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    Man, I've got to take a music class cuz I keep seeing these chord charts and have no idea how to use them.
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    These are scales, not chords - although they are related.

    The short answer is "just practice the Major and Blues scales from time to time in a couple of common keys, and you should be able to pull of a passable solo if you have to".

    Now a little longer answer...

    Chords form the harmonic backbone of a song - chord progressions are arranged in "keys". The key of a song is essentially the group of tones that make it sound "right" - that is to say, harmonically correct (at least to the western ear). As opposed to dissonant and confusing.

    Scales like these come in when talking about melody - the "tune" of a song.

    So, when you want to play a melody or solo over a chord progression, you simply pick from the notes that make up that key - that matches everything up nicely, and the harmonies just work.

    So for example when folks you play with say "lets play blues in A", the chord progression is A7, D7, E7 (more on why that is in another post sometime ). So you simply play any notes on the blues scale in A, starting with the shiny red dots.

    Hope I didn't just make things worse.

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    Thank you for all those. This is very helpful!
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    great great stuff Grumps...much appreciated. Wish I could "favorite" a thread so I could keep it nearby all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phanzo View Post
    great great stuff Grumps...much appreciated. Wish I could "favorite" a thread so I could keep it nearby all the time.
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    Thanks so much Grumpy.

    It's people like you that make UU such a great site.

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    Thanks, Awesome post! something else to keep me from studying for exams haha

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    wow...thanks grumpy this will definitely help! Now to practice and memorize...
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    Default These are great

    Thanks very much - VERy helpful

    I will second the request for having these in downloadable PDF files!

    (hate asking though as so much work went into this already)

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    Thank you so much! You don't know how much this helps me!

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