Imagine John Lennon – Piano Lessons
Take some piano lessons from Scott Houston “The Piano Guy.” In this video, Scott gives you a sneak peek into the 1-on-1 DVD series. Scott gives you a glimpse at how the song, Imagine, will be taught in his DVD. Click below to purchase the DVD in its entirety.
Imagine is one of the titles in the 1-on-1 DVD instructional series. This series was designed to do one thing extremely well – teach you to play one particular tune truly like a pro would play it. Follow Scott chapter by chapter as he starts at the very beginning and works his way up, teaching you to play the song like you want to sound! Then, play along with the professional rhythm section tracks to really have a ball!
These teaching videos are great for beginners and more advanced players alike as they allow learners to spend as little or as much time needed to get the info in each chapter “under hand” before progressing to the next chapter. You will be able to see Scott’s hands clearly as he works through different techniques using one song title per DVD. Please know that all the techniques shared through one DVD can then be applied to other songs in the same genre.
These DVD’s are some of our very BEST SELLERS for a reason. They teach only the techniques that you need to know to play this one song extremely well, but then the extra bonus is that you can apply many of the techniques you just learned to any of your other favorite tunes of the same genre. Each DVD also allows you to print out a lead sheet(s) and chord charts showing keyboard diagrams for your left hand part. Scroll down to see the titles that we have available.
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Video 1: 20 reasons to learn piano
In case you’re on the fence about learning piano, one of the most rewarding hobbies EVER (not biased), this video will hopefully push you over the fence.
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Playing the piano might make you smarter:
Music lessons on the aging brain:
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Franz Joseph Haydn – Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI No. 50, 1st movement (“Allegro”)
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Video 3: How long does it really take to learn piano?
Welcome to the first episode of the Q+A series! Today I talk about a common misconception that people have about learning piano (or any instrument) – that you can pick it up, mess around with it for a year or so, and be able to pull off amazing works of art. The short answer to ‘how long does it take to learn piano’ is ‘a long damn time’ – watch on for details!
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I might not have all the answers, or many answers, or answers that are appealing. But please ask me questions anyway!
Have you ever put together a song but during mix-down you realized it just doesn’t have any thickness to it? A number of things could be the problem, for example: Instruments could be equalized similarly to others making them clash. In such a case it could be the bass and the kick drum. The answer here is to use a parametric equalizer and surgically remove some of the bass or midrange bass from the kick drum until the two no longer complete with each other. Adding some “click” in the kick drum will also help define it in the mix. And listen to other instrument groups as well to hear if there is any muddiness from similar equalized parts. Cutting frequencies is always better than boosting, remember that!
Using Guitar Pedal Effects:
Guitar pedals come in many sound shapes and sizes, or tones I should say! Used properly they will certainly add thickness to your sound. Let’s now look at an explanation of some types of effects you might use:
Boost and Overdrive:
These must-have effects are used to boost volume for leads as well as tone shaping rhythm crunch that will over-saturate your amp into tone nirvana! Some of these will even add clarity and sparkle at low settings, so I always have one clicked on in my pedal chain!
Chorus and Flanger:
Great pedals for making your guitar sound super lush and wide sounding. A chorus pedal can simulate the sound of a 12 string instrument.
A delay effect adds depth, excitement, and can will definitely widen your guitar sound and thicken up lead solo parts!
Tremolo, rotary simulators, and reverb also provide a lush and unique sound for your guitar rig which will have a thickening effect!
Now let us talk about doubling! Guitar tracks no matter how well performed can often times seem thin in the mix, even when using good guitar pedal effects. A natural instinct of many musicians will be to add EQ, either more bass, midrange, or treble. This can sometimes fix the problem. However more often times the best fix is to double up the guitar tracks! So then how do we go about this?
My preferred method is to record the rhythm track twice, panning one track full left, the other full right. Of course it will also take a bit of practice to play the rhythm parts in sync with each other. One good tip is not to always play the same rhythm part. Change it up a bit. For instance, in parts where you hit low notes, try hitting the same notes in a higher key or even a key that blends with it and not playing chords in all parts of the rhythm track. Mix it, record it, and see how it sounds to you!
The Acoustic Guitar:
And let’s not forget about adding a doubled up acoustic track! When doing this you may want to remove most of the bass and midrange from it to help it blend without competing with the other instruments. It will really give an edge and definition to your electric guitar tracks. When thickening up your tracks, this is really what it is all about and what it all comes down to. Lots of listening, making sure that one instrument is not overwhelming another instrument in the mix. Each one has their place, and each one may need to be adjusted by EQ until they all blend together well without competing with each other. Like I always say: “experimentation is your friend!”
If you are well-acquainted with the instrument and wish to hone your guitar-playing skills, you can invest in a solid wood, semi-acoustic or electro-acoustic guitar.
Here are some things you can look at when selecting the ideal acoustic guitar:
When you are shopping for an acoustic guitar, you will notice that parts of a guitar are often made from different kinds of tone-woods. The tone-woods used in the construction of a guitar determine the quality and projection of the tone. It is key to remember that investing in a guitar with a quality top assures great tone. You must also know that the best instruments are made from solid wood primarily because they sound better as they age, while a guitar with a laminate top will not resonate as well as a solid tone-wood. However, if you are a beginner it is advisable to buy a guitar with a laminate body as it is sturdy and easier to maintain.
The type, quality and combination of woods used in the construction of a guitar all help determine its tone. Generally, intermediate guitars feature solid wood tops combined with laminated back and sides. These instruments are made of solid wood, produce a richer and more resonant sound.
Spruce and Cedar are most commonly used for the construction of guitar tops, while Rosewood, Mahogany and Maple are used for backs and sides.
Spruce – is most common wood used for an acoustic guitar top. It has an excellent strength-to-weight ratio that allows the top to be comparatively thin while maintaining strength and making it resonant. Spruce tops stays responsive and agile, making it ideal for styles like strumming and flat-picking.
Cedar – Cedar responds nicely to a light attack and is often chosen for finger-picking and lowered tension tunings. As it is softer and does not share the strength like spruce, cedar can be over-driven if it is harshly played with and will the compress the sound.
Mahogany – This is an excellent wood that falls in the middle of the tonal spectrum, perfecting the balance as it exudes a bright and warm sound..
Maple – A maple body produces a bright, dry tone with a very distinct and a well-defined high-end.
Intonation, Fret Buzz, and Tuning Stability:
Always look out for a fret buzz, even the best luthier has his worst days. Try playing chords and single notes to confirm that the fretboard has been carefully constructed, the chords should sound in tune and accurate. Professional musicians like their action higher for a stark, dynamic sound, but if you are a beginner or buying your first acoustic guitar, you will find a low action befitting your needs. Try to look for a guitar with a double truss-rod in the neck so the action can be re-adjusted if the neck warps.
An easy trick to check a guitar’s intonation is to strum an open D chord and then play the same D chord at the 14th fret of the guitar. If these sound out of tune, you know that, that guitar is not the one.
At the time of trying your guitars, you may notice that the tuning drops frequently, this could be a result of faulty Moto-heads. You must be certain that the tuning pegs are set right before you purchase the right guitar.
As you walk around and try a number of guitars, you will be quick to realize that the guitar that caught your eye and sounds just like what you imagined the ideal guitar to be is not the best fit for you. Guitars come in different shapes and sizes and bigger guitars are not necessarily the best match for you, it is best suited to know and find the right acoustic guitar body style.
The most common types of acoustic body style range from Dreadnought, Classic, Travel Size, Jumbo, Super Jumbo, Auditorium, and Concert. The sound and tonal emphasis of these guitars are distinct and something you would like to research and look into before you settle for a guitar. The play-ability of a guitar also depends on the cutaway design of the guitar, if you are a lead guitarist or wish to be a lead guitarist you may want to look at guitars with a single cutaway or perhaps a double cutaway design in the bout. This design lets you access the higher frets on the guitar neck.
As a guitar player, you may overlook the significance of the sound of the guitar when recorded and heard from a distance. A good trick to keep at hand is to listen to the guitar played by someone else to assess the difference in the sound and the texture. You can take notes as you compare the guitars that interest you the most, as this will help you find the best sounding guitar. Often guitars at music store are not re-strung and a profound sounding guitar may sound dull because of the worn out strings and you could have missed out on a great guitar.
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In this Lesson #1:-
1. Note names
2. Finger exercises for strength and dexterity
3. Playing piano with both hands
4. Simple chords
5. Basic improvising with chords and melody
Notes for the tune at the end of this video lesson. Chords in capital letters in brackets and minus sign shows a very short first note connected to normal one as in “d-e”. You can simplify the tune by leaving out these very short notes.
(C) c b a b c (G) b a g f e d c d (Am) e c c c d (F) d-e c c c (C) c c c c d (G) d-e d c b a g a (Am) a-b a g f e (F) d e c c (C) c g g g (G) b g g g (Am) b c c b a g f e d c d (C) c