Learn to play the piano or keyboard from scratch
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Learn to play the piano or keyboard from scratch

Piano / keyboard lessons. A course for playing, reading music, improvisation and music theory for the total beginner
4.8 (21 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.
2,098 students enrolled
Created by Martin Cohen
Last updated 8/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 13.5 hours on-demand video
  • 15 Articles
  • 253 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • play songs on the piano
  • play from lead sheets, chord sheets and sheet music
  • start to improvise using the pentatonic and blues scales
  • understand the basics of music theory
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Requirements
  • A piano or keyboard
  • A metronome (downloadable for free on smartphones)
  • No need of any knowledge of music nor skills at the piano.
Description

This piano course is for anyone who wants to learn to play the piano, as for other instrumentalists who also want to learn how to play the piano as a second instrument and to have a review of music theory.

It's designed for total beginners on the piano and will take you to an intermediate level.

The characteristics of this course are:

  • You will apply the theory and skills learned during the lectures in songs that you will play together with a band (play-along mp3 files and MIDI files included). In this way, practicing the notes in the scales becomes a pleasure!
  • Lots of practice files (mp3 and MIDI) in all 12 keys and in several tempos included
  • All scales, chords and more included in handy downloadable pdf files for later reference  (with finger positions for left and right hand)
  • Clear explanations by an experienced teacher (more than 25 years of teaching experience)


And of course: this piano course comes with full lifetime access and a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Apart from the introduction section (8 lectures), the course consists of 4 main sections, each with a lot of lectures that will help you to advance in a steady way. The 4 main sections are:

  • Scales (90 lectures)
  • Chords (41 lectures)
  • Reading music (11 lectures)
  • Improvisation (21 lectures)


The 3 first sections (scales, chords and reading music) are not just boring theory lessons: theory is always combined with playing a song, and the song is mostly played together with a band. You can use the included mp3 files to play along together with the band: this is really a fun way of learning how to play the piano and at the same time learn music theory!

Some of the topics covered in this course:

Major scales in all 12 keys

Minor scales in all 12 keys

Transposing songs in other keys

Lots of songs to practice the notes of the scales

Circle of fifths

Intervals

Major triads

Minor triads

Dominant 7th chords

Minor 7th chords

Diminished chords

Lots of songs to practice the chords

Treble clef

Bass clef

Time signature

Key signature

Practice songs

Pentatonic scale (major and minor)

Blues scale

The 12 measure blues

Improvising with the pentatonic and blues scales

Licks

Adding rhythm in the left hand accompaniment

Adding colors (9th, #9th, 13th) in the left hand accompaniment

Extend the blues scale with extra notes

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who wants to start to play the piano: to play songs, read from lead sheets, chord sheets and sheet music, start to improvise and that want to obtain a good understanding of music (theory).
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Curriculum For This Course
161 Lectures
13:55:26
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Scales
80 Lectures 06:53:17



Twinkle twinkle little star in C major
08:14

How to play: Morning has broken - In C major
14:36

Play together with the guitar: Morning has broken - In C major
03:52

The G major scale - Theory
03:33

The G major scale - Finger positions
07:02

Twinkle twinkle little star in G major - Transposing a song
05:36

How to play: Whiskey in the Jar - In G major
13:58

Play together with the guitar: Whiskey in the Jar - In G major
02:16

The D major scale - Theory
02:27

The D major scale - Finger positions
06:16

Twinkle twinkle little star in D major
04:18

How to play: Eight days a week - In D major
16:19

Play together with the band: Eight days a week - In D major
04:19

The A major scale - Theory
07:17

The A major scale - Finger positions
05:13

Twinkle twinkle little star in A major
04:55

How to play: Obladi oblada - In A major
11:53

Play together with the band: Obladi oblada - In A major
04:13

The E major scale - Theory
01:45

The E major scale - Finger positions
04:24

Twinkle twinkle little star in E major
03:48

How to play: Isn't she lovely? - In E major
08:22

Play together with the band: Isn't she lovely? - In E major
03:04

The B major scale - Theory
01:39

The B major scale - Finger positions
09:00

Twinkle twinkle little star in B major
03:54

The F major scale - Theory
02:43

The F major scale - Finger positions
07:47

Twinkle twinkle little star in F major
03:14

How to play: Bad Moon rising - In F major
05:06

Play together with the band: Bad Moon rising - In F major
04:13

The Bb major scale - Theory
01:05

The Bb major scale - Finger positions
09:44

Twinkle twinkle little star in Bb major
03:30

How to play: All my loving - In Bb major
12:24

Play together with the band: All my loving - In Bb major
04:19

The Eb major scale - Theory
01:01

The Eb major scale - Finger positions
07:37

Twinkle twinkle little star in Eb major
05:11

How to play: You raise me up - In Eb major
13:12

Play together with the band: You raise me up - In Eb major
03:21

The Ab major scale - Theory
00:59

The Ab major scale - Finger positions
09:16

Twinkle twinkle little star in Ab major
04:03

The Db major scale - Theory
01:06

The Db major scale - Finger positions
09:01

Twinkle twinkle little star in Db major
04:32

The F#/Gb major scale - Theory
06:47

The F#/Gb major scale - Finger positions
07:56

Twinkle twinkle little star in F#/Gb major
05:00


Major scale quiz
8 questions

The A minor scale - Theory
08:48

The A minor scale - Finger positions
03:17

The E minor scale - Theory
02:14

The E minor scale - Finger positions
02:39

The B minor scale - Theory
01:49

The B minor scale - Finger positions
04:23

The F# minor scale - Theory
01:08

The F# minor scale - Finger positions
08:06

The C# minor scale - Theory
01:41

The C# minor scale - Finger positions
08:59

The G# minor scale - Theory
02:45

The G# minor scale - Finger positions
09:30

The D minor scale - Theory
02:43

The D minor scale - Finger positions
02:30

The G minor scale - Theory
01:25

The G minor scale - Finger positions
02:37

The C minor scale - Theory
01:28

The C minor scale - Finger positions
02:31

The F minor scale - Theory
01:30

The F minor scale - Finger positions
04:13

The Bb minor scale - Theory
01:58

The Bb minor scale - Finger positions
07:08

The Eb/D# minor scale - Theory
04:23

The Eb/D# minor scale - Finger positions
07:13

The circle of fifths - Once more
02:25

Overview of all major and minor scales + finger positions
00:04

Major/minor scale quiz
10 questions
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Chords
41 Lectures 03:23:38
Intervals - Review of intervals already done
05:53

Intervals - The missing intervals
06:40

Characteristics of intervals
06:38

Interval quiz
6 questions

The C major triad
02:23

The G major triad
01:42

The D major triad
01:30

The A major triad
01:50

The E major triad
01:50

The B major triad
01:18

The F# major triad
01:20

The F major triad
01:20

Blowin' in the Wind - C major
12:06

Blowin' in the Wind - G major
03:10

Blowin' in the Wind - D major
03:30

Blowin' in the Wind - A major
02:00

The remaining major triads
05:45

Blowin' in the Wind - All the other keys
01:31

The A minor triad
03:02

The minor triads with a white key root
01:25

The minor triads with a black key root
02:19

How to play: Let it be - C major
15:04

How to play (hands together): Let it be - C major
05:31

Play together with the band: Let it be
05:45

Michael row the boat ahore - D major - Version 1
10:59

Michael row the boat ashore - D major - Version 2
11:36

Triads quiz
10 questions

Chords
10:43

Seventh chords with a white key root
01:36

Minor seventh chords with a white key root
01:20

Seventh chords with a black key root
01:41

Minor seventh chords with a black key root
01:26

7th chords quiz
10 questions

The key of a song
03:24

Michael row the boat ahore (with 7ths) - D major - Version 1
06:06

Michael row the boat ahore (with 7ths) - D major - Version 2
04:44

Michael row the boat ahore (with 7ths) - D major - Accompaniment
05:23

How to play: Hey Jude
19:58

Play together with the band: Hey Jude
06:29

How to accompany a singer - Hey Jude
09:54

Accompany a singer with the band - Hey Jude
04:06


The other diminished triads
01:37

The other diminished 7th chords
01:46

Diminished quiz
4 questions
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Reading music
11 Lectures 01:32:11
The notes on the treble clef
06:40

Note duration
13:40

Rests
07:40

Measures (bars)
12:47

Sharp and flat notes
03:30

Key signature
04:35

The notes on the bass clef
02:35

Treble and bass clef together - Let it be - Simple version
09:40


Sheet music, lead sheet, chord sheet
06:06

Treble and bass clef together - second song
15:51

Reading music quiz
12 questions
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Improvising
21 Lectures 01:39:43
Pentatonic scale
05:51

Blues scale
04:25

Practicing the pentatonic and blues scales
01:22

Example how to practice the pentatonic & blues scale in C
07:18

Practicing the scales with the band
02:57

The 12 measure basic blues in C
05:03

Improvising with the pentatonic/blues scale (introduction)
01:43

Pentatonic scale improvisation-quarter and eighth notes
05:37

Blues scale improvisation-quarter and eighth notes
03:20

Pentatonic and blues scale improvisation-16th notes
03:42

Pentatonic and blues scale improvisation-Breaks
03:06


Playing other scales over the blues in C
01:01

Improvise in other keys
01:40

Using your 2 hands while improvising-I
06:46

Using your 2 hands while improvising-II: adding rhythm
04:49

Using your 2 hands while improvising-III: adding colors
13:54

Using your 2 hands while improvising-IV: adding the #9th
09:01

Using your 2 hands while improvising-V: adding the 13th
07:00

Extend the blues scale with extra notes
04:42

Course complete - Congratulations!
01:00
About the Instructor
Martin Cohen
4.8 Average rating
21 Reviews
2,098 Students
1 Course
Teacher, musician and composer

Martin Cohen is since about 25 years a teacher of physics, mathematics and informatics.

At the moment, he teaches at the European School in Luxembourg.

Martin is originally from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

He is a passionate musician and composer. Since the age of 8 years, he plays the piano.

He played in several rock, blues and jazz bands and he has at the moment a jazz quartet.

He also taught the piano, music theory and composing techniques.

Martin has a masters degree in physics from the Free University in Amsterdam.