Thursday, June 21, 2007

C Major and A Minor

The first time when I was tested on my "natural talent" to gadge on my musical level for the Piano by Ear course, I was asked to hum the Happy Birthday song. I sang perfectly and not a key out of tune. (Of course since you've been singing the song at least more than 10 times a year). So, it was 'concluded' that I can enroll for the lessons since I do have some musical talent to follow their course.

So, if you can sing, or even hum in the right tune, you can actually learn to play any instruments, easier than those who don't. Nevertheless, I feel regardless of your 'level' of musical talent, everything can be learned, as long as you are interested and determined to master it. Ok, back to our lessons.

Lesson 2 - Scales
A scale is a set of notes for making music. It consists of the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C or they can be sung as Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do. This is called the C Major Scale. C Major scale is like a happy note. Most happy songs are played in this key. The C key is the first key shown on the image. On the piano keyboard, you will have 8 of this C keys. Each set of keys, eg. Cs to Cs is called an octave.

Then there's the sad note, called the Minor Scale. Minor scale starts with A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A. A key is located on the 6th key on the image. Most love songs are played on Minor scales as it sounds melodious and sad.
Now, you can try to play your songs in both C Major Scale or Natural A Minor Scale.
Good luck!

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