Archive for February, 2015


How To Spread Out Left Hand Chords

Friday, February 27th, 2015
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Left Hand Chords – Break Them Up Sometimes!

Broken chords are called “arpeggios”, and in this short video I demonstrate one way to spread out left hand chords into a smooth bass style that is great for ballads and slower songs.

Here is the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzU5XBwJzvM

***For lots more good stuff on piano playing come on over to my website at http://www.playpiano.com and sign up for our free piano tips – “Exciting Piano Chords & Sizzling Chord Progressions!”

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Learn To Improvise & Arrange Hymns & Gospel Songs On The Piano!

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
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•”Hymn of the Month” Program In Improvising & Arranging The Hymns & Gospel Songs You Love!•

•  Please click here to learn all about the program: http://www.christian-music-lessons.com/members/

 

•  Hi, this is Duane and this is your invitation to the ultimate piano improvising and arranging course for folks you want to play beautiful and unique hymns & gospel songs on the piano.

 

•  We’re going to learn to play the great hymns of the faith, we have a hymn of the month video training program with me and we’re going to take a different hymn every month. We’ll cover all the great hymns like “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”, “Fairest Lord Jesus” and on and on. We’ll take one hymn per month and we’ll master it.

 

• Some months you’ll get four videos. Four videos online that you can watch and study, along with the sheet music of course, and you’re going to master each song phrase by phrase. It’s really a crash course on creative improvising and arranging hymns and gospel songs.

 

• We’re going to unlock the secrets to playing full and colorful gospel piano and transforming hymns from the hymn book into full blown beautiful and exciting arrangements.

 

• Four brand new videos every month, plus lots of bonus materials, demonstrating in great detail and slow motion, every single note of the song you’ll be learning to arrange and improvise on. You’ll look down and see my hands play in very slow motion, chord by chord, note by note.

 

• Then at the end of that month, actually at the start of the next month, you’ll get a complete sheet music arrangement of the song we just learned to play. You’ll be able to play a full arrangement of that song at the end of that month.

 

• At the end of the year, you’ll have 12 songs. If you stay with me for more than one year, you’ll have 24 or 36 or 48 or for however long we go.

 

• It’s going to be an exciting, an exciting program so I urge you to sign up right away and I’ll look forward to it. We’ll see you then. Bye.

 

• Please click here to learn all about the program: http://www.christian-music-lessons.com/members/

 

• Here is the YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwzOSjZpprA
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How To Make Your Piano Playing More Colorful

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
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Some Left-Hand Ideas  To Make Your Piano Playing More Colorful

If you aren’t satisfied just playing a song the same old way, but want to add interest and variety to your piano playing – in other words, make your piano playing more colorful – then here are some techniques you can use in your left hand to create color in your piano songs.

***For lots more good stuff on piano playing come on over to my website at http://www.playpiano.com and sign up for our free piano tips – “Exciting Piano Chords & Sizzling Chord Progressions!”

Here is the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUW_GDRM55I

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4 Ways To Make Your Right Hand Melody Notes Stand Out

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
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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!

On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZWbLYoAJEs&feature=youtu.be

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What In The World Are Pentatonic Scales?

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
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Pentatonic Scales: A Very Harmonic Type of Scale

Watch this 5 minute video from YouTube on Pentatonic Scales – 5 note scales.

Here is an excellent article on Pentatonic Scales from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentatonic_scale

And here is the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agNBYxNxzXQ&feature=youtu.be

***For lots more good stuff on piano playing come on over to my website at http://www.playpiano.com and sign up for our free piano tips – “Exciting Piano Chords & Sizzling Chord Progressions!”

Here’s a great little book on chords and chord progressions on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Piano-Chords-Chord-Progressions-Exciting-ebook/dp/B0076OUGDE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404158669&sr=1-1&keywords=piano+chords+duane+shinn

You’ll learn piano chords galore and how to apply them when you play piano – major chords, minor chords, augmented chords, diminished chords, 6th chords, 7th chords, 9th chords, 11th chords, 13th chords, suspensions, alterations and more. Chords are the “missing link” in most piano lessons and you can learn them all easily. Learn piano playing and music theory at the same time – it will make your progress faster
and you will understand music like you never have before.

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