Lesson 2: How to Play Piano | G Major Scale

Hello my fellow musicians,

This week, we continue with our piano lessons. Now that you know your musical alphabet, your correct fingering, and how to play a C Major scale, it’s time to move on to the black keys.

The black keys represent all the sharp and flat notes. If you play middle C and then go up a whole step to the next white key, you’ll play a D natural. But what is that black note in between C and D? It’s the half step pitch called C sharp (C#). You may also call this note a D flat (Db). In the video I explain why this key (along with others) have two names and when to call it by it’s proper name.

I recommend practicing daily in small amounts (15-30 minutes) over once or twice a week for 2 hours. The constant movements will make your hands more loose and you will gain accuracy and speed.

As always, I’m here to help. If you’re having trouble or have a question, just ask.

Happy Practicing!

-Michael

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How to Play Piano for Beginners

Hello my fellow musicians. This week we are learning how to play piano. I have heard countless times people tell me they always wanted to learn to play. Many of them have furnished pianos in their homes but, never learned how to play them.

For others, they just want to pick up an inexpensive keyboard. The great thing is, it doesn’t matter if you have a baby grand in your home or a small Casio keyboard. If you’ve never played piano but always wanted to, then watch this video.

This video is an instructional piano lesson for absolute beginners. Here I teach you the 3 main things you need to know to start playing today. In less than 10 minutes, you will learn the keys on the piano, the musical alphabet, what an octave is, and how to play a C Major scale.

All piano’s and keyboards vary in size. I show you how to navigate all piano’s so you can start on your specific piano today!

Questions? I’m happy to answer any and all questions. Just leave them in the comment section below.

-Michael

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How to play Cold Sweat by James Brown on the Drums

It’s time to get funky!

 

In this video, I show you how to play Cold Sweat by James Brown on the drums. Clyde Stubblefield is a fantastic drummer! He always seems to have that perfect feel of when to stay in the pocket and when to really funk things up. The real secret here is in the high hat.

I show you how you can build the beat from the ‘bottom up’ in this video. I feel the most challenging part of this beat is knowing when to open and close the high hat while playing the syncopated rhythm. This beat is for intermediate drummers and can be learned by practicing it slowly and then bringing it up to tempo.

For all my musician friends who read music, here is the breakdown of the main beat. The entire beat itself is a two measure pattern that repeats.

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  • High Hat – All eight notes. Open high hat on beats 1, and of 3, and of 1, and of 3.
  • Snare – Attack on beats 2, then a ghost note on the last 16th note in beat 2 as in 2e+a, the and of 4, then on beats 2 and 4 in the second measure.
  • Bass Drum – Attack on beats 1, 3+, 1+, 3+.

I hope this helps! Have fun with it and good luck!

-Michael

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How to Sing When You’re Sick

Hello singers. We are on the cusp of a new season. As exciting as it is to get out of this snowy, cold Winter and into Spring, we have to be on the defense. We all have to be more careful to avoid getting sick. In addition to our bodies getting used to the warmer weather, many of us suffer from Spring and Summer allergies. For those who take medicine to counter act the allergies, be aware that most brands dry out your whole nasal passage and your voice. This makes it harder to sing and sound like your singing-self.

I hope no one reading this gets sick or suffers from allergies. But, odds are it will happen. So, to avoid getting sick and/or reduce your suffering from allergies, try this 4 step combination:

  1. Sleep – 7 to 9 hours at least 5 days a week
  2. Hydrate – Drink water (60-100 ounces daily). Your age, size, gender, and activity level is the reason for that 40 ounce difference.
  3. Exercise – Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, 4 days a week. Anything that gets your heart rate pumping,(140-160BPM) is a great target zone.
  4. Sterilize – Mom always made you wash up before dinner for a reason. Our hands come in contact with so many things throughout the day that can make you sick. Make sure you wash your hands often. (Thanks Mom).

Doing these 4 things will GREATLY reduce your chances of becoming sick. However, we can be on the defense all we want and still sometimes find ourselves sick. In this video, I offer remedies to help you get you feeling like yourself again as quickly as possible. If you have a gig coming up and you are sick, I urge you to watch this video. Through so much research and trial and error, this stuff works the best for me. I hope you find it does the same for you too.

Links to the products in this video:

I wish you all a healthy Spring.

-Michael

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Kaleidoscope Heart Cover

I hope you like vocal harmonies. Kaleidoscope Heart by Sara Bareilles has always been a favorite of mine. It’s short and to the point and filled with great a capella harmonies.

I wanted to challenge my vocal range. So, I sang and recorded all the vocal harmonies from bass to soprano. It was fun and challenging at the same time. For those of you who know the original, you probably noticed I changed up some parts to put my own stamp on the song. I stayed true to her version in the beginning and modified it towards the end.

For those interested in hearing all the vocal parts, watch the video with ear buds or play through a stereo. If you’re listening on a laptop, tablet,or phone you won’t get the full audio spectrum.

Thanks for watching!

-Michael

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