Archive for July, 2009
When a song is in a minor key, but is then ended in a major key, it is termed a “picardy 3rd.” The old tune Greensleeves is an excellent example of the use of a picardy 3rd.
Click on the player below to hear the audio:[audio:ThePicardyThirdEnding.mp3]
Work some variety into your piano practice times. You don’t always have to play the same exercises the same way. On this short video I illustrate how you can take a boring exercise and make it fun by adding staccato, syncoptation, chords, and so on.
The ability to hear musical sounds and make sense out of them is of crucial importance to any musician. Your ear can be improved by drilling on various musical sounds until you remember them without thinking. On this short video we will drill briefly on intervals — 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, etc.
Watch the video below to learn some ways of breaking up piano chords with your right hand: