Right Hand Melody Notes – Get Variety Into Your Piano Playing
Good morning again, or good afternoon, or good evening, or whatever it is at your place. It’s morning here, and I’d like to talk about another way to play the melody in the right hand – 4 ways to make your right hand melody notes stand out. We’ve been talking about various ways when we started out with just a single finger melody, and we said that can be really pure and beautiful. It’s clean and it makes a melody standout like that. So on, okay? Then, we talked about adding a third below the melody. We said it’s just a melody. We’ll put a third below it. Okay? Sorry about that. We said that thirds don’t work everywhere. They work most of the time; but sometimes, it just doesn’t work. We could put in a fourth instead of a third or just play the melody by itself. It doesn’t matter.
Then, we take it at a step further, and we had an octave thirds. In other words, we played the melody in octaves; but beneath the top octave, we fill in a third. Okay? That’s when you want a little stronger melody. Man, I’m really blowing it today. Okay. Enough of that. Now, I’d like to take it a step further. Instead of just thirds, let’s put a whole cord in between the octave. Okay? We’ll play the melody in octaves, but we’ll put in whatever cord it is. I’m starting on the D-minor seventh cord, so I’ll put in as many notes as I can reach of the D-minor seventh cord. Okay?
I can’t reach all of them. My hand is not big enough. If I had a bigger hand, I could play two notes at once, but I can’t there. You get that idea? It creates a much bigger sound in the right hand. You’re all going to use that all the time. Of course, you would … That’s called a two-step instead of one note. That’s a lousy example, but you get the idea. Let me play two at once. I mean, two notes in the place of one there. Okay? You’d fill in the entire octave. Okay? In the left hand, you strum. I just wanted to illustrate the fact that you can go from a single melody to thirds in the melody to octave thirds to complete cords.
It doesn’t always work, but it works most of the time. If it doesn’t work sometimes, just leave the middle notes out and put in the octave. Okay? I hope that helps. It gives a few ideas of right hand variety that you can put into your piano songs. That’s it for today. Thanks for being with me. We’ll see you tomorrow with another little piano tip. Bye-bye for now. Come on over to www.PlayPiano.com and grab our daily piano tips!
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