Music Careers

4 Steps to Learning How to Play Any Song on the Piano

1. Determining the melody - Melodies determine what chords will be played. If you can use your ear to figure out what notes are being played in the melody, you are 1/4 on your way to learning a song! More resources on learning how to determine melodies

2.Harmonizing the melody - Once you have figured out the melody (using some of my techniques on the resource page), it is time to harmonize it. This is simply choosing various chords to accompany the melody. There are several techniques and tricks to doing this. More resources on learning how to harmonize melodies

3. Altering Chords - This is the best part! Now that you have strategically figured out the melody to a song and have harmonized it, altering your chords to produce certain sounds is the next step. If you were playing gospel music, you would alter your chords differently than if you were playing classical or country music. More resources on altering chords

4. Listening - After you have determined the melody, harmonized the melody, and altered some of your chords, there are various techniques you can use to make sure that your song sounds right. More resources on listening techniques

I personally recommend "The Secrets to Playing Piano By Ear" 300-pg Course and through my relationship with Jermaine (the author of this course), I've been able to get him to throw in a few bonus items (3 additional piano software programs). He has taught literally thousands of musicians how to play the piano by ear. If you understood just half of what he discussed above, you'll definitely benefit from his 300-pg course. Click here to learn the secrets to playing absolutely any song on the piano in virtually minutes! I highly recommend it.

If you are thinking about music careers or a job as a musician this is a great place to start.

Let's face it, not everyone is cut out to be a rock star but there are lots of great ways to make money with your skill as a musician or keyboard artist.

There are really quite a lot of music careers available. Perhaps more than might at first seem obvious.

I have had experience as a professional performer having formed and performed in dozens of musical acts and have made a living doing it.

I have worked extensively in the professional musical instrument market as a buyer and sales rep for many of the best keyboard manufacturers.

I have also worked as a music educator in various capacities as well and can give you some great insights as to how to generate income in these areas.

By exploring the links below you will find great information on these and a variety of other exciting and rewarding music careers.

Playing Keyboards in a Band.

These two articles will give you some valuable information on the differences between playing solo piano and playing keyboards within the context of a band as well as tips of finding work in a performance band.

Play keyboards in a band

How to Form a Band

Music careers in Writing and Production.

Find general information on becoming an Arranger, producer, orchestrator, composer, film scorer/composer, jingle writer, songwriter, transcriber, copyist, or conductor by exploring the link below.
Careers in Music Business and Management.

If you and not performance inclined you might consider a career as an advertising executive, booking agent, business manager, field merchandiser, music publisher, personal manager. professional manager. For more info click below.

Careers in Music Production & Engineering.

Explore the possibility of becoming a MIDI engineer, music director, producer, program director, recording engineer, studio director or manager. For more info on these possible paths click below

Explore a music production career
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Careers in Film Scoring.

Some career options covered in this article are Film composer, music editor, music supervisor/director, film arranger/adapter, film conductor, film music orchestrator, synthesis specialist, theme specialist.

Careers in Electronic Production and Design.

Find out more about being a MIDI technician, programmer, performing synthesist, music sequencer, or sound designer.

Careers in Music Education.

You can earn good money as a Choir director, college/conservatory/university music educator, elementary school music teacher, music supervisor, private instructor, or secondary school music teacher. Check out the link below.

Careers in Record Companies.

A&R administrator, A&R coordinator, campus representative, consumer researcher, director of publicity, marketing representative, public relations counselor, publicist, regional sales manager.

How about Music Therapy?

Some questions answered in this article are ,What is music therapy? Is music therapy a good career possibility for me? What career opportunities are available for music therapists? Where do music therapists work?

Careers in Songwriting.

Composer, jingle writer, lyricist, producer/songwriter, singer/performing songwriter, staff or freelance songwriter are some topics covered in this article.

Careers in Tours/Road Work. Have fun and make money as a road manager, sound technician, tour coordinator, or tour publicist.

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Best Home Study for "Ear Players"

After checking out dozens of home study courses that teach you to play by ear and focus on chord progressions I am convinced that the folks at Hear and Play have the best, most well rounded program available for just about all styles of music from Gospel to Jazz. Read my review or visit Hear and Play for more information.

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