Learn How to play Rock Piano with style. Learn the rhythmic and harmonic concepts to be able to play in this style of music.
How to play Rock Piano?…
Do you envy those rock guitarists running around on the stage?…
Running around may not be that easy if you are on the keyboards… but you can definitely play Rock Piano!
Normally you will find a lot of guitarists playing in this style! In fact, the moment you talk about Rock Music, it is the picture of a guitarist that comes to ones mind.
But there have been lot of pianists as well who have managed to successfully use the piano in this style of music. Don’t get disheartened if you do not see a lot of people around playing in this style, just pick up some of the tips mentioned here and you will know how to play Rock Piano.
How to play Rock Piano? You Need lots of Energy
Jerry Lee Lewis was one of the earliest players who introduced the classic rock piano sound.
This style of music needs lots of energy as you have to repeatedly play fast chords or intervals. Maintaining the beat while playing the fast chords could be a challenge initially.
If it is getting difficult, you may want to learn the song at a slower tempo at first, and when you are comfortable, you can increase the tempo.
Here’s a nice video that shows you how to do it!
Characteristics of Rock Music
Here are some of the skills that you will need, if you want to know how to play Rock Piano. Some of them should be fun to learn, especially the glissandos!
Glissandos – Slide your fingers across the keyboard. This may look easy but be cautious as you may hurt your fingers.
Fast chords – Play the chords very fast, usually two per beat.
Bouncy Intervals – Learn about music intervals! You can use them instead of chords, especially the fifths.
Energy – You will need plenty of energy to be able to play just one song! Keep an ear on the beat. Maintaining the correct beat at a high tempo will be a challenge initially.
Rock Keyboard – The Complete Guide with CD!: – Hal Leonard Keyboard Style Series (Hal Leonard Keyboard Style) (Paperback)
Pop/Rock Piano Hits for Dummies: A Reference for the Rest of Us: by Hal Leonard Corp – Great collection of Songs… All in one book
The Best of Rock ‘n’ Roll Piano – A Step-by-Step Breakdown of Keyboard Styles and Techniques (Paperback) by David Bennett Cohen
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