This page contains music lessons and concepts covered in music class for junior grades. There are also extended examples, links to other sites, and future topics. A notebook was given to students in junior grades that should be used for note-taking and trying exercises. Students should make it part of their daily routine to investigate and perform music to enhance learning and improve brain function.
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Guitar Lessons (Josh Gerbrandt):
Melodic Playing Technique
Key of G Major
Power Chords and Blues
Key of D Major
Key of C Major
Key of A Major
Key of E Major
Fingerstyle and Classical Techniques
There are no T’s that I can see written on the piano. Where are the T’s?
T stands for tone or whole tone. It’s a unit of measure like metre or kilometre. A distance of a tone or T is two keys or notes away. You know that it’s a tone when there is a key or note in the middle of two notes. Measuring tones and semitones helps us to see patterns. There are no T’s written on the piano because it would confuse musicians to write all the T’s for all the piano keys.
Why are there no letters written on a real piano?
There are no letters written on a real piano because it’s not necessary. Imagine trying to write a story using words from a dictionary when all the words in the dictionary are written on your page. It would be hard to write and read. Also, it doesn’t look aesthetically pleasing.
What happened to the F in G Major?
We used an F sharp instead. F sharp (F#) is higher and closer to G. The F makes the scale sound strong with more energy and less pretty than Major. Play GBDF on the piano and then play GBDF# on the piano to hear the difference. Notice how GBDF stands out and GBDF# is nice?
I still don’t understand what a tone is. Can you give me another example?
Imagine one day seeing a big dog and a cat sitting beside each other. There would be no animals between them. That is like a B key and a C key on a piano. There are no keys between B and C on a piano. This is called a semitone, a half tone, a half step, or sT. Imagine on another day that you saw a cat, a chicken, and a dog sitting in a row. The chicken is in the middle. The cat and dog would be further away from each other. The cat would be like a C and the dog would be like a D on a piano. This is called a tone, a whole tone, a full step, or T. How many T’s are there from C to E? 2 T’s. How many semitones are there from C to E? 4 sT’s.