I Love You, Lord

little girl in front of a rainbow

 It's a beautiful thing, to worship the Lord. You know, it just changes you somehow. I've played with the worship team for so many years and have watched people just stand right where they are, with hands lifted up, and begin to worship their God. It truly is a beautiful thing. But I can't help but wonder if perhaps I'm being changed also, as I watch them worship the King of Kings.

Here's an old song, quite simple in lyrics and meter. It was written in 1978, I Love You, Lord.
I Love You Lord - Various Artists

Maranatha Music.

1. Key of E from Worshiparchive

    E
I love You, Lord
      B    E
and I lift my voice
   A  E    F#m
to worship You
E    A       B     
o my soul, rejoice!
     E                B    E
Take joy, My King, in what You hear,
            A      E     F#m
may it be a sweet, sweet sound
B       A    E
in Your ear.
  


2. I Love You Lord, Jason Morant Ultimate guitar

A    A/B      A/C#
I love You, Lord
   D          F#m
and I lift my voice
   D  A/C#     E/B
to worship You
A/C# A E/B     E/A E/G#   D  C#m B  A
o my soul, rejoice!
      A  A/B   A/C#     D       F#m
Take joy, My King, in what You hear,
               D  A/C#     E/B
let it be a sweet, sweet sound
              F#m  D  A  C#m
in Your ear.
  
   F#m           D        A         C#m
I Love You Lord Yea I love You Lord yes I Love You Lord
 
 
3. I Love You, Lord Christian Guitar
Words and music by:  Laurie Klein

     D
I Love You, Lord
    A7         D
and I lift my voice
   G       Em
to worship You
     A
o my soul, rejoice!
     D                A        D
Take joy, My King, in what You hear,
              G       F#m  A
may it be a sweet, sweet sound
        G  D
in Your ear. 
 
 

4. I Love You, Lord Ultimate Guitar

intro: C#m B E (x2)

 C#m
i love you lord
      B      E
and i lift my voice
   F#m  E  B
to worship you
B
oh my soul rejoice
 C#m
take joy my king
  B      E
in what you hear
           F#m    C#m    A
let it be a sweet sweet sound
B  C#m
in your ear

I like to play this sweet song in the Key of F. Here are the chords I play:


F2
i love you lord
      Gm/F      F
and i lift my voice
   Bb  F/A  Gm7
to worship you
F/A   C7sus   C  Bb/D
oh my soul rejoice
 C/E  F2
take joy my king
 Gm/F       F
in what you hear
 F7          Bb    F/A    Fsus/G
let it be a sweet sweet sound
G7      Bb2/F  F2
in your ear

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 Chord Breakdown

FCF/AF     I love you, Lord and I

FDF/BbG  lift my

FCA/CA    voice to

BbFBb/DBb wor-

AFA/CA     ship

GDF/BbG   You,

AFA/CFA    O my

C/FBbC       soul re-

C/EC            joice, D/FBb

E/GC            take

FCF/CF        joy, my King in

FDF/BbG     what You

F/CA            hear

A/EbFA       may it be a

BbFBb/DBb sweet,

AFA/CFA     sweet

GF/BbC        sound

C/GE            in, /AF

C/BbG          Your

FD/FBbCF    ear

FC/GAC

Do you remember this one and have you had the opportunity to play it in your ministry? I think sometimes singing a simple song acapella can be so powerful, too. Here's a resource you may be interested in. I have a couple of Fake Books in my library. Do you use them?
The Praise & Worship Fake Book: An Essential Tool for Worship Leaders, Praise Bands and Singers!

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Free Improv Book Plus Children's Jazz

John Coltrane's Giant Steps

Recently, I came across a book review that caught my eye and LOVED it! Naturally, I just had to reblog about it. Yes, I am on http://pinterest.com/ladydpiano/ and you can see the board that I post about music books for children there. This particular post is about John Coltrane's Giant Steps. You can see the entire review at turtleandrobot.wordpress.com

Are you familiar with the song Giant Steps? The raindrops provide the tempo, the box is the foundation and the snowflake is the harmony. Oh, and the kitten is the melody. It's a picture book for ages 4 and up. The reviews are 4/5 stars.

John Coltrane's Giant Steps


If you are serious about wanting to learn this song and mastering it,
here are some links:

1. Mastering_giant_steps.html
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coltrane_changes


* Friday Freebie Improv Book *

You don't want to miss this!

Richard Grayson provides a link for his free improvisation handbook.
Offered at http://musicmattersblog.com/2013/01/23/free-improvisation-handbook-by-richard-grayson/

Basically, you'll learn Pentatonic scales and how to improvise using just 4 chords.  

Free Music Coloring Pages

http://www.coloring.ws/music1.htm 

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Free printable coloring pages 

So, I will say this a million times over... I highly recommend and endorse Mr. Willie Myette for Jazz instructions. You can find him at http://www.jazzpianolessons.com/ No, I am not an affiliate partner and yes, I used to be one of his students and am familiar with his lessons and products. I watch his videos on YouTube when I have the time (after all, I am a grandma of 5) and I think he is the best Jazz teacher online. So, if you like Jazz, please take the time and watch his style.


Harlem's Little Blackbird

 This hardcover book is about Florence Mills artistic life in New York. The book received 4/5 stars.

Harlem's Little Blackbird So,  Jermaine Griggs over at Hear and Play has made available a music resource for the vocal artists called Vocals. I believe it's a 10 Disc system of learning.

John Coltrane - Giant Steps

Oh, another book about music that I reviewed... just in case you missed the blog post,
Book Review: Blueprint By Kirk Franklin Oh, how I love this guy. Do you have a favorite gospel song of his?


Blessings,






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How To Play Holy Is The Lord

English: Chris Tomlin performing a concert in ...
English: Chris Tomlin performing a concert in Johnson City, Tennessee, November 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 One of my favorite worship songs from Chris Tomlin... I know it's so hard to choose but I like Holy Is The Lord. Of course I change my mind every week on this but I've been playing Holy Is The Lord for quite some time now in all different keys and it is a fun one to play. Do you have a favorite Chris Tomlin song... which one?


Here's a chord chart I found from a very cool site that has a large assortment of songs of various artists. If your interested, just check out this gold mine of resources at http://iwillworship.com

VERSE:
G              C2          Dsus
  We stand and lift up our hands
        G/B        C2          Dsus
For the joy of the Lord is our strength.
G        C2       Dsus
  We bow down and worship Him now.
    G/B        C2         Dsus
How great, how awesome is He.

PRE-CHORUS:
                A7   C2
And together we sing,
         A7   C2
Everyone sing,

CHORUS:
            G    C2    Dsus
Holy is the Lord God Almighty,
    Em7      C2              Dsus
The earth is filled with His glory.
            G    C2    Dsus
Holy is the Lord God Almighty,
    Em7      C2              Dsus
The earth is filled with His glory,
    Em7      C2              Dsus
The earth is filled with His glory.

BRIDGE:
     G         D/F#
It’s rising up all around,
         G             C2
It’s the anthem of the Lord’s renown. (repeat) 
And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory." Isaiah 6:3
 Holy Is The Lord 

 (Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio)

Key of Bb, 4/4 
 
Bb              Eb2          Fsus
  We stand and lift up our hands
        Gm7        Eb2          Fsus
For the joy of the Lord is our strength.
Bb       Eb2       Fsus
  We bow down and worship Him now.
    Gm7        Eb2         Fsus
How great, how awesome is He.

PRE-CHORUS:
                C7   Eb2
And together we sing,
         C7   Eb2
Everyone sing,

CHORUS:
            Bb/D    Eb2    Fsus
Holy is the Lord God Almighty,
    Gm7      Eb2              F
The earth is filled with His glory.
            Bb/D    Eb2    Fsus
Holy is the Lord God Almighty,
    Gm7      Eb2              Fsus
*The earth is filled with His glory,
    Gm7      Eb2              Fsus
The earth is filled with His glory.*

BRIDGE:
     Bb         F/A
It’s rising up all around,
         Ab2             Eb
It’s the anthem of the Lord’s renown. (repeat)  



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Here's the chord breakdown to the song in Bb 


Bb/DFBb       We stand and

Eb/EbGBb      lift up our

F/BbCF           hands, for the

G/FBbD          joy of the

Eb/EbFBb       Lord is our

F/BbCF           strength

Bb/DFBb        We bow

Eb/EbFBb       down and

F/FBbD           worship Him now

G/FBbD           how awe-

Eb/GBbEb       some is

F/FBbC            He. And to-

F/FBbD            gether we

C/EGBbC         sing        Eb/EbFGBb

Eb/GBbD          ev'ry one

C/EGBbD,C      sing       Eb/EbFGBb

Eb/GBbD          Holy is the

D/DFBb            Lord

Eb/GBbF           God

Eb/GBbD          Almight-

F/FBbC              y, the

G/FBbD             earth is

Eb/GBbD          filled with His

F/FAC              glory.

F/FAD              Holy is the Lord

Eb/GBbF          God

Eb/GBbD         Almight-

*F/FBbC            y, The

G/DFBb           earth is

Eb/GBbD         filled with His

*F/FBbC            glory, the

G/FBbD           earth is

Eb/GBbD        filled with His

F/CFAC           glory. It is

Bb/BbDF        rising up

A/FAD           all around; It's the

Ab/AbCF       anthem of the

Eb/EbGD       Lord's renown. It''s

Eb/EbGBb     ri-

Bb/BbDF       sing   A/FAD up all around, it's the

Ab/AbCF       Anthem of the

Eb/EbGBb     Lord's renown, and together we sing

So, there it is in the key of Bb. Be sure and stop by the community of Gospel learners and sign up for $1.00 at gmtc and you might want to purchase some Gospel Core Essentials

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Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” – Revelation 4:8 (NIV)

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I Have A Dream with Daria



Here it is MLK Day and I'm just getting around to posting today! You see, our 5th grandchild was born on the 19th and there has been much rejoicing in the land! Mommy and baby are doing fine, so now everyone is just catching up on their sleep. Hopefully, I'll be back to my blogging schedule and teaching the children when they return to school. I hope you have been successful with your piano practice, as well.

I'd like for you to meet Riley! He's so adorable and our 4th grandson!
grandson


Today I'd like to share some great music resources from Daria. You can also get a free download to the song Down By The Riverside and Child of God at the same site.

I Have A Dream Song

So, for those who do not read sheet music... well, I thought I might need to make a chord chart for you in the Key of G, 4/4 Time Signature. I love the song of hers.
I Have A Dream (Words and Music by Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou)

L/R

Intro

G/DGB
D/DF#A
C/CEG
G/DGB
D/DF#A
C/CEG
G/DGB
D/DF#A
C/EGC
E/BEG
G/DGB
D/ADF#
G/BDG  (There's a )

G/DGB   man I
D/DF#B  think you've
C/CEA    heard of - His name is
G/DGB   Martin
D/DF#B  Luther
C/CEG    King (Well, he)
G/DGB   wanted a
D/DF#B  world of
C/EGC    peace and
E/BEG    love he said,
G/DGB   I
D/DF#A  have a
G/BDG    dream

G/DGB    I
D/F#AD  have a
C/GCE    dream - well,
G/GBE    I have
D/F#AD  a
C/CEG    dream - Well I've
G/DGB    been to the
D/DF#B   mountain
C/EGC     top and I've seen -
G/DGB    I
D/DF#A  have a
G/BDG    dream. He said I
G/DGB    know that
D/DF#B   this is
C/CEA     possible He said I
G/DGB     know that
D/DF#B    this can be if
G/DGB     each one can
D/DF#B    learn to
C/EGC      live with
E/BEG      love then
G/DGB     we can all
G/BDG     be
G/BDG     free

G/DGB     I
D/F#AD    have a
C/GCE      dream - Well,
G/GBE      I have
D/F#AD    a
C/CEG      dream. Well I've
G/DGB     been to the
D/DF#B    mountain
C/EGC      top and I've seen -
G/DGB     I
D/DF#A   have a
G/BDG     dream - Well,
G/DGB    if you share this
C/GCE     vision You know it's
G/GBE     not a difficult
C/CEG     thing - We can
G/DGB    build a world of
C/EGC     peace and
E/BEG     love and we can
G/DGB    all be
D/DF#B  queens and
G/BDG    kings
G/DGB   I *
D/F#AD Have a
C/GCE   dream - Well,
G/GBD   I have
D/F#AD  a
C/CEG    dream - Well I've
G/DGB   been to the
D/DF#B  mountain
C/EGC    top and I've seen -
G/DGB   I *
D/DF#A  have a
G/BDG    dream *

Have fun with the song! Blessings on your week!





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Taylor Swift: Eyes Open

The Hunger Games
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Eyes Open by Taylor Swift is a song from the movie, Hunger Games.

It's played in the Key of G with 4/4 Time Signature.



Here's the first chart I found online.

G* 
Everybody's waiting
D* 
Everybody's watching
Em*
Even when you're sleepin'
C*                     G D Em C
 Keep your ey-eyes open


G
The tricky thing
                         D
Is yesterday we were just, children
                          Em
Playing soldiers just pre-tending
                          C
Dreaming dreams with happy endings

G
In backyards,
                        D
Winning battles with the, wooden swords
                            Em
But now we've stepped into a, cruel world
                          C
Where everybody stands and, keeps score
     D          
Keep your eyes open


G
Everybody's waiting for you to breakdown
D
Everybody's watching to see the fallout
Em
Even when you're sleepin', sleepin'
C                      G  
 Keep your ey-eyes open 
D                      Em
 Keep your ey-eyes open 
C              -mute    G 
 Keep your ey-eyes open 


G
So here you are
                           D
Two steps ahead and staying, on guard
                    Em
Every lesson forms a, new scar
                                C
They never thought you'd make it, this far
G
 But turn around
                            D
Oh, they surrounded you, it's, a showdown
                    Em
And nobody comes to save you now
                                C
But you got something they don't

Yeah, you got something they don't
                    D
You just gotta keep your eyes open


G
Everybody's waiting for you to breakdown
D
Everybody's watching to see the fallout
Em
Even when you're sleepin', sleepin'
C                      G  
 Keep your ey-eyes open 
D                      Em
 Keep your ey-eyes open 
C               
 Keep your ey-eyes 


     D
Keep your feet ready
Em
Heartbeat steady
C             D
Keep your ey-eyes open
     Em
Keep your aim locked
    C
The night grows dark
   G          D        
Ke-ep your ey-eyes open 

G
 Keep your ey-eyes open                        
D
 Keep your ey-eyes open 
Em
 Keep your ey-eyes open 
C              
 Keep your ey-eyes open 


G
Everybody's waiting for you to breakdown
D
Everybody's watching to see the fallout
Em
Even when you're sleepin', sleepin'
C                      G  
 Keep your ey-eyes open 
                       D
(Keep your ey-eyes open)
                      Em
Keep your ey-eyes open 
                        C
(Keep your ey-eyes open)
                     G-once
Keep your ey-eyes open
 
O.k., If you're a huge fan of Taylor's, you'll want to see the chords to
Our Song and Teardrops On My Guitar. 
If you're looking for an entire list of lyrics and tabs to all of Taylor's songs, find it at:
http://www.cowboylyrics.com/tabs/swift-taylor.html

In one of my Taylor Swift notebooks, I found a print out to the song and thought
I'd share the right hand single notes with you, as well as the bass notes.
 
L.H./R.H. 
 
G/D,E,G,E,A,A 
Everybody's waiting
G/F# (D,E,G,E,A,A) 
Everybody's watching
E/D,E,G,E,A,A
Even when you're sleeping
C/G,A,A,B,G            G/D,E,G,A,A,C,B
Keep your ey-eyes open 
 
G/F# (D,E,G,A,A) E/D,E,G,A,A C/D,E,G,A,A 
 
G/D,G,A,A
The tricky thing
G/G,G,A,A,G,G,G            F#/A,A             
Is yesterday we were just, children
 F#/G,A,A,G,G,E,       E/G,A,A                  
Playing soldiers just pre-tending
E/G,A,B,A,G,E              C/CBA
Dreaming dreams with happy endings

G/G,A,A
In backyards,
G,G,A,A,G,G,D              F#/G,A,A
Winning battles with the, wooden swords
 F#/G,G,A,B,A,G,E       E/G,A,A
But now we've stepped into a, cruel world
 E/G,G,A,A,G,G,             C/C,B
Where everybody stands and, keeps score
 D/F,D,G,A          
Keep your eyes open


GD,E,G,E,A,A,G,G,A,A,G
Everybody's waiting for you to breakdown
F#/D,E,G,E,A,A,G,G,A,G,G
Everybody's watching to see the fallout
E/D,E,G,E,A,A,A,A,G
Even when you're sleepin', sleepin'
C/G,A,A,B,G                      G  
 Keep your ey-eyes open 
 
Here's another arrangement I found online:
 

F#
Everybody's waiting
C#
Everybody's watching
D#m
Even when you're sleeping
B
Keep your eye, eyes open

F#/C#/D#m/B

F#
The tricky thing
                         C#
Is yesterday we were just children
                         D#m
Playing soldiers, just pretending
                          B
Dreaming dreams with happy endings

F#
In backyards
                     C#
Winning battles with a wooden swords
                           D#m
But now we've stepped into a cruel world
                         B
Where everybody stands up

Keep score
     C#
Keep your eyes open

 

F#
Everybody's waiting, for you to breakdown
C#
Everybody's watching, to see the fallout
D#m
Even when you're sleeping, sleeping
B                        F#
Keep your eye, eyes open

C#                       D#m
Keep your eye, eyes open

B                        F#
Keep your eye, eyes open
 
[ Tab from: http://www.guitartabs.cc/tabs/t/taylor_swift/eyes_open_crd.html ]
F#
So here you are
                            C#
Two steps ahead, and staying on guard
                   D#m
Every lesson forms a new scar
                                B
They never thought you'd make it this far
F#
But turn around. Oh, they surrounded you
      C#
It's a showdown
                    D#m
And nobody comes to save you now
                                 B
But you got something they don't

Yeah you got something they don't
                    C#
You just gotta keep your eyes open

 
F#
Everybody's waiting, for you to breakdown
C#
Everybody's watching, to see the fallout
D#m
Even when you're sleeping, sleeping
B                       F#
Keep your eye, eyes open
C#                      D#m
Keep your eye, eyes open
B
Keep your eyes

 
     D#m
Keep your feet ready
B
Heartbeat steady
F#             C#
Keep your eyes open
     D#m
Keep your aim locked
B
The night goes dark
F#             C#
Keep your eyes open

F#

C#
Keep your eye, eyes open
D#m
Keep your eye, eyes open
B
Keep your eye, eyes open

 
F#
Everybody's waiting, for you to breakdown
C#
Everybody's watching, to see the fallout
D#m
Even when you're sleeping, sleeping

B
Keep your eye, eyes open
F#
Keep your eyes open
C#
Keep your eye, eyes open
D#m
Keep your eyes open
B
Keep your eye, eyes open
 

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How To Play All Things New

Cover of "All Things New"
Cover of All Things New


Steven Curtis Chapman wrote the words and music in 2004 to All Things New. He's such a great artist. For more information, read his bio here. I found these chords online and in the second chord chart, I have the sheet music. Play it joyfully with 4/4 time signature.


And He that sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev. 21:5)

ALL THINGS NEW
Steven Curtis Chapman

Verse 1
C
You spoke and made the sunrise, to light up the very first day 
C                                                                       A#
You breathed across the water, and started the very first wave  It was You 
C
You introduced Your glory, to every living creature on earth 
C
And they started singing, the first song to ever be heard              
                A#
They sang for You 

[ Tab from: http://www.guitaretab.com/s/steven-curtis-chapman/273281.html ]
Chorus 2
                     C                        F
You make all things new, You make all things new 
        Am               G             F
You redeem and You transform, You renew and You restore 
                     C                         F 
You make all things new, You make all things new 
         Am           G                F
And forever we will watch and worship You 


Verse 2
C
Then the world was broken, fallen and battered and scarred 
C                                                A
You took the hopeless, the life, wasted, ruined and marred
A#
And made it new 


Bridge
               F                          Am
You turn winter into spring,  You take every living thing 
           F                           G     A#
And You breathe Your breath of life into it over and over again 


Verse 3
You made the sunrise, day after day after day 
But there's a morning coming, when old things will all pass away 
And everyone will see  

    
*******
The song is off of Sparrow Records. You can hear it, here.

ALL THINGS NEW
Steven Curtis Chapman

Verse 1
C
You spoke and made the sunrise, to light up the very first day 
C                                                                       A#
You breathed across the water, and started the very first wave  It was You 
C5
You introduced Your glory, to every living creature on earth 
C                             Csus2 C        Csus     Am7
And they started singing, the first song to ever be heard              
              Bbsus2
They sang for You 


Chorus 2
                     C                        Fsus2
You make all things new, You make all things new 
        Am               G             F         Fsus2
You redeem and You transform, You renew and You restore 
                     C                         Fsus2        
You make all things new, You make all things new 
         Am           G                Fsus
And forever we will watch and worship You 


Verse 2
C5
Then the world was broken, fallen and battered and scarred 
C                          Csus2  C       Csus         Am7
You took the hopeless, the life, wasted, ruined and marred
Bbsus2
And made it new 


Bridge
               F                          Am
You turn winter into spring,  You take every living thing 
           Fsus2                G              Bbsus2
And You breathe Your breath of life into it over and over again 


Verse 3
C 
You made the sunrise, day after day after day
                                   Csus2 C   Csus          Am7
But there's a morning coming, when old things will all pass away
Bbsus2 
And everyone will see 
 
The intro has 5 measures of dotted quarter notes, followed by quick eighth notes. 
Then there's tons of broken octave work.
 
C
C/E
Fsus2
Dm7(add4)
Bb6/9 
So, throughout the song there's a few chords you need to know. Sometimes the inversion changes.
These chords aren't in any particular order.

C  = CGC/GCG
C = C/GCE
C = C/EGC
C5 =  C/CG
C5 = C/CGC
C/E = EE/GCG
Csus2 = C/CDG
Csus2 = C/GCD
Fsus2 = FCF/CDG
Fsus2 = F/GCE
Fsus2 = F/FGC
Am7 = A/EGC
Am7 = A/GCE
Am7 = A/GCDE
Am = A/ACE
Bbsus2 = Bb/FBbC
Bbsus2 = Bb/BbCEF
G5 = G/GD

So, when you play "You introduced your glory", it goes like this:

C/GC
C/GD
C/GE
C/GF
It's such a beautiful song.
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How To Play Triplets Against Eighth Notes

India Eighth notes and rest
India Eighth notes and rest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Beginner's Corner

Each quarter note can be divided into two equal eighth notes or four equal sixteenth notes.

Sometimes composers want to put three equal notes into a quarter note. This is called a triplet. Triplets are three equal notes that fit into the amount of time usually takne up by one quarter note or two eighth notes.

Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata has many triplets in one measure of music.

Try this clapping exercise:
1. Turn on the metronome to a slow beat, quarter note = 60.
2. Clap just the beat.
3. Listen and feel the beat in your head.
4. Then clap 3 times for each tick of the metronome.
5. Triplets all need to be the same length. Say a 3-syllable word like straw-ber-ry or can-ta-loupe as you clap. Each part of the word is part of the triplet.
 Intermediate Corner

How To Play Triplets Against Eighth Notes

Have you seen music where one hand has triplets while the other plays eighth notes? This can be a bit tricky at first. It is a bit like patting your head and rubbing your tummy. You are doing two different things at once.

The trick to playing two notes in one hand against three notes in the other is that none of the notes within the beat will line up together; except for the first note.

In one hand you'll have to fit two equal notes into each beat, while the other will have to fit three equal notes in the same amount of time. It may sound like the two hands are not exactly in-synch or together.

Follow These Steps

1. First clap triplets and eighths. Work until you can change easily from one to the other. Use a metronome to check that you have a steady beat. Feel how the groups of two and three fit into the beat.

2. Play a scale with a metronome. Play eighth notes going up (1 eighth to a note of the scale) and triplets coming down. Then switch and play triplets going up and eighths coming down.

3. Play each hand's part separately. Switch back and forth between the two like you did with the clapping.

4. Divide the beat into six equal parts. The eighth notes will fall on the first and third beats of the six. The triplets will be played on the first, third, and fifth note in the group of six. As a result the second eighth note comes right after the second triplet. At first, you might have to count to six each time you play both hands, placing each eighth note and each triplet in the correct spot. This will get easier with time and practice, and soon you will start hearing where each note falls within the beat, without having to work so hard.
Advanced Corner

I'll be posting part two real soon on more rhythm stuff. I hope you'll check out part one, Where's The Beat?

So, for sure you'll want to keep up with your Hanon Exercises

Here's more valuable resources to research:

Hanon - Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises - Complete: Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics

 Blues Hanon

 Jazz Hanon

 Junior Hanon

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