• Jingle Bells

    Jingle Bells

    Jingle Bells Piano This Jingle Bells piano version is a fun and lively arrangement of the song that has some challenging sections to learn, most notably in the fast moving bassline of the left hand part. It is suitable for piano players who are reasonably early on in their learning as it is in a…

  • Tritone

    Tritone

    What is a Tritone? A tritone is an interval of 3 tones (whole steps) or 6 semitones (half steps) that sounds particularly dissonant. It can be either expressed as the interval of an augmented 4th or a diminished 5th depending on the context. History of the Tritone Legend has it that the interval was banned…

  • Hemiola

    Hemiola

    A hemiola is a rhythmic device that involves superimposing 2 notes in the time of 3 – there are 2 types you will come across – horizontal hemiola and vertical hemiola. Horizontal Hemiola A horizontal hemiola occurs in a piece written in triple time where the music is suddenly changed to “feel” like it has…

  • Enharmonic Equivalents

    Enharmonic Equivalents

    Enharmonic equivalents describe notes, intervals, key signatures or chords that share the same pitches, but have different names depending on the musical context. For example, the black note on a keyboard just to the right of C natural can be written as C sharp or D flat: Enharmonic Equivalents Example The note sounds the same,…

  • How To Draw a Bass Clef

    How To Draw a Bass Clef

    Learn how to draw a Bass Clef quickly with this step by step guide. A Bass Clef looks really tricky to draw when you first look at it, but it is actually much easier than drawing a Treble Clef. Have a look at this video and the pictures of the 3 steps for you to…

  • How To Draw a Treble Clef

    How To Draw a Treble Clef

    Learning how to draw a treble clef is a very important skill to have if you are wanting to write music by hand. At first glance, a treble clef looks like a really complicated symbol to draw, but it is actually quite easy if you follow this 3 step process and put in a little…

  • Pentatonic Scale

    Pentatonic Scale

    What is a pentatonic scale? A Pentatonic scale is a scale with 5 notes (from the Greek word ‘pente’ meaning 5). The easiest way to play one is to play the 5 black notes on a piano one after each other – if you do this, you will have played a pentatonic scale. Pentatonic Scale…

  • Secondary Dominant Chords

    Secondary Dominant Chords

    A secondary dominant chord is an altered chord (has at least one accidental) that has a dominant relationship to another chord that is not the tonic of the piece of music. Composers started to use secondary dominant chords in the Baroque period and they became increasingly popular in the Classical and Romantic periods. They are…

  • Air on the G String

    Air on the G String

    Air on the G String by Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most famous pieces of the Baroque period and remains extremely popular amongst performers and audiences to this day. Air on the G String Piano Arrangement Air on the G String Piano Download Air on the G String Easy Piano Sheet Music PDF…

  • Chromatic Scale

    Chromatic Scale

    The chromatic Scale consists of 12 notes – each note is separated from the next by the interval of a semitone (or half step). It can be described as either “ascending” or “descending” depending on the direction of movement. Here is the chromatic scale (both ascending and descending) beginning on C: Chromatic Scale on C…

  • Perfect Fourth

    Perfect Fourth

    A perfect fourth is an interval of 5 semitones (half steps) between 2 notes. For example, if you play middle C on the piano followed by the F above it then you will have played a perfect 4th interval: Perfect Fourth Piano Example The F is 5 semitones higher than the C and so the…