Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Easily Create Music Using the Open Position Piano Chord!

Chords. They're amazing. There's no doubt about it. Especially when it comes to piano playing and the Open Position Chord. Here we can use both hands to create music with.

The chord is broken up into its main elements and its voicing is spread out which gives it a nice open sound. The sound that's perfect for the New Age style.

To use the OPC requires little more than fingering the chord itself because once the chord is played, music comes out. All that's required now is to be able to experiment with the sounds and textures. It's absolutely critical that the thinking mind stop and feeling be allowed to come to the front.

This is possible by adopting an attitude of abeyance. Not being concerned with what's coming out of you.

For example in the video "Meditation Music" (which is actually Lesson 56 from my online piano course) I use the OPC to create a gentle mood. How? By first allowing myself to get in right-brain mode, then letting my fingers do the walking!

I know what the chords are, I know that I'll be using the OPC. I then let it all go and let my feeling lead me to where it wants to go and this always leads to the ideal music.


  1. I just simply love this meditation piece! It brings peace to the soul and comfort. The sounds of the birds in the background is so, "New Age." This is the style of music that is played in the massage spa that I go to.

    How was this piece put together in the studio? I believe you used a few tracks. One for the bird background, another for the piano, strings, etc. I would love to create a piece similar to this one for my next Gospel album. Using the inspiration of scripture to motivate my spirit.

    Can I get some assistance on this? Where do I get the bird backgrounds and strings,royalty free or for a small price?


  2. Your music is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it.

    - Chas