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Approaching Advanced Silent Night

How to approach Advanced Arrangements such as Silent Night

Released on December 13, 2012

  
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Karla+Ober * VSM MEMBER * on January 11, 2014 @11:45 pm PST
Thank you! These sheet music "hacks" are really helpful!
connie borcherding on December 20, 2013 @7:29 am PST
I like to improvise christmas songs but want to learn how to advance my chord structure beyond the I IV V chords. What are the basic other minor chords etc that would add more color sound and interesting progression to a song?
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Robert Estrin - host, on December 20, 2013 @10:58 am PST
What a great question - I would like to offer some suggestions in a future video. I may produce this one really soon!
Margaret Leonard on December 19, 2013 @4:59 am PST
Dear Robert. Re - Silent Night on piano. Many years ago my tutor taught me the chord symbols which I add to full music if there are no chords. I find adding chords helps enormously. I would like to hear your comments re playing from chords, please. Margaret Leonard (England) .
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Robert Estrin - host, on December 19, 2013 @1:03 pm PST
You bring up an excellent point. Nearly all jazz musicians (as well as other styles) rely solely on lead sheets which contain just the melody and chord symbols to realize their arrangements. This is an ideal way to approach improvising on songs. I will be offering a tutorial on reading a lead sheet in a future video.
Fulvia * VSM MEMBER * on December 18, 2013 @6:16 am PST
Great! Just was I used to do when I was a teenager and trying to play orchestra pieces reduced for piano, sometime well above my level, like "Poet and Peasant" of Suppé and Italian military marches! It was fun, I should try it again (arthitis permitting) ! :)
Gma Cma on November 8, 2013 @5:20 am PST
Thanks so much! Wow, this was really helpful. As one of those who has always thought things had to be played as written, I find this to be freeing! Shine on, Robert!
Andree Rouse * VSM MEMBER * on October 8, 2013 @12:24 pm PST
Thank you, Robert! You are so helpful!
Garry Corbett * VSM MEMBER * on August 10, 2013 @10:14 pm PST
Excellent approach to scarey looking scores !
Thanks so much !
Garry
Melanee on July 10, 2013 @12:33 pm PST
Thank you! This was so helpful. This is the first time that I have seen this explained. I can only play easy classical pieces. Most sheet music of classic music looks too complicated for me and discourages me from trying to play it. Thank you again!
kevin * VSM MEMBER * on April 5, 2013 @2:42 pm PST
brill.... robert... perfect video for tabkling advanced pieces..thank you for sharing the strategies.can u do a video on Amazing grace ..with nice chords etc..
Jacqui Oosthuizen on February 13, 2013 @5:09 am PST
Wonderful advice, thanks. Maybe I will build up some self confidence this way. I am inclined to give up if I find myself battling to play.
Brett * VSM MEMBER * on January 28, 2013 @4:33 pm PST
That's great Robert. It's a novel idea keeping it simple. Maybe we as a human family could try it sometime :-)
samantha on December 22, 2012 @3:33 pm PST
i love it thanks and my piano teacher used to tell me to get creative and thats what i did now people tell me im really good and that they wish they can play like me and by the way i am 12 years old :)
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