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The Piano Player Newsletter Issue #69, Easy Piano Theory
June 06, 2022

Tips & Tools for Piano Players

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"The Piano Player" Issue #69, June 2022

In This Issue:

Piano Theory for Beginners

Learning to play the piano usually involves learning how to read music. Understanding how everything ties together is where the study of music theory comes in.

You don't have to learn music theory to play the piano. Still, it can be fascinating to understand how music is created and appreciate more the "nuts and bolts" of a musical composition. It will also make it easier to memorize a piece when you know about the "workings" underneath the music!😉

In this issue, you'll find basic music theory lessons for beginners, learn more about musical intervals, and get a guided tour (with printables) on the Circle of Fifths handy tool.

Have fun!

Basic Piano Theory: Easy Music Theory Lessons for Beginners

A piano keyboard is an excellent tool for learning basic music theory.

Music theory is the knowledge about how music is created, and piano theory is music theory learned while referring to a piano keyboard.

Because of the layout of the piano keys, the different patterns of notes, scales, chords, and intervals are a lot easier to see compared to other instruments.


Musical Intervals Explained

What is an interval?

Musical intervals are the distances between notes. They are the skips and leaps in a melody, create the pattern of a scale, and building blocks for chords.

The names of musical intervals describe the distance in pitch between two notes or how wide the space is from one musical note to the next.

It could be debated, but these distances are where single notes turn into music!


Circle of Fifths Learn and Print

The circle of fifths is an almost magical tool for musicians!

Magical in its simplicity.

Here is an ingenious invention to help you find major and minor key signatures, music scales, chords, etc. You will also get the free circle of fifths PDF charts that you can print and use as you learn more!


Got Piano Questions?

Ask your piano related questions here: Piano Playing Q & A

Piano Question of the Month

Key Signature Confusion

You say here: "Key signatures are groups of either sharps ♯ or flats ♭that you can see at the beginning of a staff, right after the clef (and before the time signature).

They tell us what notes are either raised (♯ ) or lowered (♭) throughout the whole piece.

However, I am finding theory class much more complex as different sites show different keys sometimes even more sharps or flats in the scale than the keys, etc. I wonder can you help me make sense of this and how to find a key from such a scale? is it dependent on natural, melodic, or harmonic? or something else all together?

Thanks for your time.


Printable Sheet Music for Piano

Printable Staff Paper

When you learn about music theory, you need printable music manuscript paper. Here it is! Pick your favorite and print.

Printable Staff Paper

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Happy Practicing,

Your Online Piano Coach,


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