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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 the piano? Could someone help clarify or direct me to someone in our training? I just finished watching Acc 2 but still am confused. Thanks in advance! [answer author="Mark…

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 all the songs are in the key of C. It means it's for instruments whose sheet music is written in the standard way we're most…

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 the answer to this? The short answer is that the song wouldn't be in the same key if you made it a D#, and that the…

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 using the 6-2-3 works remarkably similar to the 1-4-5 only with minor chords, the relative major then being in the position of 3, a step and…

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 Alterations

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), so feel free to refer me back to specific parts of those. I'm just working through Foundation 3 training too. At what point are chord inversions introduced? At what point, if…

Circle of Fifths

When does the circle of fifths get introduced? How do you introduce/use this concept as a teaching tool? I don't think it's in the curriculum. But when introducing key signatures, I introduce it. In Accompaniment 2 there is a fantastic diagram/shortcut explaining how many sharps or flats are in each key. It's a simple pattern of course. It's the easiest way I have ever seen to memorize all the key signatures.…

Naturally Occurring 3s and 4s

Would someone please explain exactly what "naturally occurring 3's and 4's" means? I've watched videos in which this concept is mentioned, but maybe I've missed something along the way. Is it breaking down a scale into groups of three and four notes? Do you start on the tonic of the scale? I'm also a little confused about key signature shapes. Is there a diagram of this somewhere or are we supposed to map out the shapes…

Teaching key signature

I'm working my way through Accompaniment 2 and have a question. One of the lectures talks about naturally-occurring chords in various keys, and assumes knowledge of keys. The example given is that the key of F has one flat. I know that in Time for More Music we teach the scale journey, but where and how is it recommended that we teach students what key matches the key signature? I vary in how I teach it,…

Circle of 5ths

Hello fellow teachers, How and when do you incorporate the circle of fifths in your lessons? I am open to any and all suggestions! Jessica, The circle of 5ths is usually introduced later on in the foundation program, in conjunction with Jazz and Acc Level 2 which gets into theory. In my studio that is typically around Level 8 – 9. Sometimes later, depending upon the class. By the time it is…

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