'Chords for Carl'

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Playing a melody and a sweet accompaniment at the same time is obviously a major goal for aspiring modern keyboard players. 'Chords for Carl is a showcase chord-study-with-melody which demonstrates an easy-to-grasp and versatile technique. 

 If you prefer, you can watch it on YouTube.

The teaching video is already showing you something uniquely useful - how the melody (top keyboard) fits in with the broken chord accompaniment texture (bottom keyboard).

Chords for Carl is now available as a full digital home-study download with proven anyone-can-do-it visual teaching methods - including unique access to nine unlisted online teaching videos.

'Chords for Carl'
teach-yourself solo

A visuals-based approach to keyboard chords and building a full modern solo performance, this unique teach-yourself opportunity comes with access to NINE exclusive online teaching videos. Only what you need to know and exactly how to learn it.

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Fast track to a versatile, attractive keyboard texture

Chords for Carl uses a signature Musicarta keyboard texture - a broken chord pattern with a left-hand-over note to fill out the sound (and for show!). You can see-and-hear the plain broken chord texture in the first chorus, before the melody comes in.

But we must have a melody!

Playing a melody and a right-hand broken chord accompaniment at the same time - the Holy Grail of keyboard singer-songwriters and soloists - can seem utterly impossible unless someone spells it out for you, note by note.

That's exactly what the Chords for Carl workbook and teaching videos do. The music, the counts, illustrations and demonstrations: this unique teaching material can cut years of frustrating trial and error down to just a few hours of real, focused practice.

Key chords

Here is the Chords for Carl chord sequence.

Here are the same chords in the Roman numeral chord notation system, which shows the chords in any key and helps you think in a more empowering, 'can-do' way.

Except for the one ‘III’ chord (E over G sharp), these are all I, IV, V or vi chords - the four chords most likely to crop up in any piece of music, pop or classical. So, if you want to be ready to play anything, playing these 'key chords' is where you'd start!

'Chords for Carl'
teach-yourself solo

A visuals-based approach to keyboard chords and building a full modern solo performance, this unique teach-yourself opportunity comes with access to NINE exclusive online teaching videos. Only what you need to know and exactly how to learn it.

Chords for Carl
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for only $9.95
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Click through to the ‘Chords for Carl’ YouTube playlist here

Added chord tones and slash chords

Like all the Musicarta teaching material, along with a great solo repertoire performance, you get a healthy dose of 'really useful music theory' - theory you can use right there at the keyboard to make more music.

Let's take a brief look at added chord tones and slash chords.

A figure following the letter in a chord symbol indicates that another note has been added to the three chord tones (root, third, fifth) usually used. The note is counted up from the root (name-note), ‘inclusively’ – that is, counting the root/name-note as ‘1’.

You count letter-names, but you apply the key signature of the chord’s root, NOT of the key your playing in. That is, you count up the major scale of the chord root.

Fortunately, all the added notes in Chords for Carl piece are white-key notes. The added note in F6 is D; the 'sus4' in G7sus is C. But if you saw, say, ‘A6’, you’d have to count up the A major scale: A–B–C sharp–D–E–F sharp, and the added note would be black-key F sharp. 

[Don’t know your scales so well? Quick-link
through to the Musicarta Scales home page.]

The exception to this apply-the-CHORD's-key-signature rule is ‘7’, which does not indicate the seventh note of the major scale of the chord name-note, but the ‘dominant seventh’ – the flattened seventh, the note a semi-tone below the major seventh or a whole tone below the chord root.

So the added note in G7 is F, not F sharp (the seventh note of the G major scale); the added note in C7 would be B flat, not B natural (the seventh note of the C major scale), and so on.

[Want to know more about seventh chords? Quick-link
through to the Musicarta Seventh Chords page.]

One last point. You don’t always see four different notes in an ‘added tone’ (F6, G7sus) chord. Sometimes the added note is played instead of a regular chord tone to avoid harmonic ‘clutter’. In Chords for Carl. the F6 and G7sus chords are both three-note chords – the chord tone fifth has been dropped in both cases.

Sound like gobbledy-gook? NOT when you've got practical, hands-on audio demonstrations and examples to work through. Your chord work will be considerably enriched!

'Chords for Carl'
teach-yourself solo

A visuals-based approach to keyboard chords and building a full modern solo performance, this unique teach-yourself opportunity comes with access to NINE exclusive online teaching videos. Only what you need to know and exactly how to learn it.

Chords for Carl
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for only $9.95
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LEARN MORE!
Click through to the ‘Chords for Carl’ YouTube playlist here

Other Musicarta home-study courses

Musicarta has two other major theory-in-practice home study courses designed to structure your keyboard efforts, maximise your progress and give your creative music-making a boost.

The PYRAMIDS VARIATIONS

The Musicarta Pyramids Variations aims to exceed expectations by coaching beginners and re-starters to an impressive ‘Concert Performance’ in just eight lessons. After that, you learn a set of variations which model all the contemporary keyboard player’s knowledge and skills.

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Video-rich course (100+ videos). Also from Udemy and Skillshare.
Click through to the
Pyramids Variations YouTube playlist here.

The CANON PROJECT

Pachelbel’s Canon in D is perhaps the most famous chord sequence of all time, and the basis of dozens of popular hits. If you can play and understand the Canon chord sequence, there isn’t much in popular music harmony you won’t be able to figure out! Its regular structure also makes it a great springboard for improvising and composition.

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Both these courses comprise:

  • An illustration-rich PDF workbook of around 150 pages or more;
  • Access to 'members only' module web pages with video and/or audio content;
  • Drum and/or instrumental backing tracks to support you practicing and inspire your improvisations. (See individual product specs for variations.)
  • MIDI files for all the musical examples, and the MidiPiano application (Windows OS) to turn the MIDI files into instant 'how-to' videos.

All the Musicarta home study downloads are designed to help you enjoy becoming a creative modern keyboard player!

Click through to the sample content pages using the ‘LEARN MORE’ links to help you decide which home study pack would suit you best. 

Those key chords - again

We mentioned earlier that Chords for Carl uses the four chords most likely to crop up in any piece of music, pop or classical - I, IV, V and vi (One, Four, Five and Six) - 

You really can't call yourself a popular-styles keyboard if you can't find and play these four chords in six or so keys 'just like that'.

Information is easy to find - but skill is hard to come by. The Musicarta Key Chords workbook drills the changes between these essential chords in rhythmic contemporary riffs you'll have ready at your fingertips. 

KEY CHORDS Vol. 1

Musicarta Key Chords builds your chord vocabulary by introducing the chords you are most likely to come across in any song. You practice the chord changes in contemporary riffs (drum backing tracks are included), with easy step-by-step rhythmic build-up of impressive keyboard syncopation.

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What's more, you'll find your ability to make an educated guess what that next chord is improving in leaps and bounds - if you can't nail it straight away!

Click through to find out more. 

More left-hand-over style

The 'left-hand-over' style is one, very useful answer to that eternal question: faced with a chord symbol, what do I do?

Musicarta's 'Mariaan' piano solo uses the same basic texture, but in a different time signature and key. 'Mariaan' is slightly more difficult than Chords for Carl.

‘Mariaan’
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Playing a melody plus its own full, satisfying chord accompaniment is THE benchmark achievement for the modern-styles keyboard player. ‘Mariaan’ builds just such a performance, step by step – and with no-one left behind. Guaranteed to expand your creative horizons every time you sit down to work at it!

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Now available! 'Mariaan' Lite Just the music -
no teaching notes, audio or MIDI. Chord Study, Mariaan, Mariaan 2.0, four lead sheets, 28 pages A4.

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There's even a Musicarta YouTube 'Left-hand-over style' playlist. Click through and get inspired!


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