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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    ^ That's a good one. Plus the left hand always suited what was going on. It's like a lullaby. It's up to you, but you may want to develop it more. After around the 2:00 mark it was repeating stuff from before, and I generally tune out when that happens.
    I knew it was a strong one. It was the result of staying up all night listening to solo piano new age music on Apple Music. I was paying attention to left hand patterns, melodies and how the song evolves throughout.

    I know you don't like repetition, but it is something I do at this time. Maybe I'll grow out of that, but it's like a pop song structure.

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    It looks like listening to New Age did help you with the left hand. I still tend to tune out in the more repetitive parts, but for relaxation purposes, it might do the trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    It looks like listening to New Age did help you with the left hand. I still tend to tune out in the more repetitive parts, but for relaxation purposes, it might do the trick.
    Thanks Phil! I do feel like listening to New Age has bumped me up a notch in composition competence. I've had the verse section to this work for years, but only now decided to make a piece out of it.

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    edited and deleted.
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    Just a note. Your left hand when playing the keyboard looks uncomfortable to me. Typically, the wrist should be above the keyboard, not below it. As in, pretend that both hands are gently holding a computer mouse at level with the keys. If you need to get a higher bench to make this feel natural, it may be worth it. I'm letting you know this because one of the most important things, I think, is to feel comfortable and natural with the piano, and letting your hands gently drop down from above feels amazing when playing the piano, even in simple pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SergeOfArniVillage View Post
    Just a note. Your left hand when playing the keyboard looks uncomfortable to me. Typically, the wrist should be above the keyboard, not below it. As in, pretend that both hands are gently holding a computer mouse at level with the keys. If you need to get a higher bench to make this feel natural, it may be worth it. I'm letting you know this because one of the most important things, I think, is to feel comfortable and natural with the piano, and letting your hands gently drop down from above feels amazing when playing the piano, even in simple pieces.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/DeFU1Fnj5dA2B4mQ8
    Yes, I know what you speak of. I noticed it watching my own videos and can feel it while performing. I just put up with it for now since I sit comfortably at my piano and play on that when not recording a video for youtube.
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    A general rule to follow is when your RH moves up, to have your left hand move down, which adds balance (don't argue with me on this one about the general rule, it applies even to atonal music). For this reason I'd change the left hand chord at 0:51 to an inversion or an octave lower, and not repeat it the same way the second time, have another inversion of the chord (it may sound more technical, but even pop and New Age musicians do it all the time).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    A general rule to follow is when your RH moves up, to have your left hand move down, which adds balance (don't argue with me on this one about the general rule, it applies even to atonal music). For this reason I'd change the left hand chord at 0:51 to an inversion or an octave lower, and not repeat it the same way the second time, have another inversion of the chord (it may sound more technical, but even pop and New Age musicians do it all the time).
    Thanks for listening! I'll try to remember that for future works.

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    "Northern Lights"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainnumber36 View Post
    "Northern Lights"
    I do an arpeggio of a D-Major with my right hand (D-A-F#) and on the F# of my right hand, I simultaneously hit a G and then go on to finish the C-major chord with an E and then a C.

    How is that working out theoretically? (Especially the F#/G part).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainnumber36 View Post
    I do an arpeggio of a D-Major with my right hand (D-A-F#) and on the F# of my right hand, I simultaneously hit a G and then go on to finish the C-major chord with an E and then a C.

    How is that working out theoretically? (Especially the F#/G part).
    It's not heard as 2 separate chords (D and C), but rather 1 chord which is the D7 chord which has D F# A C. You harmonized the F# with G in the left hand which is dissonant but ok, there's nothing wrong with that. I think when you switched the left hand to play E B G# (E major chord) it didn't sound good because it didn't resolve and nor was it in keeping with the chord before. If you played D B G# instead it would be more interesting, because you'd be linking it to the first part with a common tone (D) to form a new chord E G# B D which is the E7 chord.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    It's not heard as 2 separate chords (D and C), but rather 1 chord which is the D7 chord which has D F# A C. You harmonized the F# with G in the left hand which is dissonant but ok, there's nothing wrong with that. I think when you switched the left hand to play E B G# (E major chord) it didn't sound good because it didn't resolve and nor was it in keeping with the chord before. If you played D B G# instead it would be more interesting, because you'd be linking it to the first part with a common tone (D).
    I actually love when I go to the E-Maj. haha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainnumber36 View Post
    I actually love when I go to the E-Maj. haha!
    Try D B G# and then E B G#, rather than playing E B G# twice. It would add more sophistication in my opinion.
    "Forgive me, Majesty. I'm a vulgar man. But I assure you, my music is not.“ Mozart

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