Piano for Beatmakers – #006 – The Eye-Opener [Keys + Scales]
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Onto number six in our Piano for Beatmakers email series.
Ok, this is the big one.
This should be the lesson which opens your eyes and reveals how scales work on a piano.
You should then be able to start practicing different chord progressions and be on your way.
In the Piano for Beatmakers course, I also cover another scale to help solidify this info, which includes black notes and stretches your mind. (At first, it’s really confusing, but as soon as you get it, you’re set.)
Remember when we talked about Octaves that I said there were only 12 notes?
Okay, well when you choose a scale, you’re actually only limited to 7 notes!
If you’re thinking right now like, “.. Whaaaat?”
Then you’re probably just hitting notes trying to find things that work.
This will help you understand how scales work so you’re no longer guessing what notes you can hit, it’s now a matter of just finding a catchy melody (which is a whole different subject lol.)
The reason I like to start with C Major is that it only contains white notes. So when we’re trying to find what chords (major or minor) are in C Major, it’s really easy because the chords must only have white notes!
So for example, inside C Major we have:
C, D, E, F, G, A, B
These are our 7 notes available to us in C Major. Whether we want to be playing single notes or chords, we must only use these notes.
And again to touch on octaves – these notes repeat over and over whether you go up or down the piano.
So when trying to find out if we have a D Major or D Minor chord.. we have to first find out what notes each of these chords has.
I like to use this piano world helper tool.
It allows you to select chords and scales and shows you exactly what notes are inside of them by highlighting the notes.
From here on out, you can now try and find powerful chord progressions.
Honestly, finding new chord progressions is probably my favorite part of sitting down to play the piano.
Not only does it help you to keep building your muscle memory of where certain notes are on the piano, but allows you to try new things continuing to keep you stretching your mind and learning further!
This is a crucial part of the piano to understand. It will open your eyes to music theory and allow you to start creating freely!
If you’re left confused, think of the piano course as one lesson you’d take with a piano teacher in real life. (Except you can watch these over and over and download them.)
With my 50% refund deal if you leave a review – that seems like a pretty fair transaction if you think about it that way.
In our next email, I’m going to talk to you a bit about counting beats and timing.
This is another important point because timing allows us to create rhythm and diversity in our music!