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How to easily master music theory and dramatically improve your playing

August 26, 2010

Music Theory Explained © Steve Mallis 2010

Lesson 1  The Musical Alphabet

If you know the 1st 7 letters of the English alphabet you can master music theory, read scales, and dramatically improve your playing. Don’t believe me?  Read on…

The musical alphabet consists of the 1st 8 letters of the alphabet,

                                     A, B, C, D, E, F, G

These letters represent the natural notes of the C scale.

                                    C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C

Our 1st objective is to learn the letters of the C scale forwards and backwards.

Repeat, out loud, or in your mind the C Scale 10 times.

                                         C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C … (10 times)

Now repeat the letters backwards. You will probably need to go slowly at first. This is harder than you might think.

                                         C, B, A, G, F, E, D, C

Now repeat the backwards sequence 10 times. You may need to go very slowly.

That’s it for Lesson 1!

You’ve just learned the musical alphabet, forwards and backwards. This is your 1st step to learning scales, reading music, understanding music theory, and dramatically improving your musical ability. ….and all it takes is knowing the 1st 7 letters of the English alphabet, just like I said.

Best wishes until next time.

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