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The chord chart for what I play could be the same for accompanying a number of different artists, but how I voice those chords may be radically different depending on the music. To illustrate that, Examples 1-5 present the same eight-bar chord progression in a variety of contexts — proof positive that the same chord can sound completely different depending on how you voice it.

Natalia H.
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music, music theory, piano Although I was classically trained, I do not limit my students to Classical music. I encourage all genres of music.
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Guitar, Bass, Piano, Songwriting, Performance, Music Theory, Rock, Pop, Country, Blues, R&B, Jazz, Funk, Classical, Folk
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I have been trained as a teacher at the Manhattan School of Music and by Madeline Bruser, author of the highly acclaimed book, The Art of Practicing. There was tremendous focus put into communication with the student and listening to his/her needs, reading music fluently, playing with minimum tension/maximum efficiency (knowing how to move with ease while achieving the sound the student desires), listening techniques at the piano, and learning to play with confidence and joy. I have a profess…
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Using terminology that gets the message across to each student. Every one of them are different. It may take a while to figure them out but when you do things start to come together.
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Manhattan School of Music - Music - 9/94-5/96 (Master's degree received) Manhattan School of Music - Music - 9/88-5/93 (Bachelor's degree received) Laguardia H.S of the Arts - Music - 9/85-6/88 (not complete)
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I specialize in combination lessons such as guitar and voice lessons with a focus on songwriting. I can also help violinists who wants to transfer their knowledge of theory to guitar or piano and vice versa. We can incorporate recording techniques into any lesson.
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As a professional musician, I have worked with 7 voice teachers and 7 piano teachers. I have developed my own understanding how to work with students in many different levels through my career. My piano students can develop discipline, respect, patience, and appreciation through our piano lessons. I strongly believe this is what education about. Singing is very physical, and many techniques can be explained by how our bodies react through singing. I emphasis on more practical work. If my voic…
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My specialty is Electric Bass and Upright Bass. I teach and have performed professionally, a variety musical styles with special interests in Jazz, Funk, R&B, Pop, Rock, Latin, and Classical. I work out of the Simandl Method For The Double Bass Books 1&2. For electric bass i use a variety of Berklee Press Bass books. Aside from bass, I play piano very well and teach out of the Berklee Press Basic Keyboard 1&2 Books. For music production I have hands on digital audio workstation assignments fo…
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The Chord Doctor - Expand Your Chordal Command

by Clifford Carter

You hear that the government is contemplating another multi-billion dollar stimulus package. That’s an intimidating number I can’t even digest. A much kinder, gentler number is 12 — the number of notes in the chromatic scale. This month, we’ll scratch the surface of combining those notes into chord colors appropriate for different styles of music.

The chord chart for what I play could be the same for accompanying a number of different artists, but how I voice those chords may be radically different depending on the music. To illustrate that, Examples 1-5 present the same eight-bar chord progression in a variety of contexts — proof positive that the same chord can sound completely different depending on how you voice it. Example 6 gives you hands-on practice material to start expanding your chord comfort zone. The ultimate goal is that regardless of whatever curve the music throws you, you can choose your next voicing without overthinking.

One last thing: Notice the simple left hand parts in the bass clefs throughout. It’s good to practice more than one thing at a time, and you don’t want an idle hand. By playing a bass line, you give the right hand a musical context, while developing hand independence. You’re also working on your timing, and making what could be a somewhat tedious exercise a bit more fun and musical.

Click the sheet music thumbnails for super-size versions suitable for playing! Click the example headers for audio clips.

kb0210 Plat It Chord Doc 1 Ex. 1 - click for audio. Here’s an eight-bar progression I’d play on, say, the first verse of a Patti Scialfa song. It’s simple and sparse with not a lot of movement — a nice bed. All chords are either triads or four-note chords with one of the triad’s notes doubled. The exceptions are bars 3 and 6, where I’m just playing the root and fifth in each hand. Why? Because Nils Lofgren is next to me playing some fat, soulful chords unique to the guitar, and I want to get out of his harmonic space. By eliminating thirds at that moment, it avoids any clashes or unnecessary doubling.

0210 Play It Chord Doc 2 Ex. 2 - click for audio . I’d play in the second verse with more character and rhythmic action. By simply using the ninth of each chord, we get a new sound, moving the piano a little more to the forefront.

0210 Play It Chord Doc 3 Ex. 3 - click for audio . In this variation on Example 2, I add the fourth in addition to the ninth. It’s similar in style but adds new harmonic identity. This style of adding fourths and ninths (or “twos and fours”) is very guitar-like, and a signature sound of guitar bands like the Byrds and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Many pianists have taken cues from guitar-oriented voicings when playing triad-based music. Listen to Elton John, Billy Joel, Matt Rollings, and the E Street Band’s Roy Bittan to get these new sounds into your hands and ears.

0210 Play It Chord Doc 4 Ex. 4 - click for audio. Here’s the same basic progression, played with a gospel or R&B style. I recently played in the Baltimor...

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