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 ...

DRUMMERS NULL FACTS 4

SHED/COMPETITIONLooool...The struggle with this one is Real!I mean....even you can relate na... .As drummers, we have come to believe over time and wildly so, that a Drum Shed is a Competition.Matter of Fact we can be looking at a post that says Drum Shed! Drum Shed! and our brains would be reading it as Drum Off!! Drum Off!! .No...

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...

THE ART OF SOLOING

When it comes to music, there are many and different analysis and school of thoughts.Scales are believed by many professionals as well as many masters of the craft as the best approach to soloing. I believe and accept the approach as it had worked for even myself to a certain extent but over the years, I discovered as a...

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...

THIRD AS THE FOUNDATION OF CHORD FORMATION

You might probably have the playing the Guitar for years but if you lack this basic foundation about chord formation then you have a lot of work to do.What is a THIRD?A Third is an interval of 3 notes.A-B-C A to C is a third.G-A-B G to B is a third.NOTE: it does not matter if it's a tone...

GETTING AND DETERMINING YOUR TONE AS A DRUMMER 2

Hi Guys,In continuation to the previous post about "Getting and Determining your Tone as a Drummer"We only listed the 6 ways and not defined and went into details .In this lesson we will talk more about each point.Now, Technique: this has to do with a HOW something is being done. Which implies that how you hit the drums when...

WHAT IS THE NEXT CHORD?

As an upcoming guitarist, I find it so hard to place what chord I am to play next wen singing and playing or when playing to a piece, all I did was to gamble. I play a GMaj where I am to play an FMaj, play an FMaj when I'm supposed to play a CMaj. Etc.....I asked lots of...

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...

GETTING AND DETERMINING YOUR TONE AS A DRUMMER (1)

 (N.B: Every definition or terms used in this material is an intellectual property of Otitoju Olumide. Meanwhile any other external intellectual property or knowledge if used will be referenced). There have been questions raised at different levels concerning certain things about the drum and her drummers which “Getting and determining the TONE is a major concern for Drummers who want...