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Hey there ya’ll!
I sincerely hope you and your piano are getting along well. You two were made for each other! Relationships take work, never forget that.
This is another post for keyboard players who read music “a little bit,” but who may have trouble remembering all that stuff about key signatures, or sometimes forget which piano key belongs to which line or space on the staff. This is quite common, so don’t feel bad!
Here at Piano With Kent, we have the expertise to accurately mark up sheet music, such that every note on the staff is labeled with its “LETTER-NAME,” for example, Eb, F#, C. (See image above.) To do this accurately, one must always honor the prevailing key signature, as well as any accidentals.
Having each note labeled this way makes the music much easier to read!
Today’s selection is Beethoven’s famous “Moonlight Sonata,” entire first movement.
This lesson is for keyboard players who want to “properly” use the pitch-bend wheel on their electronic synths or other keyboard. By “properly” I mean that you can’t just randomly roll that pitch wheel around and expect your keyboard licks to make any sense (outside of cartoonish sound effects).
If you want the professional sound of a killer solo when using a pitch-bend wheel, it’s a great idea to emulate the kind of pitch-bends that are used by experienced lead guitarists, sax players, and the like. That’s the secret, and there’s some detailed explanation of certain ways to do that included in the video below.
Learn the essential elements of blues piano, including the Blues Scale, the 12-bar Blues pattern, left-hand grooves, coordination exercises, and raw material for licks.
My goal is for you to start improvising great blues solos!
Although most of this course is in the key of C, there is a detailed lesson that covers transposing the blues scale, and the 12-bar blues progression, into other keys.
You will need no ability to read music. It will be very good, however, to have basic-to-intermediate level piano playing experience.
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Good morning (3:30 am here in California). I’m keeping musician’s hours as usual!
One of my readers has suggested I might like to share this info-graphic on the essentials of reading piano music, which he created. I think it is quite good, so here it is!
Mr. Nguyen’s site has lots of good material so check it out!
Blues piano lessons from Kent Smith
UPDATE from Kent, Sep. 13, 2018, 7:58 pm PST:
“A Study in Blues Piano” is presently being uploaded to our site here, as I write this.
All twelve video lessons (they’re taught by me) AND also all eleven video lessons for “Blues Piano Crash Course” (also taught by me) will be live and accessible 24×7, for streaming directly from this and other pages on this site.
You’re gonna love these courses, I guarantee it!
Here’s what we have so far (below). FYI, a complete course description, lesson descriptions, and all that, are also coming on line soon.
Check back soon!
Wassup! Today I’m sharing my reply to a question from a student at Udemy.
This is a two part question; first off, is there anything you recommend (videos, specific techniques, etc) to improve my sight-reading that won’t make me want to shout profanities?
I’ve Googled it obviously, but I’m curious about your opinion, as I enjoy your method of teaching.
Secondly, do you find skilled sight-reading necessary for jazz and blues? In other words, in your professional opinion, can I learn to be a proficient jazz and blues pianist without tackling my fear/hatred of sight-reading?