Musical Key Signature – The Major And Minor Keys

by Tania Gleaves on September 16, 2014

We have had lessons about musical key signature and by now you already know the differences between each key signature. You have also learned the different techniques on how to easily memorize the different names and different characteristics of these music key signatures. This time we will teach you how to determine the different major and minor keys associated with each musical key signature.

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You must first understand that all major keys have their relative minor keys and this process goes the same for minor keys, they also have their respective relative major keys. Just think about it like the linkage between you and your parents, which is genetics. Since they are interrelated with one another, what is the easiest way to learn their relativity? You can always go back to the musical key signature chart for this and apply what have you learned about the different positions of sharps and flats.

In the key signature, C major and A minor doesn’t have any sharps and flats. C major which is found in the treble clef contains the notes
C, D, E, F, G, A, B while A minor in the bass clef contains the notes A, B, C, D, E, F, G. Notice that they have the same notes, the only difference they have is their root note, which are the C major and A minor respectively.

The trick in finding the relative minor from the major scale is through counting. The relative minor key is always the sixth note from the major key’s order of notes. That’s why in the C major, its relative minor key is A minor. How about if you are finding the relative major key from the minor scale? You just need to count the third note from the minor key’s order of notes. So an A minor’s relative major key is C major.

This principle applies to all major and minor keys so start memorizing the order of notes of every major and minor scale, while taking into consideration the sharps and flats of the musical key signature chart, so that you can enhance your knowledge on the different relativity of major and minor keys.

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The Value Of Easy Piano Lessons

by Tania Gleaves on September 15, 2014

When it comes to playing the piano, is there such a thing as ‘easy’?

To the beginning piano player, it might seem as if there’s no such thing as easy piano lessons. The very concept of a piano lesson being “easy” could be quite comical to the beginner, however we want to emphasize that there is such a thing after all. Once you begin to strengthen your skills, you’ll appreciate how well your first lessons gently introduced you to the wide world of intricate play — even though it may seem as though you have a lot to learn now.

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It’s All About The Basics

The value of learning piano step-by-step is important for many reasons, but it’s mostly important for the awareness it brings. Later on down the road, when you’re playing Mozart like an expert, you’ll realize that the bulk of all of your advanced lessons comes from a solid grasp of basic concepts. And your ability to improve comes not only from understanding the basics, it also comes from accepting the basics as stepping stone toward bigger and greater things.

Difficulty Does Not Mean Value

Sure, this is the general pattern of learning almost anything, but with piano, you’ll discover that much of the more complex pieces of music really depend on your ability to fall back on what you learned at first. And to be honest, the easier your lessons, the quicker you’ll learn. Piano lessons don’t have to be difficult to be valuable. Mistaking value for difficulty is a common mistake among beginning pianists, but it simply isn’t true.

It’s always better to plow through something slowly and thoroughly than it is to rush through something quickly and superficially. Doing the former will ensure that you appreciate and memorize the material you’re learning. Doing the latter ensures that you’ll soon forget what you’ve learned! But there’s another benefit as well.

Simple Songs Build A Sense Of The Future

There could probably be no better joy than to learn how to play an entire song from just a few simple lessons. Easy piano lessons teach simple songs and they help build up the confidence needed to play more intricate songs in the future. What’s more is the large scale of simple songs available. You may be surprised at the wide number of songs that you can master in the beginning.

It’s easy To Me. Is It Easy To You?

Be aware however that what’s easy to one pianist may not be easy to another. In order to take advantage of this approach, you’re going to have to evaluate the learning materials that you’re presented with. You’ll want to select lesson books that explain things in a way that you can understand and that illustrates important concepts (keys, scales, chords, etc.) with pictures or printed graphics. If you’ve chosen to learn piano from online lessons or computer CD-ROM, you’ll want to select instruction that neither rushes your nor slows you down. Try to find a medium that you can easily start, pause, rewind, or stop altogether so that you can master what you’re being taught.

Finding the perfect set of easy piano lessons could take a bit of time, but it’s well worth the effort. You certainly don’t want to settle for just anything because it could have a detrimental impact on your playing ability.

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Piano for Beginners – Different Ways of Learning

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How to Read Music – Definitions to Help You Learn

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L earning how to read music is like learning another language. It has its own letters, syntax and grammar. Whether you are learning to play the piano through the classic method or the chord method, you’ll have to be familiar with how to read music. A page of music has a lot of symbols and […]

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The Benefits of Online Music Courses

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The Internet has a lot of opportunities for learning, and getting education in music is no different. Online music courses are popular and can give you exposure to music in ways you never imagined. You can study single music courses, or even prepare for music certificates and music online degrees. Click Here And Discover The […]

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Chopin – A Look At The Man Behind The Music

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Bach Piano Music – The Beauty of Baroque

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Bach piano pieces capture the heart of anyone who hears them. (By the way, I wonder what Johann Sebastian Bach would think of the Internet? Isn’t it cool to think that the master of the Baroque style of  music would have an official page on the World Wide Web?) Anyway, Bach was born in 1685 in Thuringia, […]

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Piano Scales – Get Acquainted with Music’s Foundation

September 7, 2014

Piano scales are essential building blocks in music. You will devote a good deal of your time and effort to learning and playing them. On following pages I will show you a useful overview, give you an overview of major scales as well as some important beginner exercises. Students of all levels endlessly complain about […]

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