Happy to share an article that I was commissioned to write for WQ Magazine, the members publication for Queensland Writers Centre, on crafting your song lyrics to tell a compelling and detailed story. Read the article here: http://www.writingqueensland.com.au/storytelling-through-songwriting/ or continue reading for a short excerpt. Songwriting classes are one of the benefits of learning piano at Counterpoint Music Academy, with focus given to both musical and lyrical elements of the song.
What a killer song! Full of wonderful chords, key changes, a groove that makes you move and a vocal performance for the ages. Read on to find all the chords for this song in chord chart form.
This last month's piano lessons have been incredibly diverse in the song choices of my students. Any that you would like to learn?
I've also been having some great jams with one of my students who is learning all about the 12 bar blues, blues scale and variations. With two pianos side by side, we can both go wherever we feel like as we play.
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Whenever we watch someone who's great at their craft, our first reaction is usually, "How do they make it look so easy?" For piano players, especially those trained primarily in classical music, the sight of expert pop and rock players moving through a chord progression can look like wizardry, as the sound changes but the hands barely seem to move. More impressively, their eyes are on the crowd and not their hands. There's a reason for this: inversions and anchoring.
One of the biggest mental challenges when confronted with a chord chart is the sight of an extended chord. The brain goes in to a frenzy. "I've only got five fingers in my right hand, they can only stretch so far. How do I play a Fmaj9 without breaking my hand?"
Easy. Don't play all the notes.
Most of us who have done musical training will have heard the term relative used to describe the relationship between two keys - a major and its relative minor. Two relatives is a pretty small family, so lets invite everyone to the family reunion!
Rather than looking at the relationships between keys, we're going to look at the way we can build up a collection of chords that belong to the same family as one original chord by using extensions.
A fantastic song for those willing to try a difficult key and some interesting chord extensions. Luckily, the song repeats itself over and over, so try playing along with the track and experiment with some rhythm variations - listen out for elements already in the track that you can borrow from. Check out the video for the tutorial!
I'm Dion, founder and tutor at Counterpoint Music. "Founder" seems like a very important title, so it's worth explaining why I started this teaching studio in the first place.
I grew up in rural Queensland (no-one likes to mention the word "Gympie") on a 140 acre property full of bush and local native fauna. I would wake up to kangaroos hopping around on dewy grass and the songs of the Butcher birds and Magpies. I had so much to explore outside, and yet I was always drawn to the old dusty piano that sat in our study, rarely played.