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Manuel Marino Music Composer

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Piano chords have the power to bring music to life An Artist Portrait (Part Two) - This is the Part Two (and final part) of the true life story as artist written by Frank V. Cahoj for our Weblog. (Part One) An Artist Portrait (Part Two) I give an unbelievable amount of credence to these two early periods in my life: one of everlasting creation, one of analysis and disillusionment. The… . If you have been practicing scales and gradually grasping the basic principles of piano music, chords will elevate your playing to another level.

When you first start playing the piano, it is important to practice a variety of simple tunes and exercises, including scales, to become familiar with playing sequences of individual notes. These exercises primarily consist of playing single notes. By engaging in exercises like these, you develop an understanding of the sounds produced by your instrument and become familiar with the melodies of the pieces you play.

When chords are introduced, a piece of music undergoes a transformation from a simple outline to a much richer and layered arrangement of sound textures. Chords introduce harmony into music, and it is the effects produced by chords that serve as the foundation for much of the music we enjoy listening to and playing.

Essentially, a chord is a combination of three or more notes played simultaneously. These notes can be played with one hand or spread across both hands, depending on the desired harmony the pianist wishes to create. Chords shape the mood of music and provide the opportunity for improvisation.

Similar to scales, chords follow a set of rules. Understanding these rules empowers you to experiment; however, as with any new endeavor, it is wise to begin at the beginning.

A great introduction is a simple exercise. Place your pinky finger on the C note below middle C, your third finger on E, and your thumb on G with your left hand. Slightly lift your hand and play all three notes simultaneously, applying equal pressure to each. Now, position the thumb of your right hand on middle C, your third finger on E, and your pinky finger on G. Play this chord in the same manner.

Next, try playing the chord with one hand while playing the C Major scale with the other hand. Begin by playing the chord with your left hand. As the notes are struck, simultaneously play middle C with the thumb of your right hand and continue with the scale. Reverse the exercise by playing the chord with your right hand and the scale with your left hand.

It may not sound particularly impressive, but this is the initial step in introducing harmony into your piano playing.

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