STEP 5 – Learn and Map the Harmonic Blocks on 2 12-key Areas

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The 12 major and 12 minor harmonic blocks are the most important elements of tonal “vocabulary”. To build tonal fluency, you must know them instantly and effortlessly. They are an inextricable part of keyboard mapping. This PDF and video explain how to map and fully internalise all the harmonic blocks.

STEP 5 – Improvise on the Harmonic Blocks

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Using the structure of the harmonic blocks to add tonality to rhythms is quite an intuitive process. In this PDF and video, ways of practising this effectively are explored in depth to help you discover rewarding and musical ways to work on this key skill.

STEP 5 – Use the Sustain Pedal

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Using the sustain pedal is a very useful skill. It is a way of processing harmony that helps the musical ear connect to harmonic progression. It is a tricky skill to master in the beginning. This video and PDF explain how to practise pedalling effectively.

STEP 5 – Reading the Harmonic Blocks

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Before we do any staff reading, seeing the harmonic blocks as configurations are reading tonal shapes that “walk” on them is an essential skill. This resource – PDF and video – set out how to practise giving up reading separate notes once and for all and embrace a very simple and intuitive practice of reading shapes through harmonic blocks.