• Whole steps and half steps for beginners

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    The "Secrets to Playing Piano By Ear" course covers everything from the basics and fundamentals to Cmin13 (b9b5) chords. The following lesson focuses on chapter three from the course. If you are already familiar with whole and half step interval relationships, you may skip this lesson.


    Whole & Half Step Intervals (02)

    Note: Please pay attention to this lesson as you will need to know about whole & half step intervals to learn scales, chords, and other concepts.

    Note: Disregard the "SLXYZ" numbers (if any) as they refer to sound examples. Our 300-pg course comes with a CD with over 330 sound examples which can be heard with the click of a button. (Example: SL003)


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