Learn the basics of music theory starting with the treble clef. Alfie Magliano explains what the lines and spaces of are, how to find the notes on the staff, and how this corresponds to the piano keyboard.
Learn the basics of music theory continuing with the bass clef. Alfie Magliano explains what the bass clef is, what the acronyms for the lines and spaces are, and how this correlates to the piano keyboard.
Learn the basics of music theory continuing with the grand staff. Alfie Magliano explains what the grand staff is and explains the role of the brace and ledger lines.
Alfie Magliano discusses how to indicate whether you are playing from pianissimo to fortissimo and how to read instructions that tell you how to play a piece of music over time.
Alfie Magliano explains the 6 different tempo markings from grave (extremely slow) to presto (very fast) and the instructions that tell you whether to slow down or speed up.
Learn the fundamentals of music theory continuing with the terminology and symbols of articulation markings. Alfie Magliano discusses the 6 different articulation markings.
Learn the fundamentals of music theory continuing with what accidentals are and how they work. Alfie Magliano discusses the three different types including flats, sharps, and naturals.
Learn the fundamentals of music theory continuing with whole steps, half steps, and enharmonics. Alfie Magliano explains what each of these are and demonstrates them on the piano keyboard.
Learn the fundamentals of music theory continuing with tetrachords and major scales. Alfie Magliano explains what a tetrachord is and the pattern it makes.
Learn the fundamentals of music theory continuing with additional major scales as Alfie Magliano focuses on sharp and flat major scales.
Alfie Magliano demonstrates why and how to place the sharps and flats at the beginning of the clef to indicate the key signature.
Alfie Magliano explains what a chromatic scale is and demonstrates both the ascending with sharps and the descending with flats on the musical staff and the piano keyboard.
Alfie Magliano explains more types of intervals, defining and demonstrating perfect and major intervals on the musical staff and the piano keyboard.
Alfie Magliano explores augmented intervals, explaining how to create one and introducing new musical notation with the double sharp.
Alfie Magliano completes the series on intervals with diminished intervals, explaining how to create one and introducing new musical notation with the double flat.
Learn the concept of solfege, a system of reading notes by assigning different, pleasant sounding syllables to the each note in the major scale regardless of the key. Do re mi fa sol la ti do...
Alfie Magliano begins by explaining what a chord is and then shows how the triad is a specific type of chord with a root, or first degree of the scale, a third and a fifth played together in unison.
Alfie Magliano examines a more technical way to refer to the names of the scale degrees. He introduces you to the tonic, dominant, and subdominant degree names and more.
Alfie Magliano explains what is a dominant seventh chord, a special four note chord, how to form it, and what it looks like on the musical staff.
Alfie Magliano discusses first inversions which is simply a reorganization of a triad chord moving the first degree to an octave higher allowing us to play these chords in a different way.
In Part 2, Alfie Magliano demonstrates how to create a second inversion which is another reorganization of a triad chord to an octave higher.
Alfie Magliano teaches you about dominant 7th chord inversions and demonstrates how to find the first, second, and third inversion of these four note chords.
Alfie Magliano explains and demonstrates how to use symbols to identify chords you play without seeing them on the musical staff.
Alfie Magliano builds on previous lessons as he demonstrates inverting chords to minimize the distance from one chord to another to ensure smoother transitions among the chords.
Alfie Magliano explains how to find the relative minor scales to the 15 unique major key signatures by utilizing the sixth degree of that scale.
Alfie Magliano continues exploring minor scales including the harmonic minor scale and the melodic minor scale.
Alfie Magliano demonstrates how a minor triad is built, the same as a major triad, but with the order switched. This small change from major to minor creates a very different emotion.
Alfie Magliano continues your studies on triads with the addition of augmented and diminished triads explaining the formula to create these types of triads.
Alfie Magliano examines modes, which are scales based upon eight notes. In this lesson, Alfie focuses on the modes related to major scales including Ionian, Lydian, and Mixolydian.
Alfie Magliano examines the modes related to minor scales including Dorian, Phrygian, Aeolian, & Locrian.
Alfie Magliano takes a melody, single notes played over time, and creates a chord accompaniment for it.
Alfie Magliano discusses how to play chords beyond block chords, all notes played at once, including broken chords and arpeggiated chords.
Alfie Magliano continues to discuss writing melodies and creating harmonies by introducing passing tones and neighboring tones. Alfie defines these tones and provides examples of both.
Alfie Magliano demonstrates how to compose a melody against a backdrop of chords in a major key and how to identify the time signature, chords, and type of chords before adding passing and neighboring tones.
Alfie Magliano combines harmonizing and composing a melody in a minor key into one lesson.
Alfie Magliano introduces the blues or, more specifically, the 12 bar blues chord progression. And demonstrates this progression and the blues scale on the musical staff and on the piano.
Alfie Magliano recaps all of the scales learned up to this point and introduces 3 new ones. He explains the properties and demonstrates them on the musical staff and the piano keyboard.
Alfie Magliano examines various types of chord notation, not as formal, but very useful. He shows you several variations for writing chords and more.
Alfie Magliano defines motive as a short musical idea that repeats often throughout a song and he demonstrates several examples from classical and pop music.
Alfie Magliano explores several types of musical forms including binary, ternary, rondo, theme and variation, and developmental forms.
Alfie Magliano explores pop music forms including the predominant pop song structure, also known as radio format, and discusses various modifications.