The Bach Prelude

These are not lessons in the music of Bach, per se, but he knew it all and gave it to us who are the benefactors of his genius. Indeed, he gave us the very scale we use; the ‘tempered scale’ that makes it possible to compose in all keys major and minor. That’s huge! Then he gave us harmonic identities, functions, and extended notes; 9ths, 11ths, and 13ths, and so much more.

If you intend on learning your music, other than, ‘memorizing and practicing’, the material in these videos will be an answer for you. The materials I present are unique, quite different than you have worked with in the past.

As you work on this material, you will find eventually that you know what you are doing; understanding and hearing the various elements, and will not rely strictly on memory, and can visualize clearly what you are playing.  Memory then, will be automatic because you will know what you are playing.  Your playing will take on meaning, as opposed to just notes that you have memorized.

This is the beginning of your journey into the language of music…

Included are 17 videos:

  • Measures 1-4       Learn by writing
  • “           “                  Learn by playing/improvising
  • Measures 5-8       Learn by writing
  • “           “                  Learn by playing/improvising
  • Measures 9-12     Learn by writing
  • “          “                   Learn by playing/improvising
  • Measures 13-16   Learn by writing
  • “            “                 Learn by playing/improvising.
  • Measures 17-20   Learn by writing
  • “            “                 Learn by playing/improvising
  • Measures 21-24   Learn by writing
  • “            “                 Learn by playing/improvising.
    • Using these measures as an intro to popular songs, including a demo.
  • Measures 25-28   Learn by writing
  • Measures 25-28   Learn by playing/improvising
  • Measures 29-32   Learn by playing/improvising
  • Measures 33-36   Learn by playing/improvising
  • And finally a lead-sheet type analysis.