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Piano Exercises for Speed | Tutorials

 

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Learn to Play Piano Faster

 

Increase Your Finger Speed On The Piano:

Today I'm going to teach you a few finger exercises to help you build up speed and dexterity on the piano. Let's start our finger exercise in that old standby, C Major. With whatever hand you choose to start with, play the first five notes of the scale, using all five fingers.

Work your way from C to G, then back down again. Don't play as fast as you can just yet. Start off nice and slow and make sure that all of the notes are the same volume. You want steady movements. Don't flick your fingers, move them steady and in a straight down motion.

Now let's move on to a full scale, say the F major scale. Start slowly, playing just one octave at first. Play up and down the octave, nice and slowly. Once you are sure that you are playing the notes steady and evenly, you can begin to pick up speed. It's best to use a metronome for these practice sections.

Start at a slow tempo and slowly turn up the pace of the metronome. Practicing this way insures that you will develop a proper sense of musical timing. It's also a fun idea to practice playing blues scales. When you are playing a blues song it sounds really great to play a fast blues scale at an appropriate part of the song.

The last finger exercise I am going to talk about is arpeggios. An arpeggio is when you play the individual notes of a chord instead of hitting them all together. Play the notes of your chosen chord and then work your way up the keyboard, playing higher and higher octaves of the chord.

Whatever methods you chose for finger practice, remember that starting off slow and building speed is the proper way to insure that you aren't learning bad habits. As you practice the exercises your fingers will develop the muscle memory required to play the scales faster and faster without having to think about the notes.

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Learn Piano Scales - Made Easy

 

Do you cringe with fear when you hear the word “scales”?

It is a daunting topic when you are learning how to play piano, but it is a crucial element that can improve your playing by 100%.

From the feedback of surveyed pianists, the common struggles with piano scales is that they just don’t understand them at all and find it difficult to use them in your playing.

It is sometimes hard to even know where to start! This frustration can make you feel less enthusiastic about your piano practice.

If only you knew of a way to overcome this because if you been avoiding scales or just never bothered to learn about them you’re playing may be suffering.

 

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Let’s face it, scales can be difficult to remember, and can challenge even the most talented pianists. Sounds quite complex and difficult just to begin with and you haven’t even started learning it yet.

With the right guidance you can make learning about scales, easy and improve your playing all at the same time. That is why a course was created that is tailored to this exact topic.

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Scales are at the very foundation of piano music. They are the very first things you learn as a pianist and a musician, for a very good reason!

They teach technique, fingering, control, agility and dexterity, whilst encouraging a good ear for music and finger strength.

The scales in this course have been grouped according to the circle of fifths, adding a new sharp / flat slowly, to ensure you attain mastery of each scale before progressing to the next.

 

This course helps you to develop your skills

as not just a good pianist, but a great musician!

 

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Do you want to learn how to play keyboard or piano? You have chosen a worthy goal! To get started, you will need a few things; firstly, an instrument to practice with. Secondly, some resources for instruction. In this post, we have endeavored to provide both.

 

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Tips on How to Learn Piano Chords

 

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Learn How to Play Piano Chords

 

Tips to Master Music Chords

 

Learning chords on any instrument will help you play along with your favorite songs and improvise whenever you like. Piano chords are especially easy to play once you get the hang of it, though it may seem like there are thousands of them, once you get the pattern down for making them, you can learn them all.

 

Step 1.
 
Learn the major scale on the piano. This is a generic form of any major scale read in terms of half-steps or distance from one key to another. To play any major scale find a root note, or the key that the scale is based off of. Then go two half-steps to the right. Example: start on C and go two half-steps to the right and you are now on D. A whole scale goes: root, 2, 2, 1, 2, 2, 2, root. You can start this on any key.
 
Step 2.
 
Understand how a chord gets its name count each note in the scale you just played. It goes up to 8, which is an octave. A major chord of any key has a root the third of the major scale and the fifth of a major scale. So let's take the A major chord for example, you will play an "A", a "C sharp", and an "E". "A" is the root, "C sharp" is the third in the A major scale, and "E" is the fifth in the A major scale. Now you can find any major chord you want. With a little counting, that is.
 
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Learn about chord inversions. Inversions of chords aren't hard once you find the notes in a chord. So far if you play a major scale the root note is going to be where you started counting and the third and fifth of the scale is going to be to the right of the root note. Sometimes you need the fifth to the left of the root note or both the third and the fifth to the left of the root note.
 
All you have to do is find the same notes and move them around on the keyboard and you have an inversion of that chord. For example, you make a D chord using the method above. You will have D where you started counting, F sharp next, then A. You can then move A in front of D and have a chord that reads, from left to right, A, D, and F sharp. You can also move F sharp in front and get a chord that is still D major but has F sharp, A, then D.
 
Step 4.
 
Learn the sevenths. The sevenths is a type of chord that has the notes of a major chord and the seventh note in the major scale of that chord. Lets stick with D major. The seventh of any scale is always one key directly to the left of the root so for D the seventh will be C sharp. In your chord you will now have D, F sharp, A, and C sharp. Inversions work similar to above all you have to do is add the seventh note.
 
Step 5.
 
Learn about minor chords. Normally when someone mentions a minor chord it affects the third of the chord. Lets take the C major chord, it has the note C, E, and G. To make a minor chord you will take the third note of the C major scale, which is E, and move it one half step directly to the left. Your chord now has C, D sharp can also be known as E flat, and G.
 
You can do this to any other numbered note in the major scale except the forth and the first. If done to the forth it will become a major third and thus be redundant, if done to the first you will be changing the key of the chord or making it the major seventh of the scale.
 
Step 6.
 
Learn about octave chords. An octave chord has at least two of the same notes. So take a C major octave chord. It will have a C, an E, a G, and another C. It could also have an E, a G, a C, and another E, or a G, a C, an E, and another G. These being inversions of the same chord.
 
Step 7.
 
Learn power chords. Power chords are normally played on a guitar, but you can play them on the piano too. It is basically the first of a major scale(the root) and the fifth of that same major scale. It's only two notes so it's not that hard. It can also be thought of as a major chord only with the third of the chord gone.
 
Step 8.
 
A diminished chord. A diminished piano chord is the first of a major scale with a minor third and a minor fifth. Lets take a C chord. It has the notes C, E, and G. To make it a diminished C you would make the third or the E a minor third so D sharp also known as E flat, and you would make the fifth of the chord a minor fifth so G would now be F sharp, which can also be called G flat. Then you play it all together and you have C, D sharp, and F sharp.
  • This chord doesn't sound the best all by itself. It is meant for what is called a build up and the relief is a chord that sounds nicer by itself that is played right after. Try playing a diminished chord and then the major chord of the same key. You will be able to feel the relief of the major chord because of the tension of the diminished chord right before it. There are also other combinations of different chords that can be used to build up and relieve tension.

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