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 piano lessons for beginners
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  • Lectures 42
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2015 English

Course 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

What are the requirements?

  • Have a keyboard or piano available to practice

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome
Section 2: Getting Up to Speed! Crash Course on Chords (Skip if You Already Know)

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


Game to commit notes to memory.


The 8 interval types and their names.

Intervals List
1 page

Game to commit intervals to memory.


Learning the 4 Triads.

Triad Construction
1 page

Game to commit Triads to memory.

Section 3: Singer/Songwriter Piano Foundations

Learning the 3 Triad inversions.

Voice Leading - How to Get a Professional Sound
18 pages

Voice Leading Challenge


Learn where your right hand and left hand need to go

Section 4: The Foundational Piano Grooves Every Singer/Songwriter Should Know
Rhythm Fundamentals (Skip If You Understand Basic Rhythm)
Rhythmic Subdivision! Don't Play Funk Beats on Rock Songs

How to Use the Quarter Note Rhythm Pattern


How to use the Forward Motion Rhythm Pattern


How to use the Ballad Rhythm Pattern

The Energetic 16th Note Rhythm Pattern
Section 5: How to Find Your Favorite Songs and Transpose Them to Your Voice

Easy way to transpose song into any key


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


Taking Stock

Section 6: Craft of a the Piano Wielding Singer/Songwriter

Incorporating the Heartbeat Rhythm


How to use the 1-5-1 Rhythm Pattern


How to use the Soft Rock Rhythm Pattern


Understanding 7 Chords

7 Chord Construction
1 page

Method to voice lead 7 chords


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


How to use the Advanced Ballad Rhythm Pattern.


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

Complete Chord Symbol List
10 pages
Writing Songs

Thank you

Section 7: BONUS SECTION: Jumpstart Your Playing - Tutorials Applying Concepts Learned
Bonus Special Offer!
Bonus Section Intro: How to Approach Learning a New Song
7 pages

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


Concepts Used:

Forward Motion Rhythm Pattern, Triads

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

Concepts Used:

Forward Motion Rhythm Pattern (Over Two Chords), Triads

6 pages

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


Concepts Used:

Ballad Rhythm Pattern, Triads, 7 Chords

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Instructor Biography

RW Studio, 13,000+ Students, 800+ Reviews, 9 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 13,000+ students and 800+ reviews, across 9 courses.  I currently have a 4.7 average rating, much higher than the average instructor rating.  I work with other teachers to help improve their teaching skills.

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