Creating Bass Lines is a Skill in its Own Right

I was practising to create a walking bass line in the left hand on the fly while I comp to Just a Closer Walk With Thee. Oh my, did I sound terrible even when this was my third time over the last two weeks trying to do so. It just occurred to me that creating …

Improvising Requires Theory Knowledge

I was adding a upper/lower neighbouring note to a quarter note. As I wanted those two notes to take up a quarter note beat, both notes had to be eighth notes. I was sightreading the rhythm and mentally adding neighbouring notes left, right and center. I do the above rather easily as I’m a piano …

Characteristics of Musical Keys

This is a great resource: Characteristics of Musical Keys (biteyourownelbow.com) From http://www.wmich.edu/mus-theo/courses/keys.html From Christian Schubart’s Ideen zu einer Aesthetik der Tonkunst (1806) translated by Rita Steblin in A History of Key Characteristics in the 18th and Early 19th Centuries. UMI Research Press (1983). C MajorCompletely Pure. Its character is: innocence, simplicity, naïvety, children’s talk. C MinorDeclaration of love …