This fast-paced course takes you where you need to be. Thinking musically, like musicians do!
When learning any musical instrument there's always one part where you will have to dedicate time to develop your technical skills. It takes not just months but years to refine those skills only to find out that sometimes we totally ignored the 'intellectual' aspect of music!
Wouldn't it be great to have a bit of skill .. not too much, in fact rather on the "slow side" and still be able to play something that 'sounds' good?
Harmony is much about that intellectual side rather than being able to play with lightning speed technique.
It's not about just learning chords or playing scales up & down the keyboard. It's THE concept how to sound good. Why one note sounds better than the other.
The more you understand the underlying concepts and how to apply them, the more you will realize that a lot of music can be played and enjoyed without having to acquire concert-pianist level skills.
I'm sure you've probably seen enough guitarists strumming chords and instantly enjoying the music with everyone around singing and clapping along?
On the keyboard, we can and should too! I mean we have 88 keys haven't we?!
So hop along & join me in this short but rich journey through piano harmony.
All songs mentioned are transposed to the key of C . The songs themselves are excerpts that will address a particular concept or technique.
11 practice songs with accompaniment example & analysis: Let it Be (Beatles), Can't help falling in love with you (Elvis), Canon in D (Pachelbel), My Love (West Life), Don't know why (Norah Jones), Desperado (the Eagles), Have I told you lately (Rod Stewart), Fly me to the moon (Jazz standard), Tears in heaven (Eric Clapton), Just the 2 of us (Grover Washington), It might be you (Stephen Bishop)
3 songs demonstrating common grooves: Girl from Ipanema (Antonio Carlos Jobim), Misty (Jazz standard) & Can't take my eyes off you (Gloria Gaynor)
11 other short excerpts mentioned: Nothing's gonna change my love for you (George Benson), I miss you like crazy (Natalie Cole), Just the way you are (Billy Joel), Let it go (Frozen), Superman (Five for Fighting), I started a joke (Bee Gees), Everything I do (Bryan Adams), Change the world (Eric Clapton), Last Christmas (Wham), Can't smile without you (Barry Manilow), Santa Claus is Coming to Town