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Personal Piano Professor, Issue#041 -Silver Bells
November 23, 2014
|Greetings keyboard friends!
Learn this EZ Christmas classic "Silver Bells"
Greetings to all my friends and Keyboard fans!
This holiday season is a great time to entertain family and friends with some traditional Christmas favorites.
Over the next few issues of Personal Piano Professor I will be bringing you tutorials on some of the most popular secular Christmas Classics
Play "Silver Bells"
"Silver Bells" was first performed by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the motion picture The Lemon Drop Kid, filmed in July–August 1950 and released in March 1951.
The first recorded version was by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards, released by Decca Records in October 1950.
As you can see this song has simple chord changes but still evokes memories of winter and the hustle and bustle of Christmas.
I have added a new video to this lesson!! You can see the whole lesson by clicking the link below.
Piano Chord Inversions
I have to give credit to one of our readers for sending in this question on a contact form.
Her name is Dee and she wrote:
"Hi, I'm a beginner adult piano student who found your website in hopes of learning a method for memorizing chord inversions. How do i begin? I'm determined to learn this but sometimes it's overwhelming. Should it take a long time to accomplish? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you."
First, the definition of invert is:
Put upside down or in the opposite position, order, or arrangement.
That is the dictionary definition and it fits well because when we invert a piano chord we simply take the bottom of the chord ( lowest note) and make it the top (highest note).
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I recommend visiting their website, reading what it has to offer, and listening to some of the free lesson clips. You'll learn a lot just on the website. Just click the link below
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.
All the best, Greg
More about Blues Chord Progressions.
After you get comfortable playing the classic I IV I V I blues progression and have played it enough times you will want to explore other Blues Chords progressions.
You will find that the blues is more a feeling than it is just that basic three chord progression.
One of my favorite Blues chord progressions is The classic blues progression for "Georgia on my mind" by Hoagy Charmichael and Stuart Gorrell.
While learning to play this Classic song you will learn to expand your knowledge of blues chord progressions in general and how to use the blues scales and pentatonic scales you have learned over more interesting chord movement.
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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Also you can find a contact form on the site and suggest a song for a future lesson. Don't be shy. Let me know how i can help!!
I am grateful for all of you, and wish you the best success in your playing!!
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