Create Mystery & Wonder at the Piano with these chords & scale

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There’s nothing like having “the perfect fit” for the occasion. It might be a tool in the garage, a dress in the closet or a simply-stated greeting card. Being able to fit the moment is an important skill. As a pianist, you too often need to come up with “the perfect fit.” In fact, musicians will look to the pianist more than any other instrumentalist to come up with intros, endings, vamps and cues. In today’s Quick Tip, Jonny shares how to create a sense of mystery or wonder at the piano by drawing from the Dorian Scale. You’ll likely recognize this sound frequently used by film composers like Danny Elfman, John Williams and James Horner to draw audiences in to a magical moment. What you might not have guessed, however, is that you only need:

– 2 Left Hand Chords
– 1 Right Hand Scale

That’s right! Today’s lesson will give you “the perfect fit” for creating that classic mysterious mood without leaving your head spinning. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced pianist, you’ll be able to grasp this material and draw upon it when the moment presents itself.

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Happy practicing!
Jonny May

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