A new approach to piano and playing songs for beginners

Learn how to play Chords, Feels and your first song on piano. Learn the rules of music to play anything.
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  • Lectures 26
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2013 English

Course Description

This course will focus on getting you playing popular songs in a variety of styles. We focus on the theoretical rules of music but ALWAYS with application to songs. This course will get you up and playing quickly. Everything is broken down into baby steps with extremely detailed video lessons and downloads at every turn. With constant challenges you can be sure you will understand the material. You do not need any prior piano experience to do this course as we start right from scratch.

What are the requirements?

  • Piano, Digital Piano or Keyboard

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn all your major and minor chords and learn to play a basic song

What is the target audience?

  • absolute beginners and aspiring musicians

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Earn Your First Badge
01:55
This is your opportunity to earn your very first badge! To earn this badge you will need to watch these videos and take the challenges. These videos will give you a guided tour of this site and introduce you to how we teach.
3 questions

So you've watched your first video... let's see if you were paying attention!

02:27
This is your opportunity to earn your very first badge! To earn this badge you will need to watch these videos and take the challenges. These videos will give you a guided tour of this site and introduce you to how we teach.
2 questions

Were you paying attention?

Section 2: No Note Goes Un-noticed
03:33
One of the most fundamental lessons you can learn on the piano is what all the notes are named and more importantly, how to find them on the piano. This Badge is broken into three videos which focus on reference notes, white notes and black notes.
3 questions
Prove you understand where the reference points are on the piano.
01:34
One of the most fundamental lessons you can learn on the piano is what all the notes are named and more importantly, how to find them on the piano. This Badge is broken into three videos which focus on reference notes, white notes and black notes.
White Notes
2 questions
03:17
One of the most fundamental lessons you can learn on the piano is what all the notes are named and more importantly, how to find them on the piano. This Badge is broken into three videos which focus on reference notes, white notes and black notes.
2 questions

Section 3: Chord Symbol Basics
02:50
What is the difference between notes, intervals and chords? How can we tell the difference between a note and a chord? What symbols can we use to differentiate between Major, Minor and Slash chords? This badge is awarded when all these questions can be answered.
What is a Chord
3 questions
03:58
What is the difference between notes, intervals and chords? How can we tell the difference between a note and a chord? What symbols can we use to differentiate between Major, Minor and Slash chords? This badge is awarded when all these questions can be answered.
Recognizing Chord Symbols
3 questions
Section 4: Chord Charts
06:20
This course will quickly have you playing any chordal based songs and grooves that you wish. That being the case, you're certainly going to need to know how to find them over the internet. Let us take a look at how to locate chord charts.
Chord Charts - Searching the Web and Locating Charts
3 questions
Section 5: Your First Song
02:18
Ok, you've learnt where all the notes are, how to recognize different types of chords and also how to locate chord charts - it's time to start playing your first song. We will work on this song over four badges and these skills can apply to all songs you ever work on.
01:53
Ok, you've learnt where all the notes are, how to recognize different types of chords and also how to locate chord charts - it's time to start playing your first song. We will work on this song over four badges and these skills can apply to all songs you ever work on.
02:27
Ok, you've learnt where all the notes are, how to recognize different types of chords and also how to locate chord charts - it's time to start playing your first song. We will work on this song over four badges and these skills can apply to all songs you ever work on.
02:45
Ok, you've learnt where all the notes are, how to recognize different types of chords and also how to locate chord charts - it's time to start playing your first song. We will work on this song over four badges and these skills can apply to all songs you ever work on.
Section 6: Circle of Fourths
04:02
The circle of fourths is a visual representation of all twelve tones on the piano. It can be used to figure out all sorts of useful information. We are going to start using it as a practice tool to make sure that we build our skills equally across all keys.
03:10
The circle of fourths is a visual representation of all twelve tones on the piano. It can be used to figure out all sorts of useful information. We are going to start using it as a practice tool to make sure that we build our skills equally across all keys.
Section 7: Chordal Skeletons
03:27
Did you know regardless of what the type of chord is, majority of chords have two notes that are always the same? Knowing these chordal templates (Skeletons) and being able to get to them effortlessly in all keys is one of the big keys to being a killer piano player!
05:09
Did you know regardless of what the type of chord is, majority of chords have two notes that are always the same? Knowing these chordal templates (Skeletons) and being able to get to them effortlessly in all keys is one of the big keys to being a killer piano player!
Section 8: Your First Song Part 2
05:46
So now that you know what skeletons are and how to play them all, we can start applying this to any songs you know. This makes sure you have the foundation or core of the song down before we start adding any 'colours'. For beginner contemporary pianists this is a must.
Section 9: Major Chords
07:11
With skeletons now being a piece of cake, there's only one note to add to each of these skeletons to make it a major triad. Luckily we've got a trick to make sure you can get to them with ease. Keep practicing this and they will all become habitual and that's where your musical freedom will really kick in.
Section 10: Minor Chords
04:03
Major chords were super easy, right? Well it should be no more effort to figure out how to play all your minor chords. This quick video lesson will give you the skills you need to play all minor triads.
Section 11: Your First Song - Part III
Adding the Chords
03:23
Section 12: Time Signatures - Part I
Basic Overview
08:20
Section 13: Your First Song - Part IV
Breaking it Up
07:29
Section 14: Checkpoint
What Now?
01:48
Section 15: Certificate Practice Room
Certificates Explained
02:51
How to get your Certificate
04:07
Submit your Certificate link
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Instructor Biography

Dave Spicer, Professional Musician and Educator

Dave Spicer is a highly sought after musician with numerous recordings, television, radio and festival appearances to credit. Dave holds numerous tertiary accreditations including a masters degree in contemporary performance and a Masters in Vocal Performance. This makes him the first lecturer within the Conservatorium of music holding double Masters Degrees. As a performer Dave has played with many of Australias' leading artists such as Vince Jones, Tom Burlinson, David Campbell, Jimeoin, Miguel, Noni Hazelhurst, William Barton, Megan Washington, Kate Miller-Heidke, Darren Percival, Frank Bennett (the list goes on). Dave has been flown around the country to perform for many corporate companies, individuals (Reg Grundy, Kevin Rudd, Queen of England 2011 tour of Australia, most recently the American Ambassador) and numerous jazz and music festivals. On top of his extensive academic, gigging and touring history, Dave is also the creator of School of Music Online. This website is a popular community website for music students worldwide which hosts contemporary music video lessons for all levels. Currently, the website www.schoolofmuscionline.com has thousands of members logging in daily to learn from Dave. Dave is on call for many national and international artists that come into town, as well as acting Musical Director for many theatre productions and shows. Dave is very active within the contemporary music scene in Australia and shares and equal love for performing and educating.

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