My Boogie Woogie Piano History

My Boogie Woogie Piano History

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My Boogie Woogie Piano History

 

I was a 17-year-old recruit in the US Army Air Corps in 1945 when I heard this exciting music for the first time.

One of my buddies was a truly expert piano player who enjoyed showing off his skill in what we called “The Rec Room” where we often spent what leisure time the Army gave us in basic training.

Wow! He played so wonderfully! I was fascinated by the seemingly endless flow of delightful and dynamic sounds which he called Boogie Woogie.

Although the origin of the term Boogie Woogie is unknown, several sources suggest that the words trace back to the word “boogie” in the late 1920s which were used for rent parties as early as 1913.

Its modern-day spelling is usually thought to have been first used in the titles of both issues of “PineTop’s Boogie Woogie” which Clarence “Pinetop” Smith recorded before his untimely death in the late 1920s.

Opinions and theories vary widely regarding the origin of the words for this style of music. Some of the linguistic phrases with African roots such as “boog” or “Boogie” both of which mean to beat like in beating a drum are probably the best guess. In any event, the music most certainly originated among newly emancipated African Americans.

 

 

The United Sates was a segregated society in those days with Racial discrimination a common event in the life of black people. During this period in America, some companies produced phonograph records which were clearly labeled as Race Records which were marketed almost exclusively to black communities. Americans.

However, many people of all groups enjoyed the music and were buying the 33, 45 and 78rpm recordings which were state of the art products at the time. My first purchases included the piano duets of Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons, especially such delightful pieces as “Sixth Avenue Express” which my old Army pal had played again and again at my request.

Although a large number of black piano players were active in America at the time, Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons, along with Meade Lux Lewis are usually considered the major players in bringing Boogie Woogie to its high level of popularity during the years of World War 2– its golden years. For that matter, most of the well known white musicians of that period included at least one piece of it in their recordings.

A few white performers produced some truly good work. Freddie Slack and Will Bradley, for instance, produced a wonderful piece of music entitled “Down the Road a Piece” which I think is a masterpiece. However, the efforts of most of the major white musicians, who earned much more money, usually struck me as attempts to copycat the black musicians whom, I thought, produced more attractive and creative work while receiving much less money for doing it.

 

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How to Use Piano Chords list and Charts

How to Use Piano Chords list and Charts

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How to Use Piano Chords list and Charts

 

Playing the piano would never be a lot easier in the absence of a list of piano chords. While most people think that playing the piano just involves reading music notes or playing by ear, well, think again. Playing the piano is obviously more than that. Besides reading notes and understanding what such numerous symbols and numbers mean, learning the piano does not end after playing that one enormous piano masterpiece at a recital. It goes on as long as there is sound and music is produced. And to make every piece of music distinct from one another, a list of piano chords was made. Here is an example of chords list.

 

What’s on the list?

The list of piano chords contains the complete record of all the kinds and types of chords that can be played. While there are only six basic variations of piano chords, each has been transposed in twelve keys, making a total of 72 equally essential piano chords.

 

By root or by type

In looking for a list of piano chords, there may two types presented to you. One is by root and the other is by type. In by root style of listing, the 17 kinds of chords are tackled extensively, according to their respective subtypes. In by type style of listing, on the other hand, 8 categories have been broken down for further categorization.

 

Recognizing flats and sharps

Looking at the list, one can actually start to recognize which ones are the flats and which are the sharp notes, basing primarily on the symbols and how the letters are written. Those chords with the number sign are the sharp chords while those letters that are typed with a small letter are known to be the flat notes. The sharp notes are the kind of notes which are half a note higher than the basic chord while the flat notes are the type which is half a note lower than the basic type of chord.

 

Perfect form for Referral

With the list of piano chords on hand, learning to understand the depths of playing piano has become very convenient. From the basic towards learning the most complicated pieces of songs, a list of piano chords has become the source for most pianists.

 

Understanding Piano Chord Charts

To reduce the level of anxiety when trying to comprehend piano chords, piano chord charts have been formulated to make learning easy and highly teachable.Today, various images of piano chord charts have been produced and made available for all age ranges.

 

The formulation

Piano chord charts have been formulated to make piano lessons and practices easy, convenient and more inviting. Arranged from C to G then on to A and B, every single type has been properly classified to make it more pleasing beyond what meets the eye.

 

Categorization

Apart from the arrangement of letters, found in piano chord charts are categories of chords which have been made. Such categories are Major, Major 7th, Minor, Minor 7th, Suspended 2nd, Suspended 4th, 7th, 6th, Augmented and Diminished among many more others. As major and minor Cs down to the last notes of sharps and flats are listed, there is a corresponding chord aligned to it.

 

Variations

Over the passing of time, piano chord charts have been studied, improved and revised. In fact, there are piano chord charts made available online, which are interactive to its users. Not only will it aid users in mastering the art but it will also help them recognize their mistakes and correct it. More so, varied forms of piano chord charts have inspired aspiring pianists to create their music according to their personal style.

 

Benefits

While many people can never learn to understand what piano chord charts are for, a significant number try their best to get hold of one and just sit in front of the piano and play all day and all night. And true enough, the availability of piano chord charts in almost all forms have become very helpful to those who are learning how to play piano chords. Besides mastering the basics, he or she can slowly follow the images of the advanced types and practice it as well.

 

Thanks to those who made an extra effort in making the piano chord charts, learning how to play the piano has never been this easy.

 

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Famous Pianists That You Should Be Listening To

Famous Pianists That You Should Be Listening To

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Famous Pianists That You Should Be Listening To

 

The world is becoming a global village. Everything is all over now. One good thing is that the earthshares music sweetness in ways that we can never imagine. Pianists from all walks of life are keeping lovely music alive and describing it in latest and exciting techniques. Listening and enjoying the piano ain’t just a fun, but it’s an excellent way to uplift yourself as an entertainer. Here’s a list of famous pianists who you should frequently be listening to.

 

Justin Kauflin

Justin Kauflin lately gained a bit of recognition while he was being featured, together with Terry Clark , in the cinema Keep on Keepin’ on. But he has been playing music whole of his life. He began learning piano while still tender of age though has a bit twist to his tale: he totally lost his vision because to a bad eye disorder. This difficulty, part of whatever the film sharpens on, didn’t refrain from pursuing his music passion. He’s been playing professionally since he was 15 years old, studied together with Miller Mulgrew at the university, and then became a renown semi-finalist in the Monk International Piano Competition. Within his acquaintance Terry, Kauflin joined and also signed contract with the famous Quincy Jones. Quincy Jones dropped his sophomore record, Dedication, that was produced last year to significant acclaim. It is featuring guitarist Stevens Matthew and is included in all original incorporation. Kauflin and the band group are today touring in sponsor of the album throughout the US and internationally.

 

Joey Alexander

The prominent question we have concerning the video of this 11-year old Joey Alexander splitting “Giant Steps” to pieces is if or not he could strike the pedals when he’s seated down. Yet at the last statement seems like a little joke, the boy’s not at least a teen, and he already maintains a harmonic, melodic and rhythmic understanding that many people spend decades nurturing. So our doubt of either or not Joey Alexander could touch the pedals isn’t a dig since he’s short, it’s more of an “I’m very sure that what I was doing at 11 was performing Mario Kart and even not hitting it on the most harmonically seasoned chord changes ever created.” SeeJoey Alexander and his three’ as they feast the discharge of his debut collection on 30th April at Dizzy’s.

 

Martha Argerich

Regarded one of the distinguished pianists of the recent part of 20th era, Martha was born in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires to a Russian-Jewish and Spanish parent. the year she turned 16, She won two important piano competitions.

 

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The Piano: History, Facts, and Benefits

The Piano: History, Facts, and Benefits

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The Piano: History, Facts, and Benefits

 

In the fourteenth century, instruments with keyboards evolved from a dulcimer to the clavichord, spinet, virginal, gravicembalo, and then finally, the harpsichord. The harpsichord led to the development of the piano. In fact, the story of the piano began in 1709 in the town on Padua, Italy. The first man to design it was Bartolomeo Cristofori. He was a harpsichord maker. Initially, people referred to it as the gravicembalo col piano e forte, which means soft & loud keyboard instrument. Other names included the pianoforte or the fortepiano. Finally, musicians settled on the piano as its name.

 

Interesting Facts about a Piano

• This instrument has 7,500 working parts
• It requires 230 strings in order to make full range sound.
• It is the king of the instruments because it ranges from the highest note you can play on a piccolo to the lowest on a bassoon.
• An upright piano is slower than a grand piano is.
• You must tune a new piano at least four times a year and then twice a year after that.

 

The Benefits of Playing It

• One of the greatest benefits of playing it is that it lifts the spirits of the player. Some people term this feeling as the joy of making music.
• Keyboard lessons reduce anxiety, loneliness, and depression.
• Children who learn how to play it acquire critical skills in life such as dedication, discipline, and hard work.
• Children who play it score highly in cognitive development tests.
• Playing the piano strengthens motor skills such as eye to hand coordination.

 

Some of The Greatest Piano Players in History

– Claudio Arrau (1903 to 1991)
Arrau is another great pianist who could read music at a very early age. He is famous for his interpretations of compositions by Beethoven.

 

– Martha Argerich (Born on 5 June 1941)
Considered one of the best pianists in the world, Martha won the International Chopin Piano Competition when she was 24 years.

 

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A Quick Summary of Impressionist Music

A Quick Summary of Impressionist Music

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A Quick Summary of Impressionist Music

 

Impressionist music had various characteristics including irregular phrases and unresolved dissonances. Avoiding traditional harmonic progression was also a common trend among impressionists. Moreover, exotic scales, modality, whole-tone scales, and the ninth chords featured frequently in this type of music.

 

Eras Closely Associated With Impressionist Music

During the nineteenth century, music artists concentrated on emotional expression in their compositions. However, by the turn of the century, budding musicians were craving for new and exciting ways of exploring their talents. Thus, the Impressionist Era started in 1875 and it lasted until 1925. Impressionist artists focused on creating specific suggestions and atmospheres for their audience.

 

Instruments Used in Impressionist Music

Most Impressionist composers preferred composing music for the solo piano. However, orchestras consisting of many instruments like brass, horns, and percussion instruments also featured prominently in their compositions. Apart from wind instruments, the harp was also common in Impressionist Music.

 

Prominent Musicians in the Impressionist Era

Claude Debussy (1862 to 1918)

Claude Debussy was famous French composer. He is arguably the most prominent composer of this Era. In fact, Debussy influenced numerous composers and subsequently, many of them adopted his use of chromaticism and non-traditional scales. His music is famous for its sensory content and the use of non-traditional tonalities. Surprisingly, Debussy did not like it when anyone termed his compositions as Impressionist.

 

Maurice Ravel (1875 to 1937)

He was a composer, pianist, and a conductor. Ravel was so good at composing music that many people regarded him as one of the greatest French composers that ever lived. Interestingly, he incorporated some elements of baroque, neoclassical, and jazz music into his style. It is important to note that Ravel composed a few pieces. However, his compositions were highly complex requiring great technical skill to play them. Some of them included the Gaspard de la Nuit & the Daphnis et Chloe.

 

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A Quick Summary of Impressionist Music

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