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Can't Keep Up? 5 Ways To Simplify Your Piano Or Keyboard Playing

February 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 217

Learning the piano or keyboard can sometimes be quite a fast paced environment. This is what most musicians love most about playing piano or keyboard, because there is always a new challenge and always a different way to play and approach a song.

Do you have a teacher that sometimes rushes you from song to song, or when you ask for a solution to playing a certain section in a different way, they just repeat the standard part the same way as you are currently doing.

In your mind all you want to do is play this song you so desperately love in a successful way you feel comfortable and happy with.

We all have songs we would love to play and as a beginner sometimes these can be a little bit out of reach, when you first start to play.

Have these songs as your goal and within a few months you will be able to play them, even if you have to change or simplify them a little to suit your ability.

With keyboard and piano playing any song is possible because there are always ways to change it to suit the individual.

Five ways to simplify your playing could be: -

1. If playing a piece of music with a complex rhythm in the bass section, take the main notes out of the bass, and play the note once at the start of each bar.

2. For example if you had C, E, G present in the bass with a difficult rhythm, C, E, G form C Major Chord, so by playing just C this would fit perfectly, and it will be much easier for you to co-ordinate.

When reading music from musical score, you will have three sections - A keyboard line which is the top line, a line and a bass line. Usually the piano and bass sections hands together will be more complex than taking the keyboard melody section and the bass.

As a beginner taking the top line and the bass line is the simpler way to play and read your music, and it will sound great!

3. Playing chords should be one of the first things you learn. If you are confident with all major and minor chords, and good bass for learning a new song is to run through the chords to start with, and familiarise yourself with the sound of the song.

Play a simple rhythm and once happy with this, start learning the melody section with your right hand, and you will see how the chords connect your music, particularly between the treble and bass clef.

4. If your melody section has a lot going on rhythmically and the musical score has added in some parts that aren't required, then take these out. Only you will know this and you will feel much more comfortable with playing the song.

5. If your music has lots of chord shaped notes throughout, take the top note out of this cluster, which will be the main melody section and play it all as individual notes. This applies to the bass as well.

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