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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!
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! :)
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|Section 1: Basics - what you have to know to get started!|
Names of the white keys
names of the black keys
half & whole steps, the structure of the major scale
the difference between major & minor
Singing & Playing
|Section 2: Playing melodies with your right hand|
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle Twinkle - Correct answers(all keys)
Jingle Bells - correct answers(all keys)
Beethoven's 9th Symphony
Beethovens 9th symphony - correct answers(all keys)
Hot Cross Buns (playing on the black keys)
Hot Cross Buns - correct answers(all keys)
Merrily We Row Along (playing on the black keys)
Merrely We Row Along - correct anwsers(all keys)
|Section 3: Adding bass notes in your left hand|
Adding bassnotes -Jingle Bells
Jingle Bells bassnotes - correct answers(all keys)
Adding bassnotes - Hot Cross & Merrily
Hot Cross Buns Bassnotes - correct answers(all keys)
Merrely We Row Along bassnotes - Correct anwsers(all keys)
Adding bassnotes - Twinkle & Bethoven´s 9th
Beethovens 9th symphony bassnotes - correct answers(all keys)
Twinkle Twinkle bassnotes- correct answers(all keys)
|Section 4: Adding chords to melodies|
How to comp a melody
|Section 5: Scales|
Introduction - why learn scales?
Major scales # signatures
major scales b signatures
|Section 6: Chords - major & minor chords|
Why learn chords?
The circle of 5ths - a way to practice chords in all keys
major triads - root position
major triads - 1st inversion
major triads - 2nd inversion
major triads - all inversions/postitions
minor triads - root position
minor triads 1st inversion
minor triads 2nd inversion
|Section 7: Chords - intermediate level (major 7th, minor 7th, 7th)|
major 7th chords introductionPreview
major 7th chords - root
major 7th chords - all inversions/positions
minor 7th chords - root
7th chords - root
minor 7th chords - all inversions/positions
7th chords - all inversions/positions
|Section 8: Chords - use what you have learned to build more advanced chords!|
major 6th chords
major 9th chords - root
major 9th chords - all inversions/positions
minor 6th chords
minor 11th chords
minor 9th chords - root
minor 9th chords - all inversions/positions
|Section 9: Salsa piano - practice rhythm and coordination!|
coordination part 1
coordination part 2
|Section 10: Stride piano - get an introduction and learn the basics of a more advanced style|
left hand basics
left hand variations part 1
left hand variations part 2
Tips & tricks for the right hand
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!