Hi everyone! I received a question online today (on my YouTube channel), an excellent one, and one which is subject to debate. The question is in response to one of my videos about using add9 chords on piano. (A link to the video is included below.)
I thought I would share the thread here:
VIEWER: Isn’t the D in Cadd9 supposed to be an octave higher? I guess I’m just confused as to why it isn’t Add2 instead.
Learn about the Major pentatonic scale, and its cousin, the “Relative Minor” pentatonic scale (a video lesson). The relationship between any major scale (or key) and its relative minor scale or key is explained here as well, in terms of traditional music theory.
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Hi folks, I have new slots for five or six students, in or near Huntington Beach, California.
I’m offering lessons in Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, Folk, etc., piano or keyboards. Sorry, no slots are currently open for classical piano, although if you want to learn to read music as part of your “pop” studies, we can do that.
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Here’s a slow-motion demonstration of the notes to Beethoven’s Für Elise. Shown here is the most well-known first section of the piece.
This is not a performance video. Meaning, you can’t take cues from this video on the phrasing, dynamics, tempo, pedaling, etc. However, many people find it useful to have a reference like this, especially those who play by ear, and are simply trying to acquire the notes.
Hello again, piano people!
Todays’ post is about learning “thirteenth chords” on piano. In this video, you will learn a good way to learn and retain all twelve of the standard 13th chords without resorting to rote memorization. In my experience, I discovered early on that learning scales and chords by rote — that is, note-by-note, without any understanding of the patterns they all have in common — is the worst way to go. Learning the underlying patterns that consistently define all scales and chords is absolutely where it’s at!
Ain’t life grand? As in grand piano?
Here’s a follow up to my recent post about “Fourth Chords.” I made this second video to give more insight regarding how “fourth chord” shapes can be superimposed over various roots, to create refreshing voicings for standard chord types, such as major, minor and dominant seventh chords. The goal here is to focus on the practical side of putting these shapes into use!
Video: Fourth Chords, Part Two
Hey Blues people! Wassup from the OG (Old Guy). Let me show you this nice 12-bar opening, to get your jam started. I’ve also included something to get your improv going after the intro.
You might be interested to know that the information in the first two lessons below was shared with me when I was fourteen years old, at a time when I knew zero about playing piano. I did have seven years of drumming experience by that time, however. The guy who showed me this stuff was a drummer as well. Since I had the advantage of good two-handed coordination skills on the drums, and the additional advantage of piano being a percussion instrument, I was able to go home that afternoon and start seriously jamming on my parent’s piano. My dad came home from work that evening and he said, “When did you learn how to play the piano?” I’ll never forget that day! After about a year, I was playing keys in a band. I started taking formal piano lessons, and eventually I got a college degree in piano and general music. In other words, Blues was the beginning of my entire career as a piano and keyboard player.
What does all that mean for you? Assuming you already play either a little piano, or another instrument, there is enough raw material in this post to get you seriously going on blues piano. On completion of the first few lessons below, you will already have enough information to start sounding like you actually know what you’re doing.
As with all other video-based lessons on this site, it is not necessary to read music.
“Music is like magic. If you convince the audience, you are a success.” — Me
Lesson One: The Blues Scale
Lesson Two: A Left-hand Groove
Lesson Three: Five Must-know Riffing Devices
Lesson Four : The Classic “12-bar Blues” Progression
Lesson Five: Coordination Practice
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