Exploration in C Part 1

I have decided to do an in depth exploration of keys as my personal project in my piano journey. Throughout the years, I likely have played pieces in every key! With this project, the idea is to get intimate with every key.

What flavour does it have? How are different modes used to create variety? How can I use this key to express myself?

While exploring, I intend to learn classical music and pop music in the key in question. There will also be listening exercises, improv exercises, transposing exercises, and composition exercises involved when needed! Quickly said, this is an expansive project, designed for me to gain a deeper understanding into every key. Along the way, I will be practicing notation, rhythm and technique.

We begin with C major.

C Major Part 1

My initial feelings towards this key: clean, classic, easy going and bright

I first warmed up with the technique I knew in C; this included parallel scales, arpeggios, chords and formula pattern. I quickly noticed that my formula pattern could use some work in coordinating my hands. This task has been added to my to-do list.

Then I googled through IMSLP piano pieces in C major. I landed on Mozart’s Sonata in C major.

While sightreading through the Sonata, I noticed that the high register in C major sounds innocent. It almost has a childish twinkle to it. The sound is clear, whimsical and and light.

I also thought the accidentals were very noticeable in a land of white keys. They added an immediate contrast and peaked my ear’s interest as it flew by.

The timing is not necessarily easy in the intro of this piece! I decided to slow down the piece considerably to work on the rhythmic structure of the piece. When left unchecked, I felt myself play faster and faster through the scale-like runs.

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The Practice of Creativity

In my personal experience, the hardest part about creativity, is the continued practice of creativity.

While we accomplish creativity landmarks along the way (Wrote a chapter of a book! Composed an original choral score! Created a bass line that makes me want to dance!), time pushes us along in life. That being said, we definitely should celebrate those moments! In fact, I encourage my students and I in celebrating our creativity output. We celebrate our increasing skill, our growing authenticity, and that specific moment in our lives.

However, time pushes us forward. If we choose to revel in our finished product for too long, we lose the practice of creating.

Creating is not like climbing a mountain. While we can keep reaching higher ground, we will never rest at the top -and that’s okay. As the wise saying goes: if we are not growing, then we are by default dying.

Practice of Creativity

That being said, it is important to have a daily practice of creating. Creativity mogul Julia Cameron suggests hand writing three pages of thoughts every morning. Other creativity experts suggest that 10 minutes is enough to hold a time slot in your life. This is why I ask my students to play for 15-30 minutes a day.

It’s also important to recognize that not all creative sessions lead to great projects. Sometimes it simply represents a single moment of our lives- and that’s okay too.