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Level 7

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In Level 7, we’ll learn about intervals and major chords, two of the most important concepts in music theory. Once you know how to build major chords, you’ll already be able to play many, many songs! In piano music, the hands often work completely independently from one another, and we’ll learn a couple exercises that are great for building up independence between the hands.

We’ll also learn a brand new way of reading music, one which is often used in jazz and pop: lead sheet notation. In this style of music notation, the right hand melody is written out in treble clef, but instead of a written-out bass clef, we just see chord symbols above the melody. This gives the player much more freedom to improvise and create a nice accompaniment, and it also allows multiple musicians playing different instruments to all read the same sheet music and perform together easily. Whether you want to play classical or pop music, it’s important to understand this system of notation. We’ll put all of these skills to use with several well-known pieces, written in both the grand staff and lead sheet notation.


Held Notes

When playing the piano, it’s often necessary to keep some notes held down while playing others. In this tutorial, we’ll learn a little exercise to help train this ability.

Exercise in Contrasting Articulations

Sometimes it’s necessary to play the notes in one hand legato (long), and the notes in the other hand staccato (short). Many beginners find this coordination difficult, so we’ll learn a little exercise in this tutorial which will help you improve this ability.

Exercise in Contrasting Dynamics

It’s very common in piano music to play one hand louder than the other. Usually, the hand with the melody is played substantially louder than the hand with the accompaniment. In this tutorial, we’ll learn a little exercise to develop this ability. 



Intervals refer to the distance between two notes. In this tutorial, we’ll discuss how to recognize and build intervals. Intervals are the building blocks of chords, so mastering them is very important.


Major Chords

Major and minor chords are the building blocks of all Western music, including classical, pop, and jazz. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to build major chords. Using just these chords, you’ll already be able to play hundreds of songs!


Michael Row the Boat Ashore

In this tutorial, we’ll learn the traditional African American spiritual, “Michael Row the Boat Ashore.” This piece is written in lead sheet notation, meaning a treble-clef melody along with chords, rather than the grand staff (treble and bass) pieces we’ve seen so far. 


Happy Birthday (Chord Version)

In this tutorial, we’ll begin playing with both hands at the same time. Don’t worry if you don’t get the hang of it right away; it can take a while to build up this coordination. Keep at it – with some regular practice, these exercises will be no problem at all! 


Carol of the Bells

In this video we’ll learn to play the Christmas song “Carol of the Bells.”

Lullabye (Brahms)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the famous Brahms Lullabye from a lead sheet, using chords in the left hand.


Ode to Joy (Beethoven)

Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” is one of the most famous classical melodies of all time. It appears in the last movement of his ninth and final symphony. In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play it using melody and chords.

Beginner Piece No. 37 (Berens)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play a little waltz, the “Beginner Piece no. 37” by Hermann Berens.


Study No. 4 (Diabelli)

In this tutorial, we’ll learn to play the “Study no. 4” by Anton Diabelli. Despite the unassuming title, it’s a very charming little piece.


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