of that the idea of learning music in all 12 keys!
Part of it is seeing things in patterns. We think in terms of words, not letters.
Even a single sentence might have close to a hundred letters. But a word might be a single syllable. We process the words faster and process the letters but don’t dwell on them.
For the twelve keys bit, if you remember in terms of numbers or patterns – things get easier.
Here’s a quick example.
In the song ‘Harlem Nocturne’, there’s an ending line to the bridge that has a certain pattern to it.
B down to E goes down a fifth.
A down to D goes down a fifth.
What’s more, Db to B to A….. there’s a whole step in between each of those notes.
This is just a few notes of the section, but the rest of it has a similar pattern. The notes are descending along a whole tone scale. And it alternates between this whole tone descent and jumping down by fifths.
That’s how I think about that section of the song. To play it in all twelve keys becomes a much smaller challenge.
Having the technique to play it smoothly in all the different keys becomes the issue.