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Solo like a pro with this simple trick

Solo like a pro with this simple trick

Solo skills can often get stuck on a certain level. Your improvisation sounds predictable and ordinary and elevating it to the next level seems like years of practice ahead of you. And while practice and continuous learning are important, there are several quick...

How to remember all sharps and flats in all scales? 🤔

How to remember all sharps and flats in all scales? 🤔

To easily remember the order and names of all the sharps and flats in the scales, simply memorize the following two phrases. For sharps Fat Cats Go Dancing And Elephants Boogie (F# C# G# D# A# E# B#)   For flats Boring Ed Always Drove Good Clean Fords (Bb Eb Ab Db Gb...

Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson

Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson

"[…] an anthem that would spread some sunshine on the world." – Quincy Jones (producer of Man in the Mirror) This amazing song was the fourth of five US #1 hits from Michael Jackson's Bad. It was written by Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett and demonstrates some nice...

Back to the Future — Analyzing a fantastic movie soundtrack (Part 1)

Back to the Future — Analyzing a fantastic movie soundtrack (Part 1)

You simply have to love this soundtrack from the 80s classic movie Back to the Future! Even if you’re not a child of the 80s, this soundtrack by Alan Silvestri stands out from the rest. In a series of articles I want to analyze parts of the theme music and deduct valuable lessons that you can use in your own songwriting. Let’s start with theme 1 and the opening fanfare in this article…

The first theme is rather short (from 0:00 to 0:28 in the YouTube video above). In this article I will talk about three interesting features:

The fanfare
The „rock move“
The half cadence

Why do “sus4” chords include the word “sus”?

Why do “sus4” chords include the word “sus”?

Why do you write Csus4 instead of just C4? The quick explanation The sus is short for suspended. That means the fourth replaces the third and is later resolved down to the third. The two characteristics of a suspended chord are: a Csus4 chord has no third the 4 of the...

How to play large chords that are too far for your hand?

How to play large chords that are too far for your hand?

Some chords can be quite a stretch to play on the piano. You simply can’t press all keys at once, even if you expand your hand as much as possible. Not everyone has hands like Franz Liszt or Sergej Rachmaninov that can span a 13th (tredecim). So how can you play...

Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake (Part 2/2)

Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake (Part 2/2)

This is part 2 of my analysis of the song „Can’t Stop The Feeling“ by Justin Timberlake in terms of music theory and its harmonic content. The idea of these articles is to bring the dry topic of music theory to the real world and help you understand why songs like...

Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake (Part 2/2)

Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake (Part 1/2)

Today I will analyze the song „Can’t Stop The Feeling“ by Justin Timberlake in terms of music theory and its harmonic content. The idea is to bring the dry topic of music theory to the real world and help you understand why songs like „Can’t Stop the Feeling“ work and...

Blank Space by Taylor Swift

Blank Space by Taylor Swift

Today I will analyze the song „Blank Space“ by Tylor Swift in terms of music theory and its harmonic content. The idea is to bring the dry topic of music theory to the real world and help you understand why songs like „Blank Space“ work and sound like they do. So...

Hotline Bling by Drake

Hotline Bling by Drake

“Hotline Bling“ by Drake in terms of music theory and its harmonic content. The idea is to bring the dry topic of music theory to the real world and help you understand why songs like Hotline Bling work and sound like they do. If you’re lazy, watch my video on...