 chords

Putting a lower-case m after a chord or number representing a chord is short-hand for saying its a
minor chord.
The 6 chord usually a minor chord, while the 3 and 2 chords are more easily major or minor (both
major and minor versions of them sound good in songs.) That is covered more in the videos.
Please be sure to watch the related videos in Module 2 to see how the 6m, 3, and 2 chords are used
and to get the feel of what they sound like when added to the 1 4 5.

On The Next Page Are Chord Charts

The next page has simple chord charts to both Knocking On Heavens Door and With Or Without
In the training videos, I use these songs to show how to work out chord inversions and how best to
move between chords as well as how to play the chords to sound nice. If you dont know the songs
at all, Id suggest listening to them (you can find them on YouTube) but please keep in mind:
Whether you like or dont like these songs or the recordings of them is besides the point You dont
have to listen to the recordings while practicing them, were just using them as a starting point to learn
the skills we apply to any other song.
I hope you find this batch of lessons helpful! Remember, shorter multiple playing sessions will get
you better quicker than infrequent long ones. Your fingers will get trained to do what you want sooner
than you think!
Sincerely, Tim

This is a paid PDF file or members

Please do not upload, share, or otherwise distribute. This PDF handout is associated with Module 2
of the membership training and is not a substitute for watching the related videos, it is best used to
refer back to later after youve watched the videos.

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