Chord Change Anchor 789

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How to Change Chords with Chord Change Anchor 789

Chord Change Anchor 789

Every diatonic chord contains the tonic, or the leading note (tone), or the supertonic of the scale. If there are non-diatonic chords, the b7th or the b9th or the #9th may also be present. These notes are clustered together, so they can be used as an anchor for chord changing. We will call this Chord Change Anchor 789.

Example 1

In example 1a the key is B major and all the anchor notes, A# (7), B (8), C# (9) are at the bottom of all the chords.

Play Blue Bayou

In example 1b the key is B major and all the anchor notes, A# (7), B (8), C# (9) are at the top of all the chords.

Play Blue Bayou

In example 1c the key is B major and all the anchor notes, A# (7), B (8), C# (9) are at the middle of all the chords.

Play Blue Bayou

In example 1d the key is Ab major and anchor notes, G (7), Ab (8), Bb(9) are at the bottom of all the chords.All the chords contain the tonic (Ab), except Eb7 and Eb7(#5) which contain the leading note, so the right thumb will be anchored on Ab for most of this tune.

Play I’m Walkin’

In example 1e the key is C major and the anchor notes, B (7), C (8), D (9) are at the bottom of the chords except in the D chord which is in the middle because it is a simpler change.

Play Amazing Grace

In example 1f the key is Eb major and the anchor notes, D (7), Eb (8), F (9) are at the bottom of the chords.

Play Amazing Grace

In example 1g the key is D major and the anchor notes, C# (7), D (8), E (9) are at the bottom of the chords.

Play Canon In D

Example 2

In example 2a the key is Bb major and the anchor notes are A (7), Bb (8), C (9), Cb (b9) and are at the bottom of all the chords.
The piece contains non-diatonic chords, so there is Cb (B) the b9th and/or C# the #9th.

Play When You’re Smiling

In example 2b the key is F major and the anchor notes are E (7), F (8), G (9) and are at the bottom of all the chords. The piece also contains non-diatonic chords, so there is Gb the b9th and/or G# the #9th.

Play What A Wonderful World

In example 2c the key is A major and the anchor notes are G# (7), A (8), B (9) and are at the bottom of all the chords. The piece also contains non-diatonic chords, so there is Bb the b9th and/or B# (C) the #9th.

Play To Sir With Love

In example 2d the key is A major and the anchor notes are G# (7), A (8), B (9) and are at the middle of all the chords.

Play A Change Is Gonna Come

In example 2e the key is G major and the anchor notes are F# (7), G (8), A (9) and are at the middle of all the chords.

Play Earth Angel

In example 2f the key is E major and the anchor notes are D# (7), E (8), F# (9) and are at the bottom of all the chords.

Play O Holy Night

In example 2g the key is F major and the anchor notes are E (7), F (8), G (9) and are at the bottom of all the chords. The piece also contains non-diatonic chords, so there is Eb the b7th.

Play You Are So Beautiful

In example 2h the key is F major and the anchor notes are E (7), F (8), G (9) and are at the bottom of all the chords. The piece also contains non-diatonic chords, so there is Eb the b7th.

Play The Girl from Ipanema

In example 2i the key is C major and the anchor notes are B (7), C (8), D (9) and are at the bottom of all the chords. The piece also contains non-diatonic chords, so there is C# (Db the b9th).

Play Moon River

Example 3

There is change of key in these pieces. When there is a change of key, the anchor notes of the original key are still valid after the change of key.

Example 3a

In example 3a the piece starts in Bb major and goes to B major. The anchor notes A (7), Bb (8), C ( 9) are at the bottom of all the chords.The piece also contains non-diatonic chords, so there is Cb (B) the b9th and/or C# the #9th.

Play Crazy

Example 3b

In example 3b the piece starts in Eb major and goes to B major. The anchor notes D (7), Eb (8), F ( 9) are at the bottom of all the chords.

Play Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Example 3c

In example 3c the piece starts in F minor and goes to F# minor. The anchor notes E (7), F (8), G (9), Fb (b9th), G# (#9th) are at the bottom of all the chords.

Play How Insensitive

Example 3d

In example 3d the piece starts in C Major and goes to Db Major and D Major. The anchor notes B (7), C (8), D (9), Db (b9th), are at the bottom of all the chords.

Play America, the Beautiful

Example 4

In the previous examples the anchor notes are all at the top or bottom or the middle of all the chords for the entire piece. But the anchor notes can be at the top, bottom or middle of the chords in the same piece.

In example 4a the key is Eb major. The anchor notes are D (7), Eb (8), F (9). The piece starts out with the
anchor notes at the top of the chords,
then goes to the bottom in bar seven,
then back to the top in bar nine,
then to the middle in bar 13,
then to the top in bar 16.

Play Ain’t Misbehavin’

Example 5

In example 5 the key is E major. The anchor notes are D# (7), E (8), F# (9), F (b9), G (#9).In bar 4 of But Beautiful the anchor note is not in the G dim chord.If the anchor note is the 7th of the chord and the triad is used the anchor note will be missing.You could play the G dim7 chord.

Play But Beautiful

 

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