Proper posture is an important part of proper piano playing. In this lesson I am going to give you a quick overview of the proper way to sit at the piano bench. The first thing to make sure of is that you do not slouch. Slouching limits your mobility on the keyboard and will have a negative impact on your piano playing. Slouching also doesn’t look so attractive when you are on stage playing for thousands of people. So be sure to sit up straight every time you sit down to the piano.
The next thing to make sure of is that your elbows are at a 90 degree angle. If your elbows are outstretched further than that, you have your piano bench set to far back. If your elbows are pushed back behind your body, then your piano bench is to close to the piano. Sitting a proper distance from the piano also insures that you will have the full reach and mobility that is needed to play the instrument.
As you get into a song and the emotion starts flowing, you may find yourself naturally leaning into the piano, or hunkering down to really
I’m going to be really honest. I’ve actually only written one love song, for my wife when we got married. When writing loves songs, you want to remember the theme of tenderness, and the emotions that are going through you. So, how do you translate that to the piano? I kind of like the key of E flat, I think it is a pretty sounding key that is good for this type of music. When you play the E flat chord, try adding a 9th note to it (you remember your intervals don’t you?). The 9th note adds a little something to the chord. Maybe try going up an octave after a while. Whatever you do, just remember to focus on creating that tenderness.
Four chords that are really good for a love song are the I, IV, VI, and V chords. Trust me, with those four chords you can write a love song. In the video I play a little progression starting on the root, then moving on to the four then the six, then the five. From there I move on to the two chord and walk back up to the five. Then
The 2-5-1 chord progression is a famous chord progression used primarily in jazz music. But what do I mean by 2-5-1 chord progression? Well, lets use the key of C as our starting example. The 2 chord is based on the second note of the scale, so in the key of C the 2 chord is a D. For the 2-5-1 progression popularized by jaxx, we are going to use a D minor 7 chord, which is made up of the notes D, F, A and C.
So, we have our 2 chord. Let’s find out what our 5 chord is going to be. The fifth note of the C major scale is G. For the 2-5-1 progression we are going to use a dominant seventh chord. The G dominant seventh chord is made up of the notes G, B, D, and F.
The final chord of our 2-5-1 progression is based on the root note, which in our case is C. It is also a seventh chord, this time a major seventh. It is made up of the notes C, E, G, B. Now play all three of those chords together and notice the different
In the last lesson I told you that I would explain what I meant by a 1-4-5 progression. In order to do that let’s backtrack a little to when we learned the C major scale. In learning the scale, we gave the notes names. The notes can also be numbered. The first note of a any scale is its root. In our case, the first note is C. If we count from C we’ll get to seven when we get to the B note. The scale repeats itself at 8, which is the same note as the root, but an octave higher than where we first played it. Chord progressions are given as numbers so that it is easier to transfer them into any scale. Our 1-4-5 progression is made of the chords based on the first note, the fourth note, and the fifth note of our C Major scale. Those notes are C, F, and G. Chord progressions are normally given using roman numerals and that is how they will be represented for the remainder of the lessons.
Now that you know what our I-IV-V progression is and how to play it, I am going to
Today I’m going to teach you a few finger exercises to help you build up speed and dexterity on the piano. Let’s start our finger exercise in that old standby, C Major. With whatever hand you choose to start with, play the first five notes of the scale, using all five fingers. Work your way from C to G, then back down again. Don’t play as fast as you can just yet. Start off nice and slow and make sure that all of the notes are the same volume. You want steady movements. Don’t flick your fingers, move them steady and in a straight down motion.
Now let’s move on to a full scale, say the F major scale. Start slowly, playing just one octave at first. Play up and down the octave, nice and slowly. Once you are sure that you are playing the notes steady and evenly, you can begin to pick up speed. It’s best to use a metronome for these practice sections. Start at a slow tempo and slowly turn up the pace of the metronome. Practicing this way insures that you will develop a proper sense of musical timing. It’s also a
Today we are going to play name that key. Well, we aren’t really going to play a game, but I want to teach you how to figure out a key if you hear the song on the radio. Humming along with the song will help you find notes, but how do you find the key?
Well, let’s start by answering a simple question. What is a key? Well, the key of a song is just the scale that the song is based on. In a G major scale, we know that the root of the scale is the G. The root of the scale can also be called the tonic. If we base our song around the notes of the G major scale, then we can say that the song is in the key of G.
It all relates back to that scale. We now know what a key is, but how do we find out what key a particular song is in just by hearing it? Well, I’m going to teach you a little rule of thumb that can help you in doing just that. Listen to the last note of the song. The very
How do you write a song? What are the components of a song? What do you need to know? These are all good questions and I hope to answer them in this lesson. The very first thing you need to do is pick a key for your song. The key of the song is the scale that your chord progression and melodies will be based on. I am going to use C major for an example, because it is an easy scale to work with. As you learn more scales, you will begin to get a feel for what emotions relate best to certain scales.
Now that we know our song is in the C major key, what chords do we use? A lot of popular songs use three basic chords. These chords are the I, IV, and V chords. In the key of C those chords are C, F, and G. The V chord has a tendency to push the ear back toward the I chord. Because of this it is common to end a phrase or a musical section on the V chord. The root chord itself gives a sense of closure, so it is
Today I want to talk to you about chord inversions? What is a chord inversion? Well to begin with let’s take a look at a normal C major triad. The notes of the C major triad are C, E, and G. That arrangement of the notes can also be called the root inversion.
But what happens if we take the C and move it to the top? We still have all the notes of the C major chord, but the root note is played as the high note instead of the low note. Well, when we do that, we have what is called the C major scale in the first inversion. Let’s do the same thing one more time. Instead of playing E, G, and C like we just did, let’s play G, C, and E. What we get when we do that is called the second inversion.
Now let’s take a look at another chord. The root inversion of the G major triad is G, B, and D. If we take the chord and re-arrange it into the first inversion, we get the notes B, D, and G. Then if we take them again and
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Many classical teachers will stress the importance of musical theory and being able to read sheet music. While this is indeed important if you are playing classical music, the casual rock and pop player will be able to get by without these skills. I want to get you up and playing tunes from bands such as the Beatles, Animals, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Red Hot Chillie Peppers and any other band you fancy, with as little effort as possible. Most guitar players have little formal training, they tend to pick things up by ear and play songs by chords, this is how I am aiming to teach you piano on this page.
Hopefully this will give you guys a more focused start on your jazz journey. This is the starter guide or advice I wish I would have had as a newbie. Let’s get to learning!
1. Start With Learning Some Jazz standards
Learning jazz is truly like learning any new language. Every time you learn a new “word”, or in our case a new chord, lick, or a new scale, it becomes a piece of vocabulary you can then use in a sentence.
Now, of course learning new “words” is important to any language but if you don’t know how to construct and speak a full sentence it will always be hard to communicate.
To continue with our metaphor, learning jazz tunes is the equivalent of us truly being able to speaking in sentences. Once you know tunes then you can apply any new musical idea you learn to jazz songs.
So, the first step should be to spend some time actually learn some jazz tunes. A good starter point for any new tune is to just start by learning the melody and the chord changes.
Jazz Tune Suggestions To Start With
When you first sit down at a piano keyboard, it can be a bit daunting. In front of you, there are 88 keys. Some are white, some are black. Whenever you are beginning something new, it is helpful to have a starting point. The starting point for learning to play the piano is a single note, Middle C. In this lesson, I’m going to take you from playing that simple note to playing a short chord progression. Don’t worry if you don’t know what a chord progression is right now, I will explain it a little bit later.
For now, sit down at your piano and find Middle C. The video will show you where it is at. From middle C, I am going to show you how to play a complete C Major Scale. The C Major Scale is an easy one because it consists entirely of white keys. So, let’s just play the white keys in order, starting at Middle C. The note directly to the right of Middle C is a D. As we continue moving to the right we play E, F, G, A, B and then finally return to C. That last