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Scales, Triads and Intervals: Moving Toward and Away From Notes

Adult students preparing to learn scales, triads and intervals are invited to tune in to this next episode. You've tried to teach yourself and you are now in a place to learn more. We'll talk about how to stay with the notes that you intend to play versus how to move away from the notes that you do not want to play. As we begin to wind down our music theory practice basics, CMajor invites you to her step-by-step presentation of describing the distance between notes. Has anyone ever talked to...


Accidentals Not Accidents: The Nuts and Bolts of Understanding The Rules

Do you sense that you are getting the notes mostly right if you see sharps, flats and naturals? Key signatures make music easier to read, but what do you do when you are faced with accidentals? CMajor explains that accidentals are not accidents. There is also the question of how important is it to learn key signatures when you can rely on handwritten or repeatedly marked sharps, naturals and flats to raise and lower individual notes. You may have encountered this part of musical study...


Dotted Notes, Keys and Key Signatures: Using Your Smartphones in Music Making

We have the keys, keys, keys!--Listen as CMajor tells you a story, about a person who is so close to success in music making. The success that we are seeking lies in your ability to concentrate. Are you able to get to a quiet place where you can listen? Are you careful and attentive to what you are doing in your own music making? What are you saying to yourself when you practice? It's time to start thinking about how you are practicing. Practice like a professional and aim to understand the...


Half Steps, Whole Steps and Scales: Playing the Black and White Keys on a Piano

So, how many keys do we need to play any way? How many black keys are there on a keyboard? Do the black keys outnumber the white keys at any point? Who decided that we should have 88 keys anyway? Let's talk about these questions and more on the next CMajor Radio Show. I hope you'll tune in because we'll cover finding the distance from one note to another. Join us for our talk about intervals, half steps, whole steps and scales. Here in the 21st century we have more notes on a keyboard to...


Is a Black Note a Sharp?: Music Notes and How to Properly Name Them

Have you ever wondered about the difference between sharps, flats and naturals? Did you grow up believing that all black notes are sharps? Are you clear about how to say the key signature of a piece? Have you ever heard of the word "enharmonic" or enharmonics? These are all questions that we will talk about in this episode of The CMajor Radio Show. You don't want to miss this discussion. CMajor has worked on making this information as clear and easy to understand as possible. Listen as she...


Rhythm and Pitch: Grouping Your Sounds on the Piano and Playing Fixed Sounds

Hey, CMajor!--Do I have to tune my digital piano? It's an interesting question. Nowadays you have ways to alter the pitch of almost any instrument including electronic ones. We'll talk about rhythms and pitch in this episode. Listen as CMajor describes the difference between rhythm and tempo. She'll explain how to play the piano using a fixed rhythm and a fixed sound. You'll hear her talking about finding the exact sound you want. "If a note is played on a keyboard and then another note is...


The Three T's: Time Values, Time Signatures and Tempo

Have you ever heard of the word 'metronome'? It's not an everyday word that most people use. Some composers use a metronome to indicate how fast they want their pieces to be performed. Some performers use a metronome so that they can maintain a steady beat while practicing. Some digital instruments, such as pianos and keyboards have a metronome built in. Sometimes these metronomes will display a number. Other metronomes are portable and hand-held and may display a digital number or a...


More on Time Values: Eighth Notes and Sixteenth Notes

Did you know that an eighth note lasts only half the length of a quarter note? Did you know that a sixteenth note lasts only a quarter of the length of a quarter note? Tune in this week as CMajor takes you through the explanation of how these shorter time values work in music theory. We'll also talk about mixed shorter time values and how to line up notes together--all using color of course. We'll also talk in terms of tempo since it was mentioned briefy in the last podcast episode. CMajor...


Writing Down Music Clearly: Bars and Time Signatures

Has anyone ever talked to you about how to write down bar lines? Bar lines---Are they horizontal or vertical? And, does time have a signature or signatures? What does it all mean, you ask? Tune in to the next CMajor Radio Show to find out. CMajor is excited to speak with you about something that goes along with and beyond listening. Becoming an active writer of music is an important part of learning to practice music theory. You will get to move from simply looking at time values on a page...


Getting Ready to Write Down Music Clearly: Time Values

Welcome Back!!--to the CMajor Radio Show. I've missed you. As you have heard, we are shifting things around a bit here on the show. The focus has now shifted to music your request. You talked and we listened. You want more time with CMajor and you really want to learn more about Music Theory. It's a new day, a new time and a renewed focus. Join CMajor and her in-studio VIP guests/co-hosts for a longer discussion on music theory topics. Starting with this episode, you'll have a...


Playing Classical Melodies by Color: Simplifying the Familiar

Play in minutes, not years. If you can hum, whistle or sing, you can play by color. No worries. Adults, children, an senior citizens can be inspired to play piano and it won't take you years to do it. Learn to play a melody in minutes. Play Piano By Color: It's an interesting idea whose time has re-surfaced. Tune in to the next CMajor Radio Show--CMajor will walk you through color organizing a classical melody to navigate your way around the piano. This episode is for the more...


Sugar Candy-Coated Piano Lessons: CMajor's Play Piano by Color Method

Do you like candy? Do you like colored candy? Do you like soda pop? Do you enjoy seeing the colors of a rainbow? So many questions about color--But, CMajor is excited to share with you her ideas for using various colors to help you navigate your way around the piano. Here in the 21st Century, we can use Roy G. Biv to help you with that. It appears that you can use Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet to either label the entire music alphabet or individual letters of the...


Trusting Your Teacher: Are You Following the Practicing Directions?

Did you hear about the time CMajor performed at The National Underground right here in New York City? What does that have to do with today's episode topic? Well, it means that CMajor did a pretty good job of listening to her teacher. She took a risk and made it a point to perform live and play her own piano songs. When CMajor's teacher told her to get herself to New York, she was surprised. Sometimes teachers give you something to do or think about that seems to go beyond your own...


What Are You Doing This Summer?: Music Making Ideas with CMajor

More're thinking about how to spend your summer with music making. Are you planning to travel? Will you be spending time on the beach? Maybe you are thinking about taking advantage of a summer concert series somewhere. Whatever the case may be, tune-in to The CMajor Radio Show next time. CMajor will talk about your summer plans and how to keep your connections wth events in your community. Look for family friendly concerts, i.e. clap-along, sing-along, dance-along concerts; music...


Piano Diploma: Why Would You Go For That?

There are many paths to playing the piano. Some like the idea of starting young and growing in artistry. Others like the idea of starting at an older age and trying their hand(s) at playing a musical instrument. What are you aiming to do? If you've been following The CMajor Radio Show, you may have heard CMajor discuss commitment to playing, practicing the piano and music-making and wellness. CMajor will offer ideas about growing as a pianist. The next CMajor Radio Show is literally for all....


Faint Memory: CMajor's Tutorial on a Piano Song

In this special episode of The CMajor Radio Show, CMajor will talk about Faint Memory in more detail. Faint Memory is one of CMajor's signature solo piano songs. It's a fan favorite that starts with a CMajor scale. It's in the key of CMajor. It starts with CMajor and ends with CMajor. But, what's happening in between?! CMajor will also talk a little bit about the story behind the song. Get ready for a description of scales, intervals, chords, letter names of notes and melody. That's next...


Committing to Music Making: How Long Does That Take?

When is it okay to quit piano? That's a real life question that came up in a recent teachers' meeting that CMajor attended. The thought of quitting something that I personally love to do was startling to me. But, what if in the grand scheme of things that piano lessons are just that, something that you graduate from and then stop? This next CMajor Radio Show episode is for parents who are academic focused. You see music making as something that your child will do only for a certain amount of...


Paparazzi Piano: Capturing Lessons on Mobile Devices and 'Sharenting'

Recently, CMajor got the surprise of her life when she discovered that she had been videotaped teaching piano lessons to one of her students. The owner of the video was a parent who was so proud of his child that he couldn't help but capture the moment with his cellphone. There it was--CMajor pointing to the page and talking to a student about how to improve his playing of Old MacDonald. I was pleasantly surprised. I hadn't realized how much this moment meant to the parent. So much so, that...


Piano for Moms: Re-Capturing Your Youth Through Piano Lessons

Happy Mother's Day!--Mother's Day weekend was just a few days ago, but CMajor is wishing the best for all moms who are working hard to ensure their children have a chance at music-making. Additionally, CMajor is encouraging moms who are getting back into music making themselves. Go for it!--There is no time like the present. With all of the beneftis of technology and apps that are available, you can make all of the music that you want these days. You are the mom who took piano lessons as a...


Practicing Music Theory Over the Summer: How Do You Do That?

Practicing Music Theory Over the Summer: How Do You Do That? CMajor has some ideas for helping you think through your music making. "Music is made out of fixed sounds like those produced by the keys on a keyboard. Each key produces its own sound--a sound which is higher or lower than the sounds produced by any of the other keys--and it always produces the same sound. Different types of instruments produce their sounds in different ways but it is easiest to understand how musical notes are...