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Some instructions to Make Interesting Textures

A great deal of new age piano music comprises of rehashing examples, or surfaces in the left hand while the right hand ad libs a song. This approach is truly a decent one! It liberates you up to make at the time. To start with you choose what harmony or harmonies you’ll be utilizing as a part of the left hand. You then make an ostinato or arpeggio that establishes the framework for the whole piece.

It resembles the foundation a painter utilizes before the frontal area is attracted. On account of music, the foundation would be the textural designs in the left hand. At that point the right hand comes in “to paint” in whatever is left of the photo – for this situation, the ad libbed song.

George Winston utilized this approach as a part of the piece “Rain.” First you get this excellent textural foundation made solely by the left hand. He covers more than an octave with the left hand utilizing the thumb to reach past and make the music sound more full. Presently, in this piece he utilizes just a couple harmonies, yet intrigue is kept up through the ad libbed song. In my piece, Flashflood, from Anza-Borrego Desert Suite, I utilize a similar method.

I begin by playing an ostinato in the left, than include the tune morally justified. I continue playing the ostinato for whatever length of time that my instinct says, “this sounds great,” then include some complexity, either by evolving harmonies, or by including new material.

It’s critical to understand that total textural foundations can be made utilizing the left hand alone. Truth be told, whole bits of music can and have been made utilizing this extremely adaptable approach. It’s particularly suited for new age music. In this way, here’s a well ordered technique for making surfaces:

1. Pick your harmonies – These can be groups of three, or Open Position Chords, or any harmony structure

2. Make an example for your left hand

3. Extemporize a tune with your right hand