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#2302736 - 07/15/14 06:59 PM chord study, sight reading and revelations
Sweet06 Offline
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Registered: 06/22/13
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so i've been doing chord study for i'd say about 6 months. i learned all my major, minor triads, my maj7's my 7's (or dominant 7 i believe its also called) and my minor7's as well as my diminished although i think i forgot those as i didn't really ever use them very much. I think the diminished were 1 flat 3 flat 5 and the dominant flat 7, someone correct me if im wrong. but anyways, the point is I never really felt like knowing them would really help. but i did them anyways because who am i to tell my teacher he doesn't know what he's doing LOL. I mean I had some fun smashing the root in the left hand and hitting a chord, rising an octave for some "cocktail" piano type stuff which was fun. but today I was doing one of my assignments and I'm looking at the sheet and the entire left hand of the song is just broken chords! I noticed it right away, so instead of seeing the starting CEG in the left hand I just read it as a broken c major triad which freed me up to PRETTY much just sightread the melody lines for the right hand. overall the piece for fairly slow but i [censored] nailed it, sight UN-SEEN on the first go thru, was able to pay attention to the dynamic markings pretty damn well and ultimately gave myself the little tingles because i could LISTEN to what i was playing as i was playing it without having played it before, it was MAGICAL. I soley blame it on knowing all the broken chords I saw and being able to identify them INSTANTLY as the entire chord, not just each individual notes like I usually do, it had a mix of minor triads and major triads. I would have never thought I'd be able to sight-read an assignment decently!! Looks like piano lessons are paying off! laugh plus its raining in AZ now so playing a slow "sea mist" song was just perfect. had to share!! all this after only one year of lessons, can't wait to see what the next year brings!!
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#2302756 - 07/15/14 08:31 PM Re: chord study, sight reading and revelations [Re: Sweet06]
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Registered: 03/21/13
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Loc: Australia
Congratulations, those moments are very precious
If this life is a simulation can I not be in the easy version where Bach was a drummer


#2302801 - 07/15/14 10:13 PM Re: chord study, sight reading and revelations [Re: earlofmar]
malkin Offline
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Registered: 04/18/09
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Loc: *sigh* Salt Lake City
Originally Posted By: earlofmar
Congratulations, those moments are very precious

Both the piano epiphany and the rain in Arizona, I think.
Good work!
Everything in moderation, including moderation. --Oscar Wilde

#2302803 - 07/15/14 10:16 PM Re: chord study, sight reading and revelations [Re: Sweet06]
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Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 6145
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Ah, rain in Arizona - Dick Van Dyke used to say that's how he knew it was time to water his cactus smile

That's a cool breakthrough with the chords. I went thru something very similar after I'd been playing oompah from chord charts for awhile. A whole new level of understanding. Congratulations on your hard work.


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#2304455 - 07/20/14 03:10 PM Re: chord study, sight reading and revelations [Re: Sweet06]
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Nicely done!
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#2304545 - 07/20/14 08:39 PM Re: chord study, sight reading and revelations [Re: Sweet06]
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Loc: Philadelphia area
Chords are cool...
"Imagine it in all its primatic colorings, its counterpart in our souls - our souls that are great pianos whose strings, of honey and of steel, the divisions of the rainbow set twanging, loosing on the air great novels of adventure!" - William Carlos Williams


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