Did You Know That Music Is Based On Natural “Laws” – Music Theory?
How many of these facts do you know about music & piano playing?
Test yourself and then check the answers at the bottom of the page:
- Did you know that by learning just 3 chords you can play hundreds of songs?
- Did you know that there are only 12 major keys you can play in, but you only really have to master one key to play most popular songs?
- Did you know that it is possible to easily match any melody note (tune) to a chord, so you can harmonize any note?
- Did you know that Beethoven’s Fur Elise and the blues song “Summertime” uses the exact same chords for the theme of the song?
- Did you know that it is quite possible to predict what chord comes next in a song with accuracy approaching 85%?
- Did you know you can use the same chords to play boogie, blues, new age, gospel, pop, rock, jazz, country – anything except classical music? (And even some classics!)
- Did you know that guitar chords are the same as piano chords — the only thing different is the instrument and the resulting sound?
- Did you know that hundreds of songs use exactly the same form, so by learning that form you can know what’s coming next in a song?
- Did you know that by coming in through the backdoor of piano playing — chords — you can start making wonderful and satisfying sounds on the piano in just a few days instead of a few years — even if you don’t know Middle C from Tweedle Dee?
Answers to music theory questions:
- True. That’s because there are just 3 primary chords in any key — like family members: Mom, Dad, Child. Get to know those 3 and you’ve got it.
- True. It’s like languages. It’s great to be able to speak several, but you can get by with just one. I’d love to speak other languages, but I can get by with just English.
- True. Every note is part of several different chords. So it is easy to harmonize any song once you know the secret.
- True. Yep. They both use the A minor chord and the E7 chord in their themes.
- True. I know that’s hard to believe, but remember that music is based on math. Once you understand a thing called the “Circle of 5ths” it’s a piece of cake. In fact, I can tell you right now that 85% of the time the G chord comes directly after the D7 chord. So next time you run into the D7 chord, you have an educated guess of 85% that the next chord will be some form of the G chord. (G, G7 etc.) If you’re into amazing your friends, that’ll do it!
- True. Apply different rhythms to the same chords, and you have many styles of music! With the very same chords I can play boogie, jazz, rock, pop, gospel, new age, ragtime.True. Chords are chords. Once you know them, you can apply them to any instrument.
- True. Musical forms such as “AABA” and “ABA” are the basis of thousands and thousands of songs.
- True. Understanding chords and how they form the “skeleton of music” accelerates the learning curve exponentially.
The bottom line is this: music is based on natural law and is mathematical in nature. Understanding is the key to both rapid learning and getting more enjoyment out of the process. Click here for a great and low-cost course in Music Theory.
Here is the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7JozWZClGI&feature=youtu.be
Here is an article on Wikipedia about the laws of music (music theory): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_theory
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