Scale & Key Signature

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Teaching Minor Scales

Can someone recommend to me how they teach their students the Minor Scales? I teach major scales in the order of the circle of fifths. Then, I usually start with natural minor, and show the relationship with the relative major, since they have the same…

Solace of the Wind Key

Jazz program.The key of Solace of the Wind. First off I might say it’s C Minor with it’s key signature and initial chord but it’s the final chord that’s supposed to be the final arbiter, right? And that’s A flat Minor. In fact the whole…

Roman Numerals for Amazing Grace Variation 2

I have a question about the Amazing Grace Variation from book two. How would you write the last line in I IV V format – from the vi, then F/D, F/G, and Fm. You wouldn’t write IV/2nd would you? Is it IV/6th? There are several…

0246135 Order

Have a random question about 0246135 in Accompaniment 2 (I checked simpedia and here before posting): What is the reason we go in the particular order of notes on the keyboard by skipping up to F# from E and back down to its natural scale…

Scale Journey 3s and 4s

I don’t understand the “scale journey on the keyboard.” I know a lot about scales and can play them all, but my understanding is this is playing the scales using 3 fingers of the LH and 4 of the RH starting in various positions on…

Fake Book Keys

Is there any advantage or disadvantage to buying a “key of C” fake book vs. just a generic fake book? The one I am looking at is not the “easy” fake book series, it just says “for C instruments”. For C instruments does not mean…

Key signature question about August (TFMM) – Neil Moore

I really encourage my students to ask questions. Tonight while learning August she wanted to know about flats as accidentals turning up in a # key signature, such as in measure 15. “Why is it not written as a D#?” she said. Does anyone know…

I, IV, V and minor keys

Here’s a theory question from a student that has me stumped: are songs in minor keys (like Scarborough Fair) still built on a I, IV, V foundation? Which major chords would one expect to find in a minor key, and why? Intuitively, it seems like…

Understanding Chord Structure – Laurie Richards (Webinar)

In this interactive teacher webinar, Laurie walks through the ‘rules’ of how chords are built. Using slides for visual reinforcement of the concepts, the following topics are clearly covered: Major Scale How Triads are Built Other Chord Tones 7th Chords Extended Chords Chord Voicing Chord…

Introduction of chord inversions, use of scales

I’m still a relative newbie, trying to wrap my head around fitting all the pieces together. Can someone further down the path give some insight on the following please? I’ve done the Composition and Improv as well as Accompaniment training (and Supplemental Programs for these),…