Music Theory Magic

Mnemonic(s):  Assisting or intended to assist the memory.

Let's look at our "A" keyboard chart alongside a scale written in standard notation.  The RED TONES   denote the MAJOR SCALE. It is easy to see the VISUAL APPEAL of our colorful charts.

If you are a VISUAL LEARNER - or if you TEACH visual learners - your success will MULTIPLY by using visual images !  

"Porportional spacing of tones makes visualizing intervals simple and intuitive."


"It's one thing to say that the form of a chord remains the same in every key  - but SEEING it really 'cooks the rice'".

                  Aunt Allegretto, Jerry Lee and Lester

"Coloring in the outline paintings and charts is a great way for the whole family to imprint scales and chords on our memories for effortless retrieval."


"Grampa and I agree .... Selwyn's Music Theory Paintings are a wonderful complement to standard notation."

         Gramma and Grampa Largo

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"For about the price of A SINGLE MUSIC LESSON,

you will enhance your understanding and exponetially increase the value of all your music lessons."



"A 'must have' visual reference that will enchant young and old, novice and professional."



"We are visual creatures." "Our brain has more cortex devoted to processing visual information than from our other senses."

Dr. E C. Warburton - neuroscientist - University of Bristol, U.K.

Mnemonic coding helps make chord and scale construction easy!


  • lower case letters indicate chromatic tones.

  • Odd-numbered Scale Degrees 1, 3, 5 and 7 are depicted with white letters on red.

  • Even-numbered Scale Degrees 2, 4, 6 and 8 are depicted with black letters on red.

  • Pastel colors correspond to Chromatic Tones.

Adagio is playing his recorder in Henri Rousseau's painting of "The Snake Charmer."

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Watch and SEE

how a given chordpattern


To the visual learner, the standard notation chromatic scale (above) may just look like a row of symbols and  dots.  Now look at our Music Theory Magic chart (below) - and SEE how chords form easily-recognizable "VISIBLE" patterns.