Here’s ‘Mariaan’ on YouTube.
The ‘Mariaan’ digital home study pack builds your performance of this lovely solo with written music and audio and virtual-keyboard performance files for every step along the way. Everything you need to get a complete performance into your repertoire – and pave the way for future hours of creative keyboard pleasure!
For more extended‘riff approach to music theory’ work-books, check out the Musicarta Key Chords, canon Project and Pyramids Variations ‘Find out more’ links in the right hand column, and read the descriptions below.
Musicarta Key Chords Volume 1
The third Musicarta keyboard creativity home study download – Musicarta Key Chords Volume 1 is now available.
‘Key Chords’ aims to make playing chords as easy and natural for the keyboard player as it is for the popular styles guitarist. It tells you which chords go together, and why – the six chords you can make out of the notes of a major scale. It tells you which of these chords you should learn first – the ‘Big Three’ (I, IV and V) major chords plus your ‘first choice’ minor vi (Six) chord, and it shows you the best way to learn them – step by step, in respectably groovy practice riffs!
The download consists of a 150-page illustration-rich PDF, all accompanying audio and MIDI files, the MidiPiano virtual keyboard app (Windows version) to play the MIDI files, drum backing tracks and a folder of relevant flashcards.
The Musicarta Canon Project
Pachelbel’s Canon in D major is the ideal place to start learning about chords and how to play a chord sequence - and a great introduction to the Musicarta way of doing things! The Canon's simple key chords repeat predictably under melodic figures, providing ideal material for learning about harmony, melody writing and improvisation.
Familiar and delightful, the Canon chord sequence forms the basis of numerous other pieces of popular music, and you will be able to apply the keyboard skills and theory learnt in this series of lessons to lots of other chord sequences going forward.
Studying the Canon also provides a good opportunity to develop your musical ear. Module material coaches your recognition of the Canon chords, and, with practice, you will find yourself being able to tell just by listening what chords are being used in lots of mainstream popular music.
...with MIDI support!
Like most Musicarta material, the Canon Project comes with full MIDI support. All the musical examples in the Canon Project have accompanying MIDI files as well as audio, so if you download MidiPiano, you can see-and-hear what to play and learn even if you can't read music AT ALL!
Here's a demo:
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Of course, there's no delay waiting for the MIDI file to load or buffer! MIDI files are tiny - and so is MidiPiano. Learn more about MidiPiano on the Musicarta MidiPiano page - it's totally free!
The Enya mini-series
Enya's easy piano style and haunting Celtic melodies are a gift to the 'New Age' piano soloist. Her standard keyboard texture is simplicity itself. Click through to the Enya one-page mini-series here to catch up on it and watch the MisterMusicarta YouTube videos – you can’t fail to master these sweet, winning gems in no time at all!
Blues and 12-bar piano styles
The 12-bar blues form, in all its many guises, is one of music’s best-loved meeting places. It has practically universal appeal, and there’s hardly a pop/rock/jazz musician who can’t play along, or doesn’t wish they could!
The ’12-bar’, with its simplicity of form and driving rhythm, is an ideal musical training ground and a great warm-up for any combo music-making. The Musicarta Blues Piano Lessons series kicks off with an irresistible and familiar riff – click right through and see if you don’t recognise it straight away!
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Now with MIDI support!
As well as audio clips of the performances and thousands of helpful diagrams, you can also download free MIDI files of the Musicarta learning material and play them on MidiPiano, Musicarta's recommended 'virtual keyboard' (or similar MIDI application).
MidiPiano gives you a visual display of the music as it plays with a ‘piano roll’ representation and lighting-up keys on a virtual keyboard - watch the video demonstration above.
Full instructions for downloading and using MidiPiano and Musicarta MIDI files are available on Musicarta’s
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The Pyramids Variations
And don’t despair if you’re a complete keyboard beginner. All Musicarta material is explained in words and diagrams, audio and MIDI clips as well as written-out music manuscript .
The Pyramids Variations actually coaches you, step by step, all the way to an impressive ‘concert performance’, so you don’t actually have to read music to make real progress.
...with MIDI support!
The Pyramids Variations now has accompanying MIDI clips for download so you can actually see all the musical examples playing on MidiPiano or your favourite MIDI application.
...and there's more!
The audio performance files of a third 'Variations' section of the Pyramids Variations are now available. Develop your keyboard and improvisation skills by giving the familiar Pyramids chord sequence a number of different treatments.
Listen to these audio files on the Pyramids Variations 'Continuation Page', and see if you can rise to the challenge of 'playing it by ear'!
Chords, Chords, Chords!
...and Seventh Chords too...
Beat and Rhythm
“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!” Well-developed beat and rhythm skills are an essential qualification for the modern keyboard player. Syncopated hand and finger patterning generates great riffs from even the simplest material. Get started right away with the step-by-step Syncopation and Anticipation exercises. And don’t leave the development of your natural rhythm skills to chance. Musicarta’s series of graded tapping exercises will put your inner drummer on a body-building diet and deliver speedy benefits.
Yann Tiersen's Comptine
Jann Tiersen’s ‘Comptine’ has become a much-loved classic of its type. It’s within most players’ reach and offers many opportunities for variation and improvisation. Musicarta’s ‘Comptine’ improvisation mini-series shows you how to practice and master this little gem, which should have a permanent place in your repertoire.
...now with MIDI support!
Musicarta's Comptine improvisation mini-series now has accompanying MIDI clips for you to download. Now you can see-and-hear the musical examples and improvisations playing on MidiPiano or your favourite MIDI application, and double your progress.
The modes offer the modern popular musician an easy-to-handle alternative to conventional major/minor harmony. Some truly classic popular music chord sequences are drawn from the modal chord families. The Musicarta Musical Modes series puts compelling modal chord changes under your fingertips in minutes. An optional theoretical background module opens the series – but you can skip straight through to the riffs if you want.
Sounds - TOC
‘Sounds’ is Musicarta’s audio table of contents. Here, you can easily get a flavour of the various sections and hear the performances the individual lessons build up to. The ideal way to pick your entry level! Click through here.
‘Sources’ is Musicarta’s ultra-selective links page. It hosts links through to other musical glossaries - for further research; to similar online piano lessons sites – in case you’re not finding what you need at Musicarta; to legitimate sources of piano sheet music, and to a small but growing selection of digital music resources. Click through here.
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