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Old 01-26-2010, 11:38 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by H78 View Post
Just out of curiosity, what are the main chords' names (what are they called) during the Grey Street verses? I always call them Dave chords, but I do not know what they are formally referred as.

You guys know the ones I'm talking about; they're also used in Billies, LIOG, Too Much, JTR, etc.

Its been while since my music theory classes so I could be off and I'm sure somebody will correct me. The Dave chords like grey street are just the 1 and 3 in of the full triad. So a normal chord is usually a triad (1, 3, 5) in the scale. The numbers are the positions of the notes in the scale.

So for the first chord in Grey Street he is playing a Bm, but just the 1 and 3.

B minor
B, C♯, D, E, F♯, G, A
1  2    3  4  5   6  7
B minor chord is B,D,F#, but Dave just plays the B and D.

G major
G, A, B, C, D, E, F♯
1  2  3  4  5   6  7
G major chord is G, B ,D, but Dave just plays the G and B.

A major
A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#
1  2  3   4  5  6   7
G major chord is A, C#, E, but Dave just plays the A and C#.

F# minor
F♯, G♯, A, B, C♯, D, E
1    2   3  4  5    6  7
F# minor chord is F3, A, C#, but Dave just plays the F# and A

so the chords of Grey street is:

  Bm   GM  AM F#m  GM  AM F#m GM


Any as you can see the verse is in the key of B minor, based on the chords we are playing and the B minor scale.

Though when you get to the chorus we are now in D major, which is the relative major to B minor.

D Major
D, E, F♯, G, A, B, C♯

   Bm   A/C#  DM    GM

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