Monthly Archives: January 2018

Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

tldr: SCOM starts in C# (with guitars tuned down a half-step, but you don’t need to). Starting chord progression of C# B F# is mixolydian, famous intro riff is C# major or mixolydian scale, doesn’t matter because it only uses notes they share. Chorus of G# B C# is still mixolydian, although the G# is […]

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Sugar Magnolia – Grateful Dead

tldr: Sugar Magnolia starts in A major and ends in B major. The main riff is based on an open A chord with a hammer-on IV chord, D, along with connecting notes from A major pentatonic. Most of the chords are diatonic, with a borrowed bVII chord mixed in. And the lead work uses the […]

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China Cat Sunflower / I Know You Rider

tldr: China Cat is primarily in G mixolydian, and I Know You Rider is in D mixolydian; they are melded together because China Cat has a part that goes to G major, and G major is the parent scale of D mixolydian. So G mixolydian -> G major -> D mixolydian is how it happens […]

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Estimated Prophet

For more about this site and why there are no tabs, visit the About page. For an explanation of the roman numeral convention, visit Building Diatonic Chords. tldr: Estimated Prophet primarily alternates between the keys of F# minor and G major. The intro and main verse are in F# minor and center around an F#m […]

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