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ravindra

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In Topic: Session 25 - The Entertainer

29 January 2017 - 04:23 PM

Well, this is how I got through this piece. It's a kind of a process that you have to follow. The bottom line is Slow it down and break it down. Playing syncopated right hand on top of even left hand strides is hard at first.


  1. First play your right hand piece separately until you become good at it.

  2. Then play the left hand stride style till you master at it.

  3. Once you become good at each of the above parts separately start putting them together slowly.

  4. Take one measure at a time and put them together. Put first measure both hands together slowly.

  5. Always look for the relative note positions in given sheet music and decide how they relate to each other. Whether a note comes before, after the other or needs to be played at the same time.

  6. Once you got the first measure down, move on to the second bar and try to play both hands together. A bar can further be divided into notes so that you can expand it  a note at a time by putting hands together.

  7. Once you have completed the second measure, then always play from the beginning until the end of the measure you just completed.

  8. Repeat the steps 4 through 7 until you complete all the given phrases.

  9. Start slowly and try to become master at that tempo before moving to a faster tempo.

  10. Finally you can add dynamics to the tune once you become familiar with it. Notice that each phrase starts softly and ends loudly.


This technique or any other technique takes patience, time and more effort to master. Therefore enjoy the process of learning. And also most importantly you need to have a good practice strategy. Everyday allocate around 2 hours for practice. This can be any time which is convenient to you.  Practicing each day around 1 to 2 hours is more effective than practicing a whole day. Try to add 2 bars or so each day which is more effective. Also make sure you stay offline and switch off your mobile phone during the practice hours to minimize the interruption. This helps you to utilize your practice time more effectively and efficiently. Spend 2 hours a day in each 5 week days and whole 2 days in week ends playing at the instrument. Specially learning an instrument as an adult is a process which you need to follow along. Also if you prefer Ragtime and Stride piano, I thoroughly recommend you to play the stride version of Ain't Misbehavin in both hands though it is bit difficult at first.  Happy Playing !


In Topic: session 22 page 22-2

04 September 2016 - 07:05 AM

Hi All,


There were lots of discussions going on regarding the re-harmonized version of the Amazing Grace melody. To me most of these resource links are not available and obsoleted. Hence I thought of sharing my insights with you. When I first looked into what Will played I didn't get much understanding at the first place. Then I carefully looked into how he played while pausing the video when needed. Then I composed the sheet music using noteflight software [1] and it is given below [2].

 

Amazing_Grace_Reharmonized_Melody.png

This is a long stretch and needs more practice to master at it. I also would like to suggest you guys to use software like noteflight [1] to compose music. Let's go ahead while enjoying the learning process. This technique or any other technique needs more time and effort to master at it. Happy playing and keep harmonizing.

 

 

 

[1] https://www.noteflight.com/login

[2] https://www.flickr.c.../shares-B37egy/

 

 

Regards,

Ravindra


In Topic: Just starting

31 July 2016 - 07:34 AM

Hi,

 

Since you have been playing Piano before, 1 year will be enough. You may find that it is bit stretching starting from session 18 until the end. My recommendation is take your time. Enjoy the learning process. Complete current session, practice all the play-along tracks before you move on to the next especially when you come towards the end of the course. Go through the student support forum frequently before you start a particular session. You may find some interesting topics discussed here. If you have any questions don't hesitate to post there. Let's keep that thing going.

 

The course covers everything, including classical, blues, pop, country, Jazz, Rock&Roll etc up to a certain extent. Learn all the styles. I reckon you not to stick only to classical music, there are good pop tunes, country etc too composed recently. Enjoy them too. Keep playing at it. It's the best course I have seen. Will uses great techniques to teach the basic concepts. Learn the concepts, practice them till you master at it. This is a great course, no doubt about it. Happy playing !!!! :)


In Topic: Having Problems In Session 20

15 July 2016 - 04:49 PM

Hi All,


There were lots of discussions going on about these tracks. Almost all the discussions were really helpful. I thought of adding something new and building the bridges.


Actually there’s nothing new here, everything that you need is given in the written music introduced in the page 77 in session 20. Here Will does not play alternate 1st ending, hence we’ll merely keep it away.


Play all the music as given. Play the chords, followed by 1st ending, then repeat the chords again and this time it is followed by 2nd ending.


Once it is done Will asks you to play it in quarter notes. This is the chorus section of the song. So go to the beginning and play all the way until the end of the 1st ending. When I played this initially I used to play both the chord and left hand bass note in quarter notes and then slowly introduced left hand calypso rhythm so that it gives more groove into my playing.


Finally Will asks you to go back to triplet rhythm again. Start at the beginning and play all the way. Also keep a note that this is the extended verse where we have additional 2 lines compared to other verses. So once you reach G7, again go back to C and play all the way till the end of the G7 followed by the 2nd ending which concludes the song.


You may find my recording of the song here [1]. Everything you need is given here, so there’s nothing new.

 

 

[1] https://youtu.be/DBEh_CVe5BE


In Topic: Session 20 Blueberry Hill chords

08 July 2016 - 05:17 PM

Hi All,


There were lots of discussions going on about these tracks. Almost all the discussions were really helpful. I thought of adding something new and building the bridges.


Actually there’s nothing new here, everything that you need is given in the written music introduced in the page 77 in session 20. Here Will does not play alternate 1st ending, hence we’ll merely keep it away.


Play all the music as given. Play the chords, followed by 1st ending, then repeat the chords again and this time it is followed by 2nd ending.


Once it is done Will asks you to play it in quarter notes. This is the chorus section of the song. So go to the beginning and play all the way until the end of the 1st ending. When I played this initially I used to play both the chord and left hand bass note in quarter notes and then slowly introduced left hand calypso rhythm so that it gives more groove into my playing.


Finally Will asks you to go back to triplet rhythm again. Start at the beginning and play all the way. Also keep a note that this is the extended verse where we have additional 2 lines compared to other verses. So once you reach G7, again go back to C and play all the way till the end of the G7 followed by the 2nd ending which concludes the song.


You may find my recording of the song here [1]. Everything you need is given here, so there’s nothing new.

 

 

[1]

 

Ravindra.