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5 New Lessons Available

1. Month Beginner Curriculum:
Routine #2b: Five-Finger Improvisation Exercises (4 Major Keys: E,B,F#,C#)

5. Month Beginner Curriculum:

Routine #17B: Major Pentatonic and Blues Improvisation (Walking Bass Version)
Routine #17C: Major Pentatonic and Blues Improvisation (Rootless Voicings Version)
Routine #18: Major Pentatonic and Blues Scale Exercises (Walking Bass Version)
Routine #19: Major Pentatonic and Blues Scale Exercises (Rootless VoicingsVersion)

15 more lessons and I am done expanding the beginner curriculum for a while. From January on I will start working on the Intermediate curriculum too. However if you sign up for the Monthly Intermediate course now, you will get access some of these Advanced Beginner lessons too.

With Love,
David

5. MONTH BEGINNER CURRICULUM: +8 NEW LESSONS!

  1. Routine #16: Major Pentatonic and Major Blues  (Ear Training Version)
  2. Routine #16: Major Pentatonic and Major Blues (Sheet Music Version)
  3. Routine #17: Major Pentatonic and  Blues Improvisation Exercises
  4. Routine #18: Major Pentatonic and Major Blues (Jazz Version) Coming Soon
  5. Routine #19: Major Pentatonic and Major Blues Improvisation Exercises (Jazz Version) Coming Soon
  6. Routine #20: Open Triads Etude (Ear Training)
  7. Routine #21: 9th Chords Etude (Ear Training)
  8. Routine #22: Sus4 chords Etude (Ear Training)
  9. 5 Month Challenge: Comping with Open Triads (Silent Night)
  10. 5 Month Challenge: Radioactive Dragon

4. MONTH BEGINNER CURRICULUM: +9 NEW LESSONS!

  1. Routine #13: Blues Scale Exercises (A minor Blues)
  2. Routine #14a: Expanding a Rhythmic Vocabulary for Improvisation (Easy)
  3. Routine #14b: Expanding a Rhythmic Vocabulary for Improvisation (Medium)
  4. Routine #14c: Expanding a Rhythmic Vocabulary for Improvisation (Difficult)
  5. Routine #15a: Major Triads Etude (Root Position, 1st & 2nd Inversion)
  6. Routine #15b: Major Triads Etude (Smoot Voice Leading, Grooves)
  7.  Voice Leading Theory
  8. 4 Month Beginner Challenge Part 1: Contemporary Music Techniques
  9. 4 Month Beginner Challenge Part 2: A minor Etude + Improvisation with 4 types of minor scales.

28 New Lessons the last 10 days… not bad, eh?

3. MONTH BEGINNER CURRICULUM: +6 NEW LESSONS!

  1. Routine #9: Five-Finger Scales Exercises (A minor Pentatonic)
  2. Routine #10: Five-Finger Improvisation Exercises (A minor Pentatonic)
  3. Routine #11a: Major Triads Etude (First Inversion)
  4. Routine #11b: Major Triads (Second Inversion)
  5. Routine #12: Major Triads Etude (Arpeggios – Two Octaves)
  6. 3 Month Beginner Challenge: Melodic Improvisation (Pop & New Age music)

Remember:
Your primary focus should be on Lessons 1 – 130. (Red Lessons)
If you want to dig deeper, then you complete all the routines too. (Green Lessons)
If you can’t get enough you work on monthly challenges too. (Pro Lessons)

Stay tunes. I am not done yet 🙂

1. Month Beginner Curriculum: Routine #1b – Five-Finger Scale Exercises (12 Major Keys)

If you are an absolute beginner- you have never touched a piano before – this routine is not for you and it is completely ok if you want to ignore this lesson for a while.
Do you want to try anyway?
All right, here is the plan:
1. master all the lessons first. (Lesson 1 – 18 +  26, 27, 28, 29)
2. master all the routines (1,2,3,4)
3. Practice this lesson only with your right hand.
4.  Is it still difficult with both hands? Be patient and wait for few more months.

Note: The reason I added this lesson to your 1. month beginner membership is because you might be a beginner as a piano player, but not as a musician. (Some of my members are professional guitar players  and they get bored very fast when things are too easy)

2. Month Beginner Curriculum: +7 New Lessons!

  1. Routine #5: Five-Finger Scale Exercises (A minor blues)
  2. Routine #6: Five-Finger Improvisation Exercises (A minor blues)
  3. Routine #7a: Major Triads Etude (Right Hand – Octaves)
  4. Routine #7b: Major Triads Etude (Right Hand – Octaves)
  5. Routine #8a: Major Triads Etude (Arpeggios: Right Hand – Octaves)
  6. Routine #8b: Major Triads Etude (Arpeggios: Left Hand – Octaves)
  7. 2. Month Beginner Challenge: The 9th and the Good 9th Song

    Dig in 🙂
    More to come! 

1. Month Beginner Curriculum: 5 New Lessons Available!

Hello Everyone! I am starting a new lessons series.
It is time to master every scales, chords, and arpeggios in 12 keys. As always, I will keep it fun for you. You don’t have to practice any dry and unmusical exercises. Remember: Every exercise should sound like real music.

The first 5 lessons are designed for the 1. month beginners members but I recommend it to every one of you.
Each of these lessons includes play-along tracks too.

  1. Routine #1: Five-Finger Scale Exercises (Mainly for Beginners)
  2. Routine #2: Five-Finger Improvisation Exercises (Beginners and Intermediate players)
  3. Routine #3: Major Triads Etude – Root Position (All Levels)
  4. Routine #4: Major Triads Etude – Arpeggios (All Levels)
  5. 1 Month Beginner Challenge: Smooth Voice Leading (For PRO Beginners)

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Note: For a limited time these beginner routines are available for the monthly intermediate membership too.

I’m new here, where should I start?

Q: Where can I find the lessons?
A: Monthly Membership for Beginners: Click on Lessons → Beginner Course
( https://www.soundofemotions.com/beginner-lessons-1-month/ )

Monthly Membership for Intermediate Click on Lessons → Intermediate Course
( https://www.soundofemotions.com/intermediate-course/ )

6 Month Membership Click on Lessons → Beginner & Intermediate Lessons
( https://www.soundofemotions.com/beginner-intermediate-lessons/ )

1 Year Membership Click on Lessons → All Lessons
( https://www.soundofemotions.com/all-lessons/ )

Q: I am an Intermediate Pianist (2-3 years of playing piano). I purchased the 6 months membership. Where should I start?
A: You have 3 possibilities here.

1. Start from the beginning.
Complete every single exercise. Download the sheet music, play it and if you made no mistake, move right away to the next lesson. After a while you will find an etude or improvisation exercise, that will challenge you a little bit. You will see that you had to think about the notes or rhythm. You will hear that your improvisation was not the best, you hit some wrong notes at the wrong time. When you reach that point, slow down and read the practice plan under that video lesson. This is where you start your journey.

2. Check out Checkpoint 1, 2 and 3.
If Checkpoint 1 was easy to complete, then there is no need for you to practice anything that is before Checkpoint 1. However, if you have some issues reading notes and rhythm, I would still recommend you to start from the beginning.

If you have good reading and improvisation skills, you can jump right away to Checkpoint no. 2
Let’s say that Checkpoint no. 2 was not so easy anymore. In that case, you start with the lesson that you find right after Checkpoint No. 1. (Lesson 65 or Lesson 68)

„Man, checkpoint No. 2 was a piece of cake too.” – Awesome. Continue with the lesson that comes after Checkpoint 2 or jump to Checkpoint No. 3 and see what happens there.

3. Record yourself playing checkpoint no 1, 2 or 3.
Once you are done with your best shot, upload it somewhere, send me the link and I will check your level out.
Based on that recording I can tell you where to start and what to practice for the next few months.

Q: I am not sure if I see all the mp3 files.
A: You do. Some lessons contain mp3 files another don’t. I use to have a separate mp3 track for every single exercise, even if the exercise was only 5 notes. I was young and foolish. I had too much time to create stuff that nobody will use.

Q: I see some MIDI files here and there. Do I have to download Synthesia for these exercises?
A:  Hmmm… no.  Unless you really want to. The truth is that I get excited whenever I find a new tool for practicing piano, but this year I was testing this „practicing with midi files” approach a lot… and I am not so impressed with the results. (So, just skip it)

 

Q: What is the difference between pianoundervising-bergen,  Sound of emotions (SoE) and David Magyel YouTube Channel?

A: pianoundervising-bergen.com – is my Norwegian website. The main purpose of that website was (is?) to the promote myself as a private piano teacher in Bergen. The sheet music store was just a little extra feature, but now it is all changed. The store became the main feature and… I should just delete the rest. The store collects all the sheet music I made for my YouTube Piano lessons and that’s all. I mean, there is no other connection to the Sound of Emotions website.

David Magyel YouTube Channel – Random Jazz-, Blues and Pop Piano Lessons. Most of the time advanced stuff. I like to keep it random, because that way I can test new concepts. Based on your reaction I can decide if the lesson is good enough to add to my sound of emotions curriculum too. (Soon or later the best YouTube lessons will be added to to the Sound of Emotions curriculum)

soundofemotions.com – contains the curriculum I do with my private students for many many years now. My main purpose here is to teach you how to express your emotions through music. You must know that I will never add a random lesson just because it is fun. I want to be sure that you are ready for the next step. I don’t want you to worry about what to practice after you are done with a lesson. It has to be super simple: if you don’t understand what is going on… go back to the previous lesson. If you mastered a lesson, great, move to the next lesson.

One more thing: If you buy a membership at SoE, your purchase will not appear in your  Pianoundervising-bergen account and Vice Versa. You don’t need to buy any music sheet from pianoundervising-bergen to start your Sound of Emotions journey.

Lesson 121 – Practice Tips for Intermediate Players

I have decided to create 3 additional lessons next to this Blues Challenge.
This lesson will help you to learn the ‘Blues Challenge Etude’ as it is.
Basically you will see how I have practiced my own etude, before I upload it for you.
The next lesson will cover the creative process of practicing all the blues exercises from Lesson 115 to Lesson 120.

Enjoy,
David

Checkpoint 3: The Blues Challenge

What is the point of this CheckPoint/Challenge?
1. One of my big goal was to teach you how to express power, energy, madness through Blues. Now you have the tool to channel your anger. You can stop hitting the wall when you are pissed off and just play some loud blues.

2. This Etude is a mixture of LESSON 119 and LESSON 120. I wanted to show you the power of these lessons. You can create endless etudes like this based on Lesson 113 to Lesson 120. All you have to do is to mix your favorite elements together. (Follow the practice routine I provided you under Lesson 119 and lesson 120)

3. Intermediate piano players:  Learn this Etude and sent it to me. I will check out your level and I will tell you exactly what lessons you should work on. (An unlisted YouTube Video link would be perfect)

4. Advanced piano players: Challenge me! Create your own etude. Show me that you can do better than me. If you do that – and you succeed – I will challenge you back with a new, advanced lesson.

 

NOTE: NEW MEMBERS! WELCOME!
Regardless you level – beginner, intermediate, advanced – I want you to show me your progress. (Audio or Video)
Show me your reading and improvisation skills and I will create you a practice plan for your the next few months!
Eh! Do not send me big files! If you could send me a link (unlisted YouTube Video, SoundCloud) that would be great.

Have fun everyone,
David