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INTRODUCTIONPlaying 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 SIGNATURESYou 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. ADVANTAGESYou
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 CIt makes reading sheet music easier (no sharps or flats)DISADVANTAGESAll 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 playedAll CHORDS in C
BLACK KEYS KEY of B (Ab or G# minor)ADVANTAGESYou 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.DISADVANTAGESYou 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.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 2 D minor
CHORD 3 E minor
CHORD 4 F Major
CHORD 5 G Major
CHORD 6 A minor
CHORD 7 B diminished
CHORD 1 B Major
CHORD 2 C# / Db minor
CHORD 3 D# / Eb minor
CHORD 4 E Major
CHORD 5 F# / Gb Major
CHORD 6 G# / Ab minor
CHORD 7 A# / Bb diminished
CLASSICAL TECHNIQUEClassical technique is the fastest way to play scales on a piano.
Each finger gets a number
C MAJORYour thumb moves under your other fingers.This shows ascending. Descending is the opposite.
*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.
TRANSPOSINGTransposing 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.
If your transposing on a regular piano, it will be much harder Use your theory and work it out.
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