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How to Help your Performances Come to Life (Part 3)

One of the more helpful things you can do when getting ready for a performance is the video record practice sessions.You don't have to record the whole session. At the end of the session, just record yourself performing the song and then watch it back.

The main thing you want to focus on is how the video makes you feel. Do you want to watch it over and over because you think it's cool? Would you pay top dollar to hear yourself play like that at a big concert hall?

How to Be Prepared for a Performance (Part 1)

With the recital coming up, here are a few pointers that can help you get ready for a performance. In this video, Michael talks about how to be prepared and what it means to be prepared. If you are extra prepared, then if you get nervous when something doesn't go the way you expect, it won’t affect your overall performance.

How to Play a Walking Bassline

To play a walking bassline, you will first need to know the chords of a song.

Using "Fly Me To the Moon" as an example, the first 4 chords are A minor, D minor, G major and C major. After identifying the chord progression, start forming a walking bassline by playing the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th notes for each chord in succession. This means that for A minor, you would play A-B-C-E. To make it sound more fun, you can also add some passing notes in between these notes. From there, just add the melody. 

Why We Care About Bass "Lines" and How You Can Use Them

In music, a bassline is when bass notes move up or down by a whole step or half step. In the following TikTok, Michael P. shows what this sounds like and how you can use a bass line to build chords and a melody.

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How to Play a Left Hand Melody

When playing piano, the melody is typically played with your right hand. In this TikTok, Michael P. shows how you can become comfortable playing the melody in your left hand when learning a song by ear. In this specific clip, he plays "Ecruteak City" from Pokemon as an example. 

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