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Article - 'The Principles of Music Theory II' by roberts126

An item about Graphics/Audio posted on Aug 9, 2003

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The second article in roberts126's excellent music creation series

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The Principles of Music Theory II

I was debating whether to move on to minor theory when I had what I thought was a better Idea how theory relates to the piano layout (useful in anvil and other midi programs of the sort).

Here is a portion of a piano layout:

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| |_| |_| | |_| |_| |_| | |_| |_| |
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C D E F G A B C D E
C# D# F# G# A# C# D#
Db Eb Gb Ab Bb Db Eb

Notice that the white keys naturally form the C major scale...If you need help on this click here.

Also notice that by playing any three white keys with a white key in between forms any chord from the C Major Scale.


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Here is our keyboard again.
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| ||| ||| | ||| ||| ||| | ||| ||| |
| |_| |_| | |_| |_| |_| | |_| |_| |
| | | | | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | | | | |
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C E G
|_______|_______|
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These Three keys make up the C Major Chord and you can just move down the keys with this pattern with any scale and play any of the basic Triads.

A triad is another name for a three note chord.
A basic triad is one made form three notes following the pattern above.

Hope this brief explanation helps show you how to use the stuff found in my first tut. If something is unclear you can email me at robertscg@mail.com