Where To Begin?

Begin by installing “Perfect Piano” on your tablet. It’s free. It’s available for both Android tablets and iPads . It will start you thinking along the right lines. You can use it to start following my training right this very second.

Here is one review of Perfect Piano – described as One of the Best Free Music Apps Available

And here is just one of the many YouTube demo’s

Where Does My “4 Hours” Begin?

My starting point will probably surprise you. It’s “Do, Re, Me, Fa”. Just those 4 notes. Nothing more.

It’s everything I actually needed to know at the start, and it contains everything I have ever needed to know so far.

One of my mentors calls it a “tetrachord”. This makes talking about it so much easier.

The Tetrachord

When you sing “Do, Re, Me, Fa” to yourself you become aware of a pattern. Try it. Out loud if you can. Or in your head if, like me, you sing everything on one note. Listen carefully to the transitions between the notes. You’ll become aware of the pattern:

  • there is a set size “step” from Do to Re
  • there is the same size “step” from Re to Me
  • but only half that size “step” from Me to Fa

In picture form it looks like this:-
DoReMeFa

We can make the pattern simpler if we measure it in “half-steps”:-
DoReMeFa2

  • there are 2 “half-steps” from Do to Re
  • there are 2 “half-steps” from Re to Me
  • there is 1 “half-step” from from Me to Fa

This is MEGA significant. The piano keyboard is built in these “half-steps”. And on the guitar, each fret is a “half-step”.

We can write the steps as [2, 2, 1].

Put 2 tetrachords together, with a separation of 2 “half-steps”, and we get [2, 2, 1], 2, [2, 2, 1]. If you can sing this, out loud or in your head, you’ll recognise it as “Do, Re, Me, Fa” then “So, La, Te, Do”.

Octave

Yes, “So, La, Te, Do” is just “Do, Re, Me, Fa” repeated. Just a bit higher up. There really are only 4 notes that matter. The tetrachord is everything.

Every tune you hear, every song ever written, is built ONLY from these 4 notes. That’s how simple this topic is.

The “octave” is just 2 tetrachords. Not surprising because 4 + 4 = 8.

We’ve all been told about “8 notes in an octave”, and that they are “Do, Re, Me, Fa, So, La, Te, Do”. But this is a tad misleading. The second “Do” is actually the first “Do” of the NEXT octave. In a moment we’ll have to adjust our thinking on this matter, so hold it “in question” as we move to the next topic.

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