Claude Debussy’s timeless and extremely popular piano piece, Clair de Lune, is well-known around the world. Its origins include influences from poetry, the music of Bach’s time (the Baroque period), and the artistic school of Impressionism.
The piece’s name means “moonlight.” It is the third movement of a four-part work called Suite Bergamasque.
Debussy’s music was a major departure from the Romantic music of the 19th century. He, along with composer Maurice Ravel, is regarded as a primary founder of what came to be known as French Impressionism.
How to “Permanently Learn” Every Major Scale using the Major Tetrachord
UPDATED on April 15, 2021: The video lesson below is from my blog archives, originally produced in 2014.
I’ve had lots of happy feedback about this lesson, ever since I first posted it on YouTube. People are basically saying that this is the easiest way they have found to learn the notes of all twelve major scales, quickly and painlessly. I learned about tetrachords in my college theory classes, and I have found them to be a little-known “secret” for organizing one’s thoughts about scales and modes. Let me know what you think!
UPDATED by Kent: Mar. 30, 2021. A video blues tutorial describing a versatile lick pattern for jazz and blues piano.
This short jazzy series of chromatic notes, which I call the Flat-3 to 5, is a familiar expression in the Blues. This easy type of lick(you can alter the lick very easily) is heard in a trillion mainstream jazz and blues melodies, as well as in all related music, anything that has even a touch of Blues Inflection.
Which means, you could call this a cliché.
In the Blues, an improvising (lead) player might belt out a cliché, or ten, to explicitly let listeners know where they are:“You are in the Blues, thank you very much!” Any time you venture off into highly original blues territory, a cliché is a great place to come home to!
Beethoven’s Für Elise Sheet Music with Letter-Note Names
Letter note-names on sheet music can be extremely helpful, sometimes almost indispensable, to people who have limited music-reading experience, and/or have no access to a teacher, and/or have limited mobility, or learning hindrances of any kind.
How to Deal with ‘Over-Crowding’ of Your Fingers when dealing with Awkward Chords
Today’s post is taken from an online exchange between a YouTube follower of mine, and myself, regarding a question he had posted on one of my YouTube tutorials. The topic of discussion here is playing certain difficult chord-shapes on piano…
This is an in-depth study of twelve blues licks, with extensive left-hand support tips. Each lick/riff is explored in detail, including variations, fingering, playing tips, and supporting music theory.
More than just learning the notes by rote, you will get insight into the patterns, scales, chords and intervals involved, including how to transpose each lick.
As a result, each lick will be mastered as RAW MATERIAL for endless variations, with applications in many musical settings (genres).
Lick #10 of this group is actually more than a lick; rather, it gives you a complete two-handed 12-bar opening groove, including a left-hand pattern to support your licks throughout your soloing.
Students can download and print optional sheet music for several of the licks. There’s also a sample solo piece with a 12-bar introduction, followed by a 12-bar piano solo that features licks from the class.
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