Learning the bass line is essential preparation for understanding and remembering the chord sequence. Understanding chord sequences and chord symbols is essential for the creative modern keyboard player.
Module Two of the Musicarta Canon Project is a good example of how Musicarta presents material in several ways, so that your particular learning style is sure to be covered.
The bass line is presented in traditional written music manuscript:
As an audio file you can listen to and a MIDI file you can watch unfolding on MidiPiano:
As a keyboard diagram showing the actual keys used:
…and ‘conceptually’, as a graphic:
In the Musicarta Canon Project, all learning styles are covered so you’re sure to ‘get it’.
Notice also that you don’t have to know how to read music to start work building your Canon performance. In fact, with the Musicarta Canon Project you can ‘work backwards’ and start learning to read music from your ability to play the music that’s written down.
Then you will be able to put the hands together over a backing track to produce a performance like this:
You can take as much time as you need getting this performance into your repertoire – another advantage of working one your own with the Musicarta Canon Project.
Once you have mastered this simple performance, you can start trying out some of the thirds variations from Module One – but played right hand solo:
You can easily develop the bass line (left hand) a little, too:
There are more piano-and-drums backing tracks for you to practice over, too, and they've been made slower than commercial Canon recordings so you'll be able to keeping up. Once you can play the basic two-handed performance, you can start combining elements into more advanced variations:
Your only limitation is how much time you are prepared to spend! Here is one of the two Module Two audio challenges.
The written-out audio challenge music and MIDI file reference numbers (to ‘see-and-hear’ the performance on MidiPiano) are always given in the ‘Answers’ section of the Project PDF file.
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