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). 

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…