How to play Contemporary Piano
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How to play Contemporary Piano

Discover principles and keys to unlocking your potential as a Conteporary Pianist today!
4.5 (35 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.
1,202 students enrolled
Created by Bj Pridham
Last updated 3/2017
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  • 36 mins on-demand video
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify the keys to unlocking the ability to play in any key signature with ease.
  • Develop how musicians communicate through 'The Language of Music'.
  • Advance your current skill set quickly with understanding how producers today create 'Contemporary Piano' voicings.
  • Mature into musicians and songwriters that have enough skills to begin the journey of creative fun filled musicianship
  • Become 'Contemporary Piano' players that can play in any environment and band situation with ease.
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  • A very basic understanding of music would be an advantage but not a prerequisite.
  • A keyboard/piano.
  • A willing and open heart ready to embrace new ways of thinking.

Playing Piano and enjoying Music is one of life’s greatest gifts.  In ‘How To Play Contemporary Piano’ you’ll learn fundamental principals used in professional arenas that will get you enjoying music quickly and efficiently. 

I have met many people who become deflated at the perception of how long it will take to gain the skills required to play piano.  That’s why I designed ‘How to Play Contemporary Piano’ to be a course that introduces concepts that have immediate benefits and can propel you toward your dreams in music. 

This course is ideal for the person who is passionate about modern music, Songwriters, Producers and of course those who want to learn Piano…  ‘How to play Contemporary Piano’ is for people who don’t want to learn how to play Beethoven’s 5###sup/sup### but do want to create and enjoy todays music without the years of training. 

Is it possible to enjoy professional sounding chords quickly?  Is it achievable to learn enough piano to song write and produce in weeks and not years?  Can you gain enough musical wisdom to string together chords of your favourite songs and play that at a high level of competency quickly?  It sure is.  We’ve given you all the keys needed to start moving toward your dreams and desires in weeks not years.      

So go on and enjoy the journey.  Music is powerful and fun.  I can’t wait to see you love and enjoy music the way I do.  x BJ

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for begginer and intermediate piano players who haven't been able to grasp modern shapes and sounds.
  • This course is for budding songwriters and producers who don't require years of deep theory or classical training to create music.
  • This course is for anyone who wants to enjoy music immediately. 7 years of training is NOT required to enjoy playing piano, song writing or producing.
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Curriculum For This Course
Course Overview
1 Lecture 04:23

Take a few moments to get aquainted with the 'Road Map'.  It's going to be an amazing journey!  Be sure to read 'A note from me' below too!  

Preview 04:23
9 Lectures 32:04

Let the journey begin!  Here we will examine fundamentals in 'The Language of Music'.  The Language of Music is our method of communication and as 100% non negotiable in understanding the foundations of music.  

Preview 02:40

In this lecture, we will learn what 'Tones & Semitones' are and their role within the Language of Music.  Tones and Semitones are an amazing key to unlocking basic 'Major' and 'Minor' understanding.  The reason I have put this in 'How to Play Contemporary Piano' is that much of what we hear on radio today is based on simple 'Major' and 'Minor' underpinnings.  Learn this and playing any song in any key will become 2nd nature in no time!

Preview 02:59

In learning 'How to Play Contemporary Piano' there are two common methodologies of communication.  'Letters' & 'Numbers'.  It's most likely that you have grown up learning letters of the alphabet as the names of notes (i.e:  a,b,c,d etc).  This is a great 'Musical Language' however the more I travel and play in professional environments the less I hear letters and the more I hear numbers.  In this lesson discover the differences and how to use both.  

Letters & Numbers

In this lesson of 'How to Play Contemporary Piano' you will discover how to apply Tones and Semitones with Letters and Numbers.  The first three lessons train you to think in principles and not in key signatures.  This is the bringing together of concepts that will leave you feeling confident no matter what key you play in!  

Applying Principles

The sound value of a major scale is kept true in any key by the addition of sharps and flats in places that are consistent with principles learned in 'Tones & Semitones' lecture.  This is the final key in applying principles of Tones/Semitones and Letters/Numbers.  You're doing a great job!

Sharps & Flats

In this lesson of 'How to Play Contemporary Piano', we start to unpack basic chord principals.  Here you'll discover the differences between Major and Minor chords and also the foundations of Major and Minor Triads.  


This is taking 'How to Play Contemporary Piano' to the next leve!  You just learned the basics of Major and Minor chords, now learn how to take a stark triad and make it sound delicious!  This is where things start to get fun.  You'll get an immediate access point to professional sounding chord shapes here.  I'm excited for you!  Go ahead and learn!!!  :)

Chords in Contemporary Music

Go to any studio or play in any professional environment and you'll soon find out that what makes a tight band is a team that can play in time.  It's a hallmark of professional musicianship.  In this lesson on 'How to Play Contemorary Piano' you'll discover basics of rhythm, and how to play in time.  Don't forget to use the downloadables attached to really get these concepts sinking in.   


This is the icing on the cake!!!  The final video on 'How to Play Contemporary Piano'.  You'll learn all kinds of tricks and tips that I've picked up over the years. Enjoy!  

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About the Instructor
Bj Pridham
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Songwriter & Musician

Bj is a passionate songwriter based in Melbourne, Australia.  He has contributed songs for projects that have impacted the music industry internationally.  His love for music and passion for seeing people succeed will inspire creativity and dare you to dream.  

Bj is a leader managing a team of over 250 musicians and singers, assisting in their training and development. 

For almost 10 years, he has been involved in the music industry both on and off stage, writing and spending time in various production roles using pro tools and logic. 

One of Bj’s greatest desires is to help people.  Music is a wonderful tool that can help people either in private for leisure or for those who dream of being the ones to shape what music will be like in the future.  He seeks on a very personal level to give practical, grounded advice to see people become all that they can be. 

Since the age of 3 Bj has been investing into musicianship and developing the ability to communicate a message through it.  He has the opportunity to travel world each year, touring, playing piano, guitar and singing. 

Having Bj as a lecturer will equip and release the amazing musician inside of you.