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G-flat Chord

The G-flat major triad, more commonly called the G-flat major chord or simply the G-flat chord for short, consists of the notes G-flat, B-flat and D-flat. It is enharmonic with the F-sharp major...

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A Minor Chord

The A minor triad, more commonly called the A minor chord, is a minor triad consisting of the notes A, C and E. Here it is on the bass clef staff:

Here is the above chord on the piano:

As a...

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B-flat Minor Chord

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

… and on the bass...

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B Minor Chord

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

… and on the bass clef staff:

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C Minor Chord

The C minor triad, more commonly called the C minor chord, is a minor triad consisting of the notes C, E-flat and G. Here it is on the treble clef staff:

… and on the piano:

Here is the C...

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C-sharp Minor Chord

The C-sharp minor triad, more commonly called the C-sharp minor chord, is a minor triad consisting of the notes C-sharp, E and G-sharp. Here it is on the treble clef staff:

… and on the...

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E-flat Minor Chord

The E-flat minor triad, more commonly called the E-flat minor chord, is a minor triad consisting of the notes E-flat, G-flat and B-flat. Here it is on the treble clef staff:

… and on the...

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E Minor Chord

The E minor triad, more commonly called the E minor chord, is a minor triad consisting of the notes E, G and B. Here it is on the treble clef staff:

… and on the piano:

Here is the E...

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F Minor Chord

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

As a minor triad, the F minor chord...

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F-sharp Minor Chord

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

As a minor triad, the...

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G Minor Chord

The G minor triad, more commonly called the G minor chord, is a minor triad consisting of the notes G, B-flat and D. Here it is on the bass clef staff:

As a minor triad, the G minor chord...

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G-sharp Minor Chord

The G-sharp minor triad, more commonly called the G-sharp minor chord, is a minor triad consisting of the notes G-sharp, B and D-sharp. Here it is on the bass clef staff:

Here is the above chord...

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Beyond Urtext Editions

Question: Hello Albert,

I read with great interest your articles about Urtext Editions and Music Notation. I’ve been playing the piano for most of my life and am pursuing an interest in the...

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Reading Piano Music

For most piano students, reading piano music is one of the biggest hurdles in learning to play the piano. I’ve therefore assembled a series of practical, general tips that will help you read...

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Writing in Fingerings

Question: I am returning to playing the piano after 20 years. I took lessons from the age of 8 until I was 17. My problems are fingering, sight reading and arthritic fingers. It’s a real...

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Training the Eyes

Question: I have a few students who have great difficulty reading the notes on the staff. It has been brought to my attention that it may be due to a tracking problem which falls into the category...

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Synchronizing the Hands

Question: Is there any “rule of thumb” regarding playing notes in both clefs, at the same time? In other words, do the stems need to line up or do the notes need to be directly over...

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Solf├Ęge Note Names

Question: Hello, I am a beginner at playing the keyboard and I have just been learning to read notes.

My teacher has given me notes to practice – like quarter notes, half notes, and whole...

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Sight Reading and Training the Eye

Question: I have a question about sight reading and how it relates to piano theory. I can sight read a normal piece pretty well, but only at a slow tempo.

I read somewhere that it was due to short...

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Sight Reading and Timing

Question: Hello,

I have been playing with the piano now for four years. The first two years I have been teaching myself while my daughter was taking lessons. Now as of November of this year it...

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Reading Sheet Music

In my experience, reading sheet music is usually the biggest challenge for most piano students. The difficulties can be mitigated some by understanding that reading music is not a single skill...

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Reading Piano Notes

Question: I just had my piano lesson yesterday and my teacher asked me to play this song and I did, and he realised that I was reading the numbers above the notes. He asked me to try play it...

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Reading Notes

Which Note Is Which?

Question: My main problem is identifying and remembering which note is which.

Is there any special way I could train my mind and brain to recognize the notes correctly, and to...

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Reading Music

How to Read Sheet Music course available now!

Reading music is one of the essential musical skills you’ll need to make the most of your musical ability. The entire history of Western music is...

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Reading Multiple Voices

Question: Does your course also cover how to properly read and practice the multiple voices found in almost every piano/vocal/chord sheet music I see? I have seen many courses that teach you how...

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