Intermediate Rudiments

Welcome to the intermediate rudiments portal! All your homework is listed here.

If you need more staff paper, you can print some from here: http://www.musictheory.net/tools/paper/blank

  • Week 5

    1. Minor scales: write down all minor keys onto the circle of 5ths (see last week’s instructions).
    2. Workbook: review and fix your interval qualities in lesson 6. Do lesson 3 minor scales.
      • scan/photograph and send me your intervals from lesson 6 to mark
    3. Week 5 online exercises: click here. Do the interval ear training regularly (for example, before you practise) – it is critical if you are doing an RCM exam.
      • practise singing the major scale starting from the lowest note of the interval
      • sing to the 5th note of the scale (for now)
      • use the solfege syllables (“do”, “re”, “mi”, “fa”, “so”) to guide your singing
      • you can also identify intervals by singing the first few notes of the following songs:
      • M2 “Happy Birthday”
      • M3 “Oh When the Saints”
      • P4 “Here Comes the Bride”
      • P5 “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
  • Week 4

    1. Minor scales: in your workbook or on the handout I supplied, write down all minor keys onto the circle of 5ths.
      • the relative minor and relative major share key signatures
      • the relative minor is a minor 3rd below the major key
      • a minor has a key signature 0 sharps/flats, and a#/ab have key signatures of 7 sharps/flats
    2. Workbook: keep working on lesson 6. Don’t do the review test yet.
      • if you complete all the intervals, start writing minor scales in lesson 3
      • scan and send me your work to review
    3. Identify all the intervals within the major scale: see last week’s instructions.
    4. Week 4 online exercises: click here. Do previous week’s exercises – be able to identify ALL of the key signatures and ALL of the intervals with high accuracy.
  • Week 3

    1. Workbook: complete lesson 6. Don’t do the review test yet.
      • don’t guess – check your intervals by comparing them to simpler ones
      • for example: for the interval Fb to Bbb, compare it with F to Bb in the key of F major (P4). Since Fb and Bbb are both one semitone lower, it is also a P4
      • send me your work to review
    2. Identify all the intervals within the major scale.
      • Build a second above every note of a major scale. Find its quality.
      • For example,  in C major, C-D is a M2, D-E is a M2, E-F is a m2, F-G is a M2, G-A is a M2, A-B is a M2, B-C is a m2.
      • Repeat this process for 3rds, 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, and 7ths.
    3. Week 3 online exercises: click here. Review the previous week’s exercises.
  • Week 2

    1. Terms: I’ll be reviewing what these mean next week. If you forget, try to find a definition online.
      • double sharp (x) and double flat (bb)
      • interval size versus quality
      • diminished, minor, perfect, major, augmented interval quality
      • interval inversion (What happens to the size? What happens to the quality?)
    2. Review test (workbook).
      • If you haven’t sent me your completed review test, please do so by email, or drop it off at the next lesson.
    3. Workbook: do lesson 3 (don’t do minor keys yet), and lesson 6. Don’t do the review test yet.
    4. Circle of fifths: On the back of your handout, fill in the circle of fifths in the bass clef.
    5. Week 2 online exercises: click here. Do each exercise until you are confident with the process. Don’t forget to submit your time to the leaderboard.
  • Week 1

    1. Terms: I’ll be reviewing what these mean next week. If you forget, try to find a definition online.
      • enharmonic
      • key signature
      • circle of fifths
    2. Review test (workbook): from lesson 1.
      • Send me a finished copy of your review test at least a day before the next lesson
    3. Lesson 2 practise (workbook): complete the two pages of key signature identification and writing.
    4. Circle of fifths: On the front of your handout, fill in the circle of fifths in the treble clef.
    5. Week 1 online exercises: click here. Do each exercise until you are confident with the process. Don’t forget to submit your time to the leaderboard.

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