Kent D. Smith is a professional piano and drum instructor, and a professional pianist/keyboardist, based in Orange County, California. He holds a degree in music and piano performance from Fullerton College, California.
At age seven, Kent began formal lessons in drums. By age fourteen he was a part-time professional drummer in a popular R&B band, playing gigs in and around the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At that same age, he discovered piano and was hooked.
Having started classical piano lessons at age fifteen, Kent went on to graduate with honors from Fullerton College, with a degree in piano performance and general music, including jazz studies. Kent made his living after college as a pianist, keyboardist and sometime drummer in various bands.
Later in his twenties, eager to settle down with a more predictable income, Kent began a parallel career in software development. Now, recently retired from AT&T, he has returned to music full-time. Kent has gained a wealth of professional experience over several decades in teaching, performing, composing, and studio work.
Hey! Today I’m happy to present the next lesson in my ongoing course, Piano Chords 108.
This course is currently available to the public, but will soon be compiled into a premium class, available to our supporting members only.
The video is below. It’s about learning all the major chords, and how to “permanently memorize” them, without resorting to rote memorization.
Audience: Keyboard players and curious musicians of all persuasions who are struggling with learning the individual notes to all those dang chords on piano. In other words, tons of people!
Description: Learn how toimmediately call up the notes to any of the twelve major chords — without having to rely on rote memory. This lesson applies to the twelve major seventh chords as well.
Coming next (posting soon): All twelve minor and all twelve minor seventh chords.
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Here’s a brand new sheet music offering from Kent. This one is another custom job for piano and keyboard players who read music “a little bit,” but who may have trouble remembering the details about key signatures, or may sometimes be unsure about which piano key belongs to which line or space on the staff.
Maybe you’re an adult who had lessons many years ago, for example.
To help people with that, each note is marked with the correct letter-name (such as F, Eb, G, G#).
ACCURACY GUARANTEED: This annotated sheet music was prepared by me, and was very carefully cross-checked for accuracy, by doing note-for-note comparisons against three other publications of Claire De Lune sheet music. All references used are from reputable sources. In the rare cases were I found differences between publications, I researched the issue, and chose the best version of the notation (for that measure or section.)
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?*