Day 11: more scales

A few mnemonics to help learn the scales.  Major scales  C: all the white notes  Then the others are as for C but: D: the first black notes in each black block  E: the first 2 black notes in each black block F: the last black note in the 3 black block  G: the first…

Day 10: Minor scales

Time to learn how a minor scale works along with a quick review of major scales: Major Scale: R, W, W, H, W, W, W, H Natural Minor Scale: R, W, H, W, W, H, W, W Note, the R => root note, W => a whole step, H => a half step (see Day…

Day 9: chords

Major chords, or the major triad, are the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes in a scale. Eg C major : C, E, F F major : F, A, C G major : G, B, D See Day 5 for how major scales progress. A minor : A, C, E See Day 10 for how minor scales…

Day 8: Hanon arrived

My Hanon book arrived – i.e. HANON -The Virtuoso Pianist. Someone mentioned  this on a YouTube video. Basically it’s 60 exercises designed For the Acquirement, Independence, Strength, and Perfect Evenness in the Fingers, as well as Suppleness of the Wrist 

Day 7: Scales and finger technique

So, we know how to do scales, right? Hint: see an earlier lesson. But getting the fingering right is critical. Here’s a PDF that shows the right fingerings for all the major scales: http://www.music-theory.com/download/majorscales.pdf Steps to mastering each one: practice with the Right hand commit to memory add in the metronome do it blind (i.e. not…

Day 5: review, The Entertainer Part 2, Scales

Reviews are an important area of accelerated learning. See my book on Accelerated Learning for more. Re-learning keys Here I re-learn key names in a different context. If any of this doesn’t make sense see earlier posts. Two keys I had trouble learning were F and B. Here’s a way of strengthening that memorization :…

Day 4: The Entertainer by Scott Joplin

Again, using the SpeedTube, I learnt the first few notes of The Entertainer by Scott Joplin. Finger placement: thumb on A5 [5th A up the keyboard]. This transitions quite rapidly down the keyboard. Learning the Bach bit from yesterday, helped me with the finger transition. I started with the right hand then built in the…

Day 3: a twiddle from Bach

I love this little twiddle from Bach (at 5:15 in on this Youtube video) so had a go at learning it. Now, the key thing in accelerated learning is to make things easy and then extend one thing at a time. This was way too fast to learn. I have a little app called SpeedTube which…

Day 2: practicing the keys, playing octaves, Für Elise

Continuing learning the keys, I tried a variant of picking out keys. Here I played an octave with my left hand whilst moving up and down the keyboard one key at a time saying the key name out loud. I also took a look at a simple song – Für Elise on Youtube – and…