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  • 10 Improvement Tips & Bonus Audio Summaries

    by Jermaine Griggs · 3 comments

    in Piano

    Here’s a list of 10 improvement tips I put together that you can start implementing right away.

    At the bottom of this post, you’ll find two audio files summarizing everything in depth too!

    1. Practice Everyday
    2. Learn theory and how chords and scales are built instead of just knowing them!
    3. Find patterns to help you learn chords and how they change relations and roles in other keys.
    4. Learn all major, natural minor, melodic minor, harmonic minor, blues, and pentatonic scales.
    5. Take the scales and learn all major, minor, diminished, augmented, and seventh chords. Once you know your scales, you will find it quite easy to convert them into chords.
    6. Practice speed (play exercises increasing in speed as you progress!)
    7. When listening to songs, try figuring out the chord progressions in your head. Once you have an idea of how the song is played, start transferring your thoughts to the piano. It works!
    8. Try to learn as many songs, standards, and hymns as possible (especially, if you’re a jazz or gospel musician). Jazz musicians should know as many jazz standards as possible. Gospel musicians must know as many hymnals because you never know when someone wants you to accompany them!
    9. Exercise your gift – Show your gift off! Play at church, jazz clubs, festivals, gigs, and more!
    10. Never think you know too much. In music, there is never “too much” to learn. Keep your mind and ears open to new techniques!

    Here are two audio files summarizing the 10 tips. They come from an e-mail series I send out regularly to new students:

    http://www.hearandplay.com/audio-message/10tips1
    http://www.hearandplay.com/audio-message/10tips2

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    Hi, I'm Jermaine Griggs, founder of this site. We teach people how to express themselves through the language of music. Just as you talk and listen freely, music can be enjoyed and played in the same way... if you know the rules of the "language!" I started this site at 17 years old in August 2000 and more than a decade later, we've helped literally millions of musicians along the way. Enjoy!

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    1 lily

    Hi Jermaine,
    I was just wondering how should I proceed to make the best progress and as was looking at the next article of your latest newsletter, I came across this one here above and I thought wow, that is exactly what I wanted to know. Really, Can’t thank you enough!!!!! God bless you.

    I have question regarding minor scales: I understand that natural minor is the Aeolean mode. Which are the harmonic and melodic minor scales? And what are the pentatonic scales? Thanks again!!
    I hope you are settling in well in your new location!
    Kindest regards.

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    2 Jermaine Griggs
    3 Claude

    Hi Jermaine, Thanks for all the tips. One problem for me, however, is that I have access to a keyboard only twice in a week, Saturdays & Sundays. I use the church’s for my practice. What advice will you give to me now that my keyboard is at the repair shop? What can I do during the week that can keep me on my toes till I get a keyboard on Saturday. Thanks.

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