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Pop Routines

- - Routines

The things we need to accompany a song


By playing songs from a simple chord scheme, we gain insight into the structure of a piece more easily.
Instead of 15,000 notes, it can be quite refreshing to see and feel a sort of revelation and experience how easy it can be to accompany a song with 5 chords and it's nice how free you feel while doing this.
This page gives the Routines to practice and experiment with this phenomenon.
Routines Manual, a guide to study the routines

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The pop Routines are exercises to get a basic feel, the knowledge and the skills to play songs.
It's divided in 7 groups:
1- Rhythm, Persussion on a piano, left hand against right hand
2- Bass, left hand, basic function
3- Chord progressions, as in songs, possibilities to train the feel, sound and chord progressions itself
4- Chords and voicings, triads and more
5- Reading Rhythm
6- Major Scales, the easy way
7- Broken Chords
 

- 1 Rhythm

The piano is a percussion instrument, use it that way.

Song Comping. The piano is also a percussion instrument so how to use this in accompaniment of songs.

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- 2 Bass

How to play a fundamental bass.

Left Hand Bass. The left hand can be rather static because we focus on the right hand which one can be rather busy. But as soon as we say 'left hand play something' it starts moving and brings in a lot of flavor, rhythm and so more dance into the music.

Download de pdf with some possibilities and it will give you an insight in this left hand movement.
The video is a cheerful example how simple it is to focus a bit more on the left hand.

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- 3 Chord Progression

Chord progressions, as in songs, training patterns used in many many famous songs


Four Chord Songs


Beatles, Taylor Swift,A-Ha, Adele, Journey, Elton John, Toto, Yiruma, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles, The Beache Boys, Muse, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Celine Dion, Phil Collins, Gotye etc….

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Classic Chord Progressions 1,
sequences of descending fifths

I will survive, Gloria Gaynor. Million years ago, Adele. Yesterday when I was young, Charles Aznavour. Bamboleo, Celia Cruz. Hello, Lionel Richie,


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Classic Chord Progressions 2,
secondary dominants

Make you feel my love, Adele. All you need is love, The Beatles. Dancing Queen, ABBA, Don't know why, Norah Jones. Hey Jude, The Beatles. New York State of Mind, Billy Joel. What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong. Lately, Stevie Wonder

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Classic Chord Progressions 3,
Modal interchange

Nine Million Bicycles, Katie Melua. Don't Want To See You Again, The Beatles. If you don't know me by now, Simply Red.All I want for Christmas, Mariah Carey. Always look on the bright side of life, Monty Python. Easy Living, Jazz standard. Friends in low places, Garth Brooks, How deep is your love, Bee Gees. Hello Goodbye, The Beatles. There will never be another you, Jazz standard. How you're gonna see me now, Alice Cooper. Zing,vecht, huil, lach, werk en bewonder, Ramses Shaffy. I'll be back, The Beatles. I just wanna stop, Gino Vanelli. Theme from 'Mahogany', Dianne Ross.

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Let it Be,
Paul McCartney

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Champs Elysées,
Joe Dassin

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Voor Haar, Her Songs
Jake Holmes, chords

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Fields of Gold,
Sting

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Chord Progressions,
in C just to transpose
and getting used to. It will open your ears.

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- 4 Chords

Voicings from triads to 4 voices in 2 hands, you have to do and feel this.

7 Chords, the best basic voicing for song accompanying

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Chords Lookalikes. There are only 12 major chords and you can play milions of tunes with it. One way to learn them quick is to see the lookalikes. The basic Triads.

Chords Inversions and Voicings. How to connect chords, the Triads, the easy way.
A random routine form

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- 5 Reading Rhythm

The best way the hear, see and practice an eye opener for the ears.

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After watching the video download the exercises.
 

- 6 Scales Technique

An easy way to build up routine, speed and better moves.


Scales.
A different approach.

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- 7 Brokenchords Technique

Training technique to move your hands easier and more professional

How to practice a good coördination in playing broken chords.

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The Routines are exersices to get a basic feel, the knowledge and the skills to play songs.
It's divided in 7 groups:

How to practice a good coördination in playing broken chords.