Using Music Theme to Create Spectacular Piano Playing

Posted by Yoke Wong on 10/15/2013 to Piano Improvisation

There are different ways to compose a piece. One common method is to use a theme. The theme can be a repetitive musical phrase or a series of chord progression.

The following video shows you two great classical repertoire - Toccata and Fugue in D minor by JS Bach and In The Hall of the Mountain King by Edward Grieg. You have mostly likely heard of these music during the fall season, specially during Halloween time. These two music are frequently featured in horror and suspense films as well.

So, what makes these two music stand out from the rest of classical music? How do you create spectacular piano music like these?

Watch the video now - in the video, I showed you how to use minor key to make up your own song just like these famous classical repertoire. More importantly, you will learn how to improvise using basic theme.

In addition, I demonstrated how to analyze music as it is an important step to master piano playing and music composition.

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Please feel free to leave your comments on the section below!



Flee Mama
Date: 10/16/2013
I am enjoying your material so very much! Thank you, piano mother!
Vera Rathbone
Date: 10/17/2013
Thank you for sharing these fun and interesting mini-lessons. Vera Rathbone
Pamela Walker
Date: 10/18/2013
Hi Ms Wong that was an interesting lesson that I learn using the D minor chord , the octave D with the moody expression,how to present I am getting used to the notes. On the stave you sent me, and trying to memorize them. Pamela.
Date: 10/28/2013
I love the short lessons. You make it look very easy. Could you send me the music sheet of Toccata and Fugue in D Minor you demonstrated? I would appreciate it very much. Thank you.
Karol Ann Krakauer
Date: 12/28/2013
I have not been able to find where to click to listen to your videos. Maybe I need to pay you??? I do enjoy your material. I am a piano teacher and have developed some of my own techniques which work for my students even age 2 on. Thanks,Karol Ann
Glenda Taylor
Date: 2/20/2014
Beautiful; Could you send me the music sheet of Toccata and fugue in D Minor that you demonstrated? Thanks, Glenda
Glenda Taylor
Date: 2/24/2014
Please send the sheet music to Toccata and Fugue in D Minor; Thanks, Glenda
Glenda Taylor
Date: 3/15/2014
I love your music on Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Could you send the sheet music of that as you play it Thanks.
claudia haithcock
Date: 7/27/2015
my laptop computer will not play or digitals, 'they start to play and then stop, I cannont hear your message through digital or video, What' s wrong with my computer? Thanks Claudia
Date: 7/28/2015
Hi Claudia Haithcock! Please check if you have a flash player installed to your web browser. Or please check if your flash player is updated. Sometimes, the internet speed also affects the downloading of videos. I suggest, too, that when you start playing the video, pause it to buffer. When the buffer is done you can continue playing the video.

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