What is your approach to getting the correct chords?

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What is your approach to getting the correct chords?

Postby MathTeacher » Jul 25, 2011 8:25 am

This is what I do, which has been allowing me to get at least 8 out of 10 correct:

First guess what type of chord it is, and use this as a guideline
(but be flexible with the next steps, in case you are wrong about which type it is). Now try to pick out just one note. Then try to pick out a second note. Then try to pick out a third note. Check if there is a fourth note. Then the chord should be found. Do the same with slash chords (find the bass note first).
If it is an inversion, then I do the same first few steps. Then choose a root chord using those note(s). If the chord is an inversion of that root chord, then you should hear that they are in fact the same chord up to inversion. Once this is done, then getting the correct inversion should be easy.


If the wrong chord was found, I must then learn from my mistake. First
play the correct chord and convince myself it is correct and then play my chord and understand the difference and how wrong it is. Then play each note in the correct chord and convince myself they are each a sound from the chord.


How does this drill sound? What is your approach that works, if it is different from mine?

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