How to Create Hip, Mature and Lush Harmonies [correction]

Written by Ronald Worthy

Copyright 2005 RAW Productions

Rarely is a chord played with its tones contained in a single octave,repparttar root onrepparttar 149030 bottom,repparttar 149031 third inrepparttar 149032 middle, andrepparttar 149033 fifth onrepparttar 149034 top.

Usually chords are "voiced!"

This basically means thatrepparttar 149035 positions of a chord's tones are scattered overrepparttar 149036 keyboard. The tones may be altered, doubled, added to, missing, and so forth.

There are a great variety of possibilities available in voicing chords. Voicing chords properly is an art within itself. Usingrepparttar 149037 correct voicing techniques in your playing will give your improvisation a "hip," mature and full sound. Chords played in root position just does not seem to dorepparttar 149038 job when playing Jazz, Rock, Pop, Blues, Gospel and "Smooth Jazz" piano.

Learning and mastering good voice leading techniques in your playing is not difficult if you just follow some simple rules.

1. The most important notes in any chord isrepparttar 149039 3rd andrepparttar 149040 7th. The 3rd ofrepparttar 149041 chord defines whetherrepparttar 149042 chord is a major or minor chord. The 7th ofrepparttar 149043 chord will define whetherrepparttar 149044 chord is a dominant or major chord. Usuallyrepparttar 149045 bass player will playrepparttar 149046 root and fifth. The root and fifth are not essential tones and can be completely left our from your chord progressions. If you must userepparttar 149047 root and fifth try using it in your right hand, not your left. You should add your "color" tones in your right hand.

Stop Procrastinating - Start Achieving Your Goals

Written by Lori Radun

Copyright 2005 Lori Radun

It has been said that 60-80% of New Yearís resolutions will be broken withinrepparttar first two weeks. In other words, a lot of people have a hard time makingrepparttar 149006 changes in their life they want to make. So you are not alone. Personally, I am not a huge advocate of New Yearís resolutions because I believe in setting and achieving personal goals all year around. That being said, I wanted to share with yourepparttar 149007 top ten ways to increaserepparttar 149008 likelihood for success with achieving your goals.

1. Stick to 1 or 2 important goals. Having a laundry list of allrepparttar 149009 things you would like to change in your life can be overwhelming. Your chances for success are much higher if you stick to 1 or 2 of your most important goals. This allows you to concentrate all your energy and focus on these goals. Once you achieve those goals, you can always set 1 or 2 more.

2. Be realistic. Itís okay to think big and wantrepparttar 149010 best, but it is more important to succeed, so be realistic. Ask yourself whether or not your goals are reasonable and possible. It is probably not realistic to setrepparttar 149011 goal of never yelling at your kids again. How will you feel about your resolution when your children test you on a very bad day and you yell? Certainly one can cut back on yelling and work to find alternative ways to deal with misbehavior, but an all or nothing attitude may set you up for failure, and feeling like youíve failed can set you up for more failure. Instead, accept and honor your humanness.

3. Be specific. Be as specific as possible when determining goals. Articulate how you will measure success and exactly what you are trying to achieve. Setting a goal to lose weight is too general. A better choice would be to set a specific and manageable goal. For example say, "I will lose 25 pounds by June 30, 2005." Be specific when answeringrepparttar 149012 what, when and how.

4. Connect to your motivation for achieving your goal. Why do you want to achieve this goal? Why now? Make sure your motivation comes from your heart, and not from your head. In other words, your goal should be something you really desire, and not something you know you SHOULD do. Really connect to why this is so important to you. Pay attention to whether or not you are being driven by fear or love. Beware of setting goals based on what someone else in your life thinks you should do. Your resolutions should come from your authentic self.

5. Examine your belief in your ability to achieve this goal. What do you believe about your ability to achieve your goals? If you have tried to reachrepparttar 149013 same goal many times before without much success, your confidence could be wavering. You could be feeding yourself negative messages without even realizing it. Be conscious about positive thinking. Remind yourself that you are capable of doing anything you set your heart to. Tell yourself every day that you haverepparttar 149014 ability to takerepparttar 149015 steps it will take to reach your goal.

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