Circle of Fourths Part 2

In this previous blog post, we were able to decipher and understand how piano play moves. We were also able to bring to light what the fourth interval movement is and how it is built off the major scale. Today, we will start looking at the individual qualities of each of these tones. This will give...

Circle of Fourths Part One

In today’s lesson we are going to look at a basic topic that happens to be a foundation for Chord Substitution – The Circle of FourthsThe term “fourth” has to do with intervals built on fours on a particular scale context you are studying on. In this Lesson, we are going to make use of the...

Learn How to Play All 12 Keys On the Piano

Every musician ought to be able to play all 12 keys on their musical instrument. As a Piano player, If you cannot play all 12 keys yet, then you know that there is a certain feeling that comes with the inability to do so. If you cannot play all 12 keys on the Piano yet,...

Harmonic Progressions

Turnarounds to Tonic For this lesson, the music notations below apply. I = Ist degree of the major scale ii = 2nd degree of the major scale which happens to possess a minor quality ii7 = 2nd degree of the major scale (minor 7) iii = 3rd degree of the major scale which happens to...

Ditonic Substitutions

Firstly, a ditonic combination has to do with the root tone and the 3rd tone of the scale where a chord is being built from. ExampleIn a C major scale the notes are as follows C D E F G A B CThe root note of the scale is CThe 3rd note still on the...

Melodic Minor Scale & It’s Modes Part One

The major scale and its modes includes: *Ionian – R 2 3 4 5 6 7 R*Dorian – R 2 b3 4 5 6 b7 R*Phrygian – R b2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 R*Lydian – R 2 3 b5 5 6 7 R*Mixolydian – R 2 3 4 5 6 b7 R*Aeolian – R 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 R*Locrian...

Altered Scale

The altered scale is the 7th mode of the melodic minor scale What is the melodic minor scale?This scale constitutes ofR 2 b3 4 5 6 7 R For example a C melodic minor scale will be C D Eb F G A B CIf we were to start off this scale from the 7th note and end...

Chord Structures For Left Hand

This is applicable in situations where, as a piano/keyboard player, you have a bass player playing alongside with you or you do stride piano technique Let’s look at chord structures for the left hand using Augmented Triads An augmented triad has its 5th raised up a half step Explanation  C Major Triad — C E...