Don't Stop- Story

This is the story of the well-known pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski. Paderewski played a concert in New York one time, where the concert had been sold out 6-months prior to his playing. On the night of the concert everyone came all dressed up (tuxes and fancy dresses). A mother brought her 9-year-old son because she wanted to get him excited about the idea of playing the piano. She believed that if he heard Paderewski play, he would want to do well in his piano lessons, instead of always complaining. She wanted him to see what he could become. As the story goes, right before the concert was to start, the boy wandered away from his mother. The next thing she knew she saw her son sitting at the Steinway piano on the stage. Then, even more to her surprise, he started to play chopsticks on the piano. The people in the audience were furious, and yelled out: “Get that kid off the stage.” “This is an outrage.” “What is this boy doing here?” The startled ushers began to move toward the stage to remove the boy, but then Paderewski himself appeared on the stage. (The boy was oblivious to all that was happening, enjoying his opportunity to play what little he knew). As Paderewski came up behind the boy, he whispered in his ear: “Don’t stop. Keep on playing. You’re doing great.” While the boy continued to play, the great pianist put his arms around the boy and began playing a concerto based on the tune of “Chopsticks.” While the two played, Paderewski kept saying to the boy: “Don’t stop. Keep on playing.”

There will be many times in life where what we do might not be seen to be extraordinary. There will be times in life when we will get frustrated with God. There will be times in life when we might seem to lose faith. There will be times when others are coming down on us, and we get discouraged. In those times, we need to have faith like a child, because God will come up behind us, and whisper to us, “Don’t stop. Keep playing. You’re doing great.”

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How Do I Harmonize These Melodies?

Well, let me give you the recipe! Here’s the first ingredients:

1. Every note in a major scale has its own harmonizing chord.

2. Whenever a note is played, simply replace it with its harmonizing chord.

3. The highest note of the chord always matches the melody note. You’ll want to hear the melody very clearly. So, the highest note of each chord IS ALWAYS THE MELODY!

4. When all one-note melodies have been replaced with harmonizing chords, you have a full- sounding basic song.

5. Add bass (or left hand)

So, find a melody to any simple song and replace the melody with the appropriate chords.

1_2_3_5_6_8 = C_ D_E_G_A_C

That is the melody scale. You can figure out any song with that scale. You may stray from the scale with a sharp or flat. Other than that, it is right on. If you know your Melodic Scale, you notice that the chords associated with it is in the Pentatonic Scale.

Here is the Melodic Scale in C. Think of the notes as Tenor_ Alto_ Soprano, left to right:


Notice the soprano note follows the normal scale pattern? The chords involved are only 5: The Root, IV, V, ii, and vi.
There you have it and you thought it might be tough! So, what do you think?
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Learn The Secrets To Playing The Drums by Ear

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Getting Started with 2- 5- 1 Chord Progression

If you listen to music, you've definitely heard a "2-5-1" progression. They are found in just about any type of music --- regardless of style, genre, or rhythmical pattern. It is commonly the series of chords that end a song or phrase. In this chord progression, the 2 chord leads to the 5 chord which in turn, produces a strong pull towards the ending chord (which is usually the 1st major chord of the scale).

Let me start by showing you what chords correspond to each tone of a major scale:

1 tone - Major
2 tone - minor
3 tone - minor
4 tone - Major
5 tone - Major (dominant)
6 tone - minor
7 tone - Half Diminished

To understand the chart above, you must understand that each tone of a major scale has a chord that goes along with it. For example, the following is a C major scale:

(C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- A -- B -- C)

Each tone above has a matching chord. Simply add the endings of the chart above to the scale as shown below:


To further understand progressions, lets number each chord:

1 = C Major
2 = D minor
3 = E minor
4 = F Major
5 = G dominant
6 = A minor
7 = B half - diminished
8 = C Major

Now, to create a "2-5-1" chord progression (or any numbered chord progression), simply take the 2, 5, and 1 chord out of the entire series of chords above. That is, we would not use the 3,4, 6, or 7th chord.

The 2 chord is D minor; the 5 chord is G dominant; and the 1 chord is C Major.

Here is the most basic "2-5-1" chord progression:

Dmin --- Gdom --- Cmaj

min = minor
dom = dominant
Maj = major

D minor chord = (D) + (F) + (A)
G dominant chord = (G) + (B) + (D) + (F)
C Major chord = (C) + (E) + (G)

Example: To play a D minor chord simply play all three of the notes shown above at the same time (D+F+A)

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