Piano Lessons for the R&B Fan
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Piano Lessons for the R&B Fan

Learn all the great R&B Ballads for the 80s,90s, and current times on piano!!!
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Created by James Gaither
Last updated 6/2015
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Includes:
  • 8 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn how to play popular piano songs
  • Have a stronger understanding of music theory
  • Play songs with full confidence and instruction
  • Learn all 30 key signatures in a detailed analysis
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Requirements
  • Midi Playback Software
  • Adobe Reader or FoxIT Reader
  • Piano/Keyboard
Description

    My R&B Piano Lesson course is by far the easiest and most effective method to learn some of the greatest and most popular love ballads of our time on piano. Within mere minutes you will be playing popular songs on piano from the great artist such as Brian McKnight, John Legend, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, and so many more!

    "Piano for the R&B Fan" is a course is geared towards musicians who have a love and passion for R&B and want to learn the different eras of this wonderful style.

    By taking this course:

      ·You will save time and money by learning remotely rather than traveling to expensive traditional music instruction

      ·Learn a truly pressure-free approach to playing music, no judgment or stress involved with your musical journey.

      ·Take 20 minutes a day and watch your progress grow!

      ·You will need only a keyboard or a piano to get started.

      ·Remote tutoring exists well past the course time.

      ·Do the lessons on your own time and adjust them according to your personal schedule.

    To learn piano, one will only need a will and desire to practice and most importantly, have fun. The only physical requirements needed to finish this course would be: piano/electric keyboard, computer, and a printer. The visual method of this course will allow you to quickly ascertain music theory, piano fingerings, rhythm, cadences, and chord structures within a very short amount of time.

    Pace yourself and enjoy the musical journey as you will be exposed to 20+ great years of Hip Hop songs arranged for piano!!

    Pianist, James Gaither provides a detailed, chord-based, and relaxed music course that will span well over 3 hours of concise and detailed instruction. Class and coursework will be enjoyable as his teaching style is stress-free and is oriented to have users learn at their own pace.

    The supplementary materials in this course will be midi files for playback and experimentation within most music production software and accompanying sheet music for each respective lecture.

    A mere 20 minutes a day will have you playing like a professional in no time!

Who is the target audience?
  • Students who have appreciation for contemporary music history.
  • Piano Players of all levels
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Curriculum For This Course
64 Lectures
07:56:00
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Introduction
31 Lectures 01:25:32
Introduction
2 pages

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the C Major Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.

Preview 03:09

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the G Major Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.

Preview 02:31

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the D Major Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.

Preview 02:46

A Major Scale
02:15

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the E Major Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.

Preview 02:44

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the B Major Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.

Preview 03:07

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the F# Major Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.

F# Major Scale
03:04

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the C# Major Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.

C# Major Scale
04:38

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the F Major Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.

Preview 02:17

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the Bb Major Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.

Preview 02:17

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the Eb Major Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.

Eb Major Scale
02:38

Ab Major Scale
02:43

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the Db Major Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.

Preview 03:04

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the C Major Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.

Preview 03:56

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the Cb Major Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.

Cb Major Scale
01:49

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the A Minor Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.
Preview 01:58

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the E Minor Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.
Preview 02:30

B Minor Scale
02:11

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the F# Minor Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.
F# Minor Scale
02:36

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the C# Minor Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.
Preview 02:18

G# Minor Scale
02:45

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the D# Minor Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.
D# Minor Scale
03:07

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the A# Minor Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.
A# Minor Scale
05:39

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the D Minor Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.
D Minor Scale
01:49

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the A Minor Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.
G Minor Scale
02:16

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the C Minor Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.
C Minor Scale
02:30

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the A Minor Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.
F Minor Scale
02:13

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the Bb Minor Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.
Bb Minor Scale
02:36

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the Eb Minor Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.
Eb Minor Scale
03:12

In this lecture, you will be reviewing the Ab Minor Scale and included in this lecture:

- Video of the scale and chord structures

- Detailed chart of the key signature

- Quiz on the notes and chord structures of the scale.
Ab Minor Scale
04:54
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Classic 80's R&B
4 Lectures 01:06:02

"Funkin' For Jamaica'' was written by Tom Browne in 1980 and has been sampled numerous times in other music styles, specifically Hip Hop and Rap. The groove is moderate and contains a beautiful melodic riff and driving bassline.


What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Funkin For Jamaica" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Funkin' For Jamaica - Tom Brown
07:02

Lecture 2 will cover the "Caught In The Rapture Of Love" by songstress Anita Baker which is in the key of D Major.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Caught In The Rapture" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Caught In The Rapture of Love - Anita Baker
19:19

New Editon's "Can You Stand The Rain" was written in the key of Ab Major.


What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Can You Stand The Rain " on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Can You Stand The Rain - New Edition
28:39

"Rock Wit' Cha" was one of the lead singles from Bobby Brown's first album, "Don't Be Cruel" and was produced by Babyface. Our lecture will focus on the 7th chord variations in this beautiful pop ballad.


What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Rock Wit Cha " on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Preview 11:02
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1990s - New Jack Swing
7 Lectures 01:13:33

"All I See" is a 90s R&B Ballad performed by Chris Williams and produced by Devante Swing of Jodeci. We are transitioning over to minor keys for this lecture as this is written in the key of Eb Minor.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "All I See" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

All I See - Chris Williams
11:42

Continuing with the key of Eb Minor, "Anniversary" was written and performed by the California group Toni, Tone, Tone. The song contains a strong bassline and melodic hook which sounds very elegant on piano.


What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Anniversary" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Anniversary - Tony Toni Tone
15:39

Comforter was written by Carl "Groove" Martin for the group Shai in 1993 and is in the key of B Minor.


What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Comforter" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Comforter - Shai
07:17

Lecture 8 covers the D Major (the relative key to B Minor) with "Girl You For Me" which was written by New Jack Swing pioneer Keith Sweat and performed by the group Silk.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Girl You For Me " on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Girl You For Me - Silk
07:15

Going back to establish the minor key aspect of our course, we will explore "Ready Or Not" which was written and produced by Babyface and performed by the R&B group After 7.


What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Ready Or Not" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Ready Or Not - After 7
18:29

"Sensitivity" was written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and performed by Ralph Tresvant. In this case, it uses much of the melodic and harmonic structure of "Can You Stand The Rain", but it is in a different key (F Minor).

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Sensitivity" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Sensitivity - Ralph Tresvant
10:06

Lecture 12 brings us to the last remnants of the New Jack Swing era by the group Jodeci. The progression for this song is in the key of c minor and is pretty straight forward.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Feenin'' on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Feenin' - Jodeci
03:05
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Classic 90's R&B
9 Lectures 02:26:29

"Kissing You" is the first of the 90's R&B standard section which was written and performed by Keith Washington. The key is D Major.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Kissing You" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Kissing You - Keith Washington
15:44

One of the most definitive love ballads of the decade, "If I Have Nothing" is a powerful love song performed by Whitney Houston.


What You'll Learn:
- How to play "If I Have Nothing " on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

If I Have Nothing - Whitney Houston
18:31

Lecture 14 covers "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number" which is written by R.Kelly and is in the key of F# Minor.


What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Age Ain't Nothin' But A Number" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Age Ain't Nothin' But A Number - Aaliyah
16:41

Our next lecture will focus on "Never Felt This Way", written and performed by Brian McKnight and in the key of c minor. This song contains strong gospel and jazz influences due to the suspended, augmented, and diminished chords found throughout this piece.

Never Felt This Way - Brian McKnight
35:00

"Pony" was written by Static Major and Timbaland and performed by Ginuwine.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Pony" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Pony - Ginuwine
12:45

"Anytime" was written and produced by Brian McKnight and in the key of Eb Minor.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Anytime" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Anytime - Brian McKnight
05:53

"All Of The Things" is another love ballad performed and written by R&B artist Joe. The key is in Eb Minor and is the 18th lecture in our series.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "All The Things" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

All Of The Things Your Man won't Do - Joe
24:31

"What Kind of Man Would I Be" is written and performed by the group Mint Condition and in the key of C Minor.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "What Kind Of Man Would I Be" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

What Kind of Man Would I Be - Mint Condition
05:28

"Happily Ever After" is a song performed by R&B artist case and in the key of G Major. This lecture marks the last of the 90s R&B ballads section of our course.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Happily Ever After" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Happily Ever After - Case
11:56
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Millenial R&B
12 Lectures 01:40:24

Starting off with our last section of Millenial R&B, Ginuwine's "Differences" is a love ballad performed in the key of Eb Minor.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Differences" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Differences - Ginuwine
08:29

"Please Don't Go" is a love ballad written and performed by singer-songwriter Tank, and is in the key of Bb Major

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Please Don't Go" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Please Don't Go - Tank
08:34

"Maybe I Deserve" is another song produced and written by Tank. The key this time is G#Minor which gives pianists quite a bit of room to improvise.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Maybe I Deserve" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Maybe I Deserve - Tank
10:03

"Promise" is a R&B love ballad performed by the group Jagged Edge and marks our 24th lecture in the course.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Promise" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Promise - Jagged Edge
04:45

"One Man" is written and performed by Tank and also shares the same key as "Maybe I Deserve" which is G# Minor.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "One Man" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

One Man - Tank
06:57

"If I Were Your Man" is a song written and performed by Joe.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "If I Were Your Man" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

If I Were Your Man - Joe
13:53

"Deuces" is performed by Chris Brown and written in the key of F Minor.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Deuces" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Deuces - Chris Brown
04:16

"Daddy's Home" is an R&B ballad performed by Usher and in the key of E Major.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Daddy's Home" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Daddy's Home (Hey Daddy) - Usher
03:09

"Don't Judge Me" is a R&B ballad performed by Chris Brown and in the key of E Minor.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Don't Judge Me" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Don't Judge Me - Chris Brown
05:19

"Love and Affection" is a ballad performed by Future and Rihanna.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "Love And Affection" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

Love And Affection - Rihanna and Future
09:13

"The Worst" is an R&B song written and performed by Jhene Aiko and is in the key of C# Minor.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "The Worst" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

The Worst - Jhene Aiko
04:38

"All Of Me" is an R&B ballad performed by John Legend and is in the key of Ab Major. The chord structure and cadences will be explained in great detail in this lecture.

What You'll Learn:
- How to play "All Of Me" on piano
- History of the song
- Production Notes
- Left Hand and Right Hand Melodies
- Accompanying Sheet Music in PDF Format
- Midi File for playing each measure carefully

All of Me - John Legend
21:08
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 00:00
Course Conclusion
2 pages
About the Instructor
James Gaither
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Musician at Udemy

James Gaither has recently joined the Udemy Family and has consistently provided remote piano instruction and coursework for the last six years in the area of Hip Hop, R&B, and Pop Music genres. He is a passionate and patient instructor that educates musicians of all skill-sets and backgrounds and is happy to present his course, "Modern Piano Lessons for Beginners". The focus of his lessons is geared towards various chord structures and students from all over the world have used his videos for expert guidance and instruction!