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Blog » May 2012

Piano and Music Theory Part 07

25th May 2012  |  2 comments

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 … Read More »

Piano and Music Theory Part 06

18th May 2012  |  0 comments

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 … Read More »

Piano and Music Theory Part 05

11th May 2012  |  5 comments

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. … Read More »

Piano and Music Theory Part 04

4th May 2012  |  0 comments

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.… Read More »

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