Last month we looked at how to work out all the chords available in the key of G. I suggested you took a song and worked out which chords came where by listening to see which ones sounded major, which ones sounded minor and by the process of elimination work out which chords sounded most appropriate for your song from the seven possible chords I gave you.

Did you try it? Did it work? Let’s try working out the chords in the keys of C and E so you can also play songs in two further keys.

For many people, the thought of playing ‘by ear’ or being able to anticipate the chords, notes and musical charges in a new song without the aid of written music seems an impossible task. It’s often considered a ‘God given’ gift or a ‘natural talent’ rather than a skill that can be learned and constantly improved on.

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