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Personal Piano Professor, Issue#045 -Piano Melodies, Ode to Joy and Danny Boy
April 17, 2015
Piano Melody.. Ode to Joy, Danny Boy
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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.
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Piano Melodies, "Ode to Joy" and "Danny Boy"
Along with the lyrics of a song the piano melody is the musical statement that defines the song and make it different from every other song.
Songs will share chord progressions and in fact they often do but the melody is the thing that sets one song apart from another.
So how do we create great a sounding and memorable piano melody?
Most of what I can tell you about melodies on the piano comes from experience.
I have learned to play, sing, and compose hundreds if not thousands of melodies over the years.
In music school we had special classes in which we would analyze different melodies note by note to determine the relationship of the notes to the chord changes or progressions.
All Piano melodies start out as some sort of improvisation, sometimes on an instrument like the keyboard or in the case of many popular songs as a vocal sung using a specific lyric idea.
The art of improvisation is as old as music itself. It certainly existed before any notation was used for composition.
This lesson on melodies will use two popular memorable melodies and teach you to play and understand what makes a melody stand out.
It is a two page lesson: Ode to Joy and a link to Danny boy.
View the whole article by clicking the link 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.
Korg PA3x quick record example
A pastor friend of mine came to me with a melodic idea for a gospel style praise song. The recording below of "Count it all Joy" including the vocals was done entirely on the Korg PA3x using available patterns and the quick record function. Enjoy please!!
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.
Best Gospel Course for Ear players
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I am grateful for all of you, and wish you the best success in your playing!!
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