Friday, 13 October 2017

Learning to master keys

Greetings good people.
Just want to share this with you this morning. 

If you want to learn how to play any song and improvise anything in any key, the best way is to expose yourself to music and understand what's happening. This is how I taught others how to play almost anything in any key in just a few years

In order to that, however, you first need to learn a few basics I 'll list out.

1) Learn how to build chords. If someone says, "play a C chord", you should be able to immediately hit a C chord. If someone says, "play a Gm-add6", you should be able to immediately hit a G minor (add 6) chord. There are countless resources on the internet that have charts and diagrams you can learn chords from.

2) Learn your scale degrees. If you're playing in the key of C and someone says "play a IV chord", you should know to play an F chord. If someone says "play a vi chord", you should know to play an A minor. Once you understand the concept of what a "IV (4) chord" or a "V (5) chord" is, you will be able to grasp the idea of chord progressions much more easily.

3) Learn your basic chord progressions. Learn the "rooms" of the keys. When he says to familiarize yourself with the "rooms", he's talking about learning all the standard chords associated to a given key. That key has a "room", with all the chords in it that you can choose. For example, in the key C, your room typically will consist of things like a I chord, a IV chord, V chord, a
vi chord, a II chord, and so on. If someone says to play a song in the key of C, you should be familiar with these "standard" chords you will play with.

4) Start immersing yourself in music (preferably music with fairly basic chord progressions, to start out). Find some piano chords for a particular song. Since you learned how scale degrees work in Step #2.

For example, if you know the song is in the key of G and the chords are G C G D G , you know that the chord progression is I IV I V I .

Practice the song until you are very, very comfortable with playing the chord progression.

5) Here's where the magic begins. Remember that
I IV I V I we just figured out in Step #4? 
We can take that progression and apply it to any key. 
Maybe we want to play the song in the key of D.

 Well, if we play a
I IV I V I pattern in the key of D, we end up with
D G D A D.

Over time, you still hopefully start to develop an ear for chord progressions and be able to tell which scale degree is being played at any given time. As your teacher alluded to, each note and chord has a specific purpose in the scale/key, and it's up to you to know how to use each one (which is largely what Steps 1-5 are to help you with). Once you can do that, you can start playing along with songs without any written music. That is the point at which you can start improvising.
So the question of "can someone help me with th chords of F" won't arise.

Thank you for reading, you can share.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

About Maro

Maro is an award-winning Nigerian pianist, keyboardist, composer and producer of contemporary instrumental music.

Having grown up in the ancient city of Benin with his parents, at the age of 15 Maro relocated to Korea where he was under the supervision of Dr Melvin at the  Dankook University School of Music, South Korea.

Maro also possess a degree in Financial Accounting from the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. He is currently the Administrative Manager of Tridex & Partners, a company that specializes in Facility Management.

Due to his flare for music, Maro created this platform in 2016 which have since change the life of hundreds of pianist around the world through training course and books.

Marho' Piano  is growing from being a blogger blog to a full featured site where you can get very useful resources like videos, quality articles and general music info.

We will be making full lessons based on three categories (Beginner. Intermediate, Advanced)
These three categories will help most musicians based on their skill level.

Maro trach on 'play by ear' basis. Play by ear means that you are taught what to play without the necessity to go through music classes or learning how to sight-read. The benefit of this is that the whole piano learning process becomes an easy one.

Please go through the site for useful information for you.


Friday, 4 August 2017

Powering Up Your Left Hand

First I 'll have to thank you for your feedback, It encourages me to know area of focus.

Today I 'll focus on how to improve your left hand. 
This post is for the BEGINNERS

Take the C major scale for example:

C major
1 2  3 4  5 6 7

So, to play a basic power chord, just play the 1 5.

For those who want to go a step further just add the "1"
1 5 1 (the octave)

The way that you would use them is to give your left hand more depth.

For example:
In the Key of C
C major chord : C E G
Your bass power chord would be: C G C

To be honest the C major chord is too basic to this is just for the advanced people
Jazzed Up C major chord: A D G

The left hand power chord would still be the same
Keep in mind that your left hand power chord doesn't always have to be the 1 5 1

Try it and let me know what you think!