Piano for Singer/Songwriters | Write Songs and Perform Live!
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Piano for Singer/Songwriters | Write Songs and Perform Live!

Perform and sing your favorite songs on the piano! Step by step, easy to follow modern keyboard lessons for beginners
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4.7 (195 ratings)
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Created by RW Studio
Last updated 2/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn how to read & interpret chords, so you can lookup & play your favorite songs
  • Write songs on the piano
  • Accompany yourself on the piano using a variety of rhythmic styles
  • Accompany others on the piano (church, carol leading, play in a band, etc.)
  • Adjust songs to the key perfect for your voice, ending vocal strain and improving your vocal quality
  • Use musical terms to communicate to other musicians
  • Prepare for gigs and open mics using a clear process
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Requirements
  • Have a keyboard or piano available to practice
Description

Wielding the piano opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities.

In this foundational course, I teach you how to play piano as a singer/songwriter. It's a unique method that takes somebody with zero musical experience and transforms them into a piano wielding singer/songwriter.

This method has been refined over the last 3 years as I've taught more and more artists in New York and Los Angeles.

Every lecture builds upon the previous lecture. I walk you through the whole process as efficiently as possible, taking every effort to find ways to cut your learning time in half.

Watch the lectures, complete the challenges, and enjoy playing! By the end you should be able to pick a song, adjust the song to most singable key for your voice, and accompany yourself on the piano.

You should take this course if you think you'd have fun playing the songs you love and exploring how piano wielding singer/songwriters like Carol King, Alicia Keys, and Ben Folds express themselves on the piano.

This is a foundational course for beginners. This course is meant to be an alternative to a traditional piano lesson schedule.

If you love playing, writing and singing songs, this course is for you.

Hope to see you on the inside!

- R

Promo Music provided by Ben Sound at Ben Sound Dot Com

Who is the target audience?
  • Complete beginners or pianists with no “modern piano” experience
  • This course is geared towards singer/songwriters, but additionally serves as the foundation for all contemporary piano playing. If you are interested in modern piano this is for you.
  • You can "hand a person a fish" or "teach them how to fish" - this is not a tutorial where I teach you how to play one song (hand you a fish), this is a method that teaches you how to play any song you want (how to fish). If you're looking for a tutorial and immediate gratification this is not for you.
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Curriculum For This Course
42 Lectures
02:59:43
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Welcome
1 Lecture 01:15
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Getting Up to Speed! Crash Course on Chords (Skip if You Already Know)
8 Lectures 18:36

A fast and easy way to learn the notes on the keyboard / piano.

Preview 03:49

Game to commit notes to memory.

Preview 01:44

The 8 interval types and their names.

Preview 04:33


Game to commit intervals to memory.

Preview 02:33

Learning the 4 Triads.

Preview 03:55


Game to commit Triads to memory.

Preview 02:02
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Singer/Songwriter Piano Foundations
4 Lectures 10:41

Learning the 3 Triad inversions.

Inversions
03:29

Voice Leading - How to Get a Professional Sound
05:05

Voice Leading Challenge

Voice Leading Challenge
18 pages

Learn where your right hand and left hand need to go

Geography of the Keyboard - Where Your Hands Should Go
02:07
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The Foundational Piano Grooves Every Singer/Songwriter Should Know
6 Lectures 16:44
Rhythm Fundamentals (Skip If You Understand Basic Rhythm)
04:53

Rhythmic Subdivision! Don't Play Funk Beats on Rock Songs
01:54

How to Use the Quarter Note Rhythm Pattern

The Quarter Note Rhythm Pattern
02:42

How to use the Forward Motion Rhythm Pattern

Preview 02:29

How to use the Ballad Rhythm Pattern

The Ballad Rhythm Pattern
01:51

The Energetic 16th Note Rhythm Pattern
02:55
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How to Find Your Favorite Songs and Transpose Them to Your Voice
3 Lectures 07:36

Easy way to transpose song into any key

Easy Way to Transpose a Song to a Key Perfect for Your Voice
03:30

A powerful resource to look up any song you want to know how to play

Free Database of Songs - Find Any Song You Want to Play
01:58

Taking Stock

Taking Stock
02:08
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Craft of a the Piano Wielding Singer/Songwriter
12 Lectures 33:06

Incorporating the Heartbeat Rhythm

The Heartbeat Rhythm
04:15

How to use the 1-5-1 Rhythm Pattern

The 1-5-1 Rhythm Pattern
02:13

How to use the Soft Rock Rhythm Pattern

The Soft Rock Rhythm Pattern
01:54

Understanding 7 Chords

7 Chords
03:42

7 Chord Construction
1 page

Method to voice lead 7 chords

Voice Leading 7 Chords
03:30

How to interpret slash chords and understand why they're used.

Slash Chords
02:52

How to use the Advanced Ballad Rhythm Pattern.

The Full Ballad Rhythm Pattern
03:20

How to read chord charts (or lead sheets), a very common form of music you will likely encounter.

How to Read Chord Charts
06:50

Complete Chord Symbol List
10 pages

Writing Songs
02:51

Thank you

Conclusion
01:39
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BONUS SECTION: Jumpstart Your Playing - Tutorials Applying Concepts Learned
8 Lectures 37:51
Bonus Special Offer!
00:36

Bonus Section Intro: How to Approach Learning a New Song
02:48

Prep Sheet for Paparazzi. Get familiar with the Chords and Voicing first before moving onto the tutorial.

"Paparazzi" - Lady Gaga | Prep Sheet ( Download for Tutorial )
7 pages

Concepts Used:

Forward Motion Rhythm Pattern, Triads

"Paparazzi" - Lady Gaga | Chord Tutorial
11:32

Prep Sheet for Hello. Get familiar with the Chords and Voicing first before moving onto the tutorial.
"Hello" - Adele | Prep Sheet ( Download for Tutorial )
10 pages

Concepts Used:

Forward Motion Rhythm Pattern (Over Two Chords), Triads

"Hello" - Adele | Chord Tutorial
13:31

Prep Sheet for Imagine. Get familiar with the Chords and Voicing first before moving onto the tutorial.

"Imagine" - John Lennon | Prep Sheet ( Download for Tutorial )
6 pages

Concepts Used:

Ballad Rhythm Pattern, Triads, 7 Chords

"Imagine" - John Lennon | Tutorial
09:24
About the Instructor
RW Studio
4.6 Average rating
1,684 Reviews
19,090 Students
11 Courses
15,000+ Students, 1,500+ Reviews, 10 Courses

Hi I'm Rob! A full-time musician and teacher in New York City and Los Angeles. I'm passionate about music and education.

I'm a former music instructor with a Fender Grant winning non-profit. I also teach privately. My students range from signed recording artists and songwriters to working professionals who just love music.

I'm a Premium Udemy Instructor and have been teaching since 2015.  I have 15,000+ students and 1,000+ reviews, across 9 courses. I work with other teachers to help them achieve the same success.