Taylor Swift, Teardrops On My Guitar

Michael McGuire of the SF Country Music Examiner speaks highly of Taylor Swift Songbooks. "If you don’t play by ear, two songbooks featuring the music of Taylor Swift will help you get her songs down pat."


I really enjoy hearing uptothe7thstorey playing this beautiful song Teardrops On My Guitar by Taylor Swift! This song is very popular with my piano students, from beginners to intermediate level.

Teardrops On My Guitar Chords


Once you learn the chords to teardrops On My Guitar, then play along with this track:

Piano Tutorial Backing Track by BrendanGreaves111


Here's a good view of jbleongson playing taylor swift teardrops on my guitar on the keyboard with strings setting:


Teardrops on my Guitar- Taylor Swift- Piano Tutorial- Cmortenson


Single notes for the right hand- taylor swift, teardrops on my guitar

C Bb A Bb C C Bb A Bb C C Bb A Bb
F F Eb D C Bb
C Bb C Bb F Eb D Bb F Eb D Bb
F C Bb F C Bb F Eb D Bb F Eb D Bb
F F F F Bb Bb Bb Bb G Bb G Bb
C F F G F F F F F F G Bb Bb
Verse 2
C Bb C Bb F Eb D Bb F Eb D Bb
F C Bb F C Bb F Eb D Bb F Eb D Bb
F F F F Bb Bb Bb Bb G Bb G Bb
C F F G F F F F F F G Bb Bb

Free Sheet Music for Teardrops On My Guitar Taylor Swift


Youth For Christ- The Struggle Is Over

Are you familiar with songs like, The Struggle Is Over and I Believe I Can Fly?
You'll find the lyrics to The Struggle Is Over and much more at:
Youth For Christ Lyrics


I love this song and have enjoyed playing it many times. Each time I sit at my keyboard and run through the chords, I immediately think of our youth. And I believe no matter how hard it has been for you in your every day life, just keep going and He will see you through. You will have a breakthrough.

Gospel Midi & Programming: The Struggle is Over
Gospel Midi & Programming: The Struggle is Over
The Struggle Is Over For You- Youth For Christ Lyrics
The Struggle is Over
Youth For Christ
Wherever you are
Whatever you've been going through
God says the struggle is over for you
You've been in this place long enough
And your mountainside has been rough
The struggle is over for you
Wherever you are
Whatever you've been going through
God says the struggle is over for you
You've been in this place long enough
And your mountainside has been rough
The struggle is over for you
The struggle is over
The struggle is over for you
The struggle is over
The struggle is over for you
The struggle is over
The struggle is over for you
The struggle is over
The struggle is over for you
Your heartache is over
Your heartache is over
Your heartache is over
Your heartache is over
The trouble is over
The trouble is over
The trouble is over
The trouble is over
Your struggle is over
Your struggle is over
Your struggle is over
Your struggle is over
Your struggle is over for you
You've been in this place long enough
And your mountainside has been rough
The struggle is over for you
I've been in this place long enough
And my mountainside has been rough
The struggle is over for me
You've been in this place long enough
And your mountainside has been rough
The struggle is over for you
Chords to The Struggle IS Over- Youth For Christ
The Struggle Is Over
by Youth For Christ
from CD: The Strugle Is Over
By: Ferrente
Key: F
FC/GACF Where-ever you
A/GACF Where-ever you
Bb/BbCDF Been
C/CDEG Going
FC/GACF Through God
DA/GACF Said The
G/BbCDF Struggle Is
D/GCE --ver For
Eb/BbDG Youuuu
DBb/DBb You Been
A/CFGC In This place
Bb/C#FGBb Long enough
A/A And
Bb/Bb Your
C/CFGC Mountains
D/FCEG Has been rough the
GF/BbDFBb Struggle
B/ADF O----
C/BbDG ----ver For
FC/ACF you
FC/ACF The struggle is
Bb/BbCDF Over
C/GACF The struggle is
D/BbCDF Over
Bb/C#EGBb For
A/CFA you
A/CFA The struggle Is
G/FBbD The strug---
A/GCF --gle Is
B/ADG O---
C/BbDF --ver
C/GE For
Key Change:
F#C#/AbBbC#F# Your heartache is
B/AbBbC#F Over
C#/AbBbC#F# Your heartache is
Eb/BEbF# Over
B/DFAbB For--
Bb/C#F#Bb --you
Bb/C#F#Bb Your heartache is
Eb/F#BbC# Over
Ab/BEbF# Heart--
Bb/C#FAb --ache
B/C#FAb Is
C/EbF#BbEb O--
C#F#BbC# --ver
Key Change:
G/GBD you
G/GBD Your Trouble is
D/DGBD Trouble Is
B/DGB The Trouble Is
E/GBD Over
A/EGC Trou--
B/F#AD --ble
C#/ACE O--
D/GBD --ver
D/F#AD For
Here is jayblove playing The Struggle is Over
I like the groove of the song. I know the song is originally slower, but he played the song well, enjoy.


Here are two of my friends from HearandPlay Zone, playing The Struggle Is Over




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Roland Keyboard

A big thank you to my friends in Norway for stopping by. One friend in particular, Ballademaker, has shared his own music with us at SoundClick. He has been playing piano since he was nine years old. His influences in music are: supertramp, elton john, and billy joel, and jean michell jarre. He uses lots of equipment and knows how to put it all together in a song he has created: dx7 korg karma xp 80 roland keyboard. powermixer pmp 1000 behringer monitors is ms16 behringer midi interface romio software powertracks audio 9 laptop dell presicion m60 xp pro. For more sounds:


I have played a Roland Keyboard and love the Vintage sounds. The Fantom X8 (to me) has the more realistic sounding grand pianos. But I must say, I'm more comfortable playing on my Motif. for me, it's the better board. I found this great discussion on Motifator regarding Motif ES vs Fantom X
Ballademaker created many of his songs w/ a synthesizer. I agree that the manuals for the Motif workstation and Fantom X are not user friendly. It takes perseverance to digest the info and apply it to your board.
Here's balldaemaker playing Raindrops, a song made on the roland xp80


Also, Vintage Ensemble


"The Fantom-X Series are the world's first "Giga-Workstation" keyboards, giving Fantom- X6 musicians nearly 1GB of wave memory when fully expanded and powerful 128-voice polyphony. The synthesis section's new waves include a gorgeous 88-key split stereo-sampled piano, plus room for 4 SRX expansions. The sampler can be upgraded to 544MB of RAM, which provides enough recording time to use it like a digital recorder. The Fantom-X Series is also the first line of workstation keyboards with a color LCD screen. Between these features and their sleek new looks, the Fantom-X Series is poised to become the workstation of choice."


I've saved the best for last!
Roland Fantom-G Overview

Introducing the most powerful and luxurious live workstation in Roland history. The Fantom-G is a dream instrument that redefines the boundaries of playability and creativity with its advanced sound engine, revolutionary ARX SuperNATURAL. expansion bay, large-sized color LCD, powerful new audio/MIDI sequencer, first-class "Ivory Feel"weighted keys (Fantom-G8), and more...

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How To Play Minor Seventh Chords

Free Jazz Piano Lesson [#3 SEVENTH CHORDS]

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How to Play 7th Chords on Piano : Minor 7th Chord Root Position


Minor 7th chords are one of the most useful chords of all. Great for improvising and creating a mellow sound. Here is Duane sharing some delightful chords with us.


Here are the minor seventh chords Duane is playing:

D A/ F A C E

C G/ E G B D

A E/ G B C E

G D/ F# A B D

F C/ pentatonic scale single notes, A C D E G A (play backwards and forwards

Listen to Piano Player Bill Evans Talking about Improvisation and More


Piano Hand Coordination Course Review

Musicians that play with speed and seem to do it effortlessly have simply found an effective way to train their fingers to think on their own. They've built up muscle memory, strength, coordination, independence, and speed over time using various techniques.

Here are some sites that I have found that answer and review piano hand coordination.

* Does the left hand in piano gets less attention since it usually plays chords?

"If you’re looking for a perfect way to keep your mind sharp, piano playing is the solution. It exercises several different parts of the mind and body, while providing you with years of musical enjoyment. Whether you play piano currently or are thinking about starting, playing piano is great brain food."


"Learning scales (don't groan). Double octave parallel motion scales are excellent for getting your hands to do different things at different times and when you start to get confident with them you can try a different tempo with each hand. Don't expect to do this overnight."


"Watch our free video clips to learn and practice piano finger exercises to improve the coordination of your hands and fingers, which is essential for solid and fluent piano playing."


Piano exercise that develops your coordination and musical ear. Hanon#1.

If You Know How to Play Scales and Arpeggios, You Can Turn a Child's Nursery Rhyme into a Sonata!


Here we continue to sight-read 15-note number sequences directly from our online fingering charts. So be sure to place your piano keyboard next to your computer screen so you can follow along with these fun piano exercises that will strengthen your hand-eye coordination skills.


What are Hanon Exercises?

"They are exercises specifically designed to train the pianist in speed, precision, agility, independence, dexterity, and strength of all of the fingers (and wrist too!).

They were created in the late 1800s by Charles-Louis Hanon, thus the short name "Hanon exercises."

They may come across as scales at first glance but are strategically designed to focus on certain fingers, depending on what exercise you're on. Some focus on several fingers at once (like the pinky and ring finger, which are known to be the "weakest links"). And other exercises focus on other areas.

One thing is for sure... Once you've mastered each exercise at the maximum speed suggested, you'll feel it and your piano playing will DEFINITELY show it!

Why they are so important to YOU...

Often times, when people practice, they are working on chords and progressions, and that is totally fine.

And outside of classical music, unless an "ear-musician" (someone who ONLY plays by ear) is exposed to exercises like this, they have no systematic way to get their fingers strong, independent and faster (...so they can play runs, licks, and scales with speed and precision).

Maybe they'll practice scales but these can get boring and repetitive over time. The end result is that ear-musicians will usually warm up with a few scales but the bulk of the attention will be put elsewhere.

And this isn't our fault!

1) Most ear-musicians have no idea what or who Hanon is... or his exercises!

2) Even if one is recommended Hanon by a friend (like I was several years ago), they must know how to read sheet music to play the exercises (or find a way to get them written out in letter format).

3) Then, if they find out how to play the exercises, they often times do them incorrectly and learn bad habits that have to be reversed later on (or worse, ignored).

By learning Hanon from a professional who is classically-trained but also understands the need for other types of musicians to be exposed to it, you get the best of both worlds!

Play faster and cleaner
than you've ever played before...

It's not JUST what you play, it's how you play it! A "major scale" played slow may sound basic and elementary sure enough. But do you know if you speed up a major scale by 3 or 4 times, that it will sound amazingly beautiful and can pass as "fancy?" ... Trust me, I've seen them played like this time and time again.

Improve both finger coordination and hand control in virtually minutes after the first exercise!

Perfect tons of finger movements and improve your hand positioning so you never feel out of place or out of bounds when you're playing!

Play with the best of them and never feel intimidated again because you'll have the speed, coordination, and strength to hold up!

Quickly and easily digest these one-of-a-kind techniques that have been slowed down so you can implement them right away and start seeing instant results!

Learn how to seamlessly adjust to different tempos and gradually improve your speed playing, one exercise at a time.

Never run out of gas! Intensify your playing speed and control to a level that'll even make the pros jealous!

Utilize a special "Wrist-Rotating" technique that many musicians don't know but really wish they did (for the maximization of speed)!"


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New Hanon, Jazz & Gospel Exercises DVDs. Spice up Hanon exercises!


To order, click here:
Easy Jazz Piano Lessons from JazzPianoLessons.com

Best wishes on your practice for piano virtuosity,

How To Play Gospel

* How to Play Gospel : Praise! by latinpianist

This is another new series of lessons. In the Gospel area. In this video, I teach something that I learned at Mrpiano.org.

* Mike Bereal Gospel Praise Video Clip

Michael Bereal ripping on the piano with Bryan White on bass. This is a preview shed clip for a new course coming out at hearandplay.com called GospelKeys Master Class Series I with Mike Bereal!

If you want to play like Mike Bereal, Jason White, Kevin Bond, and Eddie Brown, get this dvd!

How to play Gospel on the piano
Click Here, Gospel Keys Michael Bereal

"Here's Specifically What You'll Get Out Of GospelKeys Master Class Volume One"

How to multiply your options on the piano so that you never have to play the same identical thing TWICE. This is the difference between a creative, free-flowing musician and a "canned" one.

Diversify your sound and learn how to to add tender and delicate undertones to your style! NOTE: Not all songs need a lot of power-punched chords. Many times "less" ends up being a lot "more." Mike will show you when and when not to "punch it!"

How to think on a whole different level and quickly and easily play things that will have other musicians literally drooling at the mouth (isn't that what you feel like when you watch Mike's video clip? IMAGINE BEING THAT PERSON ON THE KEYS)...

Get contemporary! Now you can spice up your traditional gospel playing with loads of phat chords and placements from one of the hottest gospel musicians on the planet! (Mike has played for Mary Mary, Judith McAllister, Beverly Crawford, Donnie McClurkin, and MANY MORE!)

Master tons of arpeggio worship techniques on your right hand that'll have you sounding like a gospel veteran every time you sit down at the piano!

Learn the secrets to creating the perfect transitions and lead-ins to the next phase of the church service no matter what you're currently playing! NOTE: It is imperative that you master this as there can be a huge burden on you to effectively carry the worship service from one area to the next.

Incorporate Mike's "roll-over" method into your playing. This unorthodox move will literally turn everyone's head and give your playing that extra flare you've been looking for!

How to take songs you've redundantly played for years and drastically improve them so much that they feel foreign to you when you play them (I know it seems hard for a song you've played for 5-10 years to seem new to you but after watching this course, I guarantee you'll experience enthusiastic growth again!)...

"The Shouting Chord"

Play this chord at church when playing during a jubilant period of the worship service. It's simply a dominant chord with an added "flat 5th" tone. Now, the trick is that you don't play all the tones of the dominant chord. JUST certain tones sound right.

In Ab Major:

Bass: There isn't a particular bass for this chord. It can be played over a "running" bass if it is being used as a "fill-in" for shouting music OR ... it can be played in a blues progression. Keep in mind that this chord is just a "fill in." Play it when it "feels" right...

Right hand: Ab + D + Eb + Gb

Note: This chord should be played on the upper part of the piano (not too high but definitely not too low). Test it out at different locations for the best possible sound.

Here's one more trick with the chord above:

If you play the "D" just a split-second before the rest of the chord, it creates a nice "blues" effect. Try it:

Ab + (D) + Eb + Gb

Note: (" ") means to play JUST that one note a split-second before the rest of the chord. It sounds great!

Best Wishes,

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It Ends Tonight- All American Rejects

One of my piano students requested a song to learn, It Ends Tonight, by AAR.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a piano tutorial of this song on YouTube. It is a great song and I love the intro and the verse. Here's how I play the intro:
A/ G A C then to E note
G/ G A C then to E note
F/ F A C then to E note
G/ G A C then to E note
Then learn the verse and chorus and you're off and running with this cool song!
How to play It Ends Tonight by The AAR on piano part 1 of 3

It Ends Tonight Sheet Music
Look inside this title
It Ends Tonight - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com
It Ends Tonight By The All-American Rejects. Piano Vocal (Arranged for piano and voice with guitar chords). 8 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (353553)
See more info...
Chords to It Ends Tonight
Intro: Am G F G
Vs. 1
Your subtleties
They strangle me
I can't explain myself at all.
Am F
And all that wants
And all that needs
All I don't want to need at all.
Am F C F Am F G F
The walls start breathing
My minds unweaving
Maybe it's best you leave me alone.
A weight is lifted
On this evening
I give the final blow.
Chorus [Part One]:
When darkness turns to light,
It ends tonight
It ends tonight.
Vs. 2: Same as first verse:
Am F G F x2
A falling star
Least I fall alone.
I can't explain what you can't explain.
Your finding things that you didn't know
I look at you with such disdain
When darkness turns to light,
It ends tonight
It ends tonight.
Just a little insight will make this right
It's too late to fight
It ends tonight,
It ends tonight.
Now I'm on my own side
Am F
It's better than being on your side
Am G F
It's my fault when you're blind
Am G
It's better that I see it through your eyes
All these thoughts locked inside
Now you're the first to know
[Chorus x2]
Last Chord: C


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American Pie- Don McClean

Today is a very special day for our country and our 44th President, an amazing day!
It is also my brother-in-law's birthday, and this song came to my mind.
"American Pie" is a folk rock song by singer-songwriter Don McLean


American Pie Piano Cover

G D Em7 Am C
A long long time ago I can still remember
Em D G D Em7
How that music used to make me smile and I knew if I had my chance
Am C Em C D Em
That I could make those people dance and maybe they'd be happy for a while
Am Em Am
But February made me shiver with every paper I'd deliver
C G - B Am C D
Bad news on the doorstep I couldn't take one more step
G D Em Am7 D
I can't remember if I cried When I read about his widowed bride
G D C D7 G C - G G
But something touched me deep inside the day the music died So
Bye Bye Miss American Pie
Drove my chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Em A7 Em D7
Singin' this'll be the day that I die, this'll be the day that I die.
G Am C Am
Did you write the book of love and do you have faith in God above?
Em D G D Em
If the Bible tells you so. Do you believe in Rock 'n Roll?
Am7 C
Can music save your mortal soul?
Em A7 D
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?
Em D
Well, I know that you're in love with him
Em D
'Cause I saw you dancin' in the gym
C G - B A7 C D7
You both kicked off your shoes man, I dig those rhythm and blues
G D Em
I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck
Am C
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck.
G D Em C D7 G C
But I knew I was out of luck the day the music died I started singin'
G Am
Now for ten years we've been on our own
C Am Em D
And moss grows fat on a rollin' stone, but that's not how it used to be
G D Em
When the jester sang for the King and Queen
Am7 C
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
Em A7 D
And a voice that came from you and me
Em D Em D
Oh, and while the King was looking down, the jester stole his thorny crown
C G - B A7 C D7
The courtroom was adjourned, no verdict was returned
G D Em Am C
And while Lennon read a book on Marx, the quartet practiced in the park
G D Em C D7 G C
And we sang dirges in the dark, the day the music died. We were singing
G Am
Helter-Skelter in a summer swelter,
C Am
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Em D G D Em
Eight miles high and falling fast It landed foul out on the grass
Am7 C
The players tried for a forward pass
Em A7 D
But the jester's on the sidelines in a cast
Em D
Now the half-time air was sweet perfume
Em D
While the sergeants played a marching tune
C G - B A7 C D7
We all got up to dance, but we never got the chance
G D Em
'Cause the players tried to take the field
Am C
The marching band refused to yield
G D Em C D7 G C G
Do you recall what was revealed the day the music died? We stared singing
G Am C Am
Oh, and there we were all in one place A generation lost in space
Em D G
With no time left to start again. So come on, Jack be nimble
Em Am7 C
Jack be quick Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
` Em A7 D
'Cause fire is the Devil's only friend
Em D
Oh, and as I watched him on the stage,
Em D
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
C G A7 C D7
No angel born in hell could break that Satan's spell
G D Em
And as the flames climbed high into the night
Am C
To light the sacrificial rite
G D Em C D7 G C G
I saw Satan laughing with delight the day the music died He was singing
G Am C Am
I met a girl who sang the blues and I asked her for some happy news
Em D G D
But she just smiled and turned away I went down to the sacred store
Em Am7
Where I'd heard the music years before
Em A7 D
But the man there said the music wouldn't play
Em D
And in the streets the children screamed
Em D
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
C G A7 C D7
But not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken
G D Em Am C
And three men I admire most, the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
G D Em
They caught the last train for the coast,
C D7 G C G
The day the music died. And they were singing
They were singing


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Martha Munizzi Glorious

Funny thing happened on my way to YouTube, a new post by azexperiment grabbed my attention. Wow, his piano playing knocked me off my chair, so amazing! If your a Martha Munizzi fan, have a listen!

GLORIOUS - Jazz - Martha Munizzi - ((STEREO)) azexperiment

Visit http://myspace.com/phillipcolin for more music.

* Chords

D2 D2/C# Csus2 G/B Em7 Asus D G Bm7 G2

Martha Munizzi Interview


Martha Munizzi Glorious mp3


Martha Munizzi Glorious Lyrics

- Soundtrack Artists Lyrics

Free Zelda Sheet Music

I have a student who has found his niche playing video game music. He easily reaches the octaves, plays the melody line filled with eight and sixteenth notes. His speed is lively and accurate. If you're not familiar with The Adventures of Zelda, you'll soon be drawn into the excitement and wonder that the music produces!
What's my favorite song of the Zelda Series? Well, I would have to say the
Zelda's Lullaby - Ocarina of Time - Piano
"NEW! A very talented fan of Zelda Capital has taken some of our sheet music and composed a medly of Zelda, Mario, and Mega Man music. There are three parts to it, all found on YouTube, the links are below:"
Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

* Highlight of KoopaKool's Piano Playing
Super Mario piano Zelda piano medley (part 2 of 3)

40 songs from The Legend Of Zelda and Super Mario Brothers. It's a piano medley of my favorite video game songs. mario bros and link are my heroes.
* Free Sheet Music Based on The Legend of Zelda Series


* Zelda's Lullaby - Ocarina of Time - Piano

This video is of me, Rachel, playing Zelda's Lullaby from Ocarina of Time on my digital piano. Enjoy!
The piano is a Kawai PN80 which is about 10 years old. I learned the song with a combination of sheet music and by ear. Thank you for everyone's comments!
Piano Recordings and Sheet Music


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Piano Chord Dictionary

For my students, it's important to review the language of piano chords.
Major and Minor chords, that is, for beginner piano students. There are many valuable resources for sale from music dictionaries to theory music books. Understanding the name of chords and how to play them will open up a whole new world for you.

I found this awesome tutorial, online chord dictionary, from latinpianist.
View the clip, study it, repeat it and use it as a warm up. With practice, watch how you can quickly grab these basic chords... you're on your way!

Beginner's Chord Dictionary

This a beginner's video to all those people that need to know how to play all the basic chords on the piano.
Please visit: AnointedMusicians.org
Credits: VozUngida (Yeisha) (Video Editing and Video Recording)

* On The Go Music Resource
If you're interested learning the formation of chords while you're in your car, at the gym, jogging or at home, purchase Hear and Play's Chords Audio Course. I have the set and highly recommend it. It goes hand in hand with a chord dictionary, and it's on tape!
Click Here, Chords (Audio)

* Music Resources

Look inside this title
Piano Chord Dictionary - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com
Piano Chord Dictionary By Morton Manus. For Electronic Keyboard. Electronic Keyboard. Book. 48 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (285)
See more info...

Now that you know your major scales, the next thing is to learn the formulas for your 4 basic types of chords. Once you learn the formulas, apply them to each key one at a time until you go through all 12 keys. Here is the order that you should learn and play them in:

Major = 1-3-5
Minor = 1-b3-5
Diminished = 1-b3-b5
*Fully diminished = 1-b3-b5-bb7 *just an extension of the regular diminished chord
Augmented = 1-3-#5

As you go through learning and practicing the chords in this order, you will find that the last note for the augmented chord is also the last note for the major chord in the very next key. The next thing you should learn are the chords that are built off each scale degree of the major scale for every key. Again, learn it one key at a time until you go through all 12 keys:

1st - major
2nd - minor
3rd - minor
4th - major
5th - major
6th - minor
7th - diminished

Then move on to learning progressions. Play progressions like the 1-4-5, 2-5-1, 7-3-6, etc.

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Learn To Play Piano By Ear Harmonizing Melodies With Chords

Here 's my review for HearandPlay's GospelKeys 101 Dvd

Great Beginning- GospelKeys101

I love GospelKeys101!!!Here's an outline of the Dvd:

1. How To Instantly Figure Out Chords To Simple Melodies
(How to put chords behind certain notes)
A. Determine The Melody
B. Harmonize The Melody
C. Adding The Bass

2. Songs You'll Be Playing Right Away
A. Kumbayah, Jesus Love Me
B. Wheels On The Bus, Mary's Lamb

3. Inversions
(Different Ways To Play Chords

4. Primary Chords
( I IV V )

5. Exercises

6. Bass Techniques

I highly recommend this Dvd for those who want to play without sheet music!


This Dvd will teach you everything you need to know to get started playing basic hymns and congregational songs by ear. If you're a beginner and would like your very own gospel piano teacher on dvd, this course is definitely for you! This dvd course moves at a very comfortable pace and leaves no questions unanswered.

Step One: Determining the Melody

Step Two: Harmonizing the Melody

Step Three: Adding the Bass

These three steps are not super complicated theories that require several years of experience. In fact, they were designed for the total beginner with absolutely no musical experience.

What most people don't understand is that most songs follow patterns. If you've been mistakenly learning songs, one by one, you're only exercising your ability to MEMORIZE chords --- and that's exactly why it takes SO LONG to learn just one song.


If you concentrate on LEARNING PATTERNS, you'll never go wrong because songs are built on repeating patterns. You should NEVER
EVER have to memorize over 100 songs when they all share the same exact CHORDS, PROGRESSIONS, AND PATTERNS.

Click Here, GospelKeys101

* Learn To Play Piano By Ear Harmonizing Melodies With Chords

This harmonization scale technique that I've learned from this "Gospel Keys 101" DVD has helped me A LOT to instantly play songs by ear. Anyone can pick up a melody, but learning how to harmonize it with chords. After I learned the "Harmonization Scale" from this video, I was surprised how quickly I put chords and bass to the melody, resulting in full-sounding songs. This Harmonization Scale is also taught in their best selling 300 pg piano course:

Click Here, 300 Page Piano Course

* Gospel Keys 101: The Secret To Playing Hymns!

The GospelKeysTM 101 Series dvd course will teach you everything you need to know to get started playing basic hymns and congregational songs. I will show you, step-by-step, how to harmonize every single tone of the major scale. AND since songs are based on melodies (and melodies are based on major scales), you'll be able to harmonize MOST songs.

Sara Bareilles Love Song- Tutorial

Sara Bareilles: Love Song l LadyDpiano.com

"Sara Beth Bareilles is a Grammy Nominated American singer-songwriter and pianist. She achieved mainstream success in 2007 with the hit single "Love Song", which brought her into the number one spot on the Billboard Pop 100 chart."


How to play Love Song by Sara Bareilles on Piano / Keyboard

Sara Bareilles - Love Song - Free Sheet Music Riff


Free Piano Sheet Music to Love Song- Sara Bareilles


Sara Bareilles- Love Song Lyrics
A great tune!


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Mathematical Patterns In Music

Mark Van Doren said "The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery".

* Rhythm Patterns

Karen Sawyers and Janet Hutson-Brandhagen observe...

"Music is organized in mathematical ways: its melodies, rhythms, and harmonies are built on recurring mathematical patterns and sequences. To children, music is play in every sense of the word. In addition, early experiences with music that are successful and fun prepare children to be successful in other areas of learning, particularly math in their own way and in their own time."

The impact of music on the development of reasoning skills instrumental in math problem solving is great.

Music Patterns


Mathematical patterns In Music


Arpeggio Chord Pattern


Broken Chord Pattern


Double Chord Pattern


Root Chord Pattern


Rhythmic Patterns


Breakthrough Study Proves Music Instruction
Vastly Increases A Child's Intelligence...

University of California, Irvine:

Music lessons strengthen the links between brain neurons and actually build new pathways between the neurons improving spatial reasoning according to a study conduced by Psychologist Frances Rauscher at University of California, Irvine.

The study compared pre-schoolers who took as little as 15 minutes per week of music/keyboard instruction with contemporaries who received no extra-curricular musical education. After a short eight-month period Rausher's data concluded. The results are astonishing:

A 46% increase in IQ is prevalent in the study group that received music/keyboard instruction!

Rauscher is so convinced that musical instruction is vital to the cognitive development of children that she shared her findings at a gathering of her American Psychologist Association colleagues, "Music instruction can improve a child's spatial intelligence for long periods of time - perhaps permanently." She added, "If parents can't afford lessons, they should at least buy a musical keyboard, or sing regularly with their kids and involve them in musical activities."

This study and many others like it confirm that musical instruction - in particular Keyboard instruction simply makes our kids smarter.

Love Story- Taylor Swift

My piano students #1 choice to play piano by ear this new year is Taylor Swift's
"Love Story". It's a beautiful arrangement in the Key of D and modulates to E...

Love Story-Taylor Swift vid+tutorial horsegirl15

Love Story Sheet Music


Love Story- Taylor Swift Chord Chart
Intro: C G Am F
We were both young when i first saw you
I close my eyes and the flashback starts
Am F
I'm standing there on a balcony of summer air
See the lights, See the party the ball gowns
I see you make your way through the crowd
You say hello
Little did I know
That you were romeo you were throwing pebbles
Am C
And my daddy said stay away from Juliet
And i was crying on the staircase
G Am C
Begging you please don't go, and I said
Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone
I'll be waiting all theres left to do is run
You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess
Its a love story baby just say yes
So I sneak out to the garden to see you
We keep quite because we're dead if they know
So close your eyes
Let's keep this down for a little while
Cause you were Romeo I was a scarlet letter
Am C
and my daddy said stay away from Juliet
But you were everything to me
G Am C
and I was begging you please don't go and I said
Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone
I'll be waiting all there's left to do is run
You be the prince I'll be the princess
Its a love story baby just say yes
Romeo save me, try to tell me how it is
This love is difficult, but its real,
Save me from the breakdown, make it out of looseness
Its a love story baby just say yes, oh
Solo: C G Am F
Am F C G
I got tired of waiting, wondering if you were ever coming around
Am F
My faith in you was fading
Then I met you on the outskirts of town and I said
Romeo save me I've been feeling so alone
I keep waiting for you but you never come
Is this in my head, I don't know what to think
He nelt to the ground and pulled out a ring and said
Marry me Juliet you'll never have to be alone
I love you and thats all I really know
I talked to your dad go pick out a white dress
It's a love story baby just say yes
D A Bm
Oh, oh, yes
We were very young when I first saw you


Taylor Swift - CMA awards 2008 - Love Story

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Warm Up Exercises

Exercises to warm up hands before piano playing was never meant to be boring!
I personally have Willie's dvd on warmups and highly recommend it. Have a listen:

Learn the piano - warmups and improvisation - jazz piano

Learn my warm-up and improvisation routine to build your independence and creativity at your instrument.

* 5 Finger Major Scales Exercises

* Major Scales- 2 octaves

* Harmonic minor scale- 2 octaves

* Quartal Exercise- play quartals with both hands one octave apart

* C7, D7 E7 F7 A7 & B7 arpeggio

* Chromatic scale exercise
Here's How to Add Maturity to Your Piano Playing Style!

* Contrary Motion Exercises

Easy Jazz Piano Lessons from JazzPianoLessons.com

Benefits- Improves the quality of piano playing

Piano-Yoga says, "When people just start to play the piano or don’t play regularly, their fingers remain weak. It takes years of regular practice to establish strength in the muscles that work fingers and hands."


"Just as an athlete needs to warm up properly before more serious exertion, a musician needs to warm up before playing or singing all-out. Players of different instruments utilize different types of warm-ups and can learn a great deal from the way they are structured."
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Holly Cole Trio - I Can See Clearly Now

"Holly Cole (born November 25, 1963 in Halifax, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian jazz singer, particularly popular in Canada and Japan for her versatile voice and her adventurous repertoire, which spans such divergent genres as show tunes, rock, and country music."


Holly Cole Trio - I Can See Clearly Now

The classic tune, originally written and performed by Johnny Nash.

Listen to the piano later on in the song.

Chords to I Can See Clearly Now


Ab Bb


Bb Eb Bb Eb Bb
I can see clearly now the rain is gone, well
Bb Eb F
I can see all obstacles in my way, yeah
Bb Eb Bb
Gone have the dark clouds that used to make me blind
Ab Eb Bb
It's gonna be a bright, (bright) bright, (bright) sun shiny day
Ab Eb Bb
Oh I can see a bright, (bright) oh a little bright, now (bright) sun shiny day


I think I can make it now that the rain is gone, yes I can
All of the bad feelings have disappeared.
Here is the rainbow I have been praying for.
Well, It's gonna be a bright, (bright) bright, (bright) sun shiny day
Oh it's gonna be a bright, (bright) bright, (bright) sun shiny day


C# Ab
Well, look all around, there's nothing but blue skies
C# F
Why don't you just a- look straight ahead, there's nothing but blue skies

solo over verse chords


C# Ab
Yes, look all around, there is nothing but blue skies
C# F
Why don't you look straight ahead, there's nothing but blue skies

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way, don't worry!
Gone have all the dark clouds that used to make me blind.
Oh, I see it bright, (bright) bright, (bright) sun shiny day, yes I do
It's gonna be a bright, (bright) bright, (bright) sun shiny day

fade out

Ray Charles - I Can See Clearly Now

More from the Holly Cole Trio

Holly Cole - Little Boy Blue

Holly, David Piltch, and Dougie Bowne perform "Little Boy Blue" live in 1995.

Take Five- Dave Brubeck

A song that I play over and over and can't get it out of my head (because of it's famous groove) is Take Five. Are you familiar with the song?

"David Warren Brubeck (born December 6, 1920 in Concord, California[1]), better known as Dave Brubeck, is an American jazz pianist. Regarded as a jazz icon, he has written a number of jazz standards, including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke". Brubeck's style ranges from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother's attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

His long-time musical partner, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, wrote the Dave Brubeck Quartet's most famous piece, "Take Five", which is in 5/4 time and has endured as a jazz classic."


The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five (1961)
Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Joe Morello and Gene Wright

Take Five With Carolyn Lee Jones


* Dave Brubeck Take Five Free Sheet Music Riff
"Dave Brubeck's classic, Take 5 uses only two chords throughout, for both the main melody and the subsequent improvisations. It's in a minor key (we've chosen F here, but the original the more challenging Eb) and the whole piece rocks back and forth between chords I and V of the scale - F and C, only instead of the traditional major chord on the fifth, we have instead a minor 7th."


Here's the vamp you hear over and over in this famous song.... love it!

It's in the Key of Gb, with a 5/4 meter :

Ebm and Bbm7 (that's it!)

(Gb - Bb - Eb ) / Eb and ( F - Ab - Db ) / Bb


* Take Five Sheet Music
Look inside this title
Take Five - Piano Solo - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com
Take Five - Piano Solo By Dave Brubeck Quartet, composed by Paul Desmond. Single for solo piano. Eb Minor. 4 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (AP.0158TSMX)
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* Free Take Five mp3


* Take Five Midi


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