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Blog » May 2012

Piano and Music Theory Part 07

Last week in Piano and Music Theory Part 06 we started to look at intervals which if you remember describe the relationship between different keys on the Piano/keyboard. Essentially intervals are measurements between notes/keys. So for example the distance between the C key and the E key (ascending) is known as a Major third. Similarly the distance between the C key and the G key (again ascending) is known as a perfect 5th! If you play all of these together you get a C Major triad chord …

Piano and Music Theory Part 06

Last week in Piano and Music Theory Part 05 we introduced the eerie Whole Tone scale which if you remember has notes which are spaced equally apart by 1 whole tone (whole step). So a Whole Tone scale starting on C contains 6 keys (C, D, E, F#, G#, A#) making it a 'hexatonic' scale.

Initial encounters with the Whole Tone scale while practicing the piano can be discouraging …

Piano and Music Theory Part 05

Last week in Piano and Music Theory Part 04 we looked at 3 different minor scales; the natural minor, harmonic minor and the melodic minor. If you remember I said we would recap the mysterious melodic minor...

As we discovered the melodic minor uses a different tonal pattern depending on whether you are ascending or descending the scale. The example below shows a C melodic minor scale (ascending) with its flattened 3rd key. …

Piano and Music Theory Part 04

Last week in Piano and Music Theory Part 03 we discovered that by flattening (lowering the pitch by a semitone) the third, sixth and seventh notes of any Major scale we can create a minor scale. To test this out simply take the C Major scale and follow the above rule and you will soon find C 'natural' minor.

During your piano practice try alternating between playing different Major and minor scales and you will instinctively find 'modulations' that sound great to your ears.…

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