Gospel Keyboard Chords

I love this blues tutorial! You'll learn the C Blues Scale with correct fingering. Also he'll show you some chords and blues runs that sound very cool in your left hand. And a great way to end a song with a tremelo, you know, shaking those notes back and forth for a snappy, showoff ending!

You will definitely want to have a paper and pencil and jot down these chords and piano runs and riffs. Amazing blues, gospel sounds! Enjoy this piano tutorial.

-- LadyD I Write For Fortitude! http://fo.rtitu.de/1014
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Funny Piano Songs (Mario Theme, Titanic, Jurrasic Park, Peanuts etc.)

TitanicImage by The Pop-up Kingdom via Flickr
 Sometimes you just have to play the songs that you love and are good at playing. You just might find yourself on a roll like this person in the video. It is good to combine a medley of fun pop songs that have been famous and played by many. So many songs here are my favorites as well. Do you have a special song that you are fond of? Why not play it over and over and get real good at it and polish it up for others to hear as well. They say repetition is a good thing and I agree!

Funny Piano Songs (Mario Theme, Titanic, Jurrasic Park, Peanuts etc.)

Jurrasic Park 

1,000 Miles

Peanuts Theme

Mario Theme

Theme form Charlie Brown


Pirates of the Carribean

The person in the video is playing the piano by ear. With practice it becomes easier to transition into the next song. Get comfortable playing in a certain key and learn a medley of popular songs in that key. Themes from famous movies, pop stars and game videos is a great beginning to learning the piano. Music should be enjoyable wouldn't you agree?

All the best,

-- LadyD I Write For Fortitude! http://fo.rtitu.de/1014
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I Write for Fortitude

I have a need to express myself, to write about what is in my heart and mind. When I have a good idea on what I want to write about, the words just flow through my fingers at times, like playing the piano. I am passionate about music education. I am most happy to teach piano to all ages. I  also like to organize my thoughts on paper in such a way that you will want to read about music.

I want to introduce you to a new and exciting online magazine called Fortitude. This is where you will find me. I have joined a community of writers and I submit my articles for review. Here is the good news. Once published, I receive money for my article, poem, essay, rant, opinion, etc. on the Front Page and Second Page. On launch day, Fortitude Magazine published my Front Page Music Article! http://fo.rtitu.de/the-three-r-s-of-singing-12

Join us and help take Fortitude to the next level!

-- Piano Diana

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How Notes Move on The Staff

The symbols for various dynamic markingsImage via Wikipedia
 Notes move on the staff in three ways: Step

Notes on or above the middle line have down stems.

Notes below the middle line have up stems.

Measuring Intervals
The distance between two notes is called an interval. Another way to say it; the distance from the pitch of one note to the pitch of another.

2nd Interval:
On the keys a 2nd is like a step: from one key to the next key.
On the staff a 2nd is like a step: from line to space or space to line.

3rd Interval:
On the keys a 3rd is like a skip: from line to line or space to space. One skipped key is a 3rd.

4th Interval:
Two skipped keys is a 4th. On the staff a 4th is either line to space or space to line. On the keys a 4th is a larger skip.

5th Interval:
Three skipped keys is a 5th. On the staff a 5th is either line to line or space to space.

Melodic and Harmonic Intervals:

A melodic interval has single notes, like notes in a melody that are played one at a time. If you sing a note and then another then this is a melodic interval.

A harmonic interval has two notes played together to make harmony in music. If two people each sing a different note at the same time then this is called a harmonic interval.

Now that you know what intervals are why do you suppose we need to learn them?

Learning to recognize intervals, whether by sound, on paper, or an instrument, is extremely helpful for many reasons. Among them are chord building, improvisation, sight singing, composition, understanding and remembering keys and their related accidentals, and figure out music by ear. If you’re trying to play a melody that is in your head or on the radio, knowing your intervals eliminates most of the time spent searching for the right notes.

One of the coolest ways to add feeling and expression while playing those piano notes is to observe road map signs or what musician’s call Dynamics or dynamic markings.
Basically there are symbols that indicate varying degrees of volume. So we have degrees of loudness or softness.

Music has loud and soft signs called dynamics.

mf means medium loud.
Its Italian name is Mezzo Forte.

f means loud.
Its Italian name is forte.

ff means very loud
Its Italian name is Fortissimo.

fff means very, very loud.
Its Italian name is Fortississimo.

ppp means very, very soft.
Its Italian name is Pianississimo.

pp means very soft.
Its Italian name is Pianissimo.

P means soft.
Its Italian name is Piano.

With this understanding of how notes move while playing quietly or loudly, you’ll enjoy hearing yourself play with more feeling in addition to technically playing the notes correctly. Have fun!

 All the best,

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