How to Practice Piano for Composers
What you'll learn
- The foundations of arranging principles and techniques at the piano
- How to generate endless musical ideas based on combining standard arrangement patterns together
- How to create highly effective practice routines to grow as a piano player & composer
- Be able to develop, arrange and finish your existing musical sketches & ideas beyond their early stages.
- A basic level of music theory OR have taken my other Udemy course 'Music Composition at the Piano' - access it with this link: leanmusician. link/mcp
- A basic level of piano skills
In language learning, there is a well known hack or trick to pushing through early stages much quicker than the 'average' learner and it’s to find the top 300 most used words or patterns in the language and to learn those first.
THIS is what we’re doing in this course. The aim of this course is to help composers arrange more fluently at the piano by focusing on practicing the fundamental patterns of arrangement. By taking this course you will enhance your composing and arranging skills, as well as becoming a better piano player.
When you have this skill & knowledge of arranging patterns under your belt you can:
Start combining and manipulating them in many different ways.
You start hearing these patterns everywhere! Which shows you music isn’t as hard as you thought!
You can deconstruct your favorite music and emulate it with ease
You can develop musical ideas with ease and finally start finishing that pile of sketches that you have been building up! : )
My name’s Jack Vaughan. I’m a composer and online educator and founder of Lean Musician My courses have been taken by thousands of students in nearly 100 countries and my main thing is helping musicians write and practice music more effectively.
This is not a beginners course. This course follows on from my previous course, Music Composition at the Piano. The aim of that course was to give beginner musicians an amazing foundation in music theory and composition - or to give intermediate musicians a catchup on all the things they often miss. If you haven’t taken that course, or don’t feel totally confident with your level of music theory as it currently stands - then check it out before taking this one.
About the course | In Depth
Performing musicians practice - all the time. That’s how they get better. But how do you practice if you’re a composer? After you’ve mastered a good level of music theory, and some basic keyboard skills - how do you really start absorbing new techniques & material and move from being an intermediate to professional?
In my experience, there’s two conventional bits of wisdom that professional composers usually say in answer to this: write lots of music on the job and listen to new music all the time.
Both of these are absolutely true and probably the best bits of advice you can get. If you’re not already doing them, stop watching this video and do that solidly for a week and see what happens.
However, my guess is that you’re already doing this, and it’s not answering all your questions. The thing is, most early stage composers get stuck when writing - quite a lot. And it’s really an issue of vocabulary.
Imagine I’m trying to write in French but my level of vocabulary is limited - my writing is not going to be so good - no matter how much I write. Obviously I need to learn more words or standard patterns in the language and then try them out in my writing.
I could also try and read or listen to as much French as possible - but how much do I actually recognize and therefore absorb for my own writing?
This is a perfect analogy for music. How can we write without a basic vocabulary of patterns and how can we emulate what we’re listening to if we can’t understand it?
My hope is that at the end of this course you’ll have built up and continue to be building a powerful skillset at the piano and have a wealth of arranging principles on which to draw from. And my hope is that these two pillars will allow you to express your compositional ideas more fluently and more reliably.
I hope to see you on the inside!
Part 1: Harmony
2. How to use this section
8. Step Down
9. The Sequence
10. Lord Chords
11. Minor 4 Soul
13. Secondary Dominants
14. Jazz Blues
15. Chord Relationships & Bitonality
Part 2: Repertoire
16. Outlines & Repertoire List
19. Pattern Library
20. Example Tunes
Part 3: Voicings
23.Closed & Open
24. Doubling, Dropping, Adding
25. 3rds, 6ths, 10ths
26. Grace Notes
27. Harmonizing Melody
29. Voice Leading
Part 4: Accompaniment Patterns
32. Broken Chords & Arpeggiation | Pt 1
33. Broken Chords & Arpeggiation | Pt 2
34. Alternating Chords
37. Bass Line
Part 5: Rhythm
38. Groove & Loops
39. Introduction to Groove
40. Tempo & Time
41. Strong & Weak
45. Accents & Dynamics
46. Grace Notes & Ghost Notes
47. Cross Rhythms
48. One Chords Genres
Part 6: Melodic Patterns
52. Paired Pentatonics
53. Multi Scales
Part 7: Putting it all together
54. Putting it all together
55. Practice & Composing Tips | Pt 1
56. Practice & Composing Tips | Pt 2
57. Practice & Composing Tips | Pt 3
Who this course is for:
- Intermediate composers, producers and songwriters
For as long as I can remember, I've been obsessed with deconstructing, creating and learning music more effectively.
I'm a composer by trade primarily and love producing mine and others work with computers. I love tech and use it all the time. As an artist, I think mastering your tools and strategies is a key to creative freedom and that's what I teach online.
My name is Jack, and I'm a composer, producer and educator. I live in the UK. I love music, I love the internet and I love teaching as I learn. Please get in touch if you want, i'm super friendly. :)