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Welcome to Rocket Pianos Intermediate Piano Course!
A Personal Message from Me
Welcome back to Rocket Piano! In this book youre going to learn more about chord
progressions, new key and time signatures, dynamic signs, and much, much more! Youll
learn how to reach those tricky notes with ease using my hand positioning techniques.
Youll also have over ffteen original compositions to play, as well as popular songs like
Amazing Grace and House of the Rising Sun. Dont forget to listen to the nearly 30
audio tracks included.
This book also continues on with all new Jam Tracks for you to play along with a real
band!
Ive also included the New Rocket Piano Progress Tracker so that you can have a checklist
of all the techniques you can expect to learn in the course. It is also a Record of Learning
for when you fnish whether you want to revise your skills or just show off to your friends
all the amazing skills and techniques that you have learned!
Once you have mastered a lesson or skill tick it off on the Progress Tracker, and move on
to the next lesson! Commit yourself to ticking off the skills you learn as you go and see
your improvement instantly!
Are you ready?
Ruth
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Listen to a personal
message from Ruth
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Every time you see one
of these buttons, play the
relevant video or track!
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Table Contents
Welcome! ................................................................. 3
A Personal Message from Me ................................. 3
Rocket Piano Progress Tracker ............................... 5
Chapter One ........................................................... 6
Review of Chord Progressions ................................ 6
Shell be Comin Round the Mountain ..................... 6
Shifting Inversions ................................................... 7
New Hand Technique: 2nd Finger Over Thumb ...... 8
Re-cap of Rhythmic Notation ................................... 9
8th Note Triplets .................................................... 10
Counting 8th Note Triplets ..................................... 10
Jam Track Six ........................................................ 14
Chapter Two ......................................................... 16
A New Time Signature ........................................... 17
Another Key Signature: B Flat Major ..................... 18
Primary Triads in B Flat Major ............................... 19
Amazing Grace ...................................................... 20
The A Major Scale ................................................. 21
Primary Triads in A major ....................................... 22
Play it Faster: Vivace ............................................. 23
Revision Test: Part Three ...................................... 24
Revision Test: Part Three continued.. .................... 25
Revision Test: Part Three Answers ........................ 26
Jam Track Seven ................................................... 27
Chapter Three ...................................................... 28
More Signs that Modify Notes ............................... 28
The E Flat Major Scale .......................................... 30
Primary Triads in E Flat Major ............................... 31
Play it Slower: Largo .............................................. 32
Playing the Scales over Two Octaves ................... 33
Arpeggios over Two Octaves ................................. 34
Pedal Practice ....................................................... 35
Jam Track Eight ..................................................... 36
Chapter Four ........................................................ 37
Seventh Chords ..................................................... 37
Dominant 7th Chords ............................................. 39
Minor 7th Chords ................................................... 40
Minor 7 Flat 5 Chords ............................................ 41
Recap of 7th Chords .............................................. 41
7th Chords in I, IV, V Progressions ........................ 42
Non Troppo Allegretto ............................................ 43
Sforzando .............................................................. 45
Jam Track Nine ...................................................... 46
Chapter Five ........................................................ 48
Three-note 7th Chords .......................................... 48
Adding Inversions .................................................. 50
Dominant Chords in Four Keys ............................. 51
Andantino .............................................................. 52
Jam Track Ten ....................................................... 54
Chapter Six ........................................................... 56
Key of E Minor ....................................................... 56
E Harmonic Minor Scale ........................................ 57
E Melodic minor scale ........................................... 57
Primary Triads in E Harmonic Minor ...................... 58
Revision Test: Part Four ........................................ 62
Revision Test: Part Four continued.. ...................... 63
Revision Test: Part Four Answers .......................... 64
So Long! ................................................................ 65
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Lesson or Skill Page # Date Signature
Shifting inversions ............ ............. .........................
New Hand technique: 2 Finger Over Thumb ............ ............. .........................
8th note triplets ............ ............. .........................
A New Time Signature: 6/8 ............ ............. .........................
Key Signature: B fat major ............ ............. .........................
Primary triads in B fat major ............ ............. .........................
The A major scale ............ ............. .........................
Primary triads in A major ............ ............. .........................
Performance direction: Vivace ............ ............. .........................
Accents ............ ............. .........................
Staccato & Staccatissimo ............ ............. .........................
Playing in unison ............ ............. .........................
The E fat major scale ............ ............. .........................
Primary triads in E fat major ............ ............. .........................
Performance direction: Largo ............ ............. .........................
Playing scales over two octaves ............ ............. .........................
Playing arpeggios over two octaves ............ ............. .........................
Pedal practice: Ped___ ............ ............. .........................
Seventh chords ............ ............. .........................
Dominant 7th chords ............ ............. .........................
7th chords in a I IV V progression ............ ............. .........................
Three note 7th chords ............ ............. .........................
7th chord inversions ............ ............. .........................
Dominant chords in:G ............ ............. .........................
In: F ............ ............. .........................
In: D ............ ............. .........................
In: Bb ............ ............. .........................
Performance direction: Andantino ............ ............. .........................
Key of E minor ............ ............. .........................
E harmonic Minor scale ............ ............. .........................
E melodic minor scale ............ ............. .........................
Primary chords in E harmonic minor ............ ............. .........................
Rocket Piano Progress Tracker
Page 6
Chapter One
Review of Chord Progressions
In Chapter 17 of the previous Rocket Piano book, you learned about chord progressions;
the series of primary triads that begin on the frst, fourth, and ffth notes of a scale. In this
chapter, you will learn a few more pieces with a I, IV, V progression in order to familiarize
yourself with this important sequence.
Exercise: This piece is a I, IV, V progression in the key of G major. Practice identifying
the chords as you play.
Shell be Comin Round the Mountain
Allegro
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Shifting Inversions
You should be comfortable with chord and chord inversions. Now lets look at shifting
inversions and the difference in sound they can make. You may have noticed that a chord
in root position always sounds very grounded and stable, while the same chord played in
the various inversions has a very different quality. The more you play chords, the more
youll notice their tonal qualities.
C major in root position and
inversions in the right hand
Here are the same inversions for the left hand.
Moderato
Exercise: Practice chord inversion with the following piece.
Root
position
1st
inversion
(with the root
note C at the
top)
2nd
inversion
(with the 3rd
note E at the
top)
Root
position
(now an octave
higher)
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inversion
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note C at the
top)
2nd
inversion
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note E at the
top)
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position
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higher)
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Page 8
New Hand Technique: 2nd Finger Over Thumb
At this stage, the pieces that youre playing are going to demand more technical fngering
and frequent hand position changes. To hit all the notes in a piece more easily, try this
technique. When six notes occur in a row in the melody of a piece, let your 2nd fnger go
over the thumb. 2 fnger
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Exercise: Practice putting your 2 fnger over the thumb with this piece.
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Re-cap of Rhythmic Notation
It was a long, long time ago that you learned about rhythmic notation, so heres a brief
re-cap to refresh your memory. Notice the new names for the quarter, half, whole, etc.
notes. They are more diffcult to remember but are used often, so it is important to be
familiar with both.
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or breve
(4 beats)
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8th note or
quaver
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16th note or
semi-quaver
( beat)
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8th Note Triplets
Eight note triplets occur when there are three 8th notes played in the time of two 8th
notes, or one quarter note. When you play a triplet, then, you will spread the playing of
the three notes evenly across the time it would take to play a quarter note.
When 8th note triplets are written, a small number 3 appears above or below the group
of notes.
Remember ...
three 8th note triplets =
one quarter note OR
two 8th notes.
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When counting 8th note triplets, you count:
one-and-then, two-and-then, three-and-then, four-and-then
Exercise: Clap the beats and count aloud the rhythm and also try clapping the rhythm
and counting aloud the beats.
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in the L.H appear like this and have a repetitive pattern, the following can be called a bass
line.
Andante moderato
Exercise: Try playing triplets with this piece.
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Exercise: This piece has a few 8th note triplets, so take it slowly at frst to get your timing
right. Then, speed up as you get the hang of it.
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Exercise: This piece also has a bass line in it. The bass line is the repetitive melodic
line in the L.H. Again, play slowly at frst until you feel comfortable with the piece.
It is a good idea to practice with each hand separately before putting them together. Start
by learning how to play the L.H (or bass line), then add the R.H.
Andante
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WERE JAMMIN!
Jam Track Six
Exercise: This Jam Track requires you to use the 2 fnger over thumb technique that
you have been learning. Practice through your piano part a few times, before jamming
it out with the Rocket band!
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Now lets all try playing together.
Listen to this track, and play along on
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dotted half note now makes
up a whole bar in time. 6
8
one-two-three beats now
instead of one and a half. This
also divides the bar into half, so
two dotted quarter notes make
up a bar in time. 6
8
Chapter Two
A New Time Signature
By now you should be able to play
4
4
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2
4
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4
3
time. In this chapter, well look at a new
time signature: .
Normal bars and measures are counted by notes that can be divided evenly in half. With
6
8
time, however, the beat is represented by dotted notes (like ) and thus gets divided
evenly into threes. A bar may consist of two dotted quarter notes ( ) or six 8th notes
( ).
Basically, the
6
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8
on the bottom
means that an 8th note gets one beat.
This means that this time signature is quite different from those weve looked at before.
All the previous time signatures youve seen (with a at the bottom) take the quarter note
as the standard for one beat, which makes an eighth note last for half a beat. Now, the
eighth note is the standard for one beat. This means that all the other note values change
correspondingly.
Here is a list of the new values of our notes when played in
6
8
time.
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Exercise: Clap the beat and count the rhythm of this exercise in
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8
time.
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Allegro
09
1
Exercise: Most pieces in
6
8
time are played quite fast, but for this piece - as with a lot
of others - it is okay to play it slowly when youre frst learning, then speed up. Its much
more important to get the notes and rhythm correct than to play it fast straight away.
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b b
b b
Another Key Signature: B Flat Major
Now, youre ready to learn another key signature: that of B major. B major has two fats
in it, B and E . Below, you can see how this key signature is indicated on the staff.
Remember that any major scale can be created by two tetrachords joined by a whole note
(Chapter 13 of the previous book). Therefore, the two tetrachords starting on B will make
the B major scale.
Use the same R.H. fngering to play B major as you do in F major. The R.H fngering will
go: 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, both ascending and descending. The thumb will go under the 4 fnger
on ascending, and on descending the 4 fnger will go over the thumb.
Heres the scale ascending.
b
b
b
Exercise: Here is the scales with both hands ascending and descending. Play over it
several times slowly to begin with. Pay particular attention to the R.H fngering.
R.H.
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4 1
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Page 19
Here is the I, IV, V chord progression in Bb major for the L.H, with the chords in the root
position.
This time the same progression except now with the inversions weve used previously
when looking at the primary chords.
Primary Triads in B Flat Major
The three primary triads in Bbmajor are Bb, Eb, and F.
b
Chord
I
IV
V
Triad
B major
E major
F major
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Exercise: This piece has the same chords as the I, IV, V progression but in a different
order than what youve been playing. This time, the chord progression goes: I, IV, I, V.
Try to identify the chords and their names in reference to their place in the progression.
Moderato
Amazing Grace
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The A Major Scale
Now that youve mastered the B fat scale, youre ready for another: the A major scale.
The A major scale has three sharps in it: F#, C#, and G#.
Take a look at the ascending A major scale for both hands below. Remember that you can
create the A major scale yourself by using the two major tetrachords joined by a whole
note principle.
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key signature
Exercise: Play through the A major scale with both hands ascending and descending.
Use the normal fngering for the major scales.
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Page 22
You can vary how you play the I, IV, V progression by using the inversions differently,
which will give the progression a different type of quality in the chords. As you already
know, a chord that isnt played in the root position usually has a sense of movement about
it. On the other hand, a chord played in the root position feels more grounded. If you use
the inversions differently, you can shift the progression in terms of the range in which it is
played.
Look at the example below, in which inversions of the I chord are played. These inversions
change what inversions you will use to play the other chords, as well as making the chord
type easier to hear. Remember: if a chord is played too low on the keyboard, it loses
quality, defnition and becomes unclear.
Here is the same progression for the L.H with the chords in the root position.
Again, the same progression, except this time with the inversions.
Chord
I
IV
V
Triad
A major
D major
E major
Position
1st note
4th note
5th note
Primary Triads in A major
The three primary triads in A major are A, D, and E.
IV V
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Vivace
Play it Faster: Vivace
Vivace is the next tempo indicator youll learn. It means to play the piece lively and quick.
It is a faster tempo than allegro, so vivace is now the fastest tempo youve played.
Exercise: Try this piece. Remember what the staccato dot means? (If you dont,
refer to Chapter 9 of the Beginner book.)
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Revision Test: Part Three
1. If the root position of the C chord is made up of C E G in that order, what is the 1st
inversion of the C chord made up of?
a. C G E
b. E G C
c. E C G
d. G C E
2. How many 8th note triplets ft into a measure of 4/4?
a. 4
b. 8
c. 12
d. 16
3. What does 6/8 at the beginning of a piece indicate?
a. there are eight 6th notes per measure
b. there are six 8th notes per stave
c. there are six 8th notes per measure
d. there are 6 sharps and 8 fats in the key signature.
4. What is in the key signature of Bb major?
a. Bb
b. Bb and Eb
c. A# and D#
d. 5 fats
5. What are the sharps in the key of A major? Name them in order of their appearance
on the stave from left to right.
a. C# F# G#
b. C# G#
c. F# C# G#
d. F# C#
Page 25
Revision Test: Part Three continued..
6. What does the term vivace mean?
a. play lively and quick
b. play slow and solemn
c. gradually getting faster
d. play sweetly
7. What is the defning characteristic of a harmonic minor scale?
a. it has no sharps or fats
b. the descending scale is different to the ascending scale
c. it has a raised 7th note
d. it is played with harmony in 3rds
8. What is the defning characteristic of a melodic minor scale?
a. it has no sharps or fats
b. the descending scale is different to the ascending scale
c. it has raised 7th note
d. it is the opening melody of the song House of the Rising Sun
9. What is the defning characteristic of a natural minor?
a. it has no sharps or fats
b. it has the same key signature as its relative major
c. it has the same key signature as E melodic minor
d. it played only on black notes
Page 26
Revision Test: Part Three Answers
1. (b) The frst inversion of the C major chord is E G C (pg 7)
2. (c) There are three 8th note triplets for every quarter note, so 3x4=12 (pg 10)
3. (c) The 6/8 time signature indicates that there are six 8th notes to be played in
each measure. (pg 14)
4. (b) The key signature of Bb major contains Bb and Eb. (pg 16)
5. (c) The key of A major contains the sharps C# F# and G#. They are written on the
stave from left to right as, F#, C#, G#. (Remembering that the sharps are placed on
the key signature beginning with F# and going up a 5th each time a sharp is added.)
(pg 19)
6. (a) Vivace means to play vivaciously, meaning lively and quick. (pg 21)
7. (c) The Harmonic Minor has a raised 7th in addition to its key signature. (pg 142
Beginner book)
8. (b) The Melodic Minor is different descending from ascending. Ascending it has a
raised 6th and 7th, and when descending the 6th and 7th become natural again. (pg
142 Beginner Book)
9. (b) The Natural Minor has the same key signature as its relative Major which is
located a minor 3rd up from the Natural Minor scales root note. (pg 141 Beginner
Book)
Page 27
07x
07
Listen to this track, and
play along with us!
WERE JAMMIN!
Jam Track Seven
Exercise: This Jam Track is in the key of B fat major, and uses the time signature
youve been learning about. Practice through your piano part a few times, before jam-
ming it out with the Rocket band!
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q
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Youve seen the sign before. It is an accent sign, which
tells you that you should play that note louder. You may
also see a sign above or an sign below a note. Both
mean the same as an accent sign.
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slightly staccato (in other words, a little bit less staccato
than when the notes have ordinary staccato dots).
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The sign is a wedge sign. When you see this sign, play
the note super staccato. In other words, play the note as
briefy as possible. This is referred to as staccatissimo.
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more pressure to it.
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Chapter Three
More Signs that Modify Notes
Here are a few more signs that you should know. They are less frequent than the other
signs weve looked at but theyre important to know in case they come up in any of the
pieces.
Play it a Little Less Staccato:
Play it a Lot More Staccato:
Play it a Bit Harder:
Play it Louder:
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Vivace
Exercise: Note the section below where the R.H and L.H play the same notes and same
rhythm, but an octave apart. This is called playing in unison.
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The E Flat Major Scale
The next scale for us to look at is the scale of Eb major. Eb major has three fats:
Eb, Bb, Ab.
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joined
W H W W H W W
key signature
Exercise: Play through the Eb major scale with both hands ascending and descending.
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W H W W H W W
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This time, when playing the I, IV, V progression, try using different inversions in different
hands. It creates a different quality; the sound becomes more full. Try playing the standard
inversions in both hands and then the different inversions in different hands and notice the
tonal quality difference.
Here is the same progression for the L.H. with the chords in the root position.
The same progression with the inversions:
Primary Triads in E Flat Major
The three primary triads in Eb major are Eb, Ab, and Bb.
b
Chord
I
IV
V
Triad
E major
A major
B major
Position
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4th note
5th note
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IV V
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Play it Slower: Largo
Now that youve learned to play fast (vivace), its time to learn how to play slowly. Largo
is another tempo indicator that means to play slower than adagio, or in a slow and stately
way. In fact, largo is the slowest tempo you have played thus far.
Exercise: Practice this tempo with the following piece.
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Largo
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Playing the Scales over Two Octaves
Youre now ready to try playing scales over not just one octave, but two. Youre going to
need a new hand technique for this one. Youll have to cross your thumb under your 4
fnger after playing the frst octave. Once the thumb has been repositioned, it can cover
the second octave.
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Now, lets apply the same technique to the left hand.
Exercise: Now, try playing the scales in unison with two octaves. Then go back and play
the other scales youve learned so far with both hands and two octaves. These exercises
are important to learn because they familiarize you with the scales and can also be used
to warm up the fngers before playing.
On the ascending L.H scale, the 4
fnger goes over the hand, making
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Arpeggios over Two Octaves
Now that you know how to play scales covering two octaves, you need to know how to
play arpeggios covering two octaves.
Lets start with the right hand. This time, the 1 thumb has to go under the 3 fnger as the
right hand ascends. Upon descending, the 3 fnger will have to go over the the 1 thumb.
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Exercise: Now try both hands together. Go slowly until you get the hang of it.
Exercise: Once youve gotten the hang of playing two octave arpeggios in C major, try
playing two octave arpeggios in all the other keys, using the same fngering.
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Pedal Practice
In the Chapter 11, of the beginner book, you learned how to use the pedal. The pedal sign
may be modifed with small upward arrows, as seen above. These tell you to release the
pedal then press down again, so that youre only releasing it for a moment.
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Exercise: Practice with the following piece. Note the dynamic sign. Dolce is a performance
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WERE JAMMIN!
Jam Track 8
Exercise: This Jam Track is a great opportunity for you to practice accented and stac-
cato notes within a band context! Practice through your piano part a few times, before
jamming it out with the Rocket band!
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Chapter Four
Seventh Chords
All the chords youve played so far have had at most three stacked notes. Now, youre
ready to add one more note to create a 7th chord.
A 7th chord is created by adding another note to an already existing triad. It gets its name
because the additional note is a 7th interval above the root note of the chord.
Here is the 7th
interval without the
other chordal notes.
7th chords create a more complex type of harmony within the chord. The additional note
adds harmonic complexity as well as making the chord more distinct.
Now, lets take a look at the left hand. The chord below is a C major 7th chord. It is built
up from the C note in the root. It has a C major triad in it and a 7th note at the top.
Seventh chords, like triads, can be major or minor. For now, think about the 7th chords
that appear in the key of C major. The fngering for playing 7th chords is:
R.H. 1, 2, 3, 5 or 1, 2, 4, 5.
L.H. 5, 3, 2, 1 or 5, 4, 2, 1.
At this stage use the fngering that is most comfortable for you. The fngering that appears
on the music is simply a guide.
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major. It is quite a stretch, so dont worry if you have to go quite slowly to start with.
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is named because there is a
7th interval in the chord.
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Moderato
Exercise: Practice seventh chords with the following piece.
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Dominant 7th Chords
Before you go further, you need to know about dominant 7th chords. It is when a minor
7th interval is added to the major V chord. It is called the Dominant 7 chord because
adding the minor 7th gives it a dominant pull towards the I (1) chord.
In the I, IV, V progression that you already know, the V chord will be played as a dominant
7th chord. Below is an example using the C major key. Notice that the V chord (G major)
now appears as a dominant 7th chord (V7).
A dominant 7th chord is normally used on the V chord of a progression.
Here are the dominant 7th chords in a few of the major scales:
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In G major, D is the V chord, so D
becomes the dominant 7th chord.
In F major, C is the V chord, so C
becomes the dominant 7th chord.
In Bb major, F is the V chord, so F
becomes the dominant 7th chord.
The notes in a G major
dominant chord are G, B,
D, F. So...
G is the root note.
B is the 3rd note.
D is the perfect 5th.
F is the 7th note.
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Minor 7th Chords
Minor 7th chords are a snap once you understand dominant 7th chords. Basically, a
minor 7th chord is a dominant 7th chord with a fattened 3rd note.
To get a minor 7th chord, take the major 7th chord. Flatten the 7th note (which makes it
a dominant 7th). Then, fatten the 3rd note. Look at the example below.
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The 5th note, G, is a perfect 5th away from C.
The 3rd note, E , is a minor 3rd away from C. This gives the chord its minor
quality.
The root note is C.
Relative to the root note, a minor 7th chord goes 1, 3, 5, 7. It looks like a minor triad with
a minor 7th on top.
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Minor 7 Flat 5 Chords
This is the last 7th chord youll learn in this book. With the addition of this chord, youll
have the vocabulary you need to cover the 7th chords in any major key.
Minor 7 fat 5 chords are written minor 7 5 for short. To create one of these chords, all
you have to do is take the existing minor 7 chord (1, 3, 5, 7) and fatten the 5th. In other
words, it will look like this:
1, 3, 5, 7
These chords sound quite unusual, and it may take a while to get used to how they
sound.
Here is an example. This is a C minor 7 5 chord in the root position.
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Heres a brief recap of the chords you have learned to play so far:
Major 7th chord: 1, 3, 5, 7
Dominant 7th chord: 1, 3, 5, 7
Minor 7th chord: 1, 3, 5, 7
Minor 7 5 chord: 1, 3, 5, 7
To learn more about 7th chords go to the Rocket Piano Introduction to Jazz Piano book.
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The 7th note, B , is a minor 7th away from C.
The 5th note is now fattened from G to G . This note gives the chord its unique
sound.
The 3rd note, E , is a minor 3rd away from C. This gives the chord its minor
quality.
The root note is C.
Relative to the root note, a minor 7 fat 5 chord goes 1, 3, 5, 7. It looks like a regular
minor 7 chord with a fattened 5th note.
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7th Chords in I, IV, V Progressions
Now that you understand how to create a dominant 7th chord, you can put 7th chords
into the I, IV, V chord progression that you already know. This creates a I, IV, V7th chord
progression.
Lets try creating this chord progression now in the key of C major.
Be careful when playing 7th chords. Because of the new added notes -- and especially
if the chords are played lower down the keyboard -- the chords can sound muddy and
unclear. To avoid this, play the inversions of the chords. The same inversion principle that
you learned with triads will apply, except now that there are more notes, the inversions will
be a little more tricky.
Here are the inversions of the C major 7th chord for the right hand.
Because there are now four notes
in every chord, there are also four
different inversions to play:
root position
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inversion
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Here are the same inversions for the left hand. Notice that the last inversion, the 3rd, has
to be played down an octave. This is because it would be too high to play in the L.H.at
this stage. The third inversion still has the same notes as a 3rd inversion C major 7 chord,
but is simply an octave lower.
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Non Troppo Allegretto
In this next piece, all the chords are inversions of a C major 7th chord. This will get you
used to their sounds and shapes.
Note the new dynamic sign. Non troppo allegretto is Italian for not too much allegretto,
or not too fast. (The word troppo means too much, while the word non means not. So
non troppo means, not too much.)
Non troppo allegretto
Exercise: Play this piece slowly, or adagio, to begin with, then get up to speed.
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On the following page, youll play a piece with the I, IV, V progression in C major using the
seventh chords. Youll also note that the V
7
chord (G7) is played with an inversion instead
of in root position. This is because the root position would be too low and cause the chord
to sound muddy and unclear.
Study the four positions of the G dominant 7th chord for the left hand below.
When the G dominant 7 chord appears, play it in the second inversion. This makes the
chord more clear and gets all the tonal qualities of the chord.
Exercise: Play the inversions below until you are familiar with the sound qualities of the
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Sforzando
To play the piece on the next page, you also need to know what sforzando or sforzato
means. Whenever you see the abbreviations sfz or sf appear in the musical score, you
should play in a forced and accented way.
This is considered an expression mark and is similar to playing notes with accents signs
(>) over them. Its just a different way of writing the direction.
Page 45
Non troppo vivace
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WERE JAMMIN!
Jam Track Nine
Exercise: This Jam Track is a great opportunity for you to practice the seventh chords
youve been learning. Practice through your piano part a few times, before jamming it
out with the band!
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09x
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Jammin!
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Chapter Five
Three-note 7th Chords
7th chords dont always come in groups of four. Sometimes, you will omit one of the notes
and play only three notes of the chord. But which three?
The most important notes of the 7th chord are the 3rd, 7th, and root note. You can usually
remove the 5th note in the chord while still maintaining the quality of the 7th chord. This
is because the 5th adds no real tonal quality.
To hear how this works, play the 7th chords in the C major scale below and listen carefully.
The 5th note has been removed from each chord.
When you remove the 5th, youll fnd that 7th chords become easier to play and slightly
less cumbersome.
Now, try playing the same chords with the left hand.
As you play, youll notice that the lower chords sound quite muddy and unclear. Do you
also hear the change that happens when you remove the 5th note in the 7th chord?
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fnger position of the 7th chords with the 5th note omitted.
Page 50
Adding Inversions
Now that you understand how to play 7th chords with the 5th note omitted, youre ready
to look at inversions. Just like the other chords, 7th chords with the omitted 5th note
also have inversions. Because there are only three notes, there are only three possible
positions.
Below are the C major 7th chords in the three positions with their 5th notes omitted.
Now, see if you can use the same rule with the dominant 7th chord. Below is an
example of the G dominant 7 chord in the three positions, omitting the 5th note.
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Dominant Chords in Four Keys
Now, its time to look at the other dominant chords of the keys youve learned so far.
Remember that the dominant chord is always the V chord from the 5th note in whatever
major scale. Also, note the key signature for each key.
Key of G major
Here is the D dominant 7 chord
omitting the 5th note in three
inversions. D is the V chord in
the key of G major.
Key of F major
Here is the C dominant 7 chord
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Key of D major
Here is the A dominant 7 chord
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Key of Bb major
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Andantino
Andantino is another tempo indicator. Its a bit confusing, as it usually means to play
slightly faster than andante, but can also mean to play slightly slower. Be certain by
checking the metronome mark (the . = 78 below) to make sure that youre playing the
piece at the right tempo.
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omitted in context with the I chord relative to it. There are many key changes in this piece,
so just go slowly and notice the inversions of each chord.
Page 54
WERE JAMMIN!
Jam Track Ten
Exercise: In this Jam Track you will be able to put to use all that you have learned
about 3 note 7th chords in this chapter. Practice through your piano part a few times,
before jamming it out with the Rocket band!
This song uses a weird looking sign called a Coda. It means you miss out the middle
section when you repeat the song, by skipping to the end part where the Coda is. Listen
to this example track to see how it is played.
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Chapter Six
The fnal key that youll learn in this book is E minor. You learned about minor keys in
Chapter 18 of the previous book. You should recall that every minor key is relative to
a major key. In fact, the sixth note of every major key is the starting note of its relative
minor. Both relative major and minor keys share the same key signature.
Key of E Minor
The relative major key of E minor is G major, because E is the 6th note in the G major
scale. The notes in E minor are the same as the notes in G major. The key signature for
G major tell us that it has one sharp in it, F#.
To create the natural minor key, use the same notes as in G major, but start the scale on
the sixth note (in this case, E).
You may also recall that there are three minor scales: the natural minor, harmonic minor,
and melodic minor. The natural minor has all the same notes of the relative major
scale. You can see that the E natural minor scale below shares the same notes (and key
signature) as the G major scale.
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E Harmonic Minor Scale
In the harmonic minor scale, the seventh note is raised a half step (or up a semi-tone.
To create the E harmonic minor scale, the seventh note, D, gets raised to D . #
The harmonic minor is the commonly used minor scale. So, when looking at E minor, we
will refer to the harmonic minor.
E Melodic minor scale
The last minor scale is the melodic minor. The melodic minor scale uses different notes
depending on whether the scale is ascending or descending.
On ascending scale, the sixth and seventh notes are raised a half step. The sixth note,
C, becomes C , while the seventh note, D, becomes D .
On the descending scale, you will play the same notes in the natural minor scale. In other
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Primary Triads in E Harmonic Minor
Now that you understand the scale of E harmonic minor, you can use the same process
as before to form the primary chords for this key. The only difference is that you will play
the V chord as a dominant 7th chord in the most suitable inversion.
The primary chords of E minor are E minor, A minor, and B major.
The V chord triad in E harmonic minor is B major. Now that we have learned dominant 7th
chords, we can add the seventh to turn this V chord into a V7 chord.
Here is the same progression for the left hand.
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Moderato
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House of the Rising Sun
Moderato
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Exercise: Heres another piece to play for fun!
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Revision Test: Part Four
1. Name all the notes included in the scale of Eb major?
a. Eb, F, Gb, Ab, B, C, Db, Eb
b. Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C, D, Eb
c. Eb, Fb, G, A, Bb, C, Db, Eb
d. Eb, F, G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb
2. What is the term Largo indicating for you to do?
a. Play to the end and repeat from the Largo indication
b. Play in a slow, stately way
c. Play notes stressed and full
d. Largo is the italian term for song-like, indicating to play expressively
3. Name a fngering technique used in playing a scale over two octaves ascending and
descending.
a. 3 fnger over thumb technique
b. thumb under 4 fnger technique
c. thumb under 3 fnger technique
d. all of the above
4. Which fnger is not used when playing an arpeggio over two octaves with the right
hand?
a. the 2 fnger
b. the 3 fnger
c. the 4 fnger
d. the 5 fnger
5. What does the term dolce mean?
a. to play soft and sweetly
b. to play quietly and dull
c. to hold or pause on the note
d. to play moderately loud and at a walking pace
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Revision Test: Part Four continued..
6. What kind of chord does the symbol V7 indicate?
a. Major chord
b. Minor 7th chord
c. Minor 7 b5 chord
d. Dominant 7th chord
7. What does the term non troppo mean?
a. no tripping
b. not to be played as a triplet
c. not too much
d. play without repeats
8. Which chord tone is omitted when making three note 7th chords?
a. the root
b. the third
c. the ffth
d. the seventh
9. What sharps are played in an E harmonic minor scale?
a. F#
b. F# C#
c. F# D#
d. F# C# D#
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Revision Test: Part Four Answers
1. (b) The notes in the scale of Eb major are Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C, D, Eb. Eb key
signature has three fats. (pg 27)
2. (b) Largo is an indication to play in a slow and stately way, largely. (pg 29)
3. (d) All of these fngering technique are used in playing a scale over two octaves. (pg
30)
4. (c) The 4 fnger is not needed to play an arpeggio over two octaves. (pg 31)
5. (a) Dolce is the italian term for sweet, and it indicates to play soft and sweetly. (pg 32)
6. (d) V7 is the chord symbol for the Dominant 7th chord. The dominant 7th chord
consists of root, 3rd, 5th and fat 7th, a major triad with a minor 7th added. (pg 35)
7. (c) Non troppo means not too much and normally precedes another expression - for
example, non troppo allegro, means not too fast. (pg 39)
8. (c) The 5th chord tone is usually omitted to create a 3 note 7th chord. This is because
it is least important in describing the function of the chord. (pg 42)
9. (a) The key signature is F# and is the same as its relative key G major. Because it is
a harmonic minor the 7th note D is also raised or sharpened, but this is written as an
accidental beside the note rather then in the actual key signature at the beginning of
the stave. (pg 49)
Well done! What score did you get out
of 9? If you got less then 5 correct, go
back and do the test again and refer to
the book to fnd your answers. This is a
good way to ensure you are familiar with
this book before going on to the next.
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So Long!
Well, thats it for now! I hope youve enjoyed my Rocket Piano Intermediate course. Now
youre ready to go onto the third book in the Rocket Piano series, the Advanced course.
Youre doing great!
Until next time!
Ruth