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Will Barrow

Member Since 04 Feb 2008
Offline Last Active Sep 01 2013 02:27 AM

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In Topic: What is next

01 September 2013 - 02:27 AM

    Hey Sam84 and all,

                                     A great question-what to do after finishing the course? That's quite subjective obviously,but here's what I'd recommend ; Go back over the course and think about what aspects of it or styles resonate the most with you. Boogie woogie,Beatles tunes,learning to improvise,classical music,etc. The course was a very basic introduction into a lot, so then the question becomes-what do you want to follow up on? Do you want to work more on reading,playing by ear,playing off chord charts,etc.? And at that point the challenge is to find the WAY forward-a private teacher? more online or retail teaching material? working on your own? some combination? It's really all up to you-the main thing is to have fun with it and to keep doing it. And listen to lots of great music-at home,in the car,at concerts,wherever....that's a place to get inspiration and keep music in your head. Happy playing and best of luck to you and everyone who has undertaken this course,     Will

In Topic: Favorite Piano Videos and Recordings

01 September 2013 - 02:05 AM


                      That's just awesome-love boogie-woogie and that's state of the art b.w. .....I was familiar with Dorothy's name and rep,but hadn't really heard/seen her play.Soulful,strong,swingin and fun.Thanks for sharing,       Will

In Topic: meaning or usefulnes of harmonic and melodic scale

13 July 2013 - 10:24 PM

Hey Belish-me,

                           The usefullness and meaning of the harmonic and melodic minor scales is in their unique sound and "color".These two scales begin the same as a natural minor scale,but their last couple of notes are different. On an A minor scale [natural,harmonic and melodic minor], the first five notes are A-B-C-D-E-the natural minor continues F-G-A, the harmonic minor F-G#-A and the melodic minor F#-G#-A. If you slowly play each scale, you'll notice a distinctly different sound that changing these two notes gives to the harmonic and melodic minor scales. The harmonic minor has a more "Eastern' or "gypsy" quality to it, and the melodic minor has a minor to major quality.Hope this helps,      Will

In Topic: difference between major and minor scale

13 July 2013 - 10:11 PM

Hi belish-me,

                        So I understand your question["what is the methods of playing it"]referring to the minor scale-are you asking about its construction,fingering or something else? A basic "natural" minor scale (ascending) is constructed by going from any note up a tone-semitone-tone-tone-semitone-tone-tone.Minor scales,like all scales,are useful for learning the harmonic and melodic roadmap in a given key or over a given chord.Melodies in a minor key[for example A minor] are usually constructed from the notes of the corresponding minor scale [an A minor scale],in addition to using notes not found in the scale....Two common varistions of the natural minor scale are the harmonic and melodic minor scales.Happy playing,    Will

In Topic: Getting over a plateau with piano playing

13 July 2013 - 09:49 PM

   Hey Qi Chi,

                       Your question about plateaus is a great one. i would say the first thing to do when feeling like you're not getting something,or are "stuck" is to take the elements of the lesson you are on even slower-slow 'em down and break 'em down even more.I would also highly recommend listening to music in the genre[s] being covered in the session-including the suggestions for listening. This helps to connect us to piano stuff that is in the style we're working on,and to inspire us.There will be material in the course that will for some or most be challenging,possibly even unattainable in the short run.The outlines of matery for each session are,to me, rough guides to gauge progress and pacing,but are not meant to be absolute by any means.Finally, make sure to keep playing the stuff you've already learned and to play regularly with the play-along CD's.Hope this helps-happy playing,    Will