By combining what we learned in how to Build Piano Chords with our knowledge of Basic Intervals, we are ready to move beyond the triad. First stop: seventh chords. Take a basic triad and add a note that is a seventh above the root to form a seventh chord. There are several different types of [...]
Intervals are inverted, major becomes minor, augmented becomes dimished, dogs and cats live together...mass hysteria! With a table that shows the common name and alternate names for each interval, along with examples and inversions.
Another look at the Circle of Fifths, and the relationship of relative minor keys to major key signatures.
From our last post on Building Piano Chords, you should be able to form root position chords in any key. Root position simply means that the chord is played with the root as the lowest note. (The root is the reference note for a chord: the tone the chord is built on and named after. [...]
Here's Nate again, this time with a lesson on building chords in the key of G Major. From the last lesson on scales and the circle of fifths, you'll remember that the key of G Major has one sharp: F#. So the scale runs as follows: G-A-B-C-D-E-F#-G. The most basic chord is a triad, which [...]
While keyboard players typically begin their scale studies with C Major, guitarists should consider starting out with the A minor pentatonic scale. Justin Sandercoe offers an excellent introduction to a scale that is used the world over in all different kinds of music. In America, this scale is most closely identified with the blues. It [...]
Now comes the exciting part! I knew it was hard to make scales exciting, but trying to find a good tutorial on YouTube tells me it may be impossible. There are some high quality demonstrations of individual scales on pianolessons.com, but the introduction is missing some key information. Go ahead and watch it, then come [...]
This is an excellent series of podcasts on Guitar Music Theory available for free on iTunes. Taught by Desi Sarna, the author of Fretboard Theory, they are best for intermediate and advanced players. Lessons include pentatonic and major scale patterns, chord inversions and arpeggio patterns with the CAGED system.
Type "music intervals" into Google and you get over 5 million results, most of them useless. They are either too long or too complicated or of poor quality or just plain wrong. The best introduction to intervals I found was at pianolessons.com. The YouTube video is below, or you can see the video along with [...]
Because it's in the middle? Well, yeah, but the middle of what? A quick google reveals several wrong answers: the middle of the keyboard, the middle of the 8 C notes on a piano. There are 88 notes on a standard piano keyboard, and middle C is the 40th note. With an even number of [...]