A new approach to piano and playing songs for beginners
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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.
4.2 (72 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
7,136 students enrolled
Created by Dave Spicer
Last updated 8/2013
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn all your major and minor chords and learn to play a basic song
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Requirements
  • Piano, Digital Piano or Keyboard
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.

Who is the target audience?
  • absolute beginners and aspiring musicians
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 26 Lectures Collapse All 26 Lectures 01:36:50
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Earn Your First Badge
2 Lectures 04:22
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.
Preview 01:55

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

Your very first challenge.
3 questions

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.
Preview 02:27

Were you paying attention?

How it Works
2 questions
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No Note Goes Un-noticed
3 Lectures 08:24
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.
Preview 03:33

Prove you understand where the reference points are on the piano.
Reference Points Quiz
3 questions

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.
Preview 01:34

White Notes
2 questions

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.
Preview 03:17


Black Notes
2 questions
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Chord Symbol Basics
2 Lectures 06:48
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?
02:50

What is a Chord
3 questions

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.
Major, Minor and Slash Chords
03:58

Recognizing Chord Symbols
3 questions
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Chord Charts
1 Lecture 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.
Searching the Web and Locating Charts
06:20

Chord Charts - Searching the Web and Locating Charts
3 questions
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Your First Song
4 Lectures 09:23
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.
Performance Video
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.
What To Expect
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.
Does the Chart Make Sense?
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.
Let's Start Playing It
02:45
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Circle of Fourths
2 Lectures 07:12
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.
Explained
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.
As a Practice Tool
03:10
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Chordal Skeletons
2 Lectures 08:36
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!
Introduction to Chordal Similarities
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!
Playing all Twelve Chordal Skeletons
05:09
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Your First Song Part 2
1 Lecture 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.
Playing the Skeletons
05:46
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Major Chords
1 Lecture 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.
How to Play Every Major Chord
07:11
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Minor Chords
1 Lecture 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.
A Minor Change for a Minor Chord
04:03
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About the Instructor
Dave Spicer
4.2 Average rating
72 Reviews
7,136 Students
1 Course
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.