Practicing scales

This is way too long Basically it boils down to : Practice 10 mins every day Tuck thumb under early Normal tempo x 2 Use rhythms and practice each 4 times – long, short, long, short etc – short, long, short, long, etc – long, short, short, short, etc – short, short, short, long, etc…

Lists of pieces by grade

This is useful. Want to practice a Grade 3 piece? Or see what’s required for Grade 8. Grade 1 Christopher Norton – Fax Blues Christopher Norton – Down South Christopher Norton – Stairway Grade 2 Arnold Krug – The little bird and the cat from More Romantic Pieces for Piano book 1 Christopher Norton –…

Practice

A great piece on learning how to practice http://web.archive.org/web/20150701221212/http://www.musiciansway.com:80/downloads/practiceassessment.pdf Essentially you need to be able to say yes to the following (although it’s easier said than done): My practice is deeply meaningful to me; I seldom feel bored I keep to a regular practice schedule My practice space is fully equipped with the things I…

Names of scales

The Circle of Fifths helps with the names of the scales. E.g. G major has 1 sharp: https://method-behind-the-music.com/theory/scalesandkeys/

Bass and treble scale on the piano

Here are the top and bottom keys on the keyboard for the bass scale  (The top line of the bass scale is A below middle C. And the bottom line of the bass scale is G below the C below middle C) And treble scale top and bottom notes  The bottom note (i.e on the…

The Entertainer by Scott Joplin

Based on this https://youtu.be/V5jAcCU2iSg  here’s the sheet music to The Entertainer: A few notes: mainly in the key of C time signature is 4/4 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Entertainer_(rag) and https://www.8notes.com/scores/531.asp

Sight reading

A few tips on sight reading 1. Sight reading is a skill that has to be practiced separately from playing repertoire and it has to be practiced REGULARLY or you will not improve. 2. To improve your sight reading skills set aside at least 20 minutes each day to practice sight reading music you have…

Chord Progressions

One variant of the Axis of Awesome 4 Chord Progression is G – D – Em – C. Here it is: i.e. G major: G B D D major: D F# A E minor: E G B C major: C E G See also https://thornepalmer.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/the-10-most-used-chord-progressions-in-pop-and-rock-and-roll/