A study of one of the most unique and interesting keyboard parts in rock history…
… composed and performed by Pete Townshend using some very inventive harmonic interplay along with some electronic wizardry in the studio…
This lesson comes in four parts: Frank Playing, Frank’s Transcription, Study-Practice-Performance Notes, and a Choreography Video. Let’s go!
- Technically, this is a fabulous etude in repeated chords. Watch the Choreography Video below to learn how to play without tension.
- Compositionally, this is a great example of interesting patterns that are not easily explained by conventional theory.
- It may look very complicated on the surface, but the ideas are quite simple.
- Rhythmically, it is a relentless barrage of eighth notes.
- Melodically, the right hand is an exploration of an A major penta-chord.
- Harmonically, an enduring pedal point on A clearly establishes this in the key of A, but the middle voice keeps changing the mood. The note G suggests a mixolydian flavor, the note F suggests a minorish tonality, the note D suggests a suspension, and the note F# in the last two bars suggests a majorish tonality.
- Using both your ears and your knowledge of music theory, study it until you hear and understand its essence and enjoy the results!
Is anyone interested in a how-to video demonstrating the technique and choreography for playing this with freedom and ease? Comment below!