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#2467112 - 10/06/15 05:09 PM question on playing full songs
iamanders Offline
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Registered: 04/15/15
Posts: 31
This might be simmilar to others question but anyway...

I am learning the piano. My level is more of that medium piano player. 

The music I am learning is blues, country, classical. It is not easy learning all of that. I have looked at some video lessons (and even taken piano lessons)  but it's still difficult. When you look at a blues or country lessons you will sometimes learn licks or some chord progressions. They will never tell you how to play real sonIt seem much easier to learn. Today I watched a video lesson on country/honky tonk piano and the man in the video taught some nice solos from certain famous songs. Another video lesson on country piano that I found featured a man teaching licks and part of songs. The same thing can be applied to blues lessons. How do I put all of the things together so that I can play a full song from beginning to the end?

There is a song called Don't rock the jukebox. It sound like a song I could play on piano but since I am no specialist when it comes to playing by ear I have nevet played that cool song. How do I go about learning such songs?

It seem much easier for me to learn Moonlight sonata since you have sheet music and a teacher who will tell you exactly what to do. But on the other hand it seem much easier to learn blues improvisation/composition than classical. That's where classical  music is a bit boring. How do you view this?

It seem like we can use language in two main different ways: either as poetry or as prose. Classical piano is more of tvat poetry thing and blues/country is more of that prose kinda thing. What do you think?

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#2467274 - 10/07/15 07:44 AM Re: question on playing full songs [Re: iamanders]
Rerun Offline
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Registered: 01/28/07
Posts: 862
Loc: Louisiana

Hey IA, to begin solving how to play it by ear I'd say you probably need to let your ears identify a few things, assuming you can already play one finger melody or sing it:

1. Is the tune 4/4, 3/4 or other.

2, What LH bass line rhythm patterns could I use.

3. Identify when the chords are changing using the lyrics and melody. If the key Alan Jackson is using is not one you're good in yet, put it in your favorite key for now.

4. How many pick-up tones are there until the first strong beat .

5. Using LH block chords try playing the first phrase or two slowly using trial and error .... this tune has a pretty brisk tempo the way he plays it.

Pretty soon your ears will begin to hear the correct basic chord changes coming up without having to memorize them and your LH will get comfortable knowing what rhythm patterns work pretty good with a lot of tunes like this in pop, C&W, etc.

Good luck!

"Seat of the pants piano player" DMD

#2468450 - Today at 02:04 AM Re: question on playing full songs [Re: iamanders]
kobethuy Online   content
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Registered: 08/12/14
Posts: 38
On the topic of playing full songs, it's not rocket science or even close. You just didn't know where you're heading. Start with some simple songs, Happy Birthday for example, now look at the empty space in the melody, see if you can use one of your licks in there. Also, try to swing the melody instead of playing straight 8th. Now look at the harmony and the bass, instead of your regular arpeggios, you can try some walking bass lines, bossa nova bass, etc... If you're not too good with chords atm, you can try to add extensions first, then substitute chords, then both. That pretty much sums up jazz for you. GLHF.


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