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Learn the basic, universal skills to be able to play songs by ear! You will also learn scales, chords, stride and salsa!
4.9 (5 ratings)
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92 students enrolled
Created by Peter Nydahl
Last updated 2/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • pick out songs by ear and play them
  • know how to make an easy arrangement of a song
  • play a lot of different chords
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Requirements
  • Patience and time to practice!
Description

In this course you will learn universal tools that you can apply on just any song! You´ll start of with the basics like the names of the keys, how meters work, fingering, tempos,how to use the pedal, etc. Then you´ll move on to learn songs in three “steps” starting with melodies in the right hand, adding bassnotes in the left and finally put chords to the songs. This will be based on a system which I call ”the sing-and-play-way”, meaning that you should first learn to sing the music, then sing and play it, THEN play it without singing it. In this way you will learn to “sing” with you instrument which according to me is the absolute best and most effective way. Wouldn't it be great if you could play all the songs that you can sing??

You will also learn scales, about a lot of different chords and how to practice them, and also the wonderful pianostyles of stridepiano(jazz from the 30´s) and salsa!

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Down below follows some important tips for ANYONE interested in learning how to play. I hope that you´ll find this useful! :)

1. THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE is to believe that music comes from your fingers playing. The music comes from inside of you and COMES OUT through your fingers.

2. YOU CAN AVOID THIS MISTAKE by three simple steps: 1: Sing, 2: Sing & play 3: Play.

3. ONE OF THE BIGGEST SECRETS is actually very easy. Always notice where you're going and prepare yourself for the next step. I talk about this in the presentation video (free). Don't miss out, this is so important.

4. THE WAY TO PRACTICE THAT NO ONE TALKS ABOUT is to practice "backwards". It might sound strange at first, but not if you think about it. If you're practicing starting from the beginning all the time, what will you learn best? The beginning of course! But as the song goes on you get more and more insecure. Start to practice the end of the song (or the end of the part that you want to learn) first. You will learn the beginning anyway, for sure. This is how most students waist their time, including myself once.

5. TAKE A COURSE ONLINE

Ok, this might sound a little bit cheesy coming from me, being the creator of this course. But I sincerely believe that this kind of teaching is the future. It has so many advantages in the possibilities to watch the videos over and over, the visual aspect and the ability to bring the lessons to you whenever you want and where you want.

Well, that was some advices from me. I hope that I´ll see you in the course!

Take care! :)

//Peter

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who has an interest to learn or learn more about pianoplaying
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Curriculum For This Course
71 Lectures
03:24:49
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Basics - what you have to know to get started!
8 Lectures 21:14
Names of the white keys
04:58

names of the black keys
03:56

fingering
00:46

half & whole steps, the structure of the major scale
03:12

the difference between major & minor
02:07

meters
02:43

tempos
02:41

Singing & Playing
00:51
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Playing melodies with your right hand
10 Lectures 24:28
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
04:51

Twinkle Twinkle - Correct answers(all keys)
1 page


Jingle Bells - correct answers(all keys)
1 page

Beethoven's 9th Symphony
08:31

Beethovens 9th symphony - correct answers(all keys)
2 pages

Hot Cross Buns (playing on the black keys)
02:13

Hot Cross Buns - correct answers(all keys)
1 page

Merrily We Row Along (playing on the black keys)
02:19

Merrely We Row Along - correct anwsers(all keys)
1 page
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Adding bass notes in your left hand
8 Lectures 14:57
Adding bassnotes -Jingle Bells
05:02

Jingle Bells bassnotes - correct answers(all keys)
1 page

Adding bassnotes - Hot Cross & Merrily
02:49

Hot Cross Buns Bassnotes - correct answers(all keys)
1 page

Merrely We Row Along bassnotes - Correct anwsers(all keys)
1 page

Adding bassnotes - Twinkle & Bethoven´s 9th
07:06

Beethovens 9th symphony bassnotes - correct answers(all keys)
1 page

Twinkle Twinkle bassnotes- correct answers(all keys)
1 page
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Adding chords to melodies
4 Lectures 20:23
Adding chords
08:56

Happy Birthday
07:38

How to comp a melody
02:59

Congratulations!!!
00:50
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Scales
3 Lectures 15:03
Introduction - why learn scales?
05:40

Major scales # signatures
04:21

major scales b signatures
05:02
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Chords - major & minor chords
9 Lectures 21:03
Why learn chords?
1 page

The circle of 5ths - a way to practice chords in all keys
1 page

major triads - root position
03:12

major triads - 1st inversion
02:00

major triads - 2nd inversion
01:39

major triads - all inversions/postitions
07:59

minor triads - root position
01:45

minor triads 1st inversion
02:27

minor triads 2nd inversion
02:01
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Chords - intermediate level (major 7th, minor 7th, 7th)
7 Lectures 19:22

major 7th chords - root
02:15

Chord question
1 question

major 7th chords - all inversions/positions
03:52

minor 7th chords - root
01:25

7th chords - root
02:05

minor 7th chords - all inversions/positions
03:10

7th chords - all inversions/positions
03:14
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Chords - use what you have learned to build more advanced chords!
8 Lectures 15:55
11th chords
01:40

major 6th chords
02:26

major 9th chords - root
03:46

major 9th chords - all inversions/positions
01:38

minor 6th chords
01:13

minor 11th chords
02:10

minor 9th chords - root
02:33

minor 9th chords - all inversions/positions
00:29
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Salsa piano - practice rhythm and coordination!
9 Lectures 20:18

Basics
02:51

chord progression
02:13

octaves
02:54

ghost notes
01:56

climax
01:13

the bass
02:09

coordination part 1
03:49

coordination part 2
01:16
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Stride piano - get an introduction and learn the basics of a more advanced style
5 Lectures 19:06

left hand basics
05:26

left hand variations part 1
02:30

left hand variations part 2
02:07

Tips & tricks for the right hand
06:58
About the Instructor
Peter Nydahl
4.9 Average rating
5 Reviews
92 Students
1 Course
musician, teacher

Hi! I am a pianist and teacher from Sweden with a bachelor degree in jazzpiano (Royal Collage of Music, Stockholm). I have played with a lot of different musicians and singers, most famous one being English superstar Robbie Williams.

I also have my own band, Peter Nydahl Trio. We had the great honor of winning the award “best jazzband in Sweden in the style of traditional jazz” in 2012.

Lately, since I got kids I have worked more and more as a teacher witch is something I really love! Starting to teach online is by far the most excited thing I have done in a long time! I´m very curios how this will turn out and I´d love feedback from you all!