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Theory is the basis for almost everything I teach and I have found that most pianists do not get the level of theory they need to really be good at such skills as playing by ear and improvisation. These free lessons will help you get up to speed.
How to learn beginning theory
Three important components of learning music
How to chart a song
Random but important theory
A new way of looking at scales
How to practice scales and arpeggios
The importance of the number four
Increasing your chord palate
How many chords are there?
Chord Cheat Sheet
“Just As I Am” – Example of identifying chords
Labeling chords as letters or numbers
Demonstration video on secondary dominants
Why chords can be called different things
Chords with missing 3rds or 5ths
More about slash chords
Important things to know about altered chords
Using the 7th
Choosing the right 7th for a chord
Short primer on adding 7ths
Adding the 9th
What is a jazz chord?
Year-long project: Changing 3-note chords to 4-note chords
Triads vs 7ths
Information about dominant chords