Major Keys Overview

Do any of these describe you?

  • – You understand Major Scales, but need to figure out how they relate to Keys
  • – You have a vague understanding of the method of Key Signatures, but you dont sightread so you don’t really see how they can help you right now, when it comes to working out chords and keys on the guitar
  • – You have tried to write a song and wondered what chords would sound great with them
  • – You see and hear things like “One Four Five”  and, seen musical terms written in ii  ii  vi and have a lot of confusion how it all works or what it has to do with key.
  • – You’ve wanted to learn about Transposing songs to different keys
  • – You’ve heard of and want to better understand the Roman Numeral System and the Nashville numbering system in depth, as well as explore how 4 part harmonization is applied to Major Keys

Here’s the question:

If you identified with any of the above descriptions:

Can you instantly Call out and Play all the triads in any Major Key?


Can you write, transpose with and analyze the chords in most songs and instantly determine what key they are in, and present the chords in that key, in Nashville or Roman Numeral Musical Notation?

If you answered yes to both, then congratulations. Because, it is a very important skill to have as we get deeper into music theory – normally these skills were reserved only for the highest echelon of guitar players/musicians.  It has become a lost skill.

If you ever want to collaborate, arrange, or write your own music, as well as figure out other music pieces, knowledge of the Major Scale and Major Keys  IS important, because all songs, no matter how strange, have their origin in a Major Key of some type, or if they are deviated away from them, it’s important to know in what way and where.

Now, this course can give you lifelong mastery in major keys and as a guitar player who also knows the notes on the neck, and triads and chords, you can apply that in a number of ways:

  • Write your own songs
  • Transpose on the fly
  • Read and interpret Nashville Notation and well as understand advanced applications and illustrations that use Roman Numerical Musical Notation
  • Composition and Harmony
  • Analyzing a song
  • It is a logical “next step” of where we go after understanding the Major Scales and how to write and apply them

If you answered no to any of the above two questions, AND have successfully completed the Notes on the Neck, Triads, and Major Scale Modules, you should consider this course. You should also have a strong ability and understanding of Barre Chords, and be able to play the following in Barre Chord and/or first position forms, on both 6th and 5th string roots:

Note for those who do not, we do have a Video Seminar which teaches the core principles of this skill, but it is optional, and is FREE to any student enrolled in this Module, and is available upon request.

  • Major
  • Major 7th
  • Dom 7
  • Minor
  • Minor 7th
  • Minor 7b5

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