Who Else Wants To Stop Practicing Wrongly?i

Hello everyone, It has been a really long time and I am sorry about that.I have spent quite a number of years playing the Piano, for more than half of these years I have been practicing wrongly which in turn greatly affected me. This series is not only limited to pianist, every other musicians will gain greatly from thisPlease...

PRACTICAL WAY TO PLAY ALL 12 KEYS (3)

Welcome to this third post in this series. It has been a while though and I apologize for such delay.  In case you are just joining you can check out previous lessons here. The First  here and the Second hereBy Now, if you have been following the series from the beginning and practiced the exercises then your fingers should ...

PRACTICAL WAY TO PLAY ALL 12 KEYS (2)

Welcome to the Second Post in the series "Practical Way to Play all 12 keys",  in case you missed the first post, you can check it out here.In this post we will be looking at the major scales and the Chromatic Scale (“major Scales!!!” Yeah, Major Scales). Just as how when you started learning that favorite key, you started...

PRACTICAL WAY TO PLAY ALL 12 KEYS (1)

 If you are reading this, I congratulate you because you are on your way to becoming a better and confident pianist that doesn’t rely on the transpose button.Okay, I would really like to talk a bit about myself (musically of course).My Names are Olowu Daniel.  I started playing the piano 2007 (at least with understanding of what I was...

BREAK FREE: FROM THE BONDAGE OF THE TRANSPOSE BUTTON

“How do you get to play on all keys”? I have been asked this questions like a billion time(that’s obviously an exaggeration though).Most Pianist I meet tell me on how they have tried to achieved this (Practiced vigorously) for quite a long while but then gave up along the way. Truth be told, getting to play on all keys...

PIANO CHORDS 4

Hi Guys, Its been a while here.. I apologize for the break. I will continue the series on PIANO CHORDS. If you are new here, you can check out the previous topic in the series here. In this lesson, we will be looking at the Half Diminished Seventh Chords, Dominant Seventh Chords, Augmented Seventh Chords and the Minor-Major Seventh...

PIANO CHORDS (3): Seventh Piano Chords

Now that you’ve gotten a comprehensive look at how to form intervals, scales, and foundational  chords, let’s take it a step further by expanding our chords. If you are new in this series. Check out the previous lessons.. PIANO CHORDS 1: THE FOUNDATION OF CHORDS    OR PIANO CHORDS 2: DIMINISHED AND AUGMENTED CHORDSWe will be studying the below 7th chords but in this lesson, we will discuss the first four Major seventh chord Minor seventh chord Diminished seventh chord Augmented major seventh chord Half­-Diminished seventh chord Dominant seventh chord Augmented seventh chord Minor-­major seventh chordChord Type:​Major seventh chordScale Formula:​1+3+5+7Interval Formula:​major third...

PIANO CHORDS(2): DIMINISHED AND AUGMENTED CHORDS

In our previous lesson, we looked at the foundation of chords. In this lesson, we will move a step further, treating the Diminished ChordsDiminished Triad Piano ChordChord Type:​ Diminished triadFormula:​  1+♭3+♭5Do you see a pattern here? Most chords will use some version of the 1, 3, and 5th tones (later, we’ll add in the 7th tone, which is HUGE in music). Diminished chords take the sad and  serious sound ofminor chords even further by flatting yet another tone (the 5th). This gives you a scary­sounding  chord, but is used in tons of situations.Notes in C:​ C + Eb + GbAugmented Triad Piano ChordChord Type:​ Augmented triadFormula:​ 1+3+♯5*The augmented chord almost does the opposite of the minor and diminished. We take the regular  major triad and raise the 5th tone.Notes in C:​ C + E + G#Diminished​ means to make smaller.Augmented​ means to make larger.Isn’t that exactly what these chords have done?Consonance and DissonanceThese are the opposite of each other.What is consonant is not dissonant and what is dissonant is not consonant.I know, sounds confusing.According to ​wikipedia​ , ​ “Consonance and dissonance define a level of sweetness / harshness,  pleasantness / unpleasantness, acceptability / unacceptability, of the sounds or intervals under  consideration.”In other words, consonant chords and intervals sound good and harmonious to us. Dissonant ones  sound less harmonious and have more tension.Major and minor chords have more consonance than diminished and augmented chords.If I had to rank them by consonance, it’d be:Major chordsMinor chordsDiminished chordsAugmented chords THIS DOESN’T MEAN DISSONANCE IS A BAD THING.In fact, at one point (hundreds of years ago), dissonant chords and intervals like diminished chords  and ​tritones​ (another topic) were ​banned​ from the church! They were called the “devil’s interval.”This is not the case today. In fact, most modern musicians aggressively search for ways to  add​“flavorful dissonance” ​  to their playing. It is dissonance that creates the unpredictability and sound  that characterizes much of today’s contemporary gospel, soul, R&B, and similar genres. I call these four chords – major, minor, diminished, augmented – the “FANTASTIC FOUR.”These are your four foundational chords. With these four chord types, you can learn practically all  others (I’ll prove it to you in a second).. In the next lesson we will look at using Intervals to Learn Chords.. stay tuned. Feel free...

PIANO CHORDS (1): FOUNDATION OF CHORDS

As simple as this may sound, I get disappointed when I meet pianist who has spent years playing the piano and yet they lack the basic fundamentals of chords. In this post we’re going to explore the foundation of piano chords“Notes create scales, scales create chords, chords create progressions, and progressions create songs.”NOTESI don’t want to assume you know...

UNDERSTANDING INTERVALS

An “interval” in music is simply distance between two tones. Just like inches, feet, yards, and meters describe distance in physical spaces, intervals like “half steps” and “whole steps” describe distance in music."Half steps” are from key to key with no keys in between,“Whole steps” always skip a key with ONE key( regardless if its a black key or...

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