There is one step that many musicians miss when learning a new song. And it’s too bad because taking this simple step would reveal so many important connections. Music would start to make more sense, and musicians could greatly reduce their learning curve.
Playing by ear would start to happen naturally. Transposing would be a breeze. Opportunities to improve the sound of the music would be evident.
The simple but vital step? Identify the key of the song. That’s it.
When you clearly identify the key of the song you are learning, you can begin to see how music works. A C chord followed by an A minor chord? When you connect chords to the key, they’re no longer random chords, they’re related.
In my latest video, I demonstrate the advantages of identifying the key and how to unlock the musical relationships from there.
We’ll discuss working through the scale for a key, which has two major benefits for your chords:
1) the scale enables you to number your chords within a key (which is extremely helpful), and
2) the scale tells you how you can alter your chords for a more refined sound.
To develop everything I’ve talked about in this post, you need to check out Fluent Piano Chords. This video course will systematically lead you through all these concepts, adapting them to different songs. Check it out!