Music Theory

Music Theory Lessons

Multimedia Music Theory Lessons

These are some of the many Music Theory Lessons that Ed has developed over that past 35 years and uses with his piano students to help them discover the joy of making music. Download, read, listen to and play some of these free music theory lessons from the Ed Mascari Piano Studios. Then Contact Us to schedule your own lessons from Ed Mascari or one of our excellent Natick or Hudson MA piano studio instructors.

How to Play a Jazz Waltz

A Jazz Waltz is a waltz played in a syncopated 3/4. It’s this syncopation, along with an extended harmony, that differentiates a jazz waltz from a traditional waltz.
See Ed’s video and hear audio samples on how to play a Jazz Waltz…

Shuffle Bass

The shuffle bass is a left hand accompaniment pattern that is commonly used with the 12 bar blues. These patterns will help make your piano playing upbeat and exciting.
See Ed’s video and hear audio samples on how to play a Shuffle Bass…

Walking Bass

If you’re like most piano students, you spend most of your time playing alone. How can you get your keyboard style to swing? One way to jazz up your solo work is to use walking bass lines.
See Ed’s video and hear audio samples on how to play a Walking Bass…

Beguine Bass

The beguine bass continues to be one of the most reliable and consistent tools that I use to help my students keep their piano playing flowing, rhythmic and upbeat.
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Minor Line Cliché

If you’ve ever heard a few minor chords in a row, but noticed that there was a descending bass line, chances are that you’re hearing the Minor Line Cliché.
See Ed’s video and hear audio samples explaining the Minor Line Cliché…

ii-V-I Progression

For every key in music, there are three important chords that combine to create its essence. The chord built on the second note or degree of the scale, identified by the Roman numeral ii, prepares your ear for moving toward a resolution or conclusion. Next comes the chord built on the fifth scale degree, Roman numeral V. This is the most powerful chord in the key aptly called the dominant.
Hear audio samples and read Ed’s easy to follow directions on how to learn the ii-V-I progression…

Hymn Tunes

A hymn is a song that is usually sung in a worship setting. The words tend to be the focus of those who do the singing. However, as a pianist, you can enjoy a rich repertoire of hymn tunes.
Hear audio samples and read Ed’s easy to follow directions on learning how to play Hymn Tunes…

Music Theory Building Blocks

The first six lessons from Ed Mascari’s 12 Building Blocks to Start Your Keyboard Success  are designed to give you better piano playing results right away. Each building block will give you the key that unlocks the next musical door.
Read Ed’s detailed, easy to follow directions on learning these basic Music Theory Building Blocks…

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