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Question: Hello Albert. Thanks a lot for putting together this helpful website.
My question regards transposing music. Would you say it is best to memorize a piece of music in its original key before attempting transposition? Lately I have been playing Chopin’s Prelude in E minor (Op. 28,...
Question: I am confused about sonatas. I’ve read that sonata is a single-movement piece, but others say that it has several movements… or was it only a single movement earlier on and then changed into multi-movement?
And just confirming, a sonata form is just one movement in a...
From the Italian sonare meaning simply “to sound,” the sonata has undergone enough changes throughout music history to fill several encyclopedic volumes, as some scholars have indeed given us. Fortunately for us, however, sonata form nearly always refers to a single-movement structure...
Question: Some time ago, I read your interesting article about ‘Sonata Form’ simplified.
What’s the relationship between sonata and symphony, both regarding form and other aspects?
– Achilles (Malta)
Albert’s reply: This is a great question, and one that confuses...
Question: Hi, I am wondering how to get better at playing pieces in different keys. Different keys have different chords, which have different fingerings. For example, I am good at playing songs at the key of B-flat but a hard time playing in A.
Albert’s reply: To improve playing in...
Question: Hello Albert,
About theory, what book would you suggest to purchase please? I need a book which will carry me through to the highest level. Most books one finds on the internet are just basic and actually purchasing off the net, one takes a chance with the wrong book.
Actually there is...
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...