Chords in Fiction

Yesterday’s episodes–We talked about chords found in fiction, e.g. blues and jazz chords. See what you can find our your own.  Have you ever run across characters that either play instruments or know something about music-making?  Below are some quotes from excerpts from the blues story that we visited on the podcast: He leaned back […]

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All About Sound Effects & Chords

This week’s homework is all about sound effects and chords.  See if you can hear the blues theme that dominates the work in William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony.  Listen for the style of the harmonization.  Then listen to the music of Florence Price, Harry Burleigh, Antonin Dvorak, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.  Note: The spirituals […]

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Mixing Classical and Jazz Elements

Develop your own recreational piano playing style…it’s up to you!  How do you want to sound?  In today’s CMajor Before the Show, we spoke about jazz pianists who have particularly made significant contributions…including Mary Lou Williams, Fats Waller, Count Basie, Art Tatum, Thelonius Monk, and others.  We spoke about George Gerswhin one of America’s finest […]

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Creating New Harmonies: 7th Chords

Today we talked about creating new harmonies with 7th chords.  Seventh chords!–Playing music your way with seventh chords can make you feel better.  Thank you for joining us for the eighth episode of The Keyboard Situation: Playing By Chords & By Color.  Please see the list of songs below, to begin practicing your 7th chords: […]

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Blues Progression: Podcast Notes

Thank you for listening.  We revisited three chords on our keyboard using yellow, blue and green colors on today’s podcast.  Please see the podcast notes below: A CMajor Blues Progression – YELLOW/BLUE/GREEN will be used for C Chord/F Chord/G Chord in that color coded order for each chord. YELLOW YELLOW YELLOW YELLOW/BLUE BLUE/YELLOW YELLOW/GREEN/BLUE/YELLOW YELLOW […]

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