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Identifying D, E, and A Chords: Common Chords for Piano

Our PFP Series continues with writing down D, E and A chords. We will use the treble clef again. And, we will write everything in the form of whole notes. CMajor will also talk with you about starting to write your own chord sequences. Also, feel free to add some color. Color code your work. Last week we talked about staffs and clefs. This week we will focus on writing out more chords and practicing a sequence. See you soon. Thank you for listening.


PFP Series: Writing Down C,F&G

When music is written down, we can show fixed sounds. In today's class, CMajor will show you how to write down C, F & G chords on a staff. Tune in as we kick off the continuation of the PFP class for 2019. See you very soon! Thank you for listening.


Piano for Parents: Course Overview 2019

The Piano for Parents course provides an introduction to playing the piano. After about a year of podcasting, CMajor presents "Piano for Parents", a year-long course for parents who are interested in learning some basics of piano playing. We will begin by focusing on chords. The CMajor Radio Show will focus on musical notation and writing down music clearly. In the interest of self-teaching, the course will give you an idea of how chords described over a podcast may be broken up between two...


Writing Down Middle C: On the Music

Extra! Extra!--Write down an extra line when you write Middle C. In today's episode CMajor will spend time talking with you about how Middle C looks. You've already learned how to locate Middle C on a keyboard. So, how do you fix it on a staff? First of all, the full name of a white note Middle C is Middle C natural. We always understand Middle C by itself to mean a white note on your keyboard. All keyboards have a mixture of black and white notes. Unless the color of the notes is reversed...


The Fourth Piano Lesson: Performance Directions and Dynamics

In this fourth lesson, we are going to talk about how music has loud and soft sounds and other performance directions indicating that there is something special that you need to do to play the music the way the composer intended. What are these signs and symbols called? Sometimes we use the word 'dynamics' and sometimes we say 'performance directions'. Either way, you will need to think about how you will perform your piece(s) when you see certain terms and symbols. Sometimes editors and...


The Third Piano Lesson for Adult Learners: Andragogy vs Pedagogy

How are you learning? Is your learning experience a good one? Are you really ready to learn to play the piano? What problems are you solving when you're learning to play particular songs that you've always dreamed of playing? What is your motivation to learn to play the piano in the first place? We will explore your answers to these questions and more in today's episode. This episode is for adult learners who may want to better understand the ways they are choosing to learn to play the...


Learning to Play the Piano All Over Again...: Self-Education

Hi there!--We're back with another lesson. Did you enjoy last week's podcast? Hopefully you did. We are aiming to please your ears with something new this week. We will revisit the Middle C Approach to playing the piano. Plus we will talk about other methodologies. As a bonus, we will share with you stories about self-teaching artists and their music skills. It's also important to know which instrument you will choose to learn on. Sometimes students that have access to a grand piano still...


Create Piano Lessons: Self-Teaching Piano Pedagogy

We made it!--We finally found a stopping place so that we can see how to create piano lessons for yourself. You may be interested in pieces and techniques that you can share with friends and family. There are some things that you can do before you start playing the piano too! We'll talk about that at another time. It's important to know how to sit at the piano, for instance. So, get ready for our first online piano lesson on this podcast. It'll be fun. It will be simple. We'll spend one hour...


Winding Down the Steps of Beginner Music Theory: Intervals, Notes, Terms

In the most recent episode of The CMajor Radio Show, CMajor offered some insights to spooky music and how composers create scary sounding melodies. During this episode, we will try to dig a little deeper into creating the sound you want. You can learn to check the intervals in the music you are playing by following a few basic steps. Have you ever heard of 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, etc.? Listen now as we wind down our discussion on music theory basics. Following this episode, we'll delve...


Spooky Compositions: How Composers Create Haunting Melodies

Have you heard of...pianists playing spooky or haunting themes? "Everyone has a ghost story to tell.."--CMajor offers spooky compositions for listeners in this week's episode. Tune in to hear how composers create haunting melodies. How do they do that? We'll spend one hour talking more about the use of intervals and why some music scares us with creepy sounds. We will also mention a ghost story or two as told through the sound of music. It'll be fun! There will be audio clips and examples...


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...