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#1262493 - 09/04/09 04:21 PM could you help me with my little problems?
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Registered: 03/13/09
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Loc: The Netherlands
Hello, I just came back from my piano lesson and there are a few things I couldn't discuss with my teacher because we ran out of time. Normally I wouldn't ask for advice on the internet, but my teacher is going on vacation and I won't see him for a while, so I would apreciate it if someone could help me out.

My teacher wants me to learn how to improvise and compose. I would love to be able to make my own music, but I don't like the idea that I should just think up a melody and then stick some standard chords behind it... it just doesn't feel right. The only music you can make this way sounds so stale and.. tonal... I understand I have to begin with the basics, but isn't there a way to make things a little more free and interesting?

My teacher also mentioned that I use a little too much rubato... frown I always try not to play too much rubato, but I can't help it. my teahcer thinks my little problem may stem from my inability to read time signatures and note values correctley. Somtimes I don't distinguish between normal notes and triplets, so I just make up my own rhythm and I never really read time signatures. How could I train those skills I need to keep the rhythm flowing in a good and natural way?

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#1262975 - 09/05/09 02:14 PM Re: could you help me with my little problems? [Re: misspianoman]
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Sounds like you have a very good piano teacher. His/her approach to composing is good foundation. When you can play/hear the basics easily, you can begin to add more complicated theory and progressions to your compositions. Whether it is Pop, Jazz, Classical or Rock and Roll, It all starts with the I, IV and V chords.

In the mean time, you might want to look at the Beatles unique style. They were famous for borrowing chords not typically found in key signatures. Also look at the music you enjoy and study the chords. Pay attention to how those chords relate to each other and apply those to ideas to your compositions.

Don‘t neglect the Rhythm patterns. It may be that your compositions feel flat as you have no clear rhythm pattern.

Keep working at it. You have a good teacher but it sounds like she also has a good student! I can tell you are motivated and enjoy your music and we all live for students like that!.
Piano Teacher.
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Kindermusik Instructor.
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