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2 FUN KEY SIGNATURES                                          
THEORY     
C MAJOR                                                                          CHORDS
B MAJOR                                                                        
CLASSICAL TECHNIQUE
TRANSPOSING
PIANO LINKS
INTERVAL EXERCISES
CHORD EXERCISES


USAGE CHARTS                       USAGE LINKS
TENSION                                                                          
SCALE FINDER   See and hear it.
SUBSTITUTION

INTRODUCTION

Playing piano helps you                                             It improves your
     Look at music a new way.                                         Ability to hear scales and chords
     Find new ideas.                                                          Fretting hand agility and fingerpicking.
     Write songs and melodies.                                       Two hand tapping.

SING WHILE YOU PLAY
   Sing the notes.
   Sing the chord and play over it.
   Play the chord and sing over it.

Learn what notes sound good together.
Combine them in ways you like.
Practice the chord shapes, and add any notes.  Listen.

TWO FUN KEY SIGNATURES

You can play all 12 keys on a piano, but you only need to know one to improvise.

WHITE KEYS        KEY of C    (A minor)

Most people play in the key of C.  

ADVANTAGES
You can play a chord shape, keep your fingers stiff, and move the entire shape, and it will still work. (and sound good)  
A lot of songs on the piano are written in C
It makes reading sheet music easier (no sharps or flats)

DISADVANTAGES
All the white keys look the same, so it can be harder to pick out paterns.
You always have to lift your fingers to get the next notes.


The GREEN keys are played

C major A minor

All CHORDS in C

BLACK KEYS        KEY of B    (Ab or G# minor)

ADVANTAGES
You can play faster, because you can slip your fingers off the black keys to strike the white keys.
You can see the chord patterns easier.

DISADVANTAGES
You can't hold your fingers in the same shape and move to the next chord.  
You need classical technique to play fast scales (I'll explain)
Reading sheet music is harder (five sharps or flats).

All Black keys, and first white key after each set of black.

B major

All CHORDS in B

C MAJOR      

Chords are formed by choosing a starting note, skip a note, use a note, skip a note, use a note.

CHORD 1    C  Major

chord 1

CHORD 2     D  minor  

chord 2

CHORD 3    E  minor

chord 3

CHORD 4    F  Major

chord 4

CHORD 5    G  Major

chord 5

CHORD 6    A  minor

chord 6

CHORD 7     B  diminished

chord 7

B Major   

CHORD 1    B Major

chord 1

CHORD 2    C# / Db  minor  

chord 2

CHORD 3     D# /  Eb   minor

chord 3

CHORD 4     E Major

chord 4

CHORD 5    F#  /  Gb  Major

chord 5

CHORD 6    G#  /  Ab  minor

chord 6

CHORD 7    A#  /  Bb   diminished

chord 7


CLASSICAL TECHNIQUE

Classical technique is the fastest way to play scales on a piano.  

Each finger gets a number

left handright hand

C MAJOR

Your thumb moves under your other fingers.
This shows ascending.  Descending is the opposite.

C classic

B MAJOR


B classic
*If your still going up, use the 1 finger.  If not, use the 5 finger.

You can also use your thumbs on the black keys.  I use my thumbs to stretch an Octave.
Do whatever sounds good and feels comfortable.

TRANSPOSING

Transposing means to play the same pattern in a different key.  
The easiest way to transpose is to use an electronic keyboard.
These keyboards have a transpose button.  Press it and use the up and down selector buttons to select a new key.

Example:
Your playing in B Major and G# minor  and you want to play in E minor.
B Major is red.  G# minor is blue.   G# minor is your starting point.
Press the transpose button and select either 4 down or 8 up.
If you select 4 down, every note on the piano will be lowered by 4 notes.
If you select 8 up, every note on the piano will be raised by 8 notes.  
Either way, your G# minor will now sound like E minor.

transpose

If your transposing on a regular piano, it will be much harder Use your theory and work it out.

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