Do you find music theory difficult? Or maybe it’s like the foreign language you are learning; you know bits of a sentence but you don’t fully understand all the missing bits and so it comes out clunky and doesn’t translate very well?
I hear it all the time…’I don’t understand, music theory is so confusing. Why is it like this!'
Because music theory has developed over hundreds of years, it has accepted conventions and symbols which can seem confusing and out of date. Also what I've seen is that explaining music theory makes it sound very complex, whereas playing the notes A C E on the piano and saying that's an A minor chord is very easy.
Like learning a language, the best way is to speak it with others rather than try and memorise it. But also like a language, learning certain key phrases and techniques can serve you for life.
So firstly, we will start with chords.
1. A chord is two or more notes played at the same time.
2. You can write a vast amount of amazing music simply with major or minor chords.
3. Finding the notes on the piano for any major or minor chord is easy using semitones.
4. A semitone is:
The distance between two keys on the piano, a white to a black, or a white to a white without a black in between, e.g. F - F# or E - F.
Here is the formula to work out any major and minor chord on the piano with ease!