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What is Voicing?

 

You may have heard pianists talk about “voicing.” If you’ve been confused it’s certainly understandable, since the term actually has several entirely different meanings in...

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Dominant Seventh Chord

 

The simplest way to think of a seventh chord is three thirds stacked on top of each other.

The dominant seventh is the most important of the seventh chords and is fundamental to Western harmony. A...

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How to Learn the Sharps and Flats

 

With up to seven sharps or seven flats in a key signature, it can seem daunting to try to remember the order—yet there’s a simple shortcut that makes it easy.

You just need to remember...

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21 Benefits of Learning a Musical Instrument

Miscellaneous
 

Do you love music? Are you learning to play a musical instrument?

There are more beneļ¬ts to learning a musical instrument than you might have imagined. My colleague Diego Cardini of The Musician...

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First Term at the Piano

Miscellaneous
 

The 23-piece course for beginning pianists (18 by Bartók, 5 actually by his contemporary Sándor Reschofsky), First Term at the Piano, is now available to key-notes members. These...

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How to Buy a Used Piano

How to buy a used piano

A properly crafted piano can be a magnificent instrument that will last for ages and produce the most beautiful sounds. Buying a used piano can therefore be an excellent...

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Piano Humidifier

 

Creating a Healthy Environment for Your Piano

If you have an acoustic piano you'll want to take the best possible care of it, and the most important factor is the room environment. Once you...

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Henle Library App

 

Previously, we looked at ways to use tablets (iPads in particular) for sheet music. In this article, I’d like to introduce you to a sheet music app by a leading classical sheet music...

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What Are "Piano Hands"?

 

Is there such a thing as a “piano hand”? Do your hands need to be a certain size or shape for them to be suitable for playing piano?

Do you need big hands?

Let’s start with the...

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How to Clean a Piano

The Useful Tips You Need to Know

Learning how to clean a piano is a very important to enhance the durability and the functionality of your instrument. Regular cleaning will not only keep your piano...

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Demystifying Piano Tone

 

For generations – centuries even – pianists have sought the secret to playing with a beautiful tone. Teachers have attributed a beautiful sound to a certain type of hand and shape of...

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iPad for Sheet Music

Digital sheet music has come a very long way since the awkward initial attempts to turn laptops into contortionists a few daring musicians hoped would miraculously stay on a music stand. For...

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Key Signature Chart

This Key Signature Chart is designed to help you learn all the key signatures easily. It’s written with increasing sharps and flats.

It’s essential for all musicians to memorize the key...

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Music Modes

Why does a piano keyboard look the way it does? The answer has to do with music modes. The modes are types of scales. A scale is simply a specified sequence of intervals from one note to the same...

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Piano Technique

Piano technique is the ability to get the right sound at the right time out of the piano. It is the ability to realize music, how we interact with our instrument. It is the ability to say what we...

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D Minor Chord

The D minor triad, more commonly called the D minor chord, is a minor triad consisting of the notes D, F and A. Here it is on the treble clef staff:

… and on the piano:

Here is the D...

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Toastmaster Magazine Cover Story

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I’m humbled and overwhelmed to get to share some wonderful news with you. Toastmaster Magazine’s editorial staff unanimously chose me for a major cover story for its monthly print...

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Key Signatures

Key signatures are designed to simplify music notation by indicating the key. Without them, composers would be forced to write accidentals (sharps and flats) every time they’re used, which...

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Chord Inversions

Chord inversions are “spellings” of a chord with a note other than the fundamental in the bass. Let’s take a simple example:

The C major triad consists of the notes C, E and G, in...

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Circle of Fifths

The Circle of Fifths depicts all key signatures in order of increasing sharps and flats:

It’s a very easy way to learn the key signatures by depicting them graphically. With C major at the...

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Bach's Musical Signature

Question: How do I calculate Bach’s musical signature?

– Alfi M.

Albert’s reply: Bach often wrote his name in musical notation, sometimes hiding it in his works. In German, the...

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Bach's Ornaments

Question: Great Web Site!

I am studying the Bach B Minor Invention BWV 786. In the Explication, the manner of execution of the trill is very clear, and yet one can find conflicting interpretations...

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Common Chord Progressions

This lesson will introduce you to the most common chord progressions, so widely used that they can be found in virtually every piece of tonal music regardless of genre or era. Astonishingly, the...

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Difference Between Motives and Phrases

Question: Hi Albert,

Would you be so kind as to help me get clear on the meaning of “motive”? Also can you differentiate a “motive” from a “phrase”? I want to...

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Difference Between Pitches and Notes

Question: What are the two pitches in music called?

Albert’s reply: There aren’t just two pitches in music, there are as many pitches as there are colors.

Yet pitches aren’t the...

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