Monday, April 23, 2012

Lesson #11: Melodic Shell Voicings

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You may want to review Lesson #10 before moving on.

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Tips for practicing this exercise.

Step 1: Play the exercise slowly (80bpm or less) with both hands. Be sure you can play the entire etude effortlessly before moving on.

Step 2: Play the left hand shell voicings while simultaneously singing and playing the right hand melody.

Step 3: Play the left hand shell voicings and sing the melody.

Step 4 (optional): Sing the melody alone and away from your instrument.

This reminds me of a story one of my teachers told me about asking Barry Harris how he practiced. Barry answered, "You've got to learn to the play the piano in your mind!" You're not always going to have your instrument available, but that doesn't always mean you can't practice. Being able to hear and sing accurately will allow you to practice anywhere, anytime, regardless of if you have your instrument available.

Feel free to leave a comment or message me with ideas for future lessons.

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