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How to make your own Chart Hit Cover: Play Arcade by Duncan Laurence

Piano Improvisation

So, you are improvising and playing around, but your piano playing always sounds the same. The improvisation never takes a new journey, what do you do? Find a chart song you love and be influenced by a specific feature.

Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade” harks back to the organum music of medieval times thanks to its consecutive fifths in the bass. What does this mean? If you count up from E, E-F-G-A-B, five notes and play E and B together you have a fifth. When these notes move in parallel it creates a rather calming, old-fashioned feel that is also rather lonely and hollow. Check out my mini Arcade Piano Cover in the video below.

Once you have found a musical feature, it’s time to start playing around with it, take the song on a journey.

Music Theory

Music Theory? Yes, all integrated. What have we learned? We have learned about a specific interval, the Perfect 5th as well as Organum and the Medieval era.


Aural and ear training? Yes, we’ve learned that too. We learned what a fifth sounds like and the effect it creates when it moves in parallel.

We have covered piano playing, performing, improvising, theory and aural in a few minutes. What’s not to love about holistic learning?

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