Music Theory with Sue Compton

Music Theory

I have created a music theory page in this website to offer advice on music theory from a pianist’s perspective and to share some of the methods I use to help me remember many aspects of music theory

Beginners

  1. Semitones and Tones otherwise known as Half Steps and Whole Steps
  2. The importance of learning about tones and semitones (whole steps and half steps)
  3. The 12 basic notes on the piano keyboard
  4. How to count semibreves or whole notes (Short Video)

Key Signatures

  1. The order of Sharps in a Key Signature
  2. The order of Flats in a Key Signature
  3. How to work out the major key from a key signature
  4. How to work out which sharps or flats to add to a major key
  5. Alternative Table for Major Key Signatures using Sharps and Flats
  6. What does the relative minor and relative major mean?
  7. How to work out the relative minor from any major key
  8. How to work out the relative major from any minor key
  9. How to work out the key of a piece of music using accidentals – flats
  10. How to work out the key of a piece of music using accidentals – sharps

Scales

  1. The 7 notes of a major or minor scale
  2. Preparing to write a major or minor scale
  3. Naming the degrees in a scale including tonic, supertonic, mediant, subdominant, dominant, sub mediant and leading note
  4. How to write a major scale (a quick method):  C major, G major, D major, A major, E major, B major, F sharp major, C sharp major, F major, B flat major, E flat major, A flat major, D flat major, G flat major,  C flat major
  5. How to create minor scales directly from the major scale
  6. How to change a major scale into the natural, harmonic and melodic minor forms – quick method
  7. How to write a natural minor scale
  8. How to write ALL natural minor scales
  9. How to create a harmonic minor scale
  10. How to write ALL harmonic minor scales:  A harmonic minor,  B flat harmonic minor,  B harmonic minor,  C harmonic minor,  C sharp harmonic minor,  D harmonic minor,  D sharp harmonic minor,  E flat harmonic minor,  E harmonic minor,   F harmonic minor,  F sharp harmonic minor,  G harmonic minor,   G sharp harmonic minor,  A flat harmonic minor
  11. How to create a melodic minor scale

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