The Musicarta Canon Project
New Chords and Melodies
Using different inversions of the chords in a chord sequence often prompts quite different arrangements. In addition, chord tones can be divided between the hands in any number of different ways, and the rhythmic textures that can be used are practically infinite. Module Fourteen of the Musicarta Canon Project explores some of these possibilities.
The Musicarta Canon Project is now available as an e-book digital download and on CD-ROM. These skeleton Canon Project web pages are being left on the internet as an expanded Table of Contents, so you can see how much you’ll benefit from purchasing the Canon Project.
To give you the best chance of evaluating the Musicarta Canon Project, you can download the MIDI files for these free-to-view Canon Project web pages. File reference numbers are shown, where applicable, in the right hand audio player table cells.
To play your MIDI files, download MidiPiano here. Learn more about MidiPiano on the Musicarta MidiPiano page. You can also play the MIDI files as basic audio in most media players.
Pachelbel’s Canon is in the key of D major scale. Click through here for a thorough D major refresher course.
Listen to this version of the Canon chord sequence. The triads have moved into the left hand:
This is an important step for you, because if you are playing in a band with a bass player, your left hand will become more mid-range, and your right hand more of a soloist.
There’s a step-by-step work-through showing how the Canon chords can evolve into this new arrangement. Working through processes step by step is called ‘modelling’ a skill, and makes it your own much securely than just hearing about it and knowing it mentally.
The ‘aural’ (playing-by-ear) component of this module applies the Module Thirteen technique to the melody line example – stripped of its syncopation, to start with:
The syncopated features of the second and third choruses of the module performance are dealt with so you can bring them into your own performances, and the riff is finally transposed into both G and C.
Module Fourteen is a 'consolidation' module, exploring new examples of what you’ve learned before. Module Fourteen tasks are of a high level but achievable because they build on what you already know. The module represents a substantial workload – you would expect to take several weeks to work through it.
Teaching material for these crucial creative keyboard skills is not readily available. If you think the Musicarta Canon Project might be for you, get on board now!
Because returning digital goods ‘in the original packaging’ is an impossibility, Musicarta does not offer a ‘money back’ guarantee (except in the case of faulty goods). Every effort has been made to ensure you know what is in the Musicarta Canon Project before you purchase – go through the skeleton modules carefully before deciding if this is the study programme for you.
The Musicarta Canon Project isn’t a ‘Learn To Play The Piano In Six Easy Lessons’ course, but it is a multi-level study programme. You can happily ‘skip the theory stuff’ and come away with bags of keyboard ‘smarts’ in record time. But beware – some of that theory might rub off on you!
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