Canon in D piano
THE MUSICARTA CANON PROJECT
- MODULE THREE -
Triads in the Treble
Good modern keyboard players instinctively play three-note chords (triads) in the right hand with the melody note at the top. In Module Three of the Musicarta Canon Project you add a note to the right hand thirds to make triads in the treble. Here is a sample audio performance, showing what can be done with the triads you will learn.
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.
Great care is taken throughout the Musicarta Canon Project not to assume too much background understanding, and to move forward step by step explaining everything along the way. Three-note chords are particularly tricky – it’s difficult to keep track of where the notes go when the chord changes, so you go back a step and learn them using two hands first.
First, you revise the thirds:
Then you learn the new, bottom, line of notes:
Only then do you put the hands together:
Then you start adding rhythmic textures:
Dividing the notes between the hands differently (two left, one right) makes more advanced variations possible:
You can hear your performance is starting to sound like the classical Canon recordings, and the Canon Project comes with practice-speed backing tracks so you’re always able to enjoy playing on your own.
If you’re working with a teacher or duetting with a more experience pianist, a collection of secondo (bass) duet variations is also available.
Most Canon Project modules have a Study Tip to help keep your learning efficient! This module’s Study Tip takes you through using your backing tracks effectively in conjunction with your usual computer media player and 'Audacity', Musicarta’s recommended (free!) audio editor/player.
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