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The Chord Doctor - Expand Your Chordal Command Tampa FL

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.

Andrew H.
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Opera Voice, Singing, Piano, Music Theory, Theatrical Broadway Singing
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7 to 99
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As a singer, I have equal experience in singing Musical theater, Christian Worship, and Classical Singing. I believe that good expressive technique is the foundation of all singing and this does not vary from style. It is the tone and vibrato that change from style to style. As far as piano, I am both an improvisatory pianist and a classical pianist. I have given lesson to students using the three hand method to develop students skills playing off of chords. I have also worked with students …
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Satellite High School - General - 2001-2005 (High School diploma received) University of South Florida - Music Composition - 2005-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
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Emily R.
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Tampa, FL
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Music Theory, Songwriting, Music Performance, Piano
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I am partial to hymn arrangements and to the Romantic period composers such as Chopin and Rachmaninoff. I teach music by both detail and big picture; history plays such a part in music, and I teach my students the history along with the music and theory.
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University of South Florida - Interpersonal and Organizational Communication - 2004-2008 (Bachelor's degree received) University of South Florida - Minor in Music Academic Studies - 2004-2008 (Degree received)
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Bay View Dr.
Safety Harbor, FL
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Music Theory, Trombone, Songwriting, Music Performance, Tuba, Singing, Piano, Trumpet
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1 to 99
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All styles of music and performance. (jazz/Classical,Pop, etc)
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North Stafford High - General Ed - 1992-1995 (High School diploma received) Radford University - Music - 1195-2000 (Bachelor's degree received) FIU/ - Jazz Edu - 2001-2002 (not complete)
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Zlatina A.
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49th Street North,
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Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Music Performance, Singing
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High Scool of Music - Piano - 1993-1998 (degree received) National Academy of Music - Music education - 1998-2003 (degree received) National Academy of Music - Choir conducting - 1998-2004 (degree received)
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Preston B.
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Lockwood Ridge Rd
Sarasota, FL
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Music Theory, Percussion, Music Performance, Piano, Drums, Music Recording
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5 to 99
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Jazz, Rock, Latin, Orchestral, Band, Classical, rudimental drum line
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University of South Florida - Percussion Performance/ Music Composition/ Electronic Music - Fall 2006 - Spring 2010 (Bachelor's degree received) Alan Abel Percussion Seminar at Temple University - Percussion - 5/16/10 - 5/22/10 (Degree received)
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Brandon, FL
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Singing, Classical Guitar, Piano, Guitar, Music Theory
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Barry University - Music - 8/25/2005-12/19/2009 (Bachelor's degree received) Barry University - Biology - 8/25/2005-12/19/2009 (not complete)
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Lisa F.
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Lafayette Place
Lutz, FL
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Music Theory, Piano, Music Performance
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3 to 99
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I specialize in teaching classical and popular repertoire. I have taught other styles as well as improvisation. I utilize a student centered approach structuring lessons to suit each student's individual goals.
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University of Southern Mississippi - Counseling Psychology - 1/88-12/89 (Master's degree received) Loyola University - Music and Psychology - 8/83-5/84 and 8/86-12/87 (Bachelor's degree received) New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) And Andrew Jackson High School - Piano and College Preparatoy Classes - 8/82-5/83 and 8/79-5/83 (High School diploma received)
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drew st
Clearwater, FL
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Guitar, Drums, Songwriting, Bass Guitar, Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Percussion
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5 to 99
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I have taught mostly rock and classical genres for piano, guitar, drums. Vocally, I teach Rnb, broadway, pop,, top 100.
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SUNY Old Westbury - Elementary Education - 1/00-5/03 (Bachelor's degree received) Dowling University - Literacy Education - 9/04-1/06 (Master's degree received)
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Norwood Place
Clearwater, FL
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Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Piano, Guitar, Banjo, Music Theory
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5 to 99
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Guitar and Bass: Beg. to Advanced banjo and piano: Beg. - intermediate All Styles (except Flamenco) to include Folk, Acoustic Fingerstyle, Rock, Punk, Blues, Country, Church, Bluegrass, Soul, Ragtime and Classical.
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Excelsior College - Psychology - 1984-1986 (Bachelor's degree received) University of Maryland - Liberal arts - 1981-1983 (Associate degree received)
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Miami, FL
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Guitar, Singing, Bass Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Music Theory, Classical Guitar, Cello, Upright Bass, Piano, Songwriting, Music Performance, Drums, Music Recording
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5 to 99
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My classical training began in High School with Influences in Segovia, and Romero I studied classical for 4 yrs. and trained in Jazz and Improvisation with performances In Big Band and group ensemble. Also sang and played in the school gospel choir.
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Miami-Dade College - Music Education - 2004-2006 (Degree received)
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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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