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: Matthew Strachan

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


More proof that some of the best musicians are from the U.K.

Matthew Strachan, a 12-time ASCAP Award winner, is a renowned Songwriter & Composer, responsible for the music scores for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, BBC Home Front, and formed the Klaus Harmony, is a very well-known and respected musician that has his music scattered over many landscapes in many forms; Musicals, Scores, Compositions, and is a very known figure in the industry.

Critics liken him to Tom Lehrer, Leonard Cohen and Randy Newman. His creations may not all be loveable but they’re always recognisable. Exasperated bigots, angry Alpha males, lonely landladies, voyeurs and dysfunctional daredevils all have their moment in the spotlight. Matthew Strachan gives them all three minutes to tell their tale.

Strachan recently released his most recent solo effort, Serious Men. An album integrated with Blues, Alt/Rock, and great piano-riff oriented tracks. One song in particular, “Hootchie Groovey Child”, is a fun, witty, personal side to Strachan and showcases both his dynamic writing style of melodies, and humble nature of his musical persona.

With such a successful catalogue under his belt and multiple awards to show for it, I must say it has been an honor to both write Matthew Strachan‘s Bio, and write a Review for him here.

He is a musician that not only deserves your attention, but is one that should be researched. This musician has a brilliant story, and his future holds a lot of promise as he continues to carry major weight throughout the industry. 


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Artist Review #2: Melvin Fromm Jr.

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


We are more than happy to bring back humble Artist & Composer Melvin Fromm Jr. with a new single, “Colorful Fall Luck Life”.

Most likely taking an imagery-driven influence from the Fall Season, this single is once again another great smooth and catchy composition from Fromm with very dynamic use of Violin as the song’s lead instrument.

The Bossa-Nova 4/4 tempo fits beautifully with the clean Alt/Soft-Rock guitar swells that carry the rhythm section, and leaves great room for the lead violin to really showcase its many angles. It has a very cinematic feel and could definitely be heard in a Soundtrack or movie score, and even lends a foreign substance from the violin’s foreground. The chemistry is something that definitely catches the ear and makes you want to wander through Fromm‘s catalogue of compositions. Maybe perhaps hear what other tricks he might have up his sleeve.

The song’s title definitely does justice; the sound is colorful, the season of Fall easily blends into the imagery, and Luck Life seems to be Melvin Fromm‘s mantra, from what we’ve heard and seen of him so far. As of right now, we are looking forward to hearing and seeing more from him. For another one of Fromm‘s colorful compositions, we reviewed him about a month back for his first contribution. And we are elated he’s still doing what it sounds like he does best in music!

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Artist Review: Samurai Shin OST (The Soundtrack)

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


With a theatrical and dynamically crafted soundtrack that has a great vision and concept that carries a strong presence among the creators, the Samurai Shin OST Comic Book Soundtrack is something very fresh and is articulated with that “on another level” feeling.

A concept and vision created by Keith Masaru and Amir Atsuko, this soundtrack has a lot of collaboration, a strong cast of producers, and rappers that bring it all together with the soundtrack’s concept, vision, feel, and flow.

You can hear a vast of different elements that you’ve heard in a lot of movie or gaming soundtracks, but what’s great about this one in particular is the reader of the comic gets the perfect audio to synchronize with the imagery. It’s an experience that really brings light to the comic and fulfills your appreciation of the concept, while the creators really get to express it through both what you see and hear, which is something that really shows authenticity, creativity, and talent you don’t see or hear every day. This is definitely a project that comes at you with every angle to see its conceptual approach, and overall atmosphere.

The soundtrack’s production value is right where it needs to be. It has a great underground, city vibe that really enhances your visual experience while reading the comic. The beats have smooth transitions, great hooks, clever rhyming techniques, and has a “classic status” feel to it. It’s a sound that grabs your attention, and perhaps makes you interested in reading the comic if you haven’t already.

This is by far one of the most impressive projects I’ve seen and heard in quite some time. If you haven’t read Samurai Shin OST yet and have an appreciation for the uniqueness and multi-talent from minds of brilliant creators, then this is highly recommended.

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