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Below the advertising panes for Musicarta's four main keyboard creativity downloads, you'll find a convenient list of all the new page postings and revisions. Click through and keep your creative music-making alive and kicking!

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The Musicarta
BEAT AND RHYTHM WORKBOOK

Syncopated, two-handed rhythms at the keyboard are not easy, but with the right teacher, everybody can be much better at syncopation than they ever thought possible!

The Musicarta Beat and Rhythm Workbook can be that teacher. With dozens of online audios to copy and desktop coaching videos courtesy of MidiPiano, you can’t fail to make stellar progress.



Beat and Rhythm Workbook

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CONTENTS HERE
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The MUSICARTA 12-BAR PIANO STYLES WORKBOOK

The irresistible drive of the twelve-bar form raises the musical vitality of everybody it touches! The Musicarta Twelve-bar Piano Styles workbook offers a methodical approach to learning essential 12-bar keyboard syncopations and understanding the simple harmony that makes this timeless music so accessible and attractive.



12-bar Styles Workbook

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CONTENTS HERE
Click through to the Mister Musicarta YouTube 12-BAR PLAYLIST here

The MUSICARTA
MODES WORKBOOK

The modes are known as scales for improvisation – and for generating intriguing chord sequences not available in the conventional major/minor key system. Here is methodical, ‘lean’ approach to building a sound and productive knowledge of modes for the modern-styles keyboard player, packed with riffs which will expand your chord vocabulary and your repertoire of rhythmic keyboard skills.

Modes Workbook
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Click through to the MODES YouTube or Soundcloud playlists here

MUSICARTA EASY
PIANO STYLE

The Musicarta Easy Piano Style shows you how to get your hands on the keys and start making music right away! With lots of graphics, full audio and MIDI support and all the solos on the Mister Musicarta YouTube MEPS video playlist, you’re sure to get some beautiful pieces into your repertoire quickly – and learn how to find the music in the keyboard for yourself.

Key Chords Vol.1
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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.

Key Chords Vol.1
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Now available from Amazon Books
Click through to the Key Chords Vol.1 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.

Canon Project cover
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LEARN MORE!
Now available from Amazon Books
Click through to the Canon Project 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.

Canon Project cover
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for only $24.95
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LEARN MORE!
Now available from Amazon Books
Click through to the Canon Project YouTube playlist here

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May 26, 2017

Hanon finger exercises - a humanitarian approach

Let’s face it – it takes a lot of time and practice to build good keyboard technique and get to the point where your fingers (sort of) do what they’re told.

The Hanon finger exercises have been part of that equation for generations, but Musicarta has been concerned for some time that the many free printed versions are a rotten introduction for the self-propelling keyboard student.

Indeed, one sight of those thick-black-ink-drenched pages is enough to put most sensible people off for life.

And so, (music swells dramatically) the idea of a talk-through video introduction for beginners was born.

And here it is, in fact. On two pages – Page One and (you guessed it) Page Two with a covering Exercises page on the navbar. A one-octave version with non-threatening dots and a human approach withal.

Hard copy to download here; Mister Musicarta easy-reference video playlist here.

The choice is yours! Rome wasn’t built in a day! Practice makes perfect! Steady as she goes, the tortoise and hare, four walls do not a prism make, and so on.

Yours in time!

Mister MusicartaYour creative keyboard companion.

Oct 30, 2016

Seven clicks from trending on Skillshare!

Needed by Tuesday 01/11 to start trending – just seven more clicks on these FREE Skillshare-hosted Pyramids Variations video lessons:

Lesson One and Lesson Two

Click through and spread the music – and grab three whole months of full Skillshare Premium membership for a mere $0.99!
Yours in harmony
Mister Musicarta
Your creative keyboard companion
P.S. Feel free to spread the love and pass it on to your friends.

Oct 21, 2016

Musicarta on Skillshare

Have you heard about Skillshare? It's an 'edutainment' site with thousands of creative and life skill video classes.

I've just put the eight Pyramids Concert Performance build-up video lessons up there, and to kick-start the Musicarta presence on the new platform, I've created 50 free trial coupons for Lessons One and Two.

Here they are.

Lesson One

Lesson Two

And then Skillshare have given me this fantastic discount link, which will give you three whole months of full premium membership (membership typically costs ~$10/mo) for a mere $0.99, including access to all eight Musicarta classes and any new ones coming up in the next 3 months.

So if you like the lessons, you can either come back and use the $0.99 three-month Skillshare Premium discount link - or buy the whole package direct from Musicarta using discount code

TPVNtcASGawZ9

on the Musicarta discount sales page.

If you're looking to keep your brain alive and/or move along in your creative journey with Musicarta, the Skillshare deal is a really good opportunity. You can cancel your subscription at any time and you lose nothing.

Yours in harmony

Mister Musicarta

Your creative keyboard companion

P.S. Feel free to spread the love and share with your friends and rellies!

Jul 22, 2016

Pyramids Variations 2nd edition out now!

Pyramids Variations second edition out now!

The second edition of Musicarta Pyramids Variations has just been released.

The Pyramids Variations is a creative keyboard home study course which coaches beginners and re-starters to an impressive ‘New Age’ piano solo in just eight lessons. Watch a video of the Concert Performance on MisterMusicarta YouTube by clicking through here.

In Part Two, you learn a set of variations which model all the contemporary popular styles (pop, rock, New Age and jazz) keyboard player’s knowledge and skills .Watch the Mister Musicarta YouTube Pyramids Variations playlist for a selection by clicking through here.

With website audio and video support, the Pyramids Variations offers pianists of all ages and stages fast-track guidance to a performance beyond expectations and a practical, step-by-step introduction to 'composing at the keyboard'.

The home-study download comprises a 150-page workbook PDF, 200-plus MIDI files of the musical examples and a free ‘virtual keyboard’ MIDI file player.

And the entire workbook is replicated online in a password-protected purchasers’ zone, where you can hear audios of all the musical examples and watch more than 50 videos of the performances and practice suggestions.

The Pyramids Variations is a comprehensive creativity booster for every keyboard player.

Building major and minor chords, understanding chord symbols, forming inversions, seventh chords, suspensions and ‘slash chords’, the circle of fifths, song form, syncopation and anticipation, playing a chord sequence in different rhythms – the Pyramids Variations is a practical, hands-on introduction to essential popular music theory.

Browse the extensive try-before-you-buy sampler pages starting on the series home page, and you’ll see how you could soon be playing a beautiful solo without music and improvising on a chord sequence as if you’ve been doing it all your life!

Your place on Musicarta Publication’s RSS list has earned you a 33% discount on the usual selling price of US$14.95.

Use this discount code TPVNtcASGawZ9 on the discount sales page, and the Pyramids Variations is yours for just $9.95!

But hurry – your discount code is only valid until the end of August!

Improvising and composing at the keyboard – or ‘messing around with chords’, as it’s sometimes known! – is one of life’s great joys, and it’s Musicarta’s mission to put it within your grasp. Come along to www.musicarta.com or visit Mister Musicarta YouTube and see how we’re making it happen!

Yours in harmony

Musicarta

Your creative keyboard companion

Dec 31, 2015

Two Easy Pentatonic Fugues (PD 29-12-15)

For your pentatonic edutainment, Two Pentatonic Fugues at Mister Musicarta YouTube.

One of the attractive properties of the pentatonic scale is that it harmonises so well with itself. The adventurous keyboard player can 'doodle' with both hands in the same pentatonic scale and scarcely play a note wrong.*

If your second hand imitates or repeats what your first hand played, you’re playing a fugue – a musical composition in which themes are repeated with a delay. These two easy fugues in C pentatonic major were created in just that way.

See full teaching notes on the website page.

Get it while it’s free! All will be moved to the Member’s Only pages when the Musicarta Pentatonics Workbook comes out in February.

Your creative keyboard companion
Mister Musicarta

Jul 03, 2015

Work Song (Pentatonics Diary 02-07)

For your pentatonic edufication:

Work Song (Pentatonics Diary 02-07) at Mister Musicarta YouTube.

A deliberately ‘dirty’ performance of this time-honoured theme. Just the five tones, no semitones. The theme at practice speed for learning is at the end of the video.

I’ve made it a four-repetition chorus in A and B minors, for the transposing bonus. So it’s an AABA, both ways of looking at it. You don’t need to play it as fast as here, or copy the end-of-phrase octave-roll drumming.

You should aim to be able to ‘see’ this riff practically anywhere on the keyboard – although you’d be unlikely to play it in F sharp minor. (Not an easy key on any instrument!) D and E minors would give you an all-white-key version of this AABA arrangement.

Try singing along! Anybody can sing the blues, and ten minutes of pentatonics will give your mojo a boost any time of day!

For your convenience, the YouTube video:

Work Song (Pentatonics Diary 02-07).

Brush up on the basics first, starting with Musicarta Pentatonics Module One.

Yours in harmony
Mister Musicarta
Your creative keyboard companion

Jul 01, 2015

Pentatonics in the cross-hairs

Musicarta is on the move again, with pentatonics now in the cross-hairs.

Any musician worth his/her salt should be able to pick out a pentatonic riff at the keyboard – either make one up or play one by ear.

Repetition is the key, of course – the more you play, the more obvious it becomes. You hear the notes in your head and you ‘just know’ what they are.

So get ready for a trickle of ‘Pentatonic Diaries’ from our Claremont studios. Brush up on the basics, starting on the first Musicarta Pentatonics web page, then see how easy it is to pick up the new Pentatonics Diary 01-07 entry over at MisterMusicarta YouTube.

It’s in A minor – the root plus two notes up and two notes down. Only the basic five notes, no semitones. The left hand copies the right hand, but doesn’t play all of the notes. how many it does (or doesn’t) play varies, as part of the pattern. (Sometimes it plays notes that the right hand doesn’t play.)

Make a point of working out some decent fingering so you’re not always ‘running out’. Start RH2, LH4 and take it from there.

The optional ‘B section’ (Part Two) plays the pattern in D (D minor) and C (minor). “If you want to learn something, transpose it!” D minor pentatonic is another all-white-key scale (like A minor); C minor pentatonic has two black keys – E and B flats.As an exercise, transpose the main riff into E minor. That’s another all-white-key pentatonic scale so you can 'just move your hands up a fifth' and do the same thing. The ‘B section’, were you to attempt it, would be back in A minor, then G minor (B flat).

If you get that, then try starting in D minor. The B section will start in G minor (see above), then pass through F minor (A flat and E flat). And you know your riff in six keys!

Practice visualising the riff away from the keyboard. How many keys can you ‘see it’ in?

Pentatonics – so much music, and so easy to get into! Watch out for more – get the site RSS, subscribe to MMYT, follow Mister Musicarta on Facebook. Little and often, never give up, the tortoise wins the race… .

For your scrolling convenience, those links again:

The first Musicarta Pentatonics web page, and

Pentatonics Diary 01-07

Thanks for playing with – Musicarta
Your creative keyboard companion

Apr 20, 2015

Up-to-date Musicatra Sitemap pdf

For your studying convenience - an up-to-date, linked Musicarta sitemap pdf is now available.

Because, sadly, looking for stuff doesn't count as work!

Yours in harmony
Mister Musicarta
Your creative keyboard companion

P.s. You can always search the site, too.

Apr 16, 2015

Troable following pdf links in Foxit

I've recently had trouble following links in pdf documents using Foxit reader. Research reveals the solution is to make sure the hand grabber tool is selected before hovering.

Yours in harmony
Mister Musicarta
Your creative keyboard companion

Apr 16, 2015

Introducing... 'Introducing...

You may find // may you find inspiration in Mister Musicarta's latest precis of his life's work - ‘Introducing Musicarta’.

Yours in harmony!
Elf 49

Apr 15, 2015

MIDI Piano Music

Download MidiPiano and you can play the free MIDI piano music files accompanying Musicarta’s flagship Pyramids Variations lesson series. Small, safe and simple, MidiPiano will double your progress.

Continue reading "MIDI Piano Music"

Apr 15, 2015

New Beat and Rhythm Workbook release

Tricksy rhythms – your end is in sight!

Most popular music has a strong rhythmic component, and the modern keyboard player needs well-developed beat and rhythm skills to keep up. Sadly, a lot of people (musicians included!) seem to think that, when it comes to mastering complex keyboard rhythms and syncopation, you’ve either ‘got it’ or you haven’t!

The Musicarta Beat and Rhythm Workbook (OUT NOW!!) presents three complete teaching-room-tested lesson series which have proved that, with the right material and methodical, incremental lessons, anybody can master syncopated rhythms unattainable with the unscientific, unschooled ‘try-and-try-again’ approach.

You might have seen some of this new, improved material over on the new, improved Mister Musicarta YouTube Beat and Rhythm playlist.

We’re not going to bloat your RSS fed with a full product description when you can click through to the Workbook sample content page and browse in glorious Technicolor! You’ll know as a musician how we often seem to have hit a syncopation ceiling – and to be avoiding being reminded by steering clear of rhythmically complex repertoire. So we’re thinking you’ll go and have a look anyway!

But we would like to remind you savvy subscribers to look out for the imminent Musicarta Newsletter – with discount code putting this essential learning material in your hands for just $9.95.

The Musicarta Beat and Rhythm Workbook. Finally, a methodical approach to building advanced keyboard rhythm skills!

From Musicarta, your creative keyboard companion.

Mar 30, 2015

Ornamenting the Snake Dance

New on the Snake Dance playlist and for your urgent attention – the all-new MMYT Snake Dance ornaments video.

Every pop-styles keyboard player has a bag of ‘ornaments’, little melody decorations which he or she has usually slaved many hours over and which raise a melody out of the ordinary. The Snake Dance melody, with its oriental flavour, is an ideal place to start building your collection.

At normal playing speed and with just the audio – as in the new public MMYT video – it’s not easy to get to a handle on what’s going on. And here’s where MidiPiano comes into its own.

With MidiPiano, you can slow the MIDI down AND bring up the ‘Piano Roll’ pane – then you can see exactly what’s being played. Just a matter then of picking your ornament (one at a time, please) and polishing it.

And that’s what happens on the members-only page in the new Musicarta Beat and Rhythm workbook. Plus, you get the MIDI file in the download to zoom in, slow down, and really nail the thing.

But seriously – pianists take years learning these little things, so better start now and be ready for the long haul!

For your edutainment: the video and the playlist.

The Musicarta Beat and Rhythm Workbook. Out soon – stay in touch!

Yours with a beat
Mister Musicarta
Your creative keyboard companion

Mar 23, 2015

Rhythmic developments

Have you seen what’s happening over at the Musicarta School of Beat and Rhythm?

The series always shows good numbers and Mister Musicarta thought it deserved a bit of a brush-up. The pages have transitioned over to the new format – much easier to update and upgrade. The longer pages have been subdivided to make study a little more manageable, and the Snake Dance YouTube videos now appear on the series (RH) nav, where they belong.

‘Tapping Five’ might be of interest to recent purchasers of the Twelve-bar Styles workbook – it’s a meticulous count-based approach to nailing those rock 1-4-7 rhythms down, once and for all.

It’s shameful how much time we waste trying to ‘get’ the rhythm of riffs by just playing them over and over, when a third of the effort spent methodically would do the trick and let us get on to the next thing.

So get with your inner drummer and check your rhythmic foundations over at the new, improved Musicarta School of Beat and Rhythm.

You know it makes sense.

Yours in rhythm
Mister Musicarta
Your creative keyboard companion

Mar 19, 2015

Another BMP outing for your edutainment

A new BMP outing for you – to Scarborough Fair this time!

Here’s the public video (on YouTube).

But you know the drill by now – hop on over to the BMP page for the teaching video with MidiPiano and chord symbols.

Remember, you can simplify the left hand chords all you like while you get used to playing the tune, then let your own arrangement evolve itself. This is really what it’s all about – Scarborough Fair is everybody’s tune; Musicarta’s left hand is merely a ‘serving suggestion’!

These public video and BMP page links should get you there.

Hope you’re enjoying the new seam!

Yours in harmony
Mister Musicarta
Your creative musical companion

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.

Key Chords Vol.1
Get the download
for only $24.95
Buy Now

LEARN MORE!
Now available from Amazon Books
Click through to the Key Chords Vol.1 YouTube playlist here

FREE VIDEO
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LESSONS ON
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