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?*

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Summertime Christmas Preparation Continues: Easy ‘Deck the Halls’ with letter- notes

Easy Piano: ‘Deck the Halls’ with labeled letter-notes

As stated in my previous post:

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to learn several Christmas and holiday tunes, in time for family and friends gathering around the piano with eggnog and cookies, demanding that you play some holiday stuff.

Let’s make them happy this year!

Today, in order to get keep that project going (that is, building up your easy holiday repertoire), I’ve written and posted an exclusive arrangement of ‘Deck the Halls.’


“…Another exclusive perk for PWK’s supporting members!”

— Abraham Lincoln


EASY AS PIE TO READ: This arrangement has each note’s musical letter-name labeled.


MEMBERS: There will be more holiday songs and pieces coming from Kent — watch for those easy labeled sheets over the coming months!

NOTE: PWK’s ‘letter-note’ sheets are primarily for people who are not currently taking private lessons — especially adults who’ve had past experience reading music, but who might have forgotten “the details.”


Member download price = FREE

Have fun!

Kent

Linus the Hepcat

Christmas Sheet Music in August?

If you want time to learn holiday songs by December, then let’s get to it…Here’s a great one to start with.

Easy Adult Piano: ‘Carol of the Bells’ with labeled letter-notes

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to learn several Christmas and holiday tunes, in time for family and friends gathering around the piano with eggnog and cookies, demanding that you play some holiday stuff. You know how these people can get really insistent.  Downright pushy, even. If you play piano at all, then you know what I’m talking about.

So let’s make them happy this year! I’ve got some easy ones for you.

Today, in order to get you started on building that easy holiday repertoire, I’ve written and posted an exclusive arrangement of ‘Carol of the Bells’ as my latest perk for PWK’s supporting members.


EASY AS PIE TO READ: This arrangement has each note’s musical letter-name labeled.


MEMBERS: There will be more songs and pieces provided for your holiday pleasure — watch for these labeled sheets over the coming weeks and months!


“You can learn this one really quickly, I’ll bet!”

— Imaginary Dude.

“I learned it fast!”

— Probably Somebody Has Said This.

“I learned it in three seconds!”

— Not Sure If Anyone Has Said That.


NOTE: PWK’s ‘letter-note’ sheets are primarily for adults who are not currently taking private lessons — especially for those who’ve had past experience reading music, but who might have forgotten the details.


Member download price = FREE


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!

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

7th December 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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Learn all 12 Major & all 12 Maj7 Chords by Pattern (not by rote)

Today I’m happy to present the next lesson in my ongoing series, Piano 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.

Lesson Description: Learn how to immediately call up the notes to any of the twelve major chords — without having to rely on rote memory.  This lesson applies to all twelve major seventh chords as well.

Coming next: The minor and minor seventh chords.

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