Presentation slides can be viewed within your web browser - visually explain how to play various pieces of music -- with focus on the harmonic structure.
Videos - which show an on-screen piano keyboard -- often, in addition to slides shown, in-tandem.
If you are a beginner, here are my thoughts on what to teach first and how to approach your development: The very first steps for a beginner.
Sound like a Jazz pianist in 5 minutes! -- shortcut for beginners.
One early lesson for a beginner is to get familiar with simple chords (triads). It can be fun to see how these Major and minor triads can work together.
parallel 3rds move in-tandem - using both hands - (an approach to 7th chords) i7 ii7 and III7.
A simple modal composition * that I have found to actually serve as a good introduction for beginners.* by Mike Ratledge, who played keyboards for The Soft Machine.
For each individual popular song:
with a samba beat , in 'F' Lydian, which is (diatonically/predominantly white keys on the piano keyboard): MuseScore (".mscz") file -- exports of that score in the following formats: Music XML (compressed) file | MIDI (sequence) file | view PDF (in browser) .
I placed some relatively simple scores and bits of arrangement on Flat.io
... which includes a rough distillation (harmonic reduction / sketch) of "Sergio Samba"
MuseScore offers a similar platform. Intuitive Music's profile on MuseScore.com.
SoulPicnicLauraNyro_chords-in-D.mscz MuseScore notation file of chords to "Soul Picnic" by Laura Nyro - starting in the key of 'D' (Major). The Fifth Dimension recorded their hit version a whole-step higher -- in the key of 'E' (Major) ; and Laura's own version is a half-step (in-turn) above that: in 'F' (Major).
Musical Construction goes beyond two hands on a piano keyboard. This is for thinking about and developing the broader scope of music (ensemble, counterpoint, composition)
I am studying and examining and dissecting the musical construction of compositions by Frank Zappa, and Kerry Minnear (of Gentle Giant). I would also like to dig into and learn (transcribe) "Half Asleep / Half Awake" (composed by John Greaves, bassist of Henry Cow).
First line features the chords, with simple (simplistic) not-precise and easy-to-read rhythmic values for the notated notes. In 4/4. 2 voices used for treble cleff staff.
Next line features the syncopated rhythmic values that are heard in original by Gentle Giant (Power and the Glory album).
The third line is a related idea that isn't part of the composition and instead utilizes similar parallel Perfect-Fourth (P4) , but in a way that spells (third-based / triad-based) 7th chords, like traditional Jazz harmony.
I have made transcriptions of the music of The Soft Machine. Their keyboard player, Mike Ratledge, wrote a number of truly special compositions that make use of unusual time signatures (metres), in addition to modal Jazz harmony. search 'Ratledge' on NoteFlight.com to find those scores that I transcribed by-ear.
Above, I listed the chord changes to "Backwards" by Mike Ratledge, in the original key that the Soft Machine played it. However, if that same chord series/sequence/cycle is transposed down (lower) one Major-3rd , the starting chord is on 'F',
The bass player, Hugh Hopper, also wrote some compositions in a similar vein: "12/8 Theme" and "Kings and Queens."
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