Playing the Piano
The piano is a musical instrument known for its beautiful sound. However, lot of time and effort needs to be invested in learning how to play it. Areas of piano study have to be mastered if at all a person intends on being a skillful player. Discussed below are some of the aspects that have to be learnt.
Advanced piano lessons
Once a person has mastered the basic piano skills consisting of keyboard familiarity, how the fingers fit and move on the keys, preparations may be made to engage in advanced piano lessons. They consists of learning advanced piano chords, techniques, music theory, scales, among others.
Piano glissando notation
Composers occasionally liven piano pieces by adding note combinations that add elegance to the music. A glissando is one of the methods used to make the music more interesting. It entails fast-sliding across several keys on the keyboard. A right-hand glissando can be achieved by placing a thumb on a high C note and dragging it across the keys very quickly till the bottom of the keyboard. This effect is notated with a wavy line and the abbreviation “gliss” placed at the starting note, with the specific ending note being shown at the other end of the wavy line.
An interval refers to the distance between two tones. It identifies and builds notes in a melody. It is measured by assessing the number of half-steps and whole-steps between two notes. There are two kinds of piano intervals, a melodic interval which is the distance between two tones played after each other, and a harmonic interval which is the distance between two tones played at the same time. There are several ways of classifying them. One of them is known as a major interval, and it is determined by measuring a major second, third, sixth or seventh, by matching the second, third, sixth, or seventh notes on the major scale, and counting half steps from the root note. A minor interval is made by reducing its...