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Welcome to your last music theory lesson! You've completed every lesson except for day 10 (this one):

Day 1: Major Scales
 Day 2: Minor Scales / Blues Scale
 Day 3: Whole Steps, Half Steps & Intervals
 Day 4: Major Chords & Minor Chords
 Day 5: Chord Inversions
 Day 6: Seventh Chords
 Day 7: Blues Chord Progression
 Day 8: Scales & Chords
 Day 9: Ear-Training
... we still have one more lesson to go:

Day 10: Playing in every key

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Lesson 10: Playing in Every Key

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... now for your last e-mail lesson:

Let's start by defining a few key terms:


To "transpose" a song, melody, chord, or progression is to play the same exact sequence of notes and intervals in another key.

In other words, if I were to play a chord progression like "C major -- F major -- G major" in the key of C major, by transposing it, I can play the same exact chord progression in 11 other keys.

Does that make sense to you?

There are two steps to "transposing":

Step 1) Find out how many half steps separate the (a) key that you are currently playing the song in and the (b) key that you want to transpose the song to.

For example, if I was playing a song in the key of C major and wanted to move the song to the key of D, I'd first have to find out how many half steps are in between "C" and "D"

So by simply counting from C to C#, from C# to D, I come up with 2 half steps. So ... 2 half steps (or 1 whole step) separate C major and D major.

Step 2) Since, I've figured out that "D major" is 2 half steps higher than "C major," I must move every single chord up 2 half steps.

Are you still with me?

In other words, if I were playing a:

1a) C major chord
1b) D major chord
1c) E major chord

... I'd have to move each of those chords up two half steps to create this chord progression:

2a) D major
2b) E major
2c) F# major

3a) Notice, the D major is no longer C major (it is moved up 2 half steps)

3b) The E major replaces the previous D major (because "E" is two half steps higher than "D").

3c)... and lastly, the F# major chord replaces the previous "E major" chord because F# is 2 half steps from E (remember, E to F is 1 half step and F to F# is another half step so that equals a total of 2 half steps).

This process is known as "transposition." I've done one example for you ... try it with one of the songs you already know! Try to transpose it to the next key (that is, 1 half step up). Let me know how you are doing.

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More Music Theory Piano Lessons

Major Scales Music Theory
Minor Scales / Blues Scale Theory
Whole Steps, Half Steps & Intervals
Major Chords & Minor Chords
Piano Chord Inversions
Piano Seventh Chords
Blues Piano Chord Progression
Piano Scales & Piano Chords
Piano and Keyboard Ear-Training
Playing in Every Major Piano Key
Common Musician Questions P1
Common Musician Questions P2
"4 Steps to Playing Most Songs"


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