Seventh Chords

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Learn how to play three of the seventh chords, and how to construct them.
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Chord Name Formula Symbol
Dominant 7th 1 – 3 – 5 – b7 7
Major 7th 1 – 3 – 5 – 7 Maj7
Minor 7th 1 – b3 – 5 – b7 m7


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Dominant Seventh Chord
The symbol of dominant 7th is –
the number “7” is written as a superscript after the chord root.
For example C Dominant 7th chord will be written as C7

Root + 4HS + 3HS + 3HS
Root + Major third + Perfect fifths + minor seventh
In the key of C, the notes of C7 are:
C + E + G + Bb

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Major Seventh Chord
The symbol of Major 7th is –
written as maj7 or M7 after the chord root.
For example C Major 7th chord will be written as Cmaj7, or CM7
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How to Play Major 7th Chord

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Learn how to construct and play Major 7th Chord.

The formula for Major 7th chord is:
Root + 4HS + 3HS + 4HS

In the key of C:
C + E + G + B

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Minor 7th Chords

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Music Theory – Intervals

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In western music, the smallest interval is the half step (semitone or half tone). A visual representation of a half step is any two keys on the piano keyboard that have no key in between them.

HALF STEPS
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A half step is the distance between a black key and a white key that are next to each other on the piano keyboard, for example: (See the above diagram for the examples of half steps)

The distance between C to Db (or C#) is a half step
The distance between F to Gb (or F#) is a half step

Another example ofthe half steps is the interval between the two white keys, for example:

The distance between B and C
The distance between E and F




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Free Sheet Music – Bach

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Click below on any songs to access free public domain sheet music for popular music composed by one of the greatest music composer and musician, Johann Sebastian Bach:

      Aria
      Aus meines Herzens Grunde
      Fugue in C major



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Piano Basics

Learn piano basics: Piano 101 – Learn the names of the white and the black piano keys.

In Lesson 1, you have learned that there are seven (7) white keys, and five (5) black keys on a piano keyboard. This patterns are repeated throughout any piano keyboard, whether it is a 44-key, or 61-key, or a full-sized keyboard.

After you have watched the video Lessons 2 and 3 below, you can access the fun interactive music tool, Keyboard Trainer, to test your keyboard skills.

Names of seven (7) white keys are:
C, D, E, F, G, A, and B

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Oh Susanna

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Oh Susanna was written by Stephen Foster, which was first published in 1848.

Learn how to play this easy traditional song is easy. This song is play in 4/4 time, which means that there are four beats in a measure, and each beat gets a quarter note.

The three major chords on the left hand are:

        C chord, the notes are C-E-G
        F chord, the notes are F-A-C
        G chord, the notes are G-B-D

Notes on the right hand are:

| C D |
| E G G A | G E C D | E E D C | D CD |
| E G G A | G E C D | E E D D | C CD |
| E G G A | G E C D | E E D C | D CD |
| E G G A | G E C D | E E D D | C C |
| F F | A A A | G G E C | D C D |
| E G G A | G E C D | E E D D | C |





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Easy Piano Songbooks

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Here is a list of the easy piano songbooks for beginners. It includes the First Book of Christmas, The Beatles Best, Easy Keyboard Tunes, and Easy Children Fake Book.


A First Book of Christmas Songs: 20 Favorite Songs in Easy Piano Arrangements (Dover Music for Piano)
Song Titles: We Wish You A Merry Chrismtas, O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, Joy to the World, What Child Is This? Hark The Herald Angels Sing, The First Nowell, Jingle Belks, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and much more


The Beatles Best: Easy Piano
Across The Universe, Because, Good Day Sunshine, Hello Goodbye, Hey Jude, I’ll Follow The Sun, In My Life and more – Easy arrangements of 120 Beatles hits. A truly remarkable collection


Easy Keyboard Tunes: 30 Fun and Easy Keyboard Tunes for Beginners
Humpty Dumpty, It’s Raining/London Bridge, Drunken Sailor, Skip To My Lou, Scotland The Brave, Home On The Range, Oh Susanna, Good King Wenceslas, and more
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Glossary of Musical Terms

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T V W
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A Tempo
Returning to the original speed

Accent Sign (>)
Playing the note(s) louder

Accidental –
The marking for a pitch, to be lowered (b or flat), or raised (# or sharp) by a half step.

Accompaniment
Instrumental or vocal parts that accompany a melody.

Adagio
Playing the music moderately slow

Allegretto
Playing the music moderately fast

Allegro
Playing the music fast

Andante
Playing the music slowly (at a walking pace)

Arpeggio –
Chords where the notes are played in succession instead of together.

Scales, Chords, Arpeggios and Cadences
A Complete Book – Learn the Fundamentals
Explanation of Scale Degrees
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Bar
Organized chunk of time in music that contains a particular number of beats, usually two, three, or four beats. Another word for bar is measure.

Bar Line
Line used to separate bars/ measures of music.

Bass Clef
Musical symbol that is placed at the left side of a staff that makes a note placed on the second line from the top of the staff the F below Middle C. For this reason, it is also called the F clef. Read the rest of this entry »

Public Domain Sheet Music

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Bach, Joplin, Beethoven, Pachelbel

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Beginner Piano

Lesson 6Learn How to Play “Brother John”
Lesson 7Learn How to Play “London Bridge is Falling Down”
Lesson 8Learn How to Play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”

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Brother John America

Silent Night God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

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Aura Lee – Learn Piano

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Learn to play this popular song, Aura Lee (Love Me Tender) on piano. This song is written in 4/4 time. You will be playing five chords in this song

3 major chords
C (C-E-G)
G (G-B-D)
F (F-A-C)

2 minor chords:
Dm (D-F-A)
Am (A-C-E)

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| G C B C | D A D | C B A B | C |
| G C B C | D A D | C B A B | C |
| E E E | E E E | E D C D | E |
| E E F E | D A D | D A E D | C |



Aura Lee Lyrics

When the blackbird in the Spring
On the willow tree
Sat and rocked, I heard him sing
Singing Aura Lea
Aura Lea, Aura Lea
Maid with golden hair
Sunshine came along with thee
And swallows in the air

Chorus:

Aura Lea, Aura Lea
Maid with golden hair
Sunshine came along with thee
And swallows in the air

In thy blush the rose was born
Music, when you spake
Through thine azure eye the morn
Sparkling seemed to break
Aura Lea, Aura Lea
Birds of crimson wing
Never song have sung to me
As in that sweet spring
(Chorus)

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Time Signature of 4/4
The “4” on the top tells you that there are four beats in each measure, and the “4” on the bottom tells you that a “quarter note” receives one count (or beat).

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Pentatonic Scales

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Learn how to play pentatonic scale, which is used in most of the oriental music. Pentatonic scale is made up of five notes. In the key of C, the notes are: C, G, D, A, E, C.

The formula of Pentatonic Scale is – 2HS, 2HS, 3HS, 2HS, 3HS
[HS – half step, Review: Intervals]

Explanation:
G is the perfect 5th of key C (moving up in a clockwise direction),
D is the perfect 5th of G, and so on.
[Access – Circle of the FifthsC, G, D, A, E are the five consecutive keys in a clockwise direction]

If we put the above notes into one octave, the notes will be C, D, E, G, A.

And, if we transpose C, D, E, G, A into all the black keys, the notes will be Gb, Ab, Bb, Db, Eb, see the diagram below:

F# / Gb Ab Bb Db Eb
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Pentatonic Scale

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Piano Lessons for Children

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ZebraKeys.com is a free and fun piano-learning website which provides Free piano lessons for children. It is your child’s first step, and will be the best step that he or she could ever make to start learning the piano. For busy parents, their child can learn piano at their own pace and at the comfort of their own home; and best of all, parents can also learn and grow together with their child as well.

Statistic has shown that music can make a person smarter, happier, and have a better self-esteem. With the right techniques and tools, everyone can learn how to play a music instrument in no time at all. There are step-by-step and easy-to-learn piano lessons for absolute beginners and beginners. and other interactive music tools, such as the Keyboard Trainer (created by Ricci Adams) right on the website to add more fun for your child to interact with. Let us allow our children to benefit from music, the international language that everyone can understand and share.




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The Ash Grove

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One of the popular Welsh folk songs, “The Ash Grove”, was written in the 19th century by John Oxenford. Watch and learn how to play this song on a Free online virtual piano keyboard, comes with downloadable free sheet music

This song is play in 3/4 time (three beats per measure, and each beat receives a quarter note.
[Review: Time Signatures]

You will be playing four (4) major chords with the left hand:

      C chord, the notes are C-E-G [Review: Major Chord]
      G chord, the notes are G-B-D
      F chord, the notes are F-A-C
      D chord, the notes are D-F-A


Chords for the left hand are:

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| C | C | G | G |
| C | F | G | C |
| C | C | G | G |
| C | F | G | C |
| C | C | G | G |
| C | C | D | G |
| C | C | G | G |
| C | F | G | C |

Notes on the right hand are:

| G |
| C E GF | E C C | D GF DC | D G G |
| C ED CB | A F A | G C B | C G |
| C E GF | E C C | D FE DC | B G G |
| C ED CB | A F A | G C B | C EF |
| G EF GA | G F E | F DE FG | F E D |
| E CD EF | E D C | B G F# | G G |
| C E GF | E C C | D FE DC | D G G |
| C ED CB | A F A | G C B | C |



The Ash Grove Lyrics
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Brahms’ Lullaby

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Learn how to play this Easy Piano traditional song, Brahms’ Lullaby. This song is played in 3/4 time, i.e. three beats per measure, and each beat receives a quarter note.

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Review Time Signatures – 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time.
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You will be playing three major chords with the left hand:

      C chord, the notes are C-E-G [Review: Major Chord]
      G chord, the notes are G-B-D
      F chord, the notes are F-A-C

Chords for the left hand are:

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| C | C | C | G |
| G | G | G | C |
| F | C | G | C |
| F | C | G | C |


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Notes on the right hand are:

| EE |
| G EE | G EG | C B A | A G DE |
| F D DE | F DF | BA G B | C CC |
| C AF | G E C | F G A | G CC |
| C AF | G EC | F E D | C |



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Online Piano Keyboard: Virtual Keyboard

Use this interactive virtual piano in conjunction with our free piano lessons. This interactive keyboard can practice some of the piano skills and play some easy piano songs.

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Piano Basics

Lesson 1Layout of Piano Keys
Lesson 2Names of White Keys
White Key Names

Lesson 3Names of Black Keys
Black Key Names

Lesson 4Piano Grand Staff
Lesson 5Music Notation – Note Durations

Beginner Piano

Lesson 6Learn How to Play “Brother John”
Lesson 7Learn How to Play “London Bridge is Falling Down”
Lesson 8Learn How to Play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
Lesson 9Playing the Major Chord