Playing Chords-With-Melody Music Quickly, On Piano
When I teach people to play piano, this is the first lesson I teach. I do that because even if the student never takes another piano lesson, they can still make up their own, impressive music on a piano. And they have that ability for the rest of their life.
It’s so easy to do, a non-musician can do it. It doesn’t require the knowledge of any music terminology. It’s just making up your own music, which any kid can show you how easy it is to do. So many of us as adults, have had our creativity taken away from us. But we can always make a new start!
Let’s do it today, right now. It only takes a few minutes. If you have access to a piano, or a synthesizer, you’re good to go.
Don’t get me wrong – learning to play the music of others on piano, is a task so difficult, that it takes 3 to 5 years to do it proficiently. And all of this is a lot easier to learn on the KeyMusician Keyboard, with no key-signature limitations.
But making up your own music, is much easier – even on a piano – especially if you take advantage of the simplification of using only the white keys.
Instead of a lot of diagrams showing fingers on particular keys, we’ve provided a video-lesson, showing you how to do this simply, and easily.
In this lesson, Malcolm shows how what he learned in improvising with both hands in the melody section of the KeyMusician Keyboard, was directly applicable to improvising music on a piano keyboard.
So click the link below (using your browser’s Back-button to return to this article), to watch the video lesson, hopefully when at a piano or synthesizer so you can try it out too:
Chords And Melody Music On Piano in 5 Minutes
Simple enough, and impressive? The demo below is an example of what you can do using those same techniques, as you get a little more experience. Here, we’re adding two more things beyond what was taught in the lesson.
Toward the end of the piece, we use the simple 3-note chords, but play first the low-note of the chord, followed by the upper two notes of the chord, played twice, as a sort of ‘boom click click’ sort of pattern, which makes for all sorts of catchy melody possibilities.
The other new thing, is that at the end, my right hand crosses over to play the same note as the low-note of the chord, only 7 keys farther down (to the left).
Click on the link below (using your browser’s Back-button to return to this article), to see this additional demo:
Chords And Melody Music On Piano - Demo
If you have a synthesizer, rather than just a piano, you have even more possibilities.
First, you can use sustained-sounds (such as Oboe or Flute), rather than just a piano sound (which fades away as you hold out the notes). Another thing you can do with a synthesizer, is to use its transpose function, so that even though you play only the white keys to make it simple and easy, the music you play can be in any key-signature, and you never have to do the work of learning to play all the key-signatures (with their flats or sharps).
Click the link below (using your browser’s Back-button to return to this article), for an example of the same techniques, done with in interesting sustained sound, on a synthesizer:
Chords And Melody Music On Synthesizer - Demo
I hope you enjoyed this lesson, and take advantage of the good start it gives you on playing a piano or synthesizer.
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