Keyboards, Pianos, Synthesizers that Making Music is highlighting from the 2015 Nashville Summer NAMM show for their particular excellence.
For the pianist, there’s no such thing as a dominant hand. Here are some exercises to strengthen hand coordination and independence.
Sometimes, musicians are so concerned with playing the right notes, that they put rhythmic accuracy on the backburner. Don’t let that be you! Rhythm is largely responsible for giving music its energy, and in ensemble playing, it’s essential to ensuring that everyone stays together.
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.
Chords are the building blocks of music, and they follow well-defined “rules”—but music would be very bland without notes that break free from those rules once in a while. In fact, melodic lines rarely remain strictly within the harmony. That’s where non-chord tones come in. Non-chord tones, as you might guess from the name, are […]