Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Hidden Universe of Music - 3 Doors To Open

When you play piano by ear, your mind tends to follow the facts.  The melody line, chord progression, dexterity and rhythm may all be factors of your attention. 

It is when you get beyond your 
shortcomings,  that your mind 
starts thinking of other things. 

You must embrace looking at every key as numbers from 1-8 instead of their alpha, tonal equivalents.  There are 12 keys with 8-note, alpha scale orders which means you must keep track of 96 notes to memorize all 12 keys.  That's a lot of detail and unfortunately, what most people do.

Compare that to the 8-numbers philosophy.  You understand any chord, scale, progression and theory with 8 numbers only.  It's a single, unifying concept that gives you command.  When you understand one key, you understand them all. 

Door #1

"Numbers Organize 
Your Musical 

That's the sign on the main door to the Hidden Universe.  This door has the most locks to undo before you can enter. 

Lock #1 requires you to know the basic major and minor chords for all keys; 24 chords and their inversions.  It’s a specific goal that takes some time to learn. 

Lock #2 requires you to learn basic music theory (circle of 5ths, notation orders, figuring the key, etc).  You can’t expand theory into the Hidden Universe without first understanding Real World basics. 

Lock #3 opens the door.  It is the freedom you feel by having mastered locks #1 and #2.  At this point, your proficiency to play the chords is good and your mind is clear on basic theory.  When you’re not preoccupied learning the basics, the door opens and you step in.

The Hidden Universe is real, not just some made-up metaphor.  Highly experienced musicians operate on a different wavelength that most people don’t even know exists.  When you see unbelievable talent in improvisation, it’s more than dexterity; it’s a special something that you can’t quite put your finger on. 

That musician is performing in the Hidden Universe.


Joseph Pingel is a pianist, teacher and musicologist.  Click here to get the free companion book to this blog.  See his other sites at www.KeyedUpPiano.com and www.PlayByEarCentral.com. 

© 2011 Keyed Up Inc

No comments:

Post a Comment