Using the Sustain Pedal Effectively

The sustain pedal is an accessory that adds a sustaining effect to your existing piano sound.  This means that sustain pedals keep either a note or chord you play sustained, even though you are no longer actively playing the note.  On a grand piano, the sustain pedal is a foot switch to the extreme right below the keyboard.

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Smooth Modulations

2 Ways to Accomplish Smooth Modulations

The definition of modulation is the process of transitioning from one key to another while playing a song. In this article, we will examine simple tips on modulating smoothly while playing a musical piece. However, before we proceed I would like to point out that while modulation is similar to transposition, there are significant differences between the two.  The similarity between the two is the process of “changing keys”.

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Creative Ways to End Songs on Piano

The manner in which you end songs matters a great deal, as it registers a final memory of how remarkable your performance was.  Ending your songs in a common manner may leave a less memorable impression.  Hence today we will be examining some creative, more complex chord progressions with which you can end your songs.

We will begin with the 2-5-1 chord progression along with the 6-7-1 chord progression.

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The Importance of Arpeggios

As a beginner, one of the first things we learn, is how to play chords created from the major scale. Normally, we call these block chords.

 

Block chords use simple chordal harmony in which the notes of each chord may be played all at once.

 

Over time, some musicians may want to spice up their playing. It could get a little boring playing block chords over and over. We can always use more to fill in those “dead spaces or gaps” in between chords and scales.

Here is a cool solution… “Arpeggios”.

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