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FREE Interactive Piano Chord Catalog of 108+ Piano Chords

FREE VISUAL PIANO CHORD BOOK from PIANO WITH KENT!

UPDATE Nov. 17, 2020: You can now purchase a downloadable PDF version of this complete piano chord book HERE.

At bottom is a free interactive eBook which is an excellent reference for my Chords 108 series.***


***This book can also serve as a stand-alone reference, arranged alphabetically and by chord type.


The purpose of the Chords 108 series is to teach students of piano how to memorize all 108 of these chords without the use of an external reference (after one has mastered what’s covered here).

In the context of ‘Chords 108 this optional catalog may be used to check your understanding of the memorization system taught here.

 

OUR  FREE INTERACTIVE CHORD BOOK IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE, AFTER THIS DESCRIPTION:

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Easy-To-Read Sheet Music with Letter-Note Names | Free Lessons and Courses

Moonlight Sonata, Clair de Lune and Many Others | Professionally Annotated with Letter Note-Names

Proceeds from sales of our custom-made SHEET MUSIC WITH LETTERS help keep this website alive, AD-FREE, full of educational content, and FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

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Sheet Music with Letter Note-Names Added (every note is ACCURATELY labeled, as in E, Bb, F, G#).

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Moonlight Sonata Package Offer – ALL THREE MOVEMENTS

Moonlight Sonata 1st Movement (the very famous slow and haunting movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# Minor, “Moonlight”).

Moonlight Sonata 2nd Movement (a nice and easy slow one–very short, and very pretty!)

Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement (also famous worldwide, this one is fast and furious!)

The Complete Clair de Lune

Für Elise – Entire Piece

ALL PRODUCTS (a growing list)


 

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“Prelude in C” with Letters and Notes | Piano Sheet Music | Original and Unabridged | PDF Download

J.S. Bach’s Prelude in C Major with Letters and Notes

I’ve added a new custom sheet, Prelude in C,  written by J.S. 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 Bach piano 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.

 

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“The Blues Piano Crash Course” Main Page

SEE FURTHER BELOW FOR A COMPLETE COURSE DESCRIPTION

 


Curriculum


Lesson One – “The Blues Scale”

 

Supplemental (optional) from “A Study in Blues Piano” – Licks #1 and #2

 

Lesson Two – “A Left-hand Groove”

Lesson Three – “Five Must-know Riffing Devices”

 

Lesson Four – “The Classic 12-bar Blues Progression”

 

Lesson Five – “Put Your Hands Together”

 

Lesson Six – More tips and practice for the Two-Fisted Jammer

 

Lesson Seven – A Walking Bass Line & More Coordination

 

Lesson Eight – Blue Notes and pitch-bending

 

Lesson Nine – The Melody Machine

 

Lesson Ten – Turn-arounds and Endings

 

Lesson Eleven – Playing Blues in Any Key

 

end of list (all core lessons)

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 you to start improvising great blues solos!

Although most of this course is in the key of C, there is a detailed lesson that covers transposing the blues scale, and the 12-bar blues progression, into other keys.

Is this what you’re looking for?

Students taking this course should be interested in learning blues improvisation.  Improvisation in blues usually has an underlying structure, a key center, and a chord progression that is being followed.  The rhythm and the chords give us that beautiful sense of a distinct groove, and the soloists do their thing “on top of” that.  In this course, you will learn the basic structural stuff, but you will also be given (taught) the popular raw materials for creating blues licks and melodies in general.  It will be your job to turn those raw materials into original licks.  I can give you expert guidance, hints and tips and raw material, which I do, but in the end, it’s your solo! That’s the beauty of studying improvisation. You get to own it.

Blues-inspired improvisation is at the core of, and will always have an influence on, countless musical genres. The blues scales, blues chord progressions, the “Blue Notes”…these are staples of so much great rock, hip-hop, jazz, country, gospel, and so on. That’s just to name a few of the mega-genres that have “blue blood” in their veins!

We can either forget about, or fail to recognize, the blues roots in so much contemporary music, but it’s everywhere.

So, back to the question, “Is this what you’re looking for,” I would suggest “yes,” because you read this far, still hanging in, after reading what’s what, so therefore you might like the class. That may be an odd conclusion.

Preview: To help you get an idea of how these videos might work for you, Lesson #4 (link below) is currently watchable as a full lesson preview.

Recommended knowledge or experience

  • You will need NO ability to read music (true for this particular course, and for most lessons on this site).
  • Knowing the names of the notes on your keyboard (like E, F#, G) is helpful in this class, but is not absolutely required.
  • We do start out hoping you already play “a bit of piano.”
  • Musicians who are already experienced with another instrument, including blues guitar, can benefit from this course as well. That is, you could potentially (1) pick up some keyboard skills and/or (2) learn new theory stuff and/or (3) get new ideas.

Helpful Course Documents

(Click document’s image below to download or view.)

Catalog of Chords and Scales
Catalog of Chords and Scales (for Blues Piano Crash Course)
Recommended Listening
Recommended Listening (Blues)

The Complete Course (video pages w/ text intros)

 

FREE TO SUPPORTING MEMBERS

 

Lesson One – “The Blues Scale”

 

Supplemental (optional) from “A Study in Blues Piano” – Licks #1 and #2

 

Lesson Two – “A Left-hand Groove”

 

SAMPLE LESSON for VISITORS

Lesson Three – “Five Must-know Riffing Devices”

 

Lesson Four – “The Classic 12-bar Blues Progression”

 

Lesson Five – “Put Your Hands Together”

 

Lesson Six – More tips and practice for the Two-Fisted Jammer

 

Lesson Seven – A Walking Bass Line & More Coordination

 

Lesson Eight – Blue Notes and pitch-bending

 

Lesson Nine – The Melody Machine

 

Lesson Ten – Turn-arounds and Endings

 

Lesson Eleven – Playing Blues in Any Key

 

end of list (all core lessons)

Für Elise Sheet Music with Letter-Labeled Notes

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Sheet Music: Lick #1 from A Study in Blues Piano

 

Blues/Improv Students:

How’s yo blues?

I’ve had requests for piano notation covering the blues licks in my course, A Study in Blues Piano.

That course is video-based, and teaches from a chord-based improvisation point of view.

I sometimes resist providing notation for improvisation-focused courses, because it can almost promote blind imitation, rather than creative playing.

That said, I’ve had a couple of convincing requests lately from students who wanted to have sheet music to supplement this class. As a result, I’ve decided to provide notation for several of the licks, plus notation for a complete blues piano solo (featuring licks from the course).

Here’s a downloadable PDF file for Lick #1, “Energy.”

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Special Offer: Moonlight Sonata Complete | All 3 Movements | Piano Sheet Music with Letter Note Names

Ludwig Van Beethoven | Moonlight Sonata | piano sheet music with letter-note names added

Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 14 “Moonlight” with Lettered Notes | Complete and Unabridged | 1st, 2nd, & 3rd  Movements

IMPORTANT: You  may also buy any of these movements separately!

FIRST, THE WHOLE  BUNDLE:

There is more information about this bundle below!


More selections for future reference:

Sheet Music With Letters Added to Each Note


PACKAGE PRICE–ALL THREE MOVEMENTS AT A  DISCOUNT!

Complete and Unabridged

Easy-to-read Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, piano  sheet music with letter-names added to each note.

Compiled, notated, annotated and cross-checked against highly reputable published sources by Kent D. Smith, professional music instructor and performer.


LETTERED NOTES

Each note in this sheet music is labeled with its associated letter-name, such as E, D#, Ab.

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Courses with Kent

 

A Study In Blues Piano – Focusing on Twelve Licks

 

Optional Sheet Music for A Study in Blues Piano

Sheet Music for Lick #1 optional supplement

Sheet Music for Lick #2 optional supplement

Sheet Music for Lick #10 optional supplement

Sample Blues Piano Solo sheet music – optional supplement



The Blues Piano Crash Course

 



The ‘Chords 108’ Series*

*A free educational  series of video-blog posts, in progress….several lessons are already published.  The above is a link to the table of contents for this series.

Catalog of 108+ Piano Chords that you will learn to quickly memorize (using the Piano Chords 108 system).

 

 

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The Complete ‘Clair de Lune’ Sheet Music with Letters

Clair de Lune | Unabridged Complete | Whole Piece | Letters and Notes || with Letters Added Piano Sheet Music with Letters

Claude Debussy’s timeless and extremely popular piano piece, Clair de Lune, is well-known around the world.  Its origins include influences from poetry, the music of Bach’s time (the Baroque period), and the artistic school of Impressionism.

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