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Week 8: Arpeggios, part 2
Last time we looked at using a G7 arpeggio as an introduction to any song in the key of C. But what about the other keys?

Each key has its own special chord to use as an intro chord. To find it locate the note a fifth above your key note. The distance of a fifth is the first five notes of a major scale. The G(7) chord is used as the intro chord for the key of C because it’s a fifth (five scale tones) above the C. The table below will complete the list.

If the Song is in This Key

Use This Chord as an Intro Arpeggio

 C

G7

Db

Ab7

D

A7

Eb

Bb7

E

B7

F

C7

Gb

Db7

G

D7

Ab

Eb7

A

E7

Bb

F7

B

F#7

Now you have an arpeggio intro for any key. Practice these arpeggios. Extra: The fifth is a very important concept in music. You would do well to memorize the fifth of each key (in other words, memorize this table). We will see this fifth concept again.

For further information on arpeggios, intros, and fifths see:

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