Archive for September, 2010


Improvising the blues: A video overview

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
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As I’m sure you know, the blues are the basis for literally thousands and thousands of songs, particularly in jazz, fusion, rhythm & blues and rock, but also in many many pop songs you don’t normally think of as “the blues”. That’s because the chord structure of the blues is basically the same as the chord structure of songs that use the primary chords: I, IV, and V. Of course the blues adds a 7th to those primary chords, but the basic structure remains the same. Watch this short video and you’ll get the idea:

For a course on playing the blues, please see Playing Blues, Boogie, & R&B

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False Endings and Deceptive Cadences Podcast

Monday, September 27th, 2010
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This podcast is about how to throw a curve ball at your listeners by creating a false ending, also known as a deceptive cadence.

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Piano Instuction For Beginners: How To Create a “Jazz Waltz” Using Just 3 Chords

Saturday, September 25th, 2010
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You can simulate the sound of a jazz waltz by using the “frozen fingers” technique (for beginners) and playing just three chords. Watch this short video and you’ll get the idea:

For more videos like this, go to my YouTube video channel.

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Crosspolinate piano styles to create a hybrid style all your own

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
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How To Dress Up “Naked Music” by Crosspolinating Arranging Styles Into a “Hybrid” Style. By learning several different techniques of manipulating chords and then combining them, you can come up with a hybrid style all your own. Watch this 5-minute video:

Go to How To Dress Up Naked Music to learn more about it.

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There is buried treasure in every piece of sheet music!

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
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It’s true. Every single piece of sheet music has buried treasure hiding in it. The object of learning to play the piano in an exciting style is to use a “musical treasure map” to dig that buried treasure up and apply it to the song. Watch this 2-minute video to get an idea about how to do it:

Then go over to Musical Treasure Map and see if you can learn how to do it yourself.

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