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If you are completely new to the world of music, learning the notes will be the most time consuming area of your study simply because there is a vast amount of information to, initially, memorize. Becoming familiar with notes, scales and chords will be paramount, as well as learning hand-positioning and rhythm.
Learning The Chords:
The major and minor chords will be the bread and butter of your entire learning experience. They will serve as the groundwork for other chords you will learn. Below, is a summary of the chords that will be introduced to you. The term, ‘lowered’, signifies lowering the note by one semi-tone.
Major and Minor Chords:
—Major Chord: The 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes of the scale
—Minor Chord: The 1st, lowered 3rd, and 5th notes of the scale
The 7th chords are built from the major and minor chords. It is here where you will add the 7th note of the scale and lower it by a semi-tone.
—7th Chord: The 1st, 3rd, 5th and lowered 7th notes of the major scale
—Minor 7th Chord: The 1st, lowered 3rd, 5th, and lowered 7th notes of the major scale
—Major 7th Chord: The 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th notes of the major scale
The suspended chord uses the 4th note instead of the 3rd note.
—Suspended Chord: The 1st, 4th and 5th notes of the major scale
Hand positioning will require a bit of practice, and here are a few basics that will, eventually, become second nature:
—Both of your hands will remain open and very loose
—The tips of your fingers will be doing the playing
—Your thumbs will be touching the keys
—Your arms and shoulders will be relaxed
—You will sit on the edge of the bench to ensure correct posture. Your posture can affect how your fingers perform.
Rhythm refers to the pace; and the speed, with which you play the notes, is a part of the music’s rhythm. You will become accustomed to determining how long to hold any given note. The speed of a musical piece has to do with the beat; and notes that are played ‘long’ or ‘short’ are regulated by the beat.
Rhythm, also, is governed by ‘rests’. Rests occur in a musical piece where no sound is heard for a short amount of time.
As your training continues, you will become familiar with an array of musical terms; you will understand why technique, positioning, breathing and poise are fundamental; and you will appreciate how improvisation plays a fundamental role with any performance.
May your musical journey be one of absolute enjoyment and personal fulfillment!