Creative Chord-Playing

This week’s homework is all about using your creativity.  When it comes to chords, I’ve seen many of my students use chord-playing creatively to solve their problems.  Seriously?!–seriously.  It’s hard to believe, but it’s true.  Some of my students want and need to play “Hallelujah” by  Leonard Cohen to feel better about their lives during the week.  Playing the chord sequence along with a rhythm to this tune keeps them sane and happy.  I want to see you be happy and passionate about your music making.  Not every one of my students will get to achieve high awards in music.   But, for some reason they all seem to love what they do at the piano and can clearly state their goals and objectives…everything from “I want to play Fur Elise by Beethoven in six weeks”…to “I want to play a swing rhythm to ‘moonlight sonata’ by Beethoven.”  One student recently requested to learn to play “I’m Super” by SouthPark.  All I can say as their teacher is “okay” and try to help them by finding an acceptable solution.

So keep calm, carry on and be creative this week.  You may use a rhythm machine to motivate your chord playing, write your own songs using chords or practice writing chords on your computer this week.  Whatever you do…have fun!  See you all next week!

Ludwig van Beethoven - Easier Piano Variations

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