Saturday, June 23, 2007

Amazing Technique for New Age Piano Lets You Create Rich Harmonic Backgrounds

When I first heard the piece "Rain" by George Winston I was blown away. Here was a solo piano piece that sounded so rich and full, you could swear more than one person was playing it. Yet it's just one man on one piano.

When Winston released his video, I got to see how he did it. It all has to do with the left hand. He uses the left hand to create a beautiful ostinato pattern. But this is no ordinary pattern. The secret to how he gets his sound is in the thumb.

You see he moves the thumb back and forth past an octave to add in more notes. Not too complicated once you understand how it's done.

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