For recreational pianists, keyboards are smart investments. They’re cheaper than full-size pianos, require no tuning, and are way easier to carry up staircases. Plus: Connect a pair of headphones, and you can hammer away in your apartment without Gladys from upstairs complaining.
So, you want to play a little jazz piano, do you? To get started, all you need to do is learn this chord configuration. Three notes.
Sounds simple? Well, it is.
Do you long to accompany yourself on the piano but don’t know where to start? Well, here’s some great news. You don’t need to be able to read any music at all to do it! Really. You do need to understand how to play some basic chords. But once you know some major and minor chords, you can use this rhythm pattern with both hands to play lots of up- tempo songs.
Though it may be hard to describe exactly why music has the power that it does, the ability to analyze chords helps to unravel the mystery. That’s because chords and chord progressions have a great deal to do with the character of music.
This is probably why Autotune infuriates so many serious musicians: those variations in pitch aren’t mistakes in the performance; they are the performance. If you clean up those “errors” and quantize everything to the “correct” pitches, all you’re left with is dry, robotic music.
It’s not just the words you say that get a message across—it’s the way you say them. Similarly, in music there are many ways to “say” the same notes. Without following articulation markings, your playing could end up sounding like the equivalent of speaking in a monotone. Here’s an easy guide to help you become more “articulate” and bring more life into your playing by using accents, slurs, and staccatos.