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The Piano Player, Issue #58 Music Theory for Pianists
June 05, 2021
Tips & Tools for Piano Players: Learn Music Theory
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"The Piano Player"-- Issue #58, June 2021
In This Issue:
Learn About Music Theory for PianistsHello,
Digging deeper and learning more about the music we study is a great idea. And one of the tools we use is music theory. In this issue, I'll tempt you with some bits and pieces of music theory.
There are, of course, tons of more lessons on OnlinePianoCoach.com, but these are just a start to perhaps make you more curious to learn more about the cogwheels and inner workings of music!
Music Note Symbols: Note Values
Did you know that a single musical note can show us two things?
How high or low (pitch) the sound is. How long or short (duration) the note is.
Learn to read piano notes! Here is a crash course in basic music theory and note reading.
Music Intervals for Beginners
Why do I need to know about intervals? There are many reasons to learn about intervals. For example:
Recognizing intervals makes it easier to learn to read music and to sight read sheet music.
Understanding intervals also makes it easier to analyze the music, and to understand the harmony of a piece.
And knowing the patterns of the intervals makes it easier even to memorize a piece, or understanding the make-up of a chord.
Good news is- learning to master intervals is easy, especially for pianists!!!
What is Diatonic Harmony?
Diatonic Harmony is the chords that are using the notes of a particular major or minor scale.
It is useful especially for pianists to know since it is easy to use these chords to, for example, add chords to a melody in major or minor.
This lesson is not really for beginners, but for anyone who's interested in digging deeper into music theory and how to analyze chords. Have fun!
Got Piano Questions?
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Piano Playing Q & A
Piano Question of the Month
B-sharp vs. C ??I'm a retired pilot who took up the piano a few months ago. I have always loved piano music and it has always been a dream to learn to play but my work schedule was prohibitive. I want to play just for my own relaxation and to keep my mind actively challenged and learning to play has provided ample challenge.
I want to play the slower, simpler versions of some of the easier classical pieces and just started on Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. Here is my question. When a B sharp is indicated is that really a C? When I do that is seems to sound okay. If so, why would he indicate a B sharp instead of a C natural(since all other C's are sharp).
Thanks for your time.
Piano Staff Paper
Printable Staff PaperAs a musician you often need printable staff paper quickly.
In for example music theory and piano lessons it's important for both the teacher and the student to have music manuscript paper ready to jot down exercises, note names, ideas, lesson notes, scales etc.
And yeah, I created these free printable staff papers without my logo or copyright. Just plain. Enjoy!
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Your Online Piano Coach,
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