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The Piano Player, Issue #39 -- Basic Music Theory
July 23, 2018

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The Piano Player--Issue #39, July 2018

In This Issue: Basic Music Theory

Basic Music Theory

Every serious pianist should spend a little time learning more about music theory.

Not only will it help you read music better, but it will also deepen your understanding for how music is built and appreciate the musical compositions you play even more.

It may also help with memorization of your piano piece, as it's easier to memorize something you understand the structure and outline of.

Start today with some of the many music theory articles on, I hope you'll learn something new and interesting!

Note Values: Exactly How Long Are the Notes?

Confused about note values and rests? Here are your answers! In this lesson you'll learn how to divide the notes, and how to understand exactly how long (or short) a note or rest can be!

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Use Rhythm Syllables to Learn Rhythms Faster and Easier.

Chanting and clapping or tapping rhythm syllables is an easy and fun way to quickly learn rather complicated rhythm patterns.

In this exercise you will learn the syllables used, and how to combine them for different rhythm patterns.

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Easy 4 Part Harmony for Beginners

Learn how to use simplified rules for 4 part harmony writing, while composing your very own piece in this free music composition lesson!

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Question of the Month

Here is my situation:

I am trying to write down a Minor 2nd in the key of G Major (G/Ab). The common practice is to use only Sharp symbols in a key signature that uses sharps.

The problem is, it seems impossible to notate a G and G# simultaneously on the same ledger line without it appearing as (G#/G#) so my only route seems to use the notation (G/Ab)

My question is; is it acceptable to use a Flat symbol in a piece of music using the G major key signature? To me, it looks confusing to the reader...

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Got Piano Questions?

Ask your piano related questions here: Piano Q & A
And music theory questions here: Music Theory Q & A

Sheet Music of the Month

Printable Staff Paper

Print your own free staff paper for your music theory studies and compositions!

The music manuscript papers come in different layouts, and I did not put a logo on them, since that's how I like them myself- nice and clean. Fill them up with your own music instead!

Printable Staff Paper

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Happy Practicing!

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