I think I just feel I know where I am if I reach a certain grade. I admit the type of music I will have to play to get that grade will most certainly not be my cup of tea at all. I do think though having a decent background in the production side of things I learning highly complex pieces of classical could surely be dumbed down and applied to what I want where as I couldnt do that the other way around. Sort of train hard fight easy as we used to say in my Army days.
wow, what a top and detailed reply. Thanks so much for taking a half hour out of your day to write this.
I feel I have learned a lot from you with just one post.
Re major/minor chords: You can play scales using chords, but doing it requires the use of major and minor chords. The trick is that you want all the notes in all the chords to belong in your chosen scale. So suppose we use C major, that gives us CDEFGAB, as you'll know. Then the chords you want (with the notes that form that chord) are:-
C major (CEG)
D minor (DFA)
E minor (EGB)
F major (FAC)
G major (GBD)
A minor (ACE)
B diminished (BDF)
It's a neat trick, and it makes sure you're getting chords that suit the key you're in. (The same set of chords also works for A minor, incidentally, if you want to be playing minor key stuff.) So that's a starting point to see what chords can combine to do stuff.
Also, suppose you want your tune to hit a particular note - B, for example. No-one ever said that the tonic (the "base" of the chord) had to be that note, and in fact it sounds a bit boring if it does. So if you want your tune to hit a B, you could use B diminished - but you could also use E minor or G major chords which have a B in them too, and they'll all bring a very different feeling to the tune.
Thank you so much for sharing. Little tips like this could make all of the difference to my productions.