Chord Tones: The Musicality Podcast

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Learning and understanding chord tones will help you create memorable melodies with tension and release and solo over existing progressions.

This in turn will help you play by ear, improvise, and write songs – enabling you to choose the notes that sound the best, rather than using trial-and-error to form your chords and melodies.

In this episode we’re going to be talking about chord tones, something which came up in my recent interview with Meghan Nixon of

Depending on the instrument you play and the way you play it, you might be very used to thinking about chord tones – but most likely you aren’t, and you may be missing out… As Meghan explained, chord tones can provide us with a helpful framework for playing by ear and improvisation, letting us choose notes that are musically meaningful in the harmonic context. Whether you play piano, guitar, saxophone or sing, whether you want to play by ear, improvise or write music, this is a really powerful concept to get your head around.

I’m going to talk a bit about chords and chord tones, then demonstrate why this concept of chord tones is useful, and then talk about how you can get started using this yourself.

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Interview with Meghan Nixon:

Playing By Ear with Brad Mavin:

Chord Ear Training How-To:

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