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I Can’t Break The Cycle!

Many musicians struggle with a very common problem. It’s the problem of playing the same things over and over again. In a sense, it is a feeling of being stuck in a rut and not quite knowing how to get out of it. We all want to play things that are fresh and new while consistently evolving and growing as a musician. However, for many musicians they can’t seem to grow past their current style, sound and approach to playing.

Why Is It Like This?

There can be several reasons why you can get stuck in a rut as it relates to your playing.However, one reason is that we have developed something that is called muscle memory. Muscle memory develops as you continue to do certain actions over and over again. Your body remembers those motions and actions and starts to work on automatic pilot continuing to do them without much thought on your part. As it relates to playing a musical instrument we tend to play the same chords, progressions and licks even though we may be tired of the same old things that we play. We go back to our normal way of playing unless we work on changing it intentionally.

An example of how muscle memory works is how babies learn to walk for the first time. When a baby learns to walk he or she has to work very hard to stand without falling and balance themselves while taking steps. At first it is difficult for them. They don’t master this at first. They will fall several times during the process of learning. They have to continue to practice walking over and over again until they get to the point where they can walk without even thinking about. We all had to learn to walk this way when we were babies. Now that we have grown up, when we walk we can do so without in thinking about. We can simply decide to get up and go to the restroom for example and never even think about the actions that we must take to balance ourselves and put one foot in from of the other. We just jump up and do it! We have developed muscle memory for walking and can do so whenever we want to without much or any thought.

We can learn almost anything physical through this same process of developing muscle memory. If you continue to do something over and over again, eventually you will develop muscle memory for it. Our bodies are amazing and can learn almost anything that we will repeat over and over again.

So How Can I Break The Cycle?

In order to break the cycle you have to learn new things! It is like learning to walk for the first time. It’s a brand new action. Therefore, it will take effort and thought in order to do it. You will have to repeat the new things that you are learning over and over again. You will soon start to develop muscle memory through the repetition while practicing! The new things that you develop muscle memory for will become your new normal. Basically, out with the old and in with the new!

How Can I Apply This?

One way you can start to break the cycle of playing the same things over and over is by finding a song arrangement that you really like. I recommend finding a video tutorial, sheet music, midi files or anything in which you can learn the arrangement accurately.Take the new song or chord arrangement and practice it over and over until you can play it without much thought. It may take days before you start to develop muscle memory on the new songs or arrangement. Be patient and keep repeating it over and over until you can play it without much thought. Be patient and just know that you are making progress if you keep practicing consistently. Once you master one song or arrangement, move on to another one. Follow the same steps until you can play the new song without much thought as well. If you continue to do this, you will notice that over time your sound and style will begin to evolve and you will be growing as a musician. The process is simple and for most people the most difficult thing is to remain consistent in your practicing. If you can be consistent in your practicing you really can transform into a completely new musician! Just imagine where you could be this time next year if you do these things.

 

  • FIND A SONG OR ARRANGEMENT THAT YOU REALLY LIKE

  • GET A VIDEO TUTORIAL, SHEET MUSIC OR MIDI FILE IT

  • START TO PRACTICE ON IT SECTION BY SECTION REPEATING IT OVER AND OVER

  • KEEP PRACTICING IT UNTIL YOU CAN PLAY IT WITHOUT MUCH THOUGHT

  • ONCE YOU MASTER THAT SONG MOVE ON TO ANOTHER

  • FOLLOW THE SAME PROCESS FOR THE NEW SONG

  • NOTICE YOUR GROWTH AS YOU REMAIN CONSISTENT IN YOUR PRACTICING

 

 

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The Universal Language of Music

Picture Language is MusicI have people come to me quite often and ask the question “what can I do to get better”.  We all want to be better musicians and reach brand new levels in our playing. Everybody wants that! The problem is that many musicians don’t really know the best way to approach improving musically.

They may ask a question like, “what should I work on and where do I start” etc.  This is a broad subject. There are many factors to consider when it comes to improving as a musician. I just want to share with you one thing that I believe will help you. The way you think about music when you are learning can make a big difference in the results that you get. Do I have your attention?

Consider this. Music is a language similar to English, Spanish or French. Say for example that you are learning to speak French for the first time in your life. One way to learn French better is to get an English to French dictionary. With an English to French dictionary you can look up words that you already know in English and learn how to say them in the new language.

In other words, you know what you want to say in your mind, but you just don’t know how to express it or say it in the new language. If you don’t know many words in the new language, then you will be very limited. It will be difficult to communicate effectively, even though in your mind you know exactly what you want to say. That could be a very frustrating situation. Wanting to speak in the new language and not knowing the words to express yourself. To overcome this problem you will have to learn the words in the new language that are necessary in order to communicate effectively. We all can understand that when it comes to learning a verbal language.

Likewise with music. Most musicians know how they want to sound in their mind. You can probably imagine yourself playing and sounding exactly how you want to when you play. The problem is many times we don’t know how to produce those sounds. We don’t know those chords, chord voicings or progressions to express ourselves musically the way that we would like to. This is the problem! It is just like not knowing the words that you need to communicate effectively. Music is a language that you have to learn how to communicate effectively.

Instead of letters, in music we have notes. Instead of words, in music we have chords. Instead of sentences, in music we have progressions. Similar to any other language you have to learn the things that will enable you to express yourself. That is why you have to keep learning new things musically.  Things that you don’t already know. It is important to find musical resources and people in which you admire their playing. If you have the opportunity to do so, learn what they are doing. This will help you to increase your musical vocabulary. You will be learning new things that will enable you to communicate effectively musically. You will be learning the language of music and how to express it.

The fact of the matter is, if you learn from other musicians, you will start to pick up their approach and style to playing. This can be a very effective way to learn if you have a good model to pattern yourself after. Find you a good musical mentor. Someone in which you can learn the language from. This can be different people over the course of time but you should have musical mentors you can pattern yourself after. This is one way to improve as a musician. Learn the language.

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One Simple Thing That Many Musicians Don’t Know To Do

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One very important aspect of musical development is one that many people don’t think of.  Most of the time when we think about getting better, we think about chords, scales, theory, songs, licks etc. These things are absolutely necessary in order to continue growing musically. However, there is one thing that many people neglect to spend time doing. Many people neglect to spend time listening! Listening to really good musicians is very important to your development!

Let me explain to you why. Music is known as the universal language. If you view music as a language then you will understand what I am saying much better. Allow me to explain it to you like this. My native language is English. I can speak English effortlessly and fluently. The question is, how did I learn to speak English? I learned to speak English simply from listening.  When I was a baby I listened to people speaking English all around me. I was immersed in the English language. I heard it all of the time from my parents and family.  Therefore, I eventually started to understand it and started to speak words myself like “mama” “no”  “mine”.  I learned  those words simply from listening and making the connection in my mind as to what they meant. Can you start to see where I am going with this?

If you think about it, chances are that no one walked up to your crib when you where a baby and tried to teach you to speak English by explaining what nouns, verbs, pronouns and adjectives were. baby Of course not! You did not learn those things until years later.  However, you did already know how to talk and communicate. How did you learn to speak English and communicate your thoughts effectively? You learned to do it from listening.

If you would view music as a language you will start to see and understand the importance of listening to high level music and very skilled musicians. If you continue to listen to a certain style of music at a particular level in terms of the skill of the musicians, you will develop what I call a “Mental Concept”.  In other words you will start to subconsciously have a certain standard in your mind and start believing “this is how music should sound”. You will start to believe deep down inside that “this is how the piano/organ should be played”. This is called your “Mental Concept”. It is a mental picture or standard of what should be.

Your “Mental Concept” is developed overtime from your environment and the music that you hear on a regular basis.  Whatever your Mental Concept is, will be the level that you aspire to musically. It is very amazing that whatever our Mental Concept is usually our stopping point in terms of growth and development. In other words, you usually will not surpass your own Mental Concept for playing. The good news is that you can increase and heighten your Mental Concept. You can do this by listening to recordings of great musicians, listening to good teachers, hanging with musicians that are more skilled and experienced than you are, etc.

Overtime your Mental Concept would increase and therefore you would just naturally strive for that higher level of mastery musically. You will not be satisfied until you reach that mental picture in your mind. This is important because it keeps you pressing forward and reaching higher to be a better musician. You need that internal motivation that keeps you hungry for being a better musician.  All of this happens as a result of listening. You have to take time out and just listen to people that are really good at what they do. Even if you don’t understand what and how they are doing what they are doing, still listen to them. Just listening alone will cause you to heighten your “Mental Concept”. Listening will help keep you motivated and help create a desire to keep improving. Listening mixed with learning new things and practicing will cause you to grow. So don’t forget to take some time and listen because it is a very important piece of the puzzle.

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How To Make Major Chords Sound Richer

Here is a simple tip to beef up your chords. I would like to share with you a simple thing that you can do to beef up major chords.

A common challenge that many piano players have is how to make their playing more professional. Things like, how can you take a simple triad (3 note chord) and make it sound bigger, richer, and fuller.

Here is a simple way to do it.
Let’s take a C Major chord for example which consist of the notes C E and G.
If you understand basis chord theory, you know that major chords are derived from playing the 1st, 3rd, and 5th tones together of a major scale.

The C Major scale consists of the notes C D E F G A B

C Major scale

Each tone of the major scale has a corresponding number which is called a scale degree or scale number.

C = 1
D = 2
E = 3
F = 4
G = 5
A = 6
B = 7
This is the case for all 12 major scales. The F Major Scale for example would consist of the notes

F G A Bb C D E

F major scale

F = 1
G = 2
A = 3
Bb = 4
C = 5
D = 6
E = 7

 

When we take the 1st, 3rd, and 5th tone of any major sale and play those tones at the same time, we will be playing a major chord.

C major triad

Now what I love to do is to make major chords sound richer by adding additional scale degrees or scale numbers.

In order to understand how to extend chords we must also understand how to extend the major scale.

The C Major scale for example actually consists of these 13 notes C D E F G A B C D E F G A

C = 1
D = 2
E = 3
F = 4
G = 5
A = 6
B = 7
C = 8
D = 9
E = 10
F = 11
G = 12
A = 13

The scale actually goes all the way up to the number 13.

There are a couple of scale degrees that I love to add to the 1st, 3rd, and 5th.

I love to add the scale degrees 9 and 13.

So in the case of the C major scale all the scale degrees together would consist of the scale numbers 1, 3, 5, 9, and 13.

So therefore, in the case of the C major chord the actual notes with the 9 and 13 included would be

C E G D A

 

For further clarity the F major scale with the extended numbers would be

F G A Bb C D E F G A Bb C D

F = 1
G = 2
A = 3
Bb = 4
C = 5
D = 6
E = 7
F = 8
G = 9
A = 10
Bb = 11
C = 12
D = 13

 

F major chord
If we were to add the scale degrees 9 and 13 the actual notes would be F A C G D

 

Now here is where your creativity as a musician comes in!

Once we establish what the correct notes are then we have to determine how we are going to voice and arrange those notes to create the type of sound that we want. We must come up with a chord voicing. A chord voicing is simply how you arrange the notes of a particular chord.

Allow me to give you a chord voicing that I like to use when I play major chords with the extended
tones 9 and 13 included.
For a C major chord I would play this chord voicing.

(Notes are from left to right)

Left Hand   C G E           Right Hand   A D G

 

The F major chord would be the this chord voicing.

(Notes are from left to right)

Left Hand      F C A           Right Hand    D G C

 

I encourage you to experiment with playing major chords with the added tones 9 and 13.

It adds a nice color to your chords and if used tastefully in the right situations, it could sound very nice!

Musically Yours,

Kenneth Hollins

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Simple Practice Tip For Big Results

Removing The Mystery From Playing In Every Key

REMOVING THE MYSTERY FROM PLAYING IN EVERY KEY

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A common problem that many musicians have is not being able to play in every key.  If you are a musician that plays well in some keys but avoid other keys like the plaque, then this information may help you.

Allow me to give you some tips for overcoming the problem of not being able to play in every key.

 

TIP #1 CHANGE YOUR MINDSET

Make the mental adjustment that there is no such thing as a “HARD KEY TO PLAY IN”.  Some people would consider the key of E natural to be a hard key to play in while Eb is an easy key to play in. The truth is that there aren’t any “HARD” keys to play in, but rather “UNFAMILIAR” keys.

Unfamiliar keys are the keys that we don’t spend much time working on or perfecting. Just think about it. If there are certain keys that you “ALWAYS” avoid, how will you ever learn to play in it. The reason why many musicians are comfortable in certain keys is because they spend more time playing in those keys.

The “TRUTH” is, if you can play well in 4 or 5 keys, then you can play well in “ANY” key if you spend the proper amount of time working on it.  So there are not any “HARD” keys to play in, just “UNFAMILIAR” keys.  The good news is that an “UNFAMILIAR” key can quickly become a “FAMILIAR” key with practice.

 

TIP #2 EVALUATE HOW YOU PRACTICE

Practicing effectively is vital to overcoming the problem of not being able to play in every key.

One thing to do is start to practice in all 12 keys.  A simple thing to do as an exercise is to take a basic song like “Amazing Grace” and play it in C major. Then play the same song in Db and then play it in D major and so on moving up in half steps until you play it in every key. This is a simple way to get started at tackling this problem.

You can practice basic songs in every key, but you also can practice chord progressions and certain licks in every key as well.  The 2 – 5 – 1 progression is a very good progression to practice in every key as well as the 3 – 6 -2 -5 -1 progression.

These progressions are very common in the music that we hear daily and if we are comfortable with playing these progressions in every key, it will make learning and playing songs easier.

Practicing in the CIRCLE of 4ths or the CIRCLE of 5ths is a great way to practice as well. This will ensure that you practice each key evenly and not favoring one key over the other. The result will be that you will be equally strong in all of the keys because you are giving them all the same amount of time and attention.

 

The Circle of 4ths is a pattern of Perfect 4th intervals.  Here is the Circle of 4ths

C -F -Bb -Eb -Ab -Db -Gb -B -E -A -D -G

The Circle of 5ths is a pattern of Perfect 5th intervals. Here is the Circle of 5ths

C -G -D -A -E -B -F# -C# -G# -D# -A# -E# or (F)

You  can practice runs, licks, progressions, songs etc. using the Circle of 4ths or the Circle of 5ths to ensure you are practicing evenly.

If you make a habit of approaching your practice time this way, you will soon overcome the problem of not being able to play in every key.

 

TIP #3 DISCOVER THAT MUSIC IS MATHEMATICAL

Musicians that understand that music is mathematical have far less trouble in playing in every key.

In mathematics 2 + 2 always equals 4. In mathematics 3 x 3 always equals 9. It is just basic mathematics.

Music is very similar to this. Say for example, that a song consists of a chord progression of a 1 chord moving to a 4 chord then moving to a 5 chord and finally back to a 1 chord. If you understand the number system, then it is just a matter of doing the math.

The foundation of the number system is knowing  all 12 Major Scales with the corresponding scale number to each note of the major scale.

For example the C major scale consists of the notes C D E F G A B C

Since the note C is the first note of the scale, we will call it number 1 or the 1st. Since the note D is the second note of the scale we will call it number 2 or the 2nd.  We keep moving this way until every note of the scale has a number.  Therefore, C =1  D=2  E=3  F=4  G=5  A=6  B= 7.

Every major scale works the exact same way.  For example, the G major scale would consist of the notes G A B C D E F#. Therefore, G =1  A=2  B=3  C=4  D=5  E=6  F#=7

 

If we where to play the aforementioned progression in the key of C major it would be the following:

1 Chord = C major      4 Chord = F major     5 Chord = G major      1 Chord = C major

So therefore the progression would be Cmaj  Fmaj  Gmaj  Cmaj

Now if we want to play it in the key of G we would use the same numbers to figure the correct chords.

1 Chord = G major         4 Chord = C major        5  Chord = D major         1 Chord = G major

So therefore in the key of G the progression would be Gmaj  Cmaj  Dmaj  Gmaj

This is in a nutshell how you can use the number system to play in every key. Of course using the number system can get much deeper but this is the basic idea behind it.

You can actually get to the place where you can play in every key easily.  With a few adjustments you can be well on your way.

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