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Online Piano Lesson #21
F Position - R.H. Melody

Learning F Position

The key of F major has 1 flat, (Bb). Since your right hand will be in the F 5-finger position, you will play the Bb in the melody line.

The Key of F Major

The 2 main chords from the key of F major, which you learned in Lesson #20, are the F and C7 chords.

The F major chord contains all white keys, and the C7 chord contains a Bb.

  • Continue to focus on switching smoothly between the two chords that you have learned from the keys of C, G, D, A, E and F major.

More Minor Chords

Remember what you learned from Lesson 18: To change a major chord into a minor chord, all you have to do is lower the middle note a half step.

A half step is the next closest key on the piano. Keep in mind, when lowering the middle note, the chord must be in root position.

The Natural Sign

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 directly below.

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

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

To make an F major chord an F minor chord, just lower the A to an Ab. (see illustration below)

The F 5-Finger Scale

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

In the video below you'll see 2 tied notes. When 2 notes are tied together, play the first note, (the A), and hold the second note. Notice how the second A in measure 5 is not played.

5-Finger Scale & Chords

Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear the F major 5-finger scale played with the F major and C7 chords.

Rhythm Exercise

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

Bonus Lessons

In Bonus Lesson 24, you will begin to switch between 3 chords in the same song, which will also include a 4-note 7th chord.

The Bonus Lessons will help you get prepared for more advanced techniques in later lessons.

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