Play By Ear — Begin with melodies alone and progress to melodies with harmony.
- Learn a melody that uses only major 5-finger pattern pitches, e.g. “Hot Cross Buns”, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, or “When the Saints Go Marching In”.
- Learn a pentatonic melody. (See Pentatonic Playing by Ear.)
- Learn a melody that stretches a little beyond the major 5-finger pattern, e.g. “Star Wars Theme” or “This Land is Your Land”.
- Melodies + Chords
- The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)
- “Gilligan’s Island” Theme Song: The tune and chords are entirely in natural minor. The melody begins with dominant and tonic. The harmony uses only i, VII & VI chords. Each verse moves up a half step.
- Memorize the vi - ii - V - I progression in C with your left hand. Next, add one of the following melodies with your right hand: “Blue Moon”, “The Jeopardy Theme” or “Heart and Soul”. For fun: G: I - vi - ii7 - V7
- Take Me Out to the Ball Game uses mostly I - vi - ii7 - V7 progressions. Later vi and ii are changed to secondary dominants.
The Chromatic Scale — Memorize one of the standard fingerings either hands alone or together.
Harmonize an unmarked melody — In contrast to Keyboard Competency 4, you choose a familiar melody and you have time to practice it.
Lead Sheets — You have several performance options:
1. Play the triads with one or both hands. Either someone sings the melody or performs it on an instrument. (You and/or I could sing.)
2. Play the melody with your right hand and the triads with your left hand like Keyboard Competency 5.
3. Play triad roots with your left hand and inverted chords with your right hand in a rhythm of your choosing while someone performs the melody.
- Major Triad Lead Sheets: Learn “Little Brown Jug”, “Oh, Susannah”, and “Yankee Doodle” in C major, A major, and/or A flat major. If those triads go well, learn Dr. Wieland's Ridiculous Piano Piece.
- Mostly Minor Triad Lead Sheets: Learn Beriozka in all of the given keys using one of the 3 performance options described above.
- Lead Sheets with a Diminished Triad: Auld Lang Syne, Cradle Song (not too hard) and/or Home, Sweet Home
- Lead Sheets with an Augmented Triad: Battle Hymn of the Republic, Home on the Range, and/or My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
Play and Sing — Sing one line with solfège while playing the rest on a piano.
Reading a Full Score — Play at least the principle melody and bass line. Play more if you can.
Chord Patterns — Please perform MUS 110 Keyboard Musicianship Week 10 before you perform the following examples.