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How to dress up naked music on the piano - music


What in the world is "naked music?"

You know it when you hear it, but the words that illustrate it sound strange, don't they? We've all heard of all the rage music and rock music and gospel music and jazz music, but naked music?

Naked music is basically the notes on a piece of sheet music. It's "naked" - not dressed up or prearranged at all. No fills, no slurs, none of the ingredients that make a song come to life.

Not a definite certified musician plays the music accurately as it appears on a piece of sheet music. Instead, they use the in print music as a map, or an outline, and then proceed to do their own thing with it. They twist it, bend it, add to it, take from from it, put fills in it, adjust the key, alteration the words, adjustment some of the piece of music notes, and on and on.

So when you hear your beloved dancer act a piece of music, if you look at the printed sheet music while they are drama it, you will see it is MUCH another and MUCH develop than the plain old "naked music!"

So how can the be around musician dress up naked music? There are many ways, but here are seven of my favorites:

1. Alter the chords to some extent by accumulation color tones. What are color tones? Color tones are notes added to the basic chord, by and large spoken as 6ths, 7ths, 9ths, etc. For example, in its place of in concert just a above-board C chord as it is on paper - C, E, G - try adding together a color tone to it, such as a 6th (A) or a 7th (Bb) or a major 7th (B) or a 9th (D). In fact, try adding together a connect together, like a 6th and a 9th. So in its place of being a plain vanilla chord made up of C, E, and G, you've made it a tasty change addition A and D to the equation.

2. All through the pause among phrases, add a argue against melody. How? Take the given song notes and turn them upside down or confidential out, or adjust the rhythm a little so the tune is still recognizable, but different.

3. Add chord substitutions. As an alternative of all the time using the chords that are written, ask by hand this question: "Into what other chord will this tune note fit?" For example, if the piece of music is G and the chord is C, what other chords confine the note G in them? There are a number of answers to that question. G is not only in the C chord, but it is also in the Em chord, the Eb major chord, the G chord, the Gm chord, etc. Try one of those alternative chords until you like the sound combination, then use it as a substitute of the C chord. It will add an innovation and brightness to your in performance more or less immediately.

4. Add fills and runs connecting phrases. How do you do that? Austerely break up the chord that is in force at the moment, and run it up the piano as a conked out chord - one note at a time. Or start at the top of the grand piano and come down. Or play with the chord a bit by in concert 2 of the 3 notes as an alternative of the complete 3 note chord.

5. Use enjoyable echos. After you have played the melody, echo it by in concert it an octave higher, or two octaves higher, or an octave lower.

6. Use half-step slides. If the chord advance is from D7 to G7, as a replacement for of going to G7 directly, "slide into it" by live the chord that is one-half step above - namely, Ab7, then at once sliding off Ab7 to G7.

7. Use "blue notes. " Blue notes are fashioned by sliding off a black key onto a white key quickly. For example, if the piece of music is E, slide off Eb to E cursorily using the same finger.

This is just a tiny sampling of what you can do to dress up your music. There are exactly hundreds of other techniques, from pseudo-modulations to confidential blues moves to deceiving cadences to tremelos to twangs to crunches to straddles to 3-1 breakups to walk-downs and walk-ups and on and on.

By basically addition a few of these techniques to your in performance you can by a long way alter ego and triple the excitement fashioned by your piano live as you "dress up naked music!"

Duane Shinn is the biographer of over 500 music books, CD's & DVD's plus http://www. pianoplaying. com/ - "How To Dress Up Naked Music On The Piano!" He also is the editor of the free email newsletter http://www. playpiano. com/ - "Piano Coaching Online: Piano Chords & Progressions!" which has over 61,000 in progress subscribers worldwide.


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