Today’s colors from today’s podcast: RED/PURPLE/GREEN/ORANGE. Today we introduced something called “slash notation”. Slash notation means exactly what it says. You can write a forward slash to show that a chord is repeating. It’s found in notation software programs like Finale. Our color code for today: RED = D CHORD; PURPLE = E CHORD; GREEN = G CHORD; ORANGE = A CHORD. Here’s the first sequence stated in color and by saying the word “slash” for any repeats–
RED / / / PURPLE / / / ORANGE / / / GREEN / RED /
Next I’d like to state the sequence as letter names for the chords and by saying the word “slash” for any repeats —
D / / / E / / / A / / / G / D /
Now let’s try a second sequence. It’s also in the key of D Major.
RED / / / GREEN RED PURPLE ORANGE
RED / / / GREEN RED ORANGE RED
D / / / G D E A
D / / / G D A D
Thank you for listening to CMajor Before the Show. See you next week for a discussion on minor chords!
Note: Today’s poll results–there were not any numbers reported, just an opinion. My opinion about today’s poll results–I will have to say that I agree with practicing technical exercises with a metronome. I like using a metronome because it helps me keep steady. Even when I’m practicing rubato I use a metronome. I like to feel that I can create rhythmic freedom and stretch my timing with the clicks of a metronome beat–if that makes sense, especially when I’m practicing some Chopin pieces that call for rubato playing. I do have some students who would rather not use the metronome at all. And, I know of some piano teachers who do not press the usage of a metronome. My favorite metronome is the one that you plug into a wall. It’s black with a square-ish shape. I grew up using the old fashioned one that swings back and forth that you wind up.I currently have a hand-held metronome that runs on a nine-volt battery. That’s been a reliable metronome for me and for my students to use at home and away in a practice space.