Music Theory: Boss Piano – A Lesson In Cadences

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

It is nearly impossible for any piano player to not hear the word cadence at least once in their life. Before explaining the cadence meaning, I will start with the reference of what a musical phrase is.

As you might already know, it is a musical thought composed with four measures length in most cases, and incomplete also. A cadence is a chord progression composed usually of at least 2 chords that ends a phrase or a part of a piece of music.

The cadence has a really important role in any piece of piano sheet music because it gives a sense of resolution for that rhythm. There are some types of cadences that are authentic, deceptive, half, and plagal. They are divided into two groups: finished cadences and unfinished cadences.

The authentic cadence is the movement from the chord V to I of the key center. It is usually written V-I and is the most common and most frequently used cadence. For an example, when it comes to the C Major scale, try playing from V (G) to I (C) and you will notice by yourself how a great finish sounds, because the authentic cadence is also known as a perfect cadence and is well-known for its most finished contribution.

When it comes to the deceptive cadence, it is good to know that it’s also called the interrupted cadence. The name is very suggestive, as in this case, it ends on an unexpected chord. The music sounds reminiscent of something interrupting the piece. For this one, the most common chord progression is from chord V to chord VI, also written as V-VI. For an example, using the A Major scale, the chords are V which in this case is the key E and VI which is the key F sharp minor. Play it and listen carefully to get a familiarity to this type of cadence, so you will be able to use it in your own piano tabs.

When it comes to unfinished cadences, it is easy to anticipate that the sound will be unfinished. This happens because the unfinished cadences don’t end on chord I. By using an unfinished cadence at the end of a phrase in a piece of piano sheet music, it will give the listener the feeling that there is more to come in the next section and that the piece is not over.

In the group of unfinished cadences there is the half cadence. It is also known as imperfect cadence and it ends on chord V, while it can start on chord I, II or IV. For an example, in the G Major scale, we take the chords I (which is key G) to chord V (which is key D). Listen and you will notice that this is not the end, it’s more like a “wait for the next part” kind of feeling. When it comes to plagal cadence, the progression is from chord IV to chord I, also found written as IV-I.

Cadences are a great way to practice and develop piano techniques, and are also considered part of the little things that form the basis of piano for any player.

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Artist Highlight: Calvin West

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

In today’s music world, the internet has been a focal point and cornerstone in almost every musician or band’s career. From platforms like YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook, and other social media outlets, there’s always something behind the scenes to help enhance a music maker’s presence.

That’s where professional lyric video artist Calvin West comes in. A man that creates innovative and groundbreaking lyrics videos for any artist, any genre and with any kind of theme. Whether it’s a song that has a certain message or atmosphere involved, West is that visionary who can put all the pieces together for you and bring your song to live through an eye-catching lyric video.

Artists have especially taken interest in releasing lyric videos on behalf of getting fans to learn the words to a song, or perhaps put out a YouTube release of a track with some kind of character to it; in case an official music video just isn’t in the cards yet.

West has worked with over a thousand musicians and record labels from all over the world, and it’s a multifaceted combination of his background and ability that keeps his clients coming back. He understands their artistic identity and strives to channel it through the lyric videos he makes, and never fails to grasp at the artist/client’s vision for a project. Which is truly what separates him from the rest.

West is also a Top Rated Seller on freelance network Fiverr, with over 1,000 five-star reviews from artists all over the world that come to him for his abilities behind the screen. It doesn’t matter the challenge, it doesn’t matter the deadline – if you hand your work or artistic vision over to Calvin West to bring your song into a whole new spectrum, this is the man that will get it done. It gives musicians and their fans to encompass a whole new perspective on a very articulate audio and visual journey unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

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Artist Review: Lavi Beats

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

When it comes to production value with innovation and insatiable authenticity, Lavi Beats is a name to take note of.

Delving into a bit of his history, Lavi is not only specified to one role in music. He is a DJ, producer, singer and a songwriter. Alongside that he also plays the keyboard and drums. Hence, he has experimented a lot in this the music realm and is extremely multifaceted. Still, this music star like all of us has his own artist favorites from the field. The ones he would go on to credit being influences on the music he produces range from Sam Cook, Bob Marley, Tiesto, Afro Jack, Major Lazor and Stevie Wonder, among many others.

Lavi‘s sound is dynamic, climactic and extremely effective. With production credits ranging from Pitbull to renowned singer Belinda, Lavi has been hitting the ground running since his thrust into the industry.

His single “Young Night” serves up a very tasty demonstration of his skills behind the mixing board. With a mid-vocal range and seductive lyrics grasping at a very catchy melody, the upbeat flavor to this song really comes together with every element that is implemented.

Lavi‘s other track “Miami Life3” shows a very in-depth look into his writing style exclusively in the beats department. With a punchy approach, this song demonstrates a style that shows various components to how he pieces together a digital composition. It doesn’t outdo itself with every plugin or noise theatrics. He kicks this track booming, enticing, and overall effective in its approach.

Lavi is definitely one of those artists you don’t wanna sleep on. He has amassed incredible credentials, an unwavering internet presence, and a career that cruises to new heights with every release he puts out.

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  • Artist Review: Yann Sella – “Turning Circles” feat. Manchester Rain

    Article by: Justyn Brodsky

    A track that is subtle and electronically ambient, French producer, Yann Sella, experiments with beautiful soundscapes and sonic textures in his single “Turning Circles (feat. Manchester Rain)”.

    Currently signed with UK label Subdust Music, Yann Sella shows a lot of promise with this song, which is his debut single from his forthcoming EP Existence. His ability to implement different moods and sounds into one explosive emotional package is made very evident throughout each measure of this song, and the likable musicianship factors stand out effectively.

    From the very beginning, the ambience speaks very loudly and the buildup and ascending measures are very soothing yet anticipating. Yann‘s use of software and plugins are very intricate but are still kept simple in all the right places, and the vocal swells are blended passionately with great melodies to bring forth more elements of what is offered throughout the artistic merit of the track.

    This song is definitely one that can take your mind to a place you haven’t been, or a place you’ve been yearning for. It’s not your average exercise in EDM or Electronic Music, “Turning Circles” stays within a realm of its own and really showcases Yann‘s insatiable talent and passion for music.

    From the multifaceted writing and programming to the elite production value, “Turning Circles” sets a great foundation for what’s to come for the DJ & Producer, and will definitely entice you to check out the rest of his EP when it releases.

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    Artist Review: Emmanuel Dalmas – “Father” Single/Music Video

    Review by: Justyn Brodsky

    An exercise in audio and visual chemistry, and a journey into dreamlike sequences and paralleled musicianship.

    That’s just one small way of describing Emmanuel Dalmas‘ captivating piano & violin-driven single “Father”, accompanied by some powerful cinematography that shows a vast array of landscapes, geography, and amazement for the eye in an effective sequential format.

    This instrumental composition is one that demonstrates not only production quality, but music theory and strong musicianship components as well. With brilliant measures of melodically crafted violin and piano, this is a great modernized take on the classical genre.

    “Father” is especially effective with the music video’s cinematography adding to the chemistry to bring it all together into one dynamic masterpiece. From subtle swells to strong climaxes throughout the measures, the story-telling sensation you get from Dalmas‘ composing style really sets the tone for this song and leaves a signature stylization that really encompasses raw emotions. The chemistry between the entirety of the instrumental setting is definitely soundtrack-worthy, and could work in almost any film setting if placed properly.

    “Father” is definitely an anthem within. A song that puts emotions and melody into the forefront and grasps at your body, mind, and soul altogether. However, with the enchanting cinematography that rides along with the composition, you’ll get the full sensation of just how powerful this song really is.

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    Artist Review: Calafyx

    Review by: Justyn Brodsky


    Melodically driven, drums and bass heavy, and an insatiable feeling of musical nostalgia.

    The melodic vibes from UK EDM-Artist Calafyx’ newest EP Freedom really bring the dynamics of Ableton Live software and magnetic songwriting to the forefront; expressing many moods, structures, and cinematic-worthy production value. 

    The first single from Freedom is the instrumentally soothing “Made”. A perfect introduction and demonstration to Calafyx’ signature sound and artistic merit. This track definitely sets the tone for the rest of the EP and already begins to leave you transfixed on the track’s versatility and infectious melody.

    The second single “Fantasy” brings forth a shift in formula, but sticks to the melodic foundation that makes these songs stand out. With beautifully crafted vocals featured by artist Charlea B, the uptempo drum track from this song really drives the structures forward with more versatile elements when mixed with the powerful melodies this EP showcases. The vocal harmonies are absolutely flawless and really put the perfect touch to the track’s atmosphere altogether.

    And with EP-title track “Freedom”, again with authentically sensual mid-to-high range vocals performed by Charlea B, we get another nostalgic angle of Calafyx’ song structured moods with balance and composure that really tie all the songs together. This title track definitely shows a lot if charisma and really hits home with the EP’s concept. Each of these songs are cleverly connected and also experiment with different elements while sticking to a solidified chemistry that really puts high likability factors on Freedom altogether. No matter what, these singles are going to entice you to check out the rest of the EP in whole, and perhaps have you research more into Calafyx as an artist and persona. You won’t be disappointed when you do.

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    Artist Review: Woochia – “Bus” Single

    Review by: Justyn Brodsky


    This London-based Producer of Music & Videography displays a lot of versatility and character depth as an artist with his Melodic-oriented Techno.

    Woochia, a French Artist & Producer with his own crafty signature sound, is a very dynamic and effective songwriter and composer behind the mixing board, and processes heavily every-day sounds to create smooth and melodic techno tunes. Inspired by progressive rock bands such as Tool or Rishloo, he strongly implements wide atmospheres and ambient meditation sounds and moods in his music.

    His single “Bus” is quite a ride. It’s a well-executed buildup as the track plays on and, like said, has very melodic signature moods and components that drive this song to keep building ontop of its formula as the track began. There are some twists and turns in the measures ahead, but they’re very appropriately fitted for the song. It also keeps you focused, but at the same time, relaxed and soothed by the subtle changes of how strong or delicate the moods shift.

    Woochia definitely leaves a great impression on you as a Producer; one that knows the mixing board like the back of his own hand. But his compositions, especially with his diversity of EDM and the melodic components that really add the flavor to the overall mix.

    This is a very promising track for those who haven’t discovered Woochia yet. It’s a song that will leave a strong impression on you. And will make you morbidly curious to hear what the rest of the EP has in store.

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