Chords for Carl

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

Chords for Carl is now available as a full 50-page 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.
(Also available in ’lite’ - see below)

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Chords For Carl Lite

For good readers, the 'lite' version of the full teach-yourself digital download. A showcase chords-with-melody solo versatile broken-chord texture with left-hand-over note for show!

Music (3pp. PDF), audio, MIDI and player, bonus extras, no teaching video access.
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The performance

 If you prefer, you can watch it on YouTube.

Here is the Chords for Carl chord sequence.

Here are the same chords in the Roman numeral ‘any key’ system of notation.

Except for the one ‘III’ chord (E/Gí), these are all I, IV, V or vi chords - the four chords statistically most likely to crop up in any piece of music, and the four chords explained and drilled in the Musicarta Key Chords Volume 1 home study course, available from Musicarta.

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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If you want to be ready to play anything, drilling these 'key chords' is where you'd start!

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!

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’
teach-yourself solo

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 a fun Musicarta YouTube 'Left-hand-over style' playlist for you
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Musicarta has two other major home study packs designed to structure your keyboard efforts, maximise your progress and give a boost to your creative music-making.

They are:

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.
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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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Each package comprises:

  • An illustration-rich PDF workbook of around 150 pages;
  • The audio and MIDI files for all the musical examples;
  • The MidiPiano application (to play the MIDI files); and
  • Drum and/or instrumental backing tracks to support you practicing and inspire your improvisations. (See individual product specs for variations.)

Click through to the various download home pages using the ‘LEARN MORE’ links. There are sample content pages to help you decide which home study pack would suit you best. All the Musicarta home study downloads are designed to help you enjoy becoming a creative modern keyboard player!


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Added chord tones

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 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.

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

All the added notes in this 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

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 is 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 this study. the F6 and G7sus chords are both three-note chords – the chord tone fifth has been dropped in both cases.


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