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Learn all 12 Minor & Minor 7th Chords – Today!

Hello Friends,

Today I’m happy to present the next lesson in my ongoing course, Chords 108.

Kent

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 nextDominant 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!

How to Riff on Van Morrison’s “Moondance” – Part 1

 

Today we have two video lessons, either of which is a good introduction to a pretty simple notion, which I sometimes like to call the "melody machine." With this, I'm not suggesting some big new original conception. On the contrary,  the concept I'm calling the melody machine is about as old as music itself.

If that nickname sounds a little gimmicky, it's really not meant to be. I actually do call this device a "melody machine," in my own thinking, part of an ongoing process of internalizing my favorite composition devices. Also, it's fun to say, just like saying "Lollapalooza" or "Isn't she pleasant?"

In a nutshell, this lesson shows you certain ways of using an underlying chord progression as a "thought generator" for creating melodic material.

First:

How to Riff on Van Morrison's Moondance - Part 1


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Piano Chord Catalog – a reference for my “Chords 108” series

Dear Members,

Here's a downloadable piano chord catalog, which I recently put together as a reference for my 'Piano Chords 108' series.

The objective of Chords 108 is for you to learn how to memorize all the standard chords.

Therefore, this catalog should be relied upon only to check your understanding -- not as a place to look up chords without learning the simple patterns that define how chords are constructed.

Of course, one could use the catalog that way (as a "crutch"), but that would defeat the entire purpose of this course!

THE BOOK

Chords are listed alphabetically. Each chord is spelled out by using a simple image (consisting of dots on a keyboard, indicating which keys/notes make up the chord in question).

Important: This book can be useful to any musician, not just to those who are studying 'Chords 108.'


In a nutshell, all the standard three and four-note chords are illustrated.


LIST OF ALL CHORD TYPEs PICTURED IN THIS BOOK

Major triads (all)

Minor triads (all)

Major 7th chords (all)

Minor 7th chords (all)

Dominant 7th chords (all)

Diminished triads (all)

Diminished 7th chords (all)

Half-diminished 7th chords ('Minor-7 flat-5') (all)

Augmented triads (all)


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NEW Custom Sheet for Members: “Prelude in C” by Bach

MEMBERS: Here’s a new custom sheet, Prelude in C by Bach, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book OnePrelude 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.

MEMBER’S  DOWNLOAD*

(*Non-members can sign-up via this same link).

Eastern Scales, Relative Minor, and The Educated Guess

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?*

Continue reading “Eastern Scales, Relative Minor, and The Educated Guess”

New from Kent: An Easier Arrangement of ‘Clair de Lune’

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.

Member download price = FREE

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.

“Entertainer” (The) by Scott Joplin – Easy Arrangement – Lettered Notes

 

DEAR MEMBERS:,

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!

MEMBERS:  DOWNLOAD HERE

 

New! Optional Sheet Music for “A Study in Blues Piano” (Blues Licks)

Hey!

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!

Continue reading “New! Optional Sheet Music for “A Study in Blues Piano” (Blues Licks)”

Sheet Music: Für Elise, Moonlight Sonata, The Entertainer, Clair de Lune, and more – with Letter-Note Names

11th November 2019

More to come!

Excerpt of Clair De Lune sheet music with letter-notes

Members: I always welcome and consider requests for new custom sheet music.

TitleComposer / ArtistLevelFree to AllFree to Members
Amazing GraceTraditional HymnEasyYesYes
Canon in DPachelbelEasyNoYes
Carol of the BellsMykola LeontovichInterm. NoYes
Clare de Lune (entire)DebussyAdv.NoYes
Clare de Lune (simplified)DebussyInterm.NoYes
Deck The HallsTraditionalEasyNoYes
Entertainer, TheScott JoplinEasy-IntermNoYes
Für Elise (entire)Beethoven Interm.NoYes
Für Elise (main melody)Beethoven Interm.YesYes
Greensleeves / What Child is ThisTraditionalEasyNoYes
Happy BirthdayTraditionalEasy YesYes
Moonlight Sonata 1st Movement (entire)BeethovenInterm.NoYes
Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement (entire)BeethovenAdv.NoYes
O Holy NightTraditionalEasyNoYes
Ode to JoyBeethovenEasyNoYes
Prelude in CJ.S. BachInterm.NoYes
Silent NightTraditionalEasyNoYes
St. Louis BluesW. C. HandyEasy/Interm.NoYes
Star Spangled BannerFrancis S. KeyEasyYesYes

Learn all 12 DOMINANT-7th Chords Today

Hello Friends,

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 DOMINANT-7th chords on a keyboard -- without having to rely on rote memory.  

Coming nextDiminished chords.

*This lesson is part of the premium ALL-ACCESS  series called Chords  108.  Our all-access members keep this site alive, and 100% ad-free.

Thanks to all!

THE VIDEO (non-public)


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