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Lesson #9 - Rhythm
Learning Songs With Sheet Music
It's nice to be able to play piano by ear and read sheet music at a competent level. In this course I'm going to teach you how to do both.
Once I learned how to play piano by ear, I stopped reading sheet music for a long time.
I never really enjoyed playing the piano when all I could do was read sheet music -- probably because it took weeks for me to learn a single song.
When my students understand the benefits of being able to play by ear and read sheet music, they really get on board with what I'm trying to teach them.
What does it mean to transcribe music?
Transcribing music is the act of notating a solo or song from an audio recording. I won't say transcribing music is easy, but at the same time, it's not that hard. With a few simple techniques, anyone can learn how to play by ear.
A note-for-note transcription is an exact reproduction of the melody, chords and rhythms in any given song.
Rhythm Exercise #1
Parts 2 through 5 in this lesson will all be rhythm exercises using the Overhead Keyboard View playback function.
Since you will be relying on your ear quite a bit throughout this course, the next 4 rhythm exercises have been designed to help you develop your ear to hear complicated rhythms in small portions.
Your job is to listen and then play the rhythm using the same key on your piano. These first 4 exercises are fairly simple, but they will get progressively more complicated in later lessons.
Rhythm Exercise #2
Click the video below to see and hear Rhythm Exercise #2.
Rhythm Exercise #3
Click the video below to see and hear Rhythm Exercise #3.
Rhythm Exercise #4
Click the video below to see and hear Rhythm Exercise #4.
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