Archive for January, 2011


Piano Tips: Comping Under The Melody

Sunday, January 30th, 2011
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There are many ways you can make your right hand part fuller, and on other videos we have looked at parallel 6ths, parallel 3rds, etc. On this video I demonstrate how to “comp” under the melody for a rhythmic-chording style.

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How To Use “Stuffed Octaves” In Your Right Hand Melody (Piano Video)

Saturday, January 29th, 2011
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To get a really full piano sound in your right hand, stuff all the notes of the chord between the octave notes. Of course you need to know chords, and you need to know what chord is in force at any given moment, but given that, you can create a big, full sound for your melody in the right hand.

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Piano Lessons: How To Put Octave-3rds Under The Melody In Your Right Hand

Friday, January 28th, 2011
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Playing the tune of a song in a “single-finger” style leaves much to be desired in terms of fullness. One way to make a stronger melody is to play it in octaves with an interval of a 3rds under the top octave note. Watch this short video:

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How Can I Modulate From One Key To Another Key?

Friday, January 28th, 2011
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Do you know how to modulate from one key to another key? Do you get modulation confused with transposition? When you transpose a piece of music, you play it in a key which is different from the original key. Let’s say you are playing for a singer, and the song is too high for them. You can transpose (change keys) the song to a lower key. (For a complete course on modulation and transposition, click here.)

Modulation is different: It is the process of getting from one key to another. Listen to this podcast and you’ll catch on quickly:

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Music Theory Specifically For Piano Players

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
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Every musician needs to know as much about music theory as possible, but often piano players don’t know the relationship of their instrument (the piano) to other instruments such as the trumpet, sax, etc. This short video discusses the importance of knowing these relationships and other aspects of music theory for piano players. After watching the video, come on over to Music Theory For Piano Players.

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