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Learning To Play The Piano With Rocket Piano

Are you intending to learn playing the piano but don’t know hot how start? Or do you already know the means of playing the piano but can’t advance from the level you are in? Do you want to know how to play the piano like the professionals? All this can be achieved with the help of the Rocket Piano.

The Basic Ingredients Of Music

I’m currently teaching a four-week class at my local community center. The idea is to provide a foundation in guitar that can help people start to play while also teaching them some basics about music in general. I haven’t done a class like this before, so it’s hard to know exactly what I will cover, but I have taken the time to build out an outline to keep myself on some sort of track.

What Is the Difference Between Just Playing Music and Feeling the Music That You’re Playing?

This past week I asked one of my best students to give me a question that he would like answered in my blog. A) It helps me to know if there is anything we need to go over, so as to better help him, and B) I get an opportunity to help anyone else with the same or similar issue. Not a bad pay off really. So Jimmy wanted to know: What Is the Difference Between Just Playing Music and Feeling the Music That You’re Playing?

Harmony: Putting Some Meat on the Bones

Getting back to the basic components of music, let’s fatten up the soundscape of a song a bit more. Harmony really starts to flesh out the overall body of a song. In the discussion about melody, I compared it to a diva in that it is the main focal point of a song. It’s the line someone will have bouncing around in their head while they hum the tune.

Fighting Performance Anxiety

Okay… You’ve been playing for a while now and have been practicing diligently. You think it might be time to take your skills “out on the road” and give a live performance for your first audience. But, you have big-time stage fright. You know–the knees knocking, sweaty palms, nausea-inducing kind. Forget it, you tell yourself; I’m just not destined to be a live performer. But, what has all that practicing and studying been for if not to show off your newly-acquired playing skills?

Melody: The Main Focus

In the last article, we talked about the common ingredients that make up music (remember cake?). This week we’ll dig into the diva of the three: Melody. Now before we go any further, let me be clear. In calling melody a ‘diva,’ I don’t want to give any impression that melody is more important than rhythm or harmony. All three components are equally important when creating music. But melody is typically the focal point of a song. True, if there are lyrics the words are important, but it’s the melody that sticks in our mind. It is melody we find ourselves humming. When music is recorded, it is the job of the mix engineer to accentuate the most important part of the song – the vocals, which consequently utilize the melody.

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