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Lesson Posted on 19 May Music/Instrumental Music/Keyboard Music/Instrumental Music/Guitar Music/Instrumental Music/Piano

Imperial march - Keyboard

Muthu Kumar C R

Hi. This is Music Tutor Muthukumar Anil from Chennai. I teach the Guitar, Keyboard, Piano, the...

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Lesson Posted on 29 Apr Music/Instrumental Music/Keyboard Music/Instrumental Music/Piano

Which is the best piano/keyboard to learn for a beginner in India with a 61 keys?

Keerthanalakshmi

I have 7+ years of experience in Teaching Piano, Keyboard, Guitar , Harmonium & Music Theory Classes...

If you are serious about learning to play piano/keyboard, do it right. 61 keys are OK for synthesizers that are used as an adjuct to other instruments, but not as your only keyboard. I recommend a full 88 key keyboard and it must have weighted touch sensitive keys. A piano is a percussion instrument... read more

If you are serious about learning to play piano/keyboard, do it right. 61 keys are OK for synthesizers that are used as an adjuct to other instruments, but not as your only keyboard. I recommend a full 88 key keyboard and it must have weighted touch sensitive keys. A piano is a percussion instrument at its roots. Hammers hit strings. Its expressiveness from soft to loud is why it is called “pianoforte” (soft/loud). Without touch sensitive keys to simulate an actual piano keyboard its range of expression is seriously limited.

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Lesson Posted on 21 Apr Music/Instrumental Music/Piano Music/Instrumental Music/Keyboard Music/Instrumental Music/Guitar

Improvisation

Adrian Joshua

As a student, you will receive a customised format of learning that is didactic, to help you learn as...

So how do you start playing randomly in order to make amazing music ? Even though improv is not really a prepared section of the performance, the many elements that go into a successful improv is and should be well prepared. Lesson: Start with only five notes of a scale. Then make two groups of... read more

So how do you start playing randomly in order to make amazing music ? Even though improv is not really a prepared section of the performance, the many elements that go into a successful improv is and should be well prepared. 

Lesson: 

Start with only five notes of a scale.

Then make two groups of five notes.

The first group should be the question and the second like an answer. 

Play only quater notes for now and try not ending on the tonic note in the first group. 

The second group can end on the tonic. 

Hear and observe the result. Does it sound like a musical question and answer ? 

More of this in our lessons together. 

 

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Lesson Posted on 27/12/2019 Music/Instrumental Music/Piano

Warm up

Keerthanalakshmi

I have 7+ years of experience in Teaching Piano, Keyboard, Guitar , Harmonium & Music Theory Classes...

Warm Up Boring! We get it. It’s a tedious way to start, but without it, you put yourself at risk of carpal tunnel and tendinitis. You’d rather spend 10 minutes warming up than be in pain for six months. This is one of the most important piano practice tips, because a proper warm up also... read more

Warm Up

Boring! We get it. It’s a tedious way to start, but without it, you put yourself at risk of carpal tunnel and tendinitis. You’d rather spend 10 minutes warming up than be in pain for six months.

This is one of the most important piano practice tips, because a proper warm up also gives you the opportunity to achieve flow, a state of mind where you’re locked in on the task at hand, and get maximum improvement.

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Lesson Posted on 27/12/2019 Music/Instrumental Music/Piano

Piano tips

Keerthanalakshmi

I have 7+ years of experience in Teaching Piano, Keyboard, Guitar , Harmonium & Music Theory Classes...

Set Aside Time for Fundamentals Make sure at least 15 minutes of your practice time is set aside for things like scales, accuracy, and timing. You only gain technical skills by repetition. Just build in 15 minutes of fundamentals to every one of your practices and you will be able to play insanely technical... read more

Set Aside Time for Fundamentals

Make sure at least 15 minutes of your practice time is set aside for things like scales, accuracy, and timing. You only gain technical skills by repetition. Just build in 15 minutes of fundamentals to every one of your practices and you will be able to play insanely technical pieces

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Lesson Posted on 27/12/2019 Music/Instrumental Music/Piano

piano practice

Keerthanalakshmi

I have 7+ years of experience in Teaching Piano, Keyboard, Guitar , Harmonium & Music Theory Classes...

Slow Down The trick to learning hard songs is learning them at half-speed and then slowly speeding up. Slow down to whatever speed you can play it perfectly. Then, when you can play it perfectly at that speed three times, speed it up a little bit. “What’s a little bit?” Glad you a... read more

 Slow Down

The trick to learning hard songs is learning them at half-speed and then slowly speeding up. Slow down to whatever speed you can play it perfectly. Then, when you can play it perfectly at that speed three times, speed it up a little bit. “What’s a little bit?” Glad you asked…

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Lesson Posted on 27/12/2019 Music/Instrumental Music/Piano

Use metronome

Keerthanalakshmi

I have 7+ years of experience in Teaching Piano, Keyboard, Guitar , Harmonium & Music Theory Classes...

Use A Metronome and Slow Down Again If you can’t play a song in time, then you can’t play the song. “Flight of the Bumblebee” is played, depending on how you count it, at about 500bpm. But do not start trying to learn the song at 500bpm. Start at 50bpm. When you can play it... read more

Use A Metronome and Slow Down Again

If you can’t play a song in time, then you can’t play the song. “Flight of the Bumblebee” is played, depending on how you count it, at about 500bpm.

But do not start trying to learn the song at 500bpm. Start at 50bpm. When you can play it at 50, speed it up to 60, and so forth until you can play at the correct speed.

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Lesson Posted on 09/10/2019 Music/Instrumental Music Music/Instrumental Music/Piano

Aural test practice

Keerthanalakshmi

I have 7+ years of experience in Teaching Piano, Keyboard, Guitar , Harmonium & Music Theory Classes...

For many students, when they encounter their first listening test, they freeze. Non-music majors might encounter this type of test and music majors DEFINITELY encounter the aural listening test at some point in their life. I have compiled a list of tricks and tips for the listening exam. Start... read more

For many students, when they encounter their first listening test, they freeze.

Non-music majors might encounter this type of test and music majors DEFINITELY encounter the aural listening test at some point in their life.

I have compiled a list of tricks and tips for the listening exam.

 

  • Start Early
    – This sounds obvious but it is a common mistake to wait till the last minute for a listening exam.
          
  • Active Listening
    -I have more info on this under “take notes” but don’t just put the listening material in the background while you work on other things.
    -It is okay to have it in the background once in a while but take the time to sit down and focus on nothing but the music.
    -A few focused listening sessions can do more than “listening” to the music in the background all day.
          
  • Don’t Cram
    – This goes back to starting early. While it is possible (but not recommended) to cram for a visual type test and still get a good grade, this is often harder to do on a listening test. Your brain may not be used to absorbing and retaining this kind of information.
          
  • Break the Listening Down
    – I often suggest that students listen to maybe one or two pieces the first day, then a third the next day, review on the third, then learn the rest on the fourth and review everything until the test.
    -Obviously you have to break down your listening material as needed but not learning everything in one sitting is very helpful.
    -When I had to listen to entire symphonies for tests, I would listen to movement per day on repeat. By the end of the week, I could review the whole symphony.
    -When I had to listen to many short works, I would pick two or three to memorize per day, compared to five or six.
          
  • Listen to the Entire Piece
    – Music Majors are especially familiar with the phrase “drop the needle.” This phrase is a throw back to record players and one would literally drop the needle and the music would start playing from that point.
    Today, the phrase references the fact that the teacher might start the test from ANY point in the music and you have to be able to identify what the piece is from the middle or any place other than the beginning.
    -Even if your instructor is NOT doing a “needle” test, this is still a good strategy. If you can identify the piece from any point, then you REALLY know the music.
    -It is also a good idea to make use of this strategy because the piece may change significantly and you may need to explain or identify what changed and why it is important.
          
  • Take Notes
    -Writing down your first impressions is a very easy way to distinguish pieces.
    -I also write down thoughts as the piece goes on.
    -I also ask questions and try to identify various elements in the music.
    Does the music change? How? When?
    What key are we in? Does it ever change? What kind of modulation?
    What instruments are playing and when?
    Who is singing? Male or female? Choir or solo?
    What is the texture? Homophonic? Heterophonic? Polyphonic?
    Chord structure?
    Melody lines?
    -These are just some basic questions that can be applied to a lot of music.
          
  • Come up with lyrics for instrumental passages
    -Students are often very familiar with language and interacting with information and tests in that manner. So use that to your advantage. I use words to help memorize chord structures and progressions. Some people may need this tool to memorize melodies.
    -Assign words to aspects of the music that are important but tricky to remember.
          
  • Playlist
    -Create playlists of the tests and put them on shuffle. It works wonders!

Some of these seem obvious. That is a good thing! Listening tests can be just as manageable as any other type of test.

These tips are only meant to get you started. Find what works for you since everyone learns a bit differently.

Happy Listening!

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Lesson Posted on 08/03/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Keyboard Music/Instrumental Music/Piano Music/Instrumental Music/Guitar

Family Chords for C Major Scale

Kevin Paul

I am an experienced piano and keyboard tutor with 5 years of teaching various genres of music like rock,...

The 6 commonly used family chords for C scale melody are C Major - C E G F Major - F A C G Major - G B D Am(Aminor) - A C E Dm(Dminor) - D F A Em(Eminor) - E G B Using these chords most of the songs that are play in the key of "C" can be accompanied. Watch out for more!!! read more

The 6 commonly used family chords for C scale melody are

C Major - C E G

F Major - F A C

G Major - G B D

Am(Aminor) - A C E

Dm(Dminor) - D F A

Em(Eminor) - E G B

 

Using these chords most of the songs that are play in the key of "C" can be accompanied.

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Answered on 02/11/2015 Music/Instrumental Music/Piano

Anuraag M.

Anuraags Academy

Keyboard: 1. keys - they are plastic keys without hammer action i.e every key feels the same from lower octave to higher. 2. It is Electronic - There are plugins loaded of so many instruments, beat patterns, recorder, Chord dictionary ,Digital Audio Workstation ( you don't need a computer to program... read more
Keyboard: 1. keys - they are plastic keys without hammer action i.e every key feels the same from lower octave to higher. 2. It is Electronic - There are plugins loaded of so many instruments, beat patterns, recorder, Chord dictionary ,Digital Audio Workstation ( you don't need a computer to program music ) this feature is mostly for higher end keyboard. 3. It is portable - can be carried anywhere 4. Pedal - Most come with two pedal inputs where you can connect the sustain pedal which sustains the instrument when pressed 5. Can be connected to a computer and can be used with the software to program music. 6. Detects media device (USB, Floppy) - Even mid range keyboards come with this option These are just basic functions on a keyboard, i'm sure there are lot many Piano: 1. They have a hammer action i.e the keys are hard at the lower end and as you progress it will gradually become lighter. These keys are made up of natural wood and they are long. They have a mechanism where the wood absorbs the hand sweat when playing for a longer duration without slipping. 2. The feel ( Emotion ) can only be felt when played on a piano - no other digital plugins can replace a real piano - Never! 3. They come with three pedals, I'm not explaining about pedals now but they again are used to relate different dimensions of emotions and the feel of a pianist. 4. They are acoustic, non portable, stationary. a piece a wood for your home. 5. There is no support for anything.No chord dictionary, no recorded no nothing at all. It is just a plain pure piano sound. Conclusion: Keyboard is good to learn and practice, but Piano will be your best friend for life! read less
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