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A bit of a silly song, but inspired by a student who mistook the qualities of thirds based on the way she imagined the harmony. So this song tries to explain.


Here's a major third and a minor third
But a major chord still has a minor third
Here's a minor third and a major third
But a minor chord still has a major third
If you want to know a chord's quality
It's the third from the root that counts, you see.
That's all this little song's about
So take time to practice and figure it out.


from The Well Trained Ear: songs to strengthen aural skills, released May 20, 2019
David Newman - Voice, Piano
Sam Suggs - Acoustic Bass
Jacob Rozmajzl - Drums


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David Newman Harrisonburg, Virginia

Educational Songwriter, Classical Singer, Digital Creator and Innovator, Science Geek and Music Nerd.

Music Theory and Voice Faculty at James Madison University.

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