To get a really full sound in your right hand, try putting in not only the notes of the chord under the melody, but also try to incorporate a color tone of some kind, such as a 6th, 7th, major 7th, or 9th. You can overdo it, of course, but this short video demonstrates how it is done.
Use thirds, sixths and full chords to your melody. Major 7th and Major 9th's are called color chords, adding motion to your sound. This is one of the best instructional videos I have found online by Duane.
Piano Lesson on YouTube
To identify interval sounds in a song, I think I have found another great tool
for you, Interval Song Examples Chart
Here's an example of descending Major 6th in the left hand.
Intro Chords: E E E E Verse 1 A D Where it began I can’t begin to know it A E But then I know it’s going strong A D Was in the spring, and spring became a summer A E Who’d have believe you’d come along Chorus A Amaj7 Hands touching hands E D E Reaching out touching me touching you A D E Sweet Caroline Good times never seemed so good A D E Im inclined to believe there never would D C#m Bm But now I’m Verse 2 Look at the night and it don’t seem so lonely We fill it up with only two And when I hurt Hurting runs off my shoulder How can I hurt when holding you Warm touching warm Reachin out touching me touching you Chorus A Amaj7 Hands touching hands E D E Reaching out touching me touching you A D E Sweet Caroline Good times never seemed so good A D E Im inclined to believe there never would D C#m Bm Oh no no Intro Chords Chorus
Understanding the Power of Intervals in Jazz Music
By now, you probably already know what whole
and half steps are.
Half Step (h) - From key to key (no keys in between).
Whole step (w) - Every other key (one key in between).
Here are some things to keep in mind:
2 Half Steps = 1 Whole step
2 Whole Steps = 4 Half Steps
1 Half Step = 1/2 Whole Step
C to E = 2 whole steps or 4 half steps
F to F# = 1 half step
G to C = 5 half steps
Intervals are important. They form major, minor and
other types of chords. Do you know what an interval is?
An interval in music, is the distance in pitch between
two notes. (major, perfect, melodic, harmonic, minor,
augmented, diminished, etc.)
Is the distance between the root and the (3) degree
of a major scale.
For example, in C Major, the root is (C) and the (3)
degree is E.
C and E played together is classified as a major third.
This is the beginning of a major chord.
Is the distance between the root and the (5) degree of
a major scale.
For example, in C Major, the root is (C) and the 5th
degree is (G).
C and G played together is classified as a
As you will learn, these two intervals combine to make
up the major chord.
Try to figure out the major third and perfect fifth
intervals in all 12 keys.
If you want to learn more on intervals, order Jermaine Grigg's
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