Kyle Clark

Art of Music #4- Feel

The combined features of a piece of music cause listeners to feel certain ways. Movies use this knowledge to set the mood for the scene with music. Performers judge the crowd’s energy and adjust their song order. Composers dive into their lyrics and fashion music to surround the words with the right mood.  As an …

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Art of Music #3- Build up / Break down

Music tells its story over time. Artists can send their listeners on a journey through build ups and break downs. Some songs start soft and slow and build in intensity throughout the composition. Others start with a bang and power thru until a middle section where they get soft and rebuild to the finale. There …

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Art of Music #2- Repetition

In the art of music, the sequence of the sounds plays a large role on the listener’s experience. REPETITION is a powerful way to relax, build tension, and set listeners up for surprises. Music is a balancing act between tension and release between singer and band, chord and melody, loud and soft, and ultimately: repetition …

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Art of Music #1 – Volume

In the technical pursuit of learning to play an instrument it is easy to forget the ART of music. Just like painters, cinematographers, sculptors and the like, musicians have a responsibility to themselves and their craft to delve into the mystic. In my humble opinion, this is where 90% of music misses the mark. The …

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Music Theory #6 – Dominant Seventh Chords

dominant 7th chords

Answers for the minor triads: To complete the three most used/useful types of chords we must learn DOMINANT SEVENTH CHORDS. Seventh chords are 4 note chords and the name comes from the fact that when you spell them out you use the 1,3,5, and 7 of the scale. While there are many different types of …

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Music Theory #5 – Minor Triads

minor chords lesson

Here are the answers for major triads from the last lesson. Make sure you’ve used these sounds before you try to learn about the next chord, otherwise you will be full of knowledge but not full of music. MINOR TRIADS are built with three notes just like the major triads. Most people simply call them …

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Music Theory #4 – Major Triads

Here are the correct notes to the major scales. Hopefully you found the right answers and can understand any corrections you need to make. Your best bet now is to print out this sheet and throw away the handwritten one so you for sure have every note listed correctly.  Our next step is going to …

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Music Theory #3 – Major Scales

Major Scales for Piano Lessons

Using what we’ve learned in the previous 2 lessons about the MUSICAL ALPHABET, and HALF-STEPS and WHOLE-STEPS, we can now build MAJOR SCALES. Major scales are 7 notes that can be shuffled around to build  harmonies (a guitar chord) and melodies (your favorite singing part).  Knowing all the major scales (even if they are just …

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