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2nd Sunday NVUS Beginner’s Primer (winter)

2nd Sunday NVUS Beginner's Primer (winter)


3:15 pm - 4:00 pm


Bookings closed


Cafe Montmartre
Lake Anne Village Center, 1625 Washington Plaza N, Reston, VA, 20190

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Description: This Society meeting is a primer for our Society’s beginners. It may sometimes seems daunting to the very novice, but hang in there. Lots of help is all around you. While Moses is the main instructor, Dave B. and Sandy O. have volunteered as an assistant instructors who also sometimes lead lessons. Any one of the 3 may lead this Society meeting They’ll also help those attending this session practice the signature songs using these basic chords. It will start 45 min before any of our main scheduled meetings (e.g. 2nd Sunday NVUS Group Lessons or 4th Sunday NVUS Jams).

Suggested readings:

  • Lesson Package 01: at a minimum
  • Lesson Packages 02 and 03: these basically are the same as 01 but in the keys of F and G, respectively
  • Strums and Rhythms cheat sheets

General Agenda:

  • Scales: certainly C scale but may also cover scales in F and G.
  • Basic major and 7th chords: used many of the jams songs, but in all of our signature songs, and practice exercises.
  • Chorded Scales: In the key of C – C, G7, C, F, C5, F, G7, C representing the harmony (chords) for the notes sung as do, re, mi, fa, and so on
  • Harmonized Chorded Scales: In the key of C – C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am, Bdim, C representing the harmony (chords) for the scale notes.


RSVPs are closed for this event.

Members who are attending/attended this meeting:
  • Larry and Linda Burke
  • Bob Gibson
  • Sandy O'Shea
  • Eric R
  • Pat Joyner
  • Moses Kamai
  • Quang Tran
  • Alan Cyr
  • Barry Chovitz


  1. Great session. We got to review C scale, Chorded Scale in C, and Harmonic Chorded Scale in C; we ‘briefly’ went over circle of 5ths and relationship to scales and these chorded and chorded harmonic scales… and how the mathematician who came up with our western style music was a genius (remember Pythagorean Theorem from highschool geometry classes… same guy)

  2. We will review scales and chords, and get right back into the strums we did last month. It will lead into more strum (rhythm) work in the group lesson. Brush up on Am and E7 chords which are not in your typical 3 chord sets in the keys of C, F, and G — e.g., C/F/G7, F/Bb/C7, or G/C/D7. — Am is in your do wop progression (C/Am/F/G7). E7 is in your last signature song Sweet Wahine progression (Am/Dm/E7).

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