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/  

Chords: Mnemonics

C, F, G: all white notes A, D, E: black third (i.e. middle note is black) Db, Eb, Ab (like ADE above but inverted!): white third (i.e. middle note is white) B: last 2 notes are black Bb: 1st note is black Gb: all black And using sheet music: See also this Key Notes website…

Scales – Fingerings

Generally, when doing scales with the Right Hand you use fingerings of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 1, 2, 3 where 1 is your first finger. Here are the fingerings for 2 chord scales for  Left and Right hands.  Left Hand: 54321 321 4321 321 Right Hand : 123 1234 123 12345 This doesn’t work…

Mnemonics for learning the notes on sheet music

A few mnemonics for learning the notes on sheet music. I like these ones for the bass clef. E.g. Lines: Grandad Beethoven’s Deafness Frustrated All Spaces: All Cows Eat Grass http://www.dummies.com/art-center/music/piano/mnemonics-for-piano-notes/

Key Signatures

Here’s a quick list of key signatures A few tricks to remember key signatures (but note that these tricks don’t work for the key of C or F): 1. Flats – key signature is second to last flat. E.g. Key of E flat can be spotted because the second to last flat in the key…

Major Scales with sharps/flats (using ABC Notation)

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 (i.e. Bb) G: the first black note in the 3 black block (i.e….

ABC Notation – a brief tutorial

Here’s an absolute minimal template that can be copied and pasted for creating a score in ABC Notation: [abcjs] T:Speed the Plough M:4/4 K:C |:GABc dedB|dedB dedB|c2ec B2dB|c2A2 A2BA| [/abcjs] So, the above becomes: Notes on fields: T: Title of piece K: key And here’s how you write the notes: C: name of note Upper…

Day 12: more scales 

Don’t start with C major according to Chopin.  https://blog.key-notes.com/piano-scales.html Instead begin with the black keys (B major, D-flat, G-flat).