Archive for August, 2010


Learn All The Diminished & Augmented Piano Chords In 15 Minutes Or Less!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
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Once you know all the major chords, it’s easy to form diminished and augmented chords by just changing one or two notes. Watch this short video and see how easy it is to learn them all and understand them.

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How To Learn All 12 Minor Piano Chords In 7 Minutes Or Less

Monday, August 30th, 2010
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Once you know how to form major chords, you can easily form any minor chord by simply lowering the 3rd of the major triad. Watch this video and see all 12 major chords become minor by moving just one note down 1/2 step:

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All about piano chords: Major, minor, diminished, augmented & extended chords

Monday, August 30th, 2010
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Piano chords come in all flavors — major, minor, diminished, augmented, and many kinds of extended chords such as 6ths, 7ths, 9ths, 11ths, 13ths, etc. This 50-minute video will give you a good introduction to piano chords and prepare you for more in-depth study:

Chords of all kinds: Major, minor, diminished, augmented & extended chords from chordman on Vimeo.

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Piano Improvising versus Arranging: Is there a difference?

Saturday, August 28th, 2010
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What is the difference between improvising and arranging? The difference is mainly a matter of semantics, but I think it is useful to consider improvising as involving the creation of a new (or partially new) melody, while arranging involves a more or less new structure for an existing song. Watch this short video on the subject:

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Use 4 fingers to get a great “straddle” piano sound!

Friday, August 27th, 2010
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There are many ways to break up chords into various patterns, including the open-voiced arpeggio, the 2-1 and 3-1 breakups, the pentatonic run, the Alberti bass, the Kansas City Bass, and on and on. But one of the best ways to get a contemporary and professional sound in your right hand is to use the 4-note “straddle” technique.

Instead of playing all 4 notes of a chord at once, you play just 2 and straddle the note inbetween. Then invert the chord up or down and do the same on the next inversion. It sounds complicated, but you’ll understand it when you watch this short video:

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