How to Master Piano Songs with the Divide-and-Conquer Method

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Divide-and-Conquer Method
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An active member of his community, Benjamin Perlin volunteers with the Tennessee State Veterans Home and works at his local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. For recreation, Benjamin Perlin enjoys music, especially classic rock. A musician himself, Ben Perlin is a pianist.

If you’re trying to learn a new song on the piano, the best way is to divide the song into manageable pieces. Studies have shown that a human brain can focus effectively on only about four to 10 seconds of music. Therefore, you should divide practice in the same way, and focus on only a handful of measures at a time.

On the following day, focus on a second small part, and add it to the first. Eventually, you’ll be playing the entire song.

You can further break down a song by dividing the work of each hand. First, focus on the right hand, which is typically the melody.

Once that feels comfortable, focus on the left hand. Then, use both hands together. This systematic approach may seem to take more time, but ultimately it saves time by eliminating unfocused practice time.

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An Overview of Some Popular Bass Guitar Playing Styles

 

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A knowledgeable photographer, Benjamin Perlin uses his understanding of the scientific processes behind capturing images and printing them on paper to create unique effects. Alongside his photography work, Benjamin Perlin is also a musician who plays piano and bass guitar. Ben Perlin studies bass guitar with Denny Sarokin. When learning bass guitar, individuals should become familiar with the many different styles of playing.

A difficult bass style is jazz, which typically involves a great deal of improvisation. Unlike some other musical styles, jazz often makes the bass a central focus and celebrates its contributions, allowing bassists to create a unique voice. Learning some jazz bass helps individuals understand musical phrasing and can lead to more technical, but tasteful, playing.

Funk has produced some of the most memorable bass lines. The funk bass style is marked by slaps and pops that get the head bobbing. Bassists who learn funk songs build a strong foundation for moving into other genres of music. Plus, funk is a bass style that sounds great even on its own.

Blues players understand how to translate emotion into melody. When blues bassists play, they wear their hearts on their sleeves. Many beginning bass players start with blues lines because they are simple yet deep and moving.

Rock music steals bits and pieces from other genres and plays them loud and proud. To excel at rock, bassists need to become versed in other styles so that they can represent them faithfully.

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How Do Different Woods Affect the Tone of a Bass Guitar?

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Bass Guitar
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Benjamin (“Ben”) Perlin is an active community volunteer and a skilled photographer. Recreationally, Benjamin Perlin pursues multiple passions, including the bass guitar, which he studies under Denny Sarokin. When playing bass, it is critical to understand how the materials making up the instrument affect the tone.

The type of wood that comprises the body has a huge effect on overall sound. Alder remains one of the most common bass guitar woods since it has a balanced sound with high clarity. Less expensive instruments may be made of basswood, a soft material that produces a flatter sound than other options. Agathis is also popular because it is relatively inexpensive and gives a rich sound that emphasizes low and middle tones.

Some more expensive options include maple, mahogany, and ash. Because maple is dense, it creates a long-sustained sound that is bright and clear. Mahogany has a softer, warmer tone. Ash is similar to alder and producers a full, bright sound. Many bassists want instruments made out of swamp ash because the grain is so beautiful.