The Place You End Up
Music Theory. Ok, this is probably not the most exciting subject for a lot of people. If you want to take it to the next level there is no way around it. You can do this. And you should!
Reward yourself with some ice cream!
Time and Key Signatures
It’s time to learn something other than the key of C! Branch out and learn how to identify different time and key signatures on the piano. This is very important information to be able to communicate to other musicians.
Diatonic 7th Chords
The major scale naturally creates different chords when you play it. Here are all the 7th chords that happen all on their own.
Most teachers explain theory at the beginning–which can be a total turn off–but this TRULY is where you end up if you keep playing music over the long run. I’m not talking about fundamentals like note names and such because those are the necessary things you have to learn in order to play (actually there are probably people that can play without even knowing the notes names…but I digress). By theory I’m talking more about the analyzing of what you are doing, the ability to understand it, then create new music from it. If you learn theory at the right time in your journey you just might enjoy it much more!
This is the final step…and the thing that makes everything else make sense. Not necessarily the last thing you should study in your music career, but the last thing you look at when learning each new skill.
Let’s say you have a good golf swing…and then you learn WHY your golf swing is good…then you become even better because now you know how to adjust the swing to make the ball do cool amazing things!
At the beginning of your journey you might be satisfied with being able to play a major chord. If you find yourself asking, “What is this major chord made up of and how can I create others from that formula?” then you are doing theory.
NOTE: Music Theory can really be learned at any point. Some teach this successfully and have great results with beginners. My opinion is derived from teaching college for eight years and what I saw from my students. It is not a rule of thumb, just something I like to do.