Now that you know both how to build a scale and how to build a chord using that scale, let’s ask what are the three chords most commonly used in a key?
At the simplest level, I view music as a sequence of notes (called the melody) played or sung in the context of a particular sequence of chords. If you use the wrong melody notes for the song you want to play, Continue reading
Now that you know how to build a scale, we can ask, ‘How do I build a chord?’ First, let’s ask, what is a chord? I’m going to define a chord as being a group of notes (2 or more) played together at one time. With some experimentation, you can prove Continue reading
How (and why) do you build a scale using flat names instead of sharp names? In the last lesson, we learned how to build a one octave major scale. Recall these points… Continue reading
Lesson 4 – How to build a scale
OK, after all that talk about note names, sharps & flats, whole steps, and half steps, we’re FINALLY ready to build a major scale! We are going to build… Continue reading
Lesson 3 – Define whole steps and half steps
You might ask why should I concern myself with music theory in general and scales in particular? My personal reason for caring about theory is that a small bit of knowledge… Continue reading
NAMING the BLACK KEYS on PIANO
First, let’s review the white notes on the piano keyboard. Take a look at this diagram from the last lesson and make sure you’re confident of the white note names.
Got it? OK, let’s… Continue reading
NAMING the WHITE KEYS on the PIANO
Although your interest is probably NOT in piano music, I am going to use the piano keyboard for this lesson in Seat-of-the-Pants Music Theory because the musical patterns I want to discuss are… Continue reading