Course Description Learn the essential elements of improvising blues piano, including the (minor) Blues Scale, the 12-bar Blues pattern, left-hand grooves, coordination exercises, and plenty of raw material for your own licks. My goal is for… More
Today I’m happy to present the next lesson in my ongoing course, Chords 108.
Class Audience: Any musician who’s struggling to memorize the individual notes to all those dang chords on piano or keyboards, and looking for a solution.
Today: Learn how to immediately call up the notes to any of the twelve minor chords on a keyboard — without having to rely on rote memory. This lesson applies to all twelve minor seventh chords as well.
Coming next: Dominant seventh chords.
*This series is currently FREE to the public, but will soon be a premium members-only course. Our members keep this site alive, and 100% ad-free. Thanks to all!
MEMBERS: Here’s a new custom sheet, Prelude in C by Bach, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One. Prelude in C is an extremely popular piece that will never lose its appeal to piano players and listeners alike.
This sheet music has each note labeled with its musical letter-name, such as E, D#, A… Some markings (dynamics, etc.) have been omitted to make room for the added letters.
You can read about the pros and cons of marking in letters on sheet music, here.
(*Non-members can sign-up via this same link).
Fellow Theory Geeks,
Even among some good musicians, music theory is occasionally regarded as more of a “nice to know” thing. Interesting place to visit, but they don’t want to hang around too long.
By contrast, I am shameless enough – dare I say, proud enough – to put forth that I am a music theory GEEK. I like staying “all up in theory land,” and often.
Music theory teaches us WHAT works, and also what CAN WORK. And, if it AIN’T WORKING, it’s usually easier to know WHY, because you possess a systematic command of how rhythm, melody, and harmony work together.
Notice I put rhythm first. Too often neglected — but I put it first in my musical thinking. More on that in other posts.
OK…If you’ve read this far, I guess we have a quorum! Two geeks is always a quorum in my experience. Partly because it’s so hard to find a third geek, on short notice. Anyway welcome, can I get you some coffee? Orange Julius?*
Dear fans of Claude Debussy,
Here’s brand new sheet music for members of PWK; this one is arranged for early intermediate piano: Clair de Lune by Debussy. The arrangement is in the key of C, for ease of reading, plus it has been simplified (easier to play). In addition, it’s much shorter than the full version which is also on my sheets page.
Today’s version of Clair de Lune has every note labeled with its letter-name, such as E, D#, A. Some markings (dynamics, etc.) have been omitted.
These letter-note labeled sheets are primarily for adults who are not taking piano lessons — especially those who have past experience reading music, but who might have forgotten the details.
About Clair de Lune and Claude Debussy
Clair de Lune is the third movement of Claude Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque, in D♭ major. Its name comes from Verlaine‘s poem “Clair de lune“, which means “moonlight” in French.
Claude Debussy is probably the best known composer of the Impressionist school, a handful of pioneers who were mostly active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Maurice Ravel, who wrote the popular orchestral piece called Boléro (along with tons of ground-breaking serious works), is also a famous Impressionist.
Here’s a new custom sheet, The Entertainer by Scott Joplin. This sheet music is simplified and abridged (two pages, key of C). I have also labeled the notes. Some markings (dynamics, etc.) have been omitted to make room for the added letters. Enjoy!
In response to student requests for sheet music illustrating licks from my video course, A Study in Blues Piano: Focusing on 12 Licks, I have so far created notation for several of the licks.
Today, I have another sheet for you, which I hope will also be helpful.
Remember, sheet music materials are completely OPTIONAL for this class. Blues is an improvisational art form!
More to come!
Members: I always welcome and consider requests for new custom sheet music.
|Title||Composer / Artist||Level||Free to All||Free to Members|
|Amazing Grace||Traditional Hymn||Easy||Yes||Yes|
|Canon in D||Pachelbel||Easy||No||Yes|
|Carol of the Bells||Mykola Leontovich||Interm.||No||Yes|
|Clare de Lune (entire)||Debussy||Adv.||No||Yes|
|Clare de Lune (simplified)||Debussy||Interm.||No||Yes|
|Deck The Halls||Traditional||Easy||No||Yes|
|Entertainer, The||Scott Joplin||Easy-Interm||No||Yes|
|Für Elise (entire)||Beethoven||Interm.||No||Yes|
|Für Elise (main melody)||Beethoven||Interm.||Yes||Yes|
|Greensleeves / What Child is This||Traditional||Easy||No||Yes|
|Moonlight Sonata 1st Movement (entire)||Beethoven||Interm.||No||Yes|
|Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement (entire)||Beethoven||Adv.||No||Yes|
|O Holy Night||Traditional||Easy||No||Yes|
|Ode to Joy||Beethoven||Easy||No||Yes|
|Prelude in C||J.S. Bach||Interm.||No||Yes|
|St. Louis Blues||W. C. Handy||Easy/Interm.||No||Yes|
|Star Spangled Banner||Francis S. Key||Easy||Yes||Yes|