Hello improvisors and jammers: Here’s a powerful way to play impressive pentatonic piano/keyboard licks when soloing in rock, blues, or jazz settings, using only three fingers in your right hand. This video uses the famous “minor pentatonic” scale (“pentatonic” refers to a five-note scale). With a little work you will be amazed how fast you can fly across the keyboard using this simple trick of the trade!
Here’s a straightforward way to play impressive sounding arpeggios on your key keyboard.
This sounds especially nice on piano when using the sustain pedal.
I’m excited to announce a new online lesson series, in progress here at Piano With Kent, called Piano Chords 108.
Piano Chords 108 (the series introduction is further below)
Here’s the first few lessons I’ve posted for Piano Chords 108. As with all full courses on this site, most of this material is premium content (accessible only to supporting members).
Here’s a complete catalog of 108+ chords for checking your understanding:
THE FIRST FOUR VIDEO LESSONS (MORE TO COME):
Welcome to Piano Chords 108!
Kent Smith here, your instructor.
This course provides a simple system for memorizing the “108 Essential Piano Chords.”
See the chord symbol, or hear the chord name, and you will know all the notes, with certainty!
Altered and Extended Chords
You’ll also acquire enough knowledge in this class to alter or extend any of those 108 chords. (Jazz students will need this additional skill, for sure.)
In the end, you’ll be able to determine the unique set of notes that define any one of HUNDREDS of chords, on the spot. This impressive accomplishment requires zero rote memorization of any chord. (What?)
Because of the above, my focus on “108” as being the number of chords you will acquire is an understatement. One can see (in the second, more optional part of this course) that the rest of the “standard chord universe” opens right up — as soon as you know how to alter and extend any member of the “Big 108” group.
When it comes to these 108 chords — by far the most common and useful chords in both popular and classical music — you will never again need a chord catalog, chord poster, or web search.
Even though this course has the goal of weaning students off chord catalogs, so to speak, I will definitely include a downloadable picture-based catalog for these 108 chords. Such a reference will no doubt prove useful for checking your understanding of this system. But ultimately, I don’t want you to need any such piano chord reference…
…Because that’s the whole theme and purpose of Piano Chords 108: Lose the catalog (so to speak)!
Here’s the scoop.
Which interval is pictured above?
(a) Diminished Seventh.
(b) Minor Sixth.
(c) Augmented Fifth.
(d) Both A and C are correct, with name depending on the implied key center. They sound the same, by either name.
(e) Both B and C are correct, with name depending on the implied key center. They sound the same, by either name.
(f) The famous “Lost Interval of Egypt.”
THE CORRECT ANSWER is….
THIS ARTICLE IS RATED GEEK+
In the film Bohemian Rhapsody, there’s a scene where Queen’s guitarist Brian May is pitching his song We Will Rock You to the band (film clip is below).
He says, “…now, I want you to clap on the third beat.” Of course, this is a movie, and I have no idea if he really said it like that.
Regardless, I’m using this scene as a fun starting point to talk briefly about counting rhythm.