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Personal Piano Professor, Issue#061 -Musical Intervals on Piano
April 07, 2016
Musical Intervals on Piano
Greetings friends and fellow musicians!!
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In the last issue Personal Piano Professor I offered a lesson on the layout of the piano keyboard. Once you know the layout of the keyboard you are ready to learn about musical intervals.
This lesson, once learned, will lead to understanding scales and chords. Learning these fundamentals in an orderly fashion is important to those who are interested in playing by ear.
This lesson on musical intervals will teach you to recognize and understand how intervals, the distance between two notes, are used in both melodies and chords on piano.
The two types of musical intervals.
A melodic interval is created whenever you play two notes in succession or one after another.
A harmonic interval happens when two notes are played at the same time or simultaneously.
Click The link below for the entire lesson.
Learn Amazing GraceLearn to play Amazing Grace on piano by using a few simple chords and watching a short video tutorial.
It is estimated that this well loved American gospel song is performed over 10 million times each year.
After experiencing the grace and love of God, John Newton, a former slave trader was converted to Christianity and in 1772 penned the lyrics to this timeless classic hymn.
He wanted to deliver the message that forgiveness and redemption is possible regardless of the sins people commit and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God.
For this great lesson, chord chart, and video click the link below!
Learning Gospel piano is not much different than learning any other style of piano music in that you will need to learn the basic fundamentals of piano and apply them to the various styles of contemporary gospel and praise music.
I started my musical career over 40+ years ago and without the church I may have never grown to love music and playing and singing inspirational gospel and praise music.
During the week I played jazz, rock, soul, country and most other styles of popular music professionally but come Sunday morning I was always giving my best performances in Church.
There is something about praise music that just reaches out and touches the hearts of believers young and old.
Gospel Piano Styles
Most gospel music will be very vocal oriented and will often use three and four part harmony.
Most forms of gospel music will utilize choirs, use piano or Hammond organ, drums, bass guitar and, electric guitar.
Most gospel songs will have a refrain and use more syncopated rhythms as opposed to the traditional Hymns which are much more stately.
The most recognizable styles of gospel music include contemporary gospel, urban contemporary gospel sometime called "black gospel, southern gospel, and modern or contemporary Christian music.
The same fundamentals you use to play rock , jazz, blues , country and soul can be and are used within these various forms of contemporary gospel music.
To learn these important fundamentals click the Link below
Learn the Learn the formulas that will allow you to learn all the Keyboard Chords.
In this free keyboard chords theory lesson you will learn simple formulas to help you find absolutely any chord on the piano keyboard without having to rely on bulky chord charts or written music.
Understanding these keyboard chord formulas will make a big difference in your ability to enjoy making music on piano or electronic keyboard. For the complete lesson and video tutorial click the link below.
Be able to hum a tune, then immediately play it on the piano in a few minutes.
Be able to hear something on the radio or on a favorite album and immediately understand what's happening in the song without being at a piano. Play in a band with other musicians who play by ear and be able to follow along and improvise when the time is right.
Play at church, accompany quartets or singing groups, and perform at special occasions without any fear or hesitation.
Learn music at a comfortable pace without being forced to pay a teacher $30-$50 or more per hour.
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The major scale: The foundation of Chord Theory.
An understanding of music scales and the major scale in particular is one of the most important single concepts to understand as we continue to study the basic music theory required to get the most out of your experience playing piano or electronic keyboards.
To learn chords by memorizing each note or looking at pictures is like learning speak and foreign language with out understanding the meanings or context of the words.
By learning a few formulas starting with the formula for a Major scale you will not only speak the language of music but truly understand the how and why of chords and chord progressions.
First two Adult Piano Lessons
Our website is geared toward those who want to learn the language of music and to develop their ears and improvisational skills.
To this end I will be busy giving my best attempt at a series of guided video lessons that will start with the very basics and lead to the eventual goal of every teacher to "not be needed anymore"
I will also be redoing many of the video tutorials to make them more understandable and comprehensive as well as adding many new song tutorials in various genres of music.
Your comments and suggestions are helping greatly in the development of this new curriculum. thank you so much!!
First Adult Piano Lessons
Piano Lessons for life .com contains dozens of great lessons on keyboard theory and learning to play the keyboard by ear.
To the beginner however it may be difficult to know where to start or what to do next.
To remedy this I am adding a series of adult piano lessons that will take the beginner through what I believe to be the most important skills and concepts you will need to become a well rounded keyboard artist!
Learning to play the piano is one thing and learning to understand what you are playing is the key to being an "ear player" and separates the player from the musician.
These lessons are designed to do both!!
By following the links in these lessons and taking all the time you need to digest the material it is my hope that you will get to the point where you can teach yourself!!
Get started by trying the first two lessons below.
Piano Improvisation starts here!
Have you ever thought: “How excellent would it be to sit at a piano and play any melody that comes into my mind – without any notes?”
Or: What do I do when my band wants me to take a Piano Solo?
Piano improvisation, is the art of spontaneously playing melodies on the piano at the spur of the moment.
You may think it is domain of few very creative, experienced, and gifted musicians and thus unreachable for hobbist musicians or beginners. However......
I believe if you read on and go through some of the suggestion contained in these lessons that you or anyone can begin to learn this awesome skill.
View the whole video lesson by clicking below.
Learn the 12 bar blues progression on piano."
Learning the 12 bar blues progression is basic to understanding the roots of American popular music.
When you see a group of musicians getting together to play everyone seems to know what to do almost magically.
This is because at one time or another they learned the 12 bar blues progression.
While there are lots of variations of this timeless progression the most common is a three chord 12 measure version explained in this lesson.
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I am grateful for all of you, and wish you the best success in your playing!!
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