Piano Building Blocks: Complete Course - Keyboard Chords
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Piano Building Blocks: Complete Course - Keyboard Chords

This is a compilation of all our lessons in one complete course. You really can learn to play piano & keyboard by chord!
4.6 (11 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.
708 students enrolled
Created by Nathan Lawrence
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play and improvise on virtually any popular song where chords are provided.
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  • Students will benefit from a keyboard or piano, though it is not required.
  • No musical experience is required, just a positive, ready to learn mindset.

Playing the piano doesn't need to be complicated. All you need is to learn the building blocks.

Get ready to learn the basic building blocks of all music: chords

Experienced instructor Nathan Lawrence guides you step by step through the process of learning to play piano by chord. Many online piano methods teach you what you need to know, but in an impersonal way. You might be able to see the piano and what to play, but there’s no human being there to make it feel like you’re learning in a personal lesson setting. That’s why this course has a fundamentally different approach. Every lesson is taught with a simultaneous view of both your teacher and the keyboard, as if you’re looking in a mirror.

Piano Building Blocks uses one-of-a-kind, shape-based approach to chord learning. All 24 major and minor chords are taught in intuitive groups by hand position shape, with memorable descriptions like “mountain” or “valley” to help you remember how to place your hand.

This includes:

 - The 24 Most Common Chords

 - Chord Additions & Variations

 - Chord Inversions

Plus...we'll be adding to this compilation course whenever more content may be created.

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Hear what people are saying:

"I loved the course. You are a great teacher and I found your shape-based way of teaching chords to be really helpful to me. I now understand how chords are constructed which is amazing as I never thought I would learn it so easily. This will help me with both my piano playing and guitar playing. I have started writing songs so this knowledge will help me to bring more variation into my compositions. Your course was brilliantly done. Thank you so very much for doing it." - Amanda

Who is the target audience?
  • People with no piano experience, or people who have some piano background but have never learned to play by chord.
  • Recommended for ages 9 to adult.
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Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
Introductory Concepts
3 Lectures 11:24

Introduction: Melody, Harmony & Rhythm

Introduction: Fingerings & Key Names
Plains Chords - C, F and G
2 Lectures 10:53
Mountain Chords - A, D, and E
2 Lectures 09:54
Learning A, D and E: The "Mountain" Chords

Mountain Chord Quiz
5 questions

Putting It All Together: Amazing Grace with "Mountain" Chords
Minor "Plains" Chords - Am, Dm and Em
1 Lecture 04:06
Learning Am, Dm, and Em: The Minor "Plains" Chords

Minor "Plains" Chord Quiz
5 questions
Minor "Mountain" Chords - Cm, Fm and Gm
1 Lecture 03:20
Learning Cm, Fm and Gm: The Minor "Mountain" Chords

Minor Mountain Chord Quiz
5 questions
"Valley" Chords - Ab, Db and Eb
1 Lecture 05:49
Learning Ab, Db and Eb: The Major" Valley Chords
Minor "Valley" Chords - C#m, F#m and G#m
1 Lecture 04:07
Learning C#m, F#m and G#m: The Minor "Valley" Chords
The "Slope" Chords - B, Bm, Bb and Bbm
1 Lecture 06:35
Learning B, Bm, Bb and Bbm: The "Slope" Chords
The Rare "Plateau" Chords - F# and Ebm
2 Lectures 13:18
Learning F# and Ebm: The Plateau Chords

Learn to Play "50 Ways to Say Goodbye"
Introduction to Chord Additions & Variations
1 Lecture 04:36
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About the Instructor
Nathan Lawrence
4.6 Average rating
42 Reviews
2,330 Students
5 Courses
B.A. Music Ed., Piano Teacher (15+ yrs), Worship Leader

Nathan has been playing piano for about 25 years and has taught one-on-one lessons for about 15 years. He has a B.A. in Music Education from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. He has taught over 100 piano students in traditional face-to-face lessons, not to mention all the students he teaches through Udemy.

He combines his classical music theory experience with the fun and excitement of modern music. His videos have a personal and relaxed style, with practical, condensed teaching that helps you learn lots of content at whatever pace you like.

He’s played keyboard in hundreds of worship services throughout the U.S. and has been recorded on over a dozen CD projects. He served as a worship leader for over a dozen years in addition to being a music teacher. He lives in Iowa with his wonderful family, a couple fish, and a leopard gecko.