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Online Piano Lesson #29
Eb Position - R.H. Melody

Learning E Position

The key of Eb has 3 flats, (Bb, Eb and Ab). Since your right hand will be in the Eb 5-finger position, you will play all 3 flats in the melody line.

The Key of Eb Major

The 2 main chords from the key of Eb, which you learned in Lesson #28, are Eb major and Bb7.

If you were playing a 3-chord song in the key of Eb, the 3rd chord is most likely to be an Ab major chord. (see illustration below)

UPDATE: Minor Chords

As I mentioned in Lesson 18 , once you know a few major chords, it's very easy to play minor chords.

To change a major chord into a minor chord, all you have to do is lower the middle note a half step. Remember, a half step is the next closest key on the piano.

  • Keep in mind, the chord must be in root position.

A chord is in root position when the root note is the lowest note of the chord. The root note of an A or Am chord is an A. The root note of a E or Em chord is an E.

  • To make an A major chord an A minor chord, just lower the C# to a C natural. (see illustration below)

  • The lower case m in the chord symbol indicates that the chord is a minor chord.

To make an E major chord an E minor chord, just lower the G# to a G natural. (see illustration below)

The Natural Symbol

A note is natural when it is neither flat nor sharp. Natural notes are the notes A, B, C, D, E, F, and G represented by the white keys on the piano keyboard. A natural sign cancels a proceeding sharp or flat as in the A major and A minor chord illustration shown above.

 The Eb 5-Finger Scale

Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear The Eb Major 5-Finger Scale and Broken Chord.

 5-Finger Scale & Chords

Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear the Eb major 5-finger scale played with the Eb major and Bb7 chords.

Rhythm Exercise

Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear The Rhythm Exercise in Eb Position.

  • This exercise will have you listen to a 1-measure rhythm that will repeat over a 4-measure time frame. The repeat sign will automatically return to measure 2 and repeat the same 1-measure rhythm.

This is an ear training exercise.

  • You job is to listen to the exercise as many times as necessary until you can match the rhythms exactly on your piano or keyboard.

The slower you move,
the faster you'll progress!

One of the biggest mistakes that adult piano students make is moving too fast.

  • They jump into a 6-chord song and have trouble switching from one chord to another.

In this course, students will progress by learning new chords every week, but the focus will be on 2-chord songs, then 3-chord songs, then 4-chord songs, and so on!

The slower you move, the faster you'll progress!

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