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7.FThree Sharps


Another new key signature, this time with three sharps - the F# & C# that you have been used to, and now a G# as well. This is the key signature for A major and F# minor as well as a number of modes. Here is A major to practice in advance of the tunes below.

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Swipesey

Another ragtime piece, this time by Scott Joplin. All ragtime pieces feature similar rhythm patterns - that's what makes them 'ragtime' - so you'll find lots that's familiar here. Remember to 'chunk' the rhythm patterns.

  • Aim for 132bpm
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notation

The next notation exercise is quite tricky, so a couple of things to get you started - it's in B minor (two sharps) and 4/4. It's eight bars long and features some of the syncopated rhythms you've just been playing . . .

  • A bit of theory can help guide the ears in a tricky situation like this. Knowing that it is in B minor, for instance, suggests that you might expect both a natural 7 and a #7. In B minor, that will be an A and an A#.
  • It will also be helpful to write out the empty bars first and then some landmarks - what is the first note of each bar, for instance?
  • Work out the rhythm first?
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If you didn't get that right, work out why before you move on.