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Question: Which minor scale… natural, harmonic, or melodic, should I be practicing on when playing the major scale, then to its relative minor scale?
– Richard (North Carolina, USA)
Albert’s reply: While we need to know all three forms of the minor scale, if you only practice...
Question: Hi Albert,
I’m just beginning to play. Is there such a thing as a paper/cardboard thing you put on the keyboard with the notes on it?
Albert’s reply: You remind me of the time my brother scratched the note names on the piano when we were kids!
Question: My idea of teaching music theory through piano was always burning in my mind… at last I think I found the right place to learn more.
I am interested especially in harmony, including the right selection of chords, chord progressions, etc.
– Achilles (Malta)
Question: Hi, I just wanted to ask some short questions:
Explain the following time signatures and tell where the accents fall in each: 2/4, 3/4, 4/4.
What are accents and what effect do they have?
Albert’s reply: Courtney, these are really one and the same...
Question: I’ve often read that to play the piano properly, you must be proficient in key identification (knowing what the key is, based on the number of sharps or flats it has). As long as I play the music as written, why is it necessary for me to know what key it’s in? I’ve...
Here are all the major scales for piano, with all proper fingerings, for free download! Simply right-click the download icons or links and select “Save” to download the major piano scales worksheet.
Most piano students struggle with learning their scales, but...
Question: I am 67 years old and returned to piano less than a year ago. My teacher is a world class pianist who doesn’t have much time for me. But then too I don’t feel I need lessons every week as I practice 2–4 hours every day on the Bach invention and Beethoven sonata she...
Which to Learn?
Question: I was about to memorize the number and types of intervals in the scales.
Then I noticed this distinction between keys and scales.
Any key (major or minor) comprises just 7 notes.
But a scale comprises 8 notes – we repeat the tonic note to make up an octave when...
Question: Hello Albert,
Many years ago, I was taught that by looking at the last note or notes of a piece of music, one could tell what key it is in, that is of course if one does not understand the key signature in the beginning of the piece of music.
That being said, I am practicing a piece of...
Question: Hey Albert, I am glad to hear of your success at the TED convention.
My two-part question is one that may sound odd but “How can I be sure what chords to play on the melody note in a song?” and “Is it scientific or just creative?”
I hope you understand my...
Question: How much theory is important when learning to play the piano? What’s most important to know?
– Barb (Wisconsin, USA)
Albert’s reply: This is a critical question for all music students. First, it’s important to understand the nature of music theory. In the...
Question: Hello Albert, My question today is:
Where did the idea of double expositions in piano concertos come from and how did it affect later compositions?
– Achilles (Malta)
Albert’s reply: As explained in Sonata Form Simplified, the first section of a movement in sonata form in...