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Create STUNNING Music On The Piano

How to use arpeggios to elevate your playing into something special

What comes to mind when you think of arpeggios?

 

Be honest.

 

When I was learning classical piano, arpeggios were part of my daily practice routine, and I HATED them. They were just the worst thing. I thought they were boring, they didn't sound very exciting or musical and I didn't see how they could help me learn songs.

 

I was wrong.

 

I was thinking about arpeggios the wrong way. As a chore and a technique to help me get somewhere else, rather than appreciated what I could do with them.

 

And you can do SO MUCH with arpeggios that will make your playing sound stunning and beautiful. And best of all, when most people hear you play arpeggios they'll be impressed (even though they're not that hard to play).

 

So what are arpeggios?

 

They're pretty simple, really. Arpeggios are just broken chords played up or down the keyboard. They can span more than one octave, and they usually consist of the notes of the major or minor chords.

 

Let's take the C major chord as an example. The notes of the C major chord are C-E-G and you would play them all at the same time.

 

To play a C major arpeggio, you use the same notes but play them one at a time going up or down. So going up you would play the C first, then the E, then the G and then the C on TOP of the G. And you could keep going.

 

Watch the lesson at 0:26 to see some more examples, including how to play minor arpeggios (it's the same, but with the minor notes).

 

Create stunning music

 

I really love using minor scales to create really emotional and beautiful music, and I'll be using A minor today. It's nice and easy because there are only white notes.

 

The arpeggio to play in your right hand is the A minor arpeggio, spanning two octaves.

 

So the notes you'll play are A-C-E-A-C-E-A-E-C-A-E-C-A. I know that's a lot of notes, but look at the pattern. 

 

That is all the right hand is going to do.  It will just repeat over the chord progression, which you'll play with your left hand. 

 

That progression is Am, F, G. I like to use fifths in my left hand, but you can play whatever you're comfortable with. It's a simple chord progression (only 3 chords) but the repeating arpeggios in the right hand really make it sound beautiful.

 

Left-hand arpeggios

 

Now we're going to switch it around and play the arpeggios with the left hand. We'll only need to play the arpeggio over one octave, so it should be a bit easier.

 

Again, we'll start with A minor. Remember the notes will be A-C-E-A-E-C-A (because it's only one octave). Play that repeating in the left hand on A, and try playing some single notes from the A minor chord with your right hand. I like to use the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes of the chord in the right hand.

 

Once you're comfortable on A, trying shifting down to F and playing the F arpeggio with your left hand. This time the notes will be F-A-C-F-C-A-F. Your right hand will once again play the chord tones from the F major chord.

 

And finally, we'll add the G. In the left hand, you'll play G-B-D-G-D-B-G while playing single chord tone notes with your right hand.

 

If you're finding it difficult to play both at the same time (which is common), then keep the right hand even simpler. Most of the work is being done by the left hand, and it's what sounds more impressive.

 

If you love the sound of this and want some more left-hand arpeggio patterns, we have a lesson on that here.

 

Why I love arpeggios

 

I hope by now you can see how beautiful and impressive arpeggios can sound. And they're really not that hard to play once you get the hang of it. Building speed will take time, but just take it slow and make sure you're accurate.

 

But arpeggios do a lot more than just sound beautiful. There's a reason I was made to practice them every day when I was learning. They are a fantastic tool for building your speed around the keyboard, and they help you get comfortable and confident all over the keys.

 

Once you start playing four-octave arpeggios you'll see :)

 

Have fun with arpeggios, and if you have any questions please let me know.

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Piano Pop Chord Progression Bootcamp

Play-along with the lesson to help you learn pop songs faster

Get warmed up, and get ready to practice!

 

This is a play-along lesson, where I want you to play WITH me as I practice in the video. I'm going to show you a really cool pop chord progression that will help you play hundreds of popular songs AND get better at chord inversions.

 

We're going to be in the key of G major today, so there is an F# to remember. Here's the key of G with all the notes we'll be using:

 

 

The progression is a super common one, and that's fine. We're going to be using the progression to work on other areas of our playing. But we also want it to sound nice and musical right?

 

There are 4 chords to know. Those are the 1-5-6-4 chords of G. If you don't know what those numbers mean check out our lesson on the Number System here.

 

For now, you just have to know that the chords you'll be using are G major, D major, E minor and C major.

 

Start by playing those chords in root position, and just get comfortable playing them in order. Root position just means that the note the chord is built from is at the bottom. So for a C major chord, the C is the bottom note.

 

When you're comfortable, it's time to add inversions

 

Chord inversions are amazing. They change the way a progression sounds and make playing progressions easier and faster.

 

This part of the lesson will help you practice moving between inversions. This is super useful when playing songs, especially from a  chord chart.

 

You’ll stary by playing some chords in 1st inversion. Here's what that will look like. A D chord in root position looks like this:

 

 

Notice the D is the bottom note, and the other notes are neatly stacked on top. Now look at the D in 1st inversion:

 

 

The D is now no longer the bottom note. Instead, it's the top note. But the notes in the chord are still the same. There is still a D-F#-A. They are just arranged in a different order. That's all inversions are.

 

A look at 2nd inversions

 

So we've covered chords in root position and 1st inversion. Now it's time to look at 2nd inversion chords. Again these are chords with the same notes, but just in a different order.

 

Here is G:

 

 

You can see the notes are still G-B-D, but the order is different. Now it's D-G-B. It's called a 2nd inversion because the root note (G) is in the middle. It's the 2nd note of the chord.

 

Time to practice

 

Every chord can be played in inversions, so try them out. Find out which inversions you like the best, and practice!

 

Practice playing the chords together and playing the notes one at a time as well.

 

It’s a great way to get more familiar with chords and the keyboard, and your playing will sound much more professional because of it.

 

Have fun!

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Swimming in Synths With Mr. Tuna (Pianote VLOG)

How to get started on synthesizers if you know absolutely nothing (like me)

I'll be honest, I don't know much about Synthesisers.

 

Ok. I don’t really know anything. 

 

I know they make noise and I know that you can change sounds, but there are so many buttons that I always just get overwhelmed! 

 

It all started with a loan...

 

A few months ago Roland lent me a super-awesome and retro-cool KEYTAR!!!

 

 

And while I might look like I know what I’m doing, I really have no idea...

 

I knew that needed to change, and I'm not one to read an instruction manual. So I needed to find someone to show me how it works. Luckily, I have found a new friend who agreed to teach me about synthesizers in a way that I (and anyone) could understand.

 

So, without further ado, let me introduce...

 

Mr. Tuna!

 

 

Mr. Tuna has what can only be described as an arsenal of synths, and I was lucky to get a chance to see how he uses them to create really cool loops and songs.

 

I even got to create one of my own.

 

But what I loved most was his passion for synths, music, and learning. And how willing and generous he was to show a total newbie (me!) how to start creating really unique and cool sounds.

 

I hope you enjoy the VLOG and if you have any questions for Mr. Tuna you can find him on Instagram.

 

Have fun!

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