Useful Piano Exercises.
Scales and Chords

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Piano exercises are an important part of learning to play piano or electronic keyboards.

As a beginning and intermediate keyboard player I spent a great deal of time getting the muscle memory I needed to play fluidly and express my ideas at the keyboard.

While they can be a bit tedious at times, the minutes you spend during your practice sessions on scale and chord exercises will pay off quickly.

What may seem difficult at first it terms of finger coordination will eventually become second nature like walking or riding a bike.

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.

Piano Scales and general finger dexterity.

My motivation for learning piano was to play in a band. I was inspired by the Rock and Roll revolution of the 50's, 60's and 70's and found that forming a band was both exciting and rewarding.

I did not do well with traditional piano lessons and had no interest and no patience for the tedious reading lessons and uninspiring songs contained in beginner piano methods of the day.

I did however take it upon myself to learn my piano scales and purchased a copy of Hannon (The Virtuoso Piano) and started learning both the dexterity exercises and the scales contained in this widely used classic volume.

If you are interested in becoming proficient at piano I suggest you dig up a copy or if you are like me and reading is not your thing check out this Hannon Video Method.

Chords, Inversions, and progressions.

Knowing all your chords, in all their inversions, and how they move , or progress is a worthy goal The time you spend on chord exercises will pay off with interest.

You can buy a book with a giga-zilion diagrams in it and use it as a stool or learn a few simple Chord Formulas and have them in your head and under your fingers forever.

To you want learn everything about piano chords and find some great chord piano exercises Go to piano chords the nav bar. and explore the links. You'll find written exercises and videos that will get you started and should keep you busy for a while.

If you want if my opinion one of the best beginner methods for home study check out Hear and Play. Great program, great company, satisfaction guarantee.

Learn Arpeggios

In this lesson this stylistic technique is defined and some excellent exercises are suggested to help you get comfortable using them in all the right places.

learn arpeggios and how to use them

more piano finger exercises. Increaes speed and dexterity

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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