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Teresa Brito
Dec 23, 2021
Heyyyyyy! So I've been ill and now now only working from home but also on a lighter load of work. I'm taking this opportunity to not only resume my training (I think I'm level 4 or 5 on my 3 workouts) but also fulfill my new year's resolution of learning some music theory (I'd already started with YouTube essays, I got here from the David Bennett Piano channel).

I'm kinda wondering...is music theory always on piano? and why is that so?
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Catherine McKay
Dec 23, 2021
I think they use the piano because it's so easy to show people where the notes are. It would be more difficult to see what's going on on a stringed instrument or woodwind or whatever.

I also got here via David Bennett. I enjoy his videos!
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Amar Sadikovic
Dec 23, 2021
Music theory is applicable to all music instruments, but the demonstration is most efficient on the piano. Everything is very clear and linear. Concepts such as semitones, tones and scales can be presented to a broader audience on a guitar as well, but other concepts such as chords (triads) and modes are much easier to demonstrate on the piano, especially modes (you can play every mode just by playing 8 adjacent white keys anywhere on the piano, with the name of the mode being determined by the first note, e.g. if the first note is a C then it's the C Ionian mode or just C Major scale, if the first note is an E then it's E phrygian and so forth).
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Colin Aiken
Dec 24, 2021
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Sean Davies
Dec 24, 2021
Yeah nah piano is used as the "default" instrument. As you progress in your journey with ear training you will see why the piano is the default instrument. It just makes the most clear note I find.
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Matthias CJB
Dec 24, 2021
There is also just one key for every note on the piano and it ranges through all „useable“ octaves. On a guitar one and the same note can be play for in different positions (like 5th fret E-String is the same note as the open A-String and so forth), which can be very confusing if you are not perfectly familiar with the instrument.
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Teresa Brito
Dec 24, 2021
thank you guys - all valid information...except I play almost every type instrument but keys - I mean we get a recorder at school and frankly two days ago I could identify the C major scale much better in one - even though I'm a terrible player myself...believe it or not I actually thought only string instruments used chords haha...I get that the theory is easier to show on a piano but my relative ear is tuned to other instruments /not well, but still) and I've never toyuched a keyboard seriously so it feels like I'm actually also learning piano sometimes. does that make sense?
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Jason Lorenzo
Dec 24, 2021
@Amar Sadikovic - your explanation is superb! The only thing I would add, (and this is only for clarity) is you can play every mode on the keyboard using the white keys ONLY if you are in the key of C or Am (no sharps or flats)

If you are playing in C:
First note C would be C Ionian or C Maj (kind of indicates what key you are in, but not explicitly)
Second note D would be D Dorian
Third Note E would be E Phrygian...
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Colin Aiken
Dec 24, 2021
@Catherine McKay @Teresa Brito I'm a patron for David's channel and told him about how you got here. Waiting for his response. Glad both of you are here.