Music Information, Chords & Music Theory
I really enjoy music and I have played the piano since I was young. I had a few piano lessons and did up to grade 5 at which point I found contemporary music was more interesting to me than Mozart or Beethoven, although I do enjoy playing classical I no longer study it. Today, I play for my own enjoyment and as a musician I also gig with many bands, but mainly a Clonmel Rock band called Custom160.
I also started playing the guitar around 1995, although I’m not as proficient on the guitar as, on the piano, but at the same time I do enjoy it.
On this section I have placed some information which might be of use to you. I have a chords and tab section which includes piano/keyboard tab and chords which I have transcribed myself (the chords are mainly for Queen songs). The MIDI and MP3 files I have carried across from my old website but I won’t be updating that section any more. There are also some other music-related sections including information on the musical equipment I use (or have used), music transposition and music reference. Guitarists can find a set of basic Guitar Chords in the Guitar page. The Piano Chordmap system which I created allows you to generate up to 420 keyboard and piano chords for every key from Major to Minor 13th. The piano chord map is one of the most popular pages on the site so I hope you find it useful.
Chords & Tab Pages
The Chords & Tab section has now been migrated to ShaneMcDonald.ie and has a lot of useful chords all transcribe by myself.
Piano Chord Shapes
The Piano Chord Map which shows you how to play 420 piano chords & the piano chord shapes.
Basic Guitar Chords
A list of some of the more basic guitar chords, showing the shapes of the chords to help if you are learning to play guitar
Information on how to read music & what each type of note means.
Some details and information on the Roland Synth and KAWAI stage piano which I use.
MIDI and MP3s
The legacy MIDI and MP3 page which was on the old shanemcdonald.org website.
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If there is any music topic not covered, any piano chord or guitar chord not provided which you want to see please drop me a line.
The photo above is me playing a public piano in Toronto in 2013 as part of the “Play Me I’m Yours” initiative.