The tritone was considered to be a forbidden interval hundreds of years ago. Churches actually banned this interval from being played! Luckily there are no such restrictions today so we will be experimenting with it and understanding what its function is. To put it very simply, the tritone is half an octave. There are twelve possible tones in … Continue reading What is a Tritone?→
I highly encourage everyone to watch the accompanying video with this article. It provides excellent visual representations of the Neapolitan 6th chord as well as a demonstration of how it can be utilized in your music. Neapolitan 6th might sound like a strange name, but it’s a beautiful chord that can enhance your music. Even if you haven’t … Continue reading What is the Neapolitan 6th Chord?→
Robert and Mike are joined by Bijan Taghavi a jazz pianist who is currently studying under scholarship as a sophomore at the Manhattan School of Music and also one of Robert’s past students. On this episode they discuss Jazz and the differences and similarities between Classical music, relationships with music teachers and questions from listeners.
Maybe you’ve heard this term before; maybe you haven’t; maybe a salesperson once told you, “You definitely need duplex scaling”. whatever your familiarity with duplex scaling, you will learn something about this technology today. So what is duplex scaling? Simply put, it’s a tone enhancement system that is used in some pianos to increase tone life. That sounds … Continue reading What is Duplex Scaling? Piano Questions→
You’ll start with a Major 7th Chord, the Dominant 7th Chord, the Minor 7th Chord, a Half-Diminished 7th Chord, and then finally a Diminished 7th Chord.
But this is just the beginning of what we are going to do! In both hands you will be playing broken chords and you will be playing every other note in each hand and play in contrary motion. So it looks like this:
Is this the end? Not at all! You’re going to go through all twelve keys going up a half-step at a time until you reach C an octave higher. This will be challenging to learn, but once you get the hang of it, this will be an incredibly beneficial exercise for you and one that will help you build strength in your piano playing and independence of your fingers.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you don’t have to play this exercise fast in order to gain benefit from it. Play it at a comfortable speed and work up the tempo gradually over time. This exercise will take time to master, but keep at it and you will get results.
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One of the most common questions I get is how to build strength on the piano. This is a tough topic because practicing the wrong way can potentially lead to injury, so you must always be aware of how you feel. The fact is, there is no simple method to instantly gain more strength in your piano playing – … Continue reading The Best Exercise to Develop Strength on the Piano→