Thursday, July 24, 2008

New Piano Lesson Shows You How to Develop a Theme!

I just posted a new lesson to my piano lessons site titled "Gift of Rain." I show students how to take 2-bars of melody and turn it into a small ABA composition.

Composition is the art of repetition and contrast. I first learned this from composer Aaron Copeland in one of his books. It seemed like such an easy explanation. Easy in theory yes, but not so easy to put into practice.

Anyway, in the lesson, I show students how to flesh out the first 8-bars quickly using a few chords.

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