Be a Musician Through Piano Improvisation. Basics - 24 keys.
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Feel the freedom and joy of making your own music! A quick, easy method, giving a solid foundation. Tried and tested!
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Created by Tony Chapman
Last updated 7/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 7 mins on-demand audio
  • 34 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • IMPROVISE THEIR OWN MUSIC on the piano or keyboard, in all 24 musical keys.
  • WRITE SONGS easily - using what they have learned through the improvisations
  • KNOW each of the 24 musical keys inside out, they will have become your “friends” - you can take with you wherever you go.
  • USE THIS METHOD as a sort of musical “shorthand" wherever there is a piano-keyboard around - quickly and easily.
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Requirements
  • You can start from scratch. No previous knowledge is required. But advanced pianists, too, have gained from this unexpectedly simple approach to improvising.
  • You will need: an accoustic piano or an electric piano, (with touch sensitive keys) and, ideally, a sustain pedal.
  • An interest in expressing yourself through music.
  • Even if you have never played the piano before and you think you will never be able to - follow this course and the miracle WILL happen! - in the very first lesson! I've proved it over 25 years of teaching this method.
Description

Enjoy the freedom of making music through:

  • Improvising.
  • Songwriting.
  • You can but you DON"T HAVE TO read music.
  • Very little study needed.
  • Its easy: A sort of "musical shorthand".
  • A technically solid musical foundation. At the same time as having creative fun you will also be learning thoroughly the nuts and bolts of music: using, what I call, the ENGINE of music: the different keys, (music's "coloring box"). With this solid, theoretical ground beneath you, you can grow as a musician in any direction, as far as you wish: classical, jazz, rock 'n roll, you name it...
  • For beginners and advanced musicians. There are even developed pianists who don't know how to improvise ... widen your horizons - welcome to my course.
  • Of the 24 keys, you can learn as many or as few as you like.
  • How the Course is structured:

I use, what I call a "4 Step Routine". This same routine is applied to each key.

Each section covers one key and is divided into 4 lectures, (the 4 steps):

  1. The main part: scales, chords, and the first improvisation - in video form.
  2. Step 1 in text and diagram form.
  3. Improvising melody only, over a recording of my guitar backing.
  4. A simple song you play and sing along with me on video.

This same format is used for each key: (section).

Who is the target audience?
  • All levels.
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Curriculum For This Course
84 Lectures
07:22:48
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Introduction to the Course.
1 Lecture 01:58

Now we do the course.

First, a few things.

put your laptop where you can see it, while you play the keyboard, so you can play along with the videos of me.

Next, please note when you are on a lecture, if you click to the right, the "arrow download" icon, you will see extra instructions and guidance for each lecture.

Also, when I instruct in the setting up of the piano, to put stickers on the keys, obviosly, if you already know the keys you don’t have to.


In the first lecture, just follow me on your keyboard. You can always use pause and rewind. You’ll be playing the scales and chords, first right hand then left. At the end you can improvise with me or pause the video and make up your own.

In the second lecture you will find the same information as lecture one (the video) but in written form with charts. You can follow this at your own speed.

In the 3rd lecture you will play your own improvisation over the recording of my guitar backing. Don’t use chords this time, only melody - I play the chords - this means you can really concentrate on the key.

In the 4th lecture you will play and sing with me so you can use the chords you have just learned in a song. This can lead you into songwriting as well as building your own repertior of other people’s songs.

Thats it - thanks ... And away you go...

Preview 01:58
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Buying and setting up your piano/electric keyboard.
1 Lecture 00:00

Please note: when I instruct in the setting up of the piano, to put stickers on the keys, obviosly, if you already know the keys you don’t have to :-)

Buying and setting up your piano/keyboard
2 pages
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Improvising in C major ... The Whole Routine + the Getting Started Page:
4 Lectures 07:03

C major.

The Whole Piano Improvising Routine: Scale, Chords and Improvisation.

Follow the video.

Use "pause" and "rewind" as often as you need.

If you find the video too slow for you (or too fast), you can follow the "Whole Routine" using the words and charts in the next lecture.

In that way you can go at your own speed.


Preview 03:48

C major.

The Whole Routine in Text and Charts - use as an alternative to the main video or as extra help. In this way you can go at your own speed.

C major. The Whole Routine. In Text and Chart form.
11 pages

The Improvisation over the guitar accompaniment backing track, In C major::



Tips for improvising melody (tunes)

on piano:

  1. RETURN OFTEN TO THE "ROOT" NOTE, (the note with the name of the scale you are in).
  2. HOLD NOTES ON.
  3. REPEAT SHORT PATTERNS, (exactly the same 3 or 4 notes repeated over and over).
  4. PLAY MUSICAL SENTENCES, (a long run of notes, with a start and an end - can be different every time).
  5. JUMP FROM NOTE TO NOTE, (big jumps, and smaller jumps).


  • Now play the small video below and "improvise" again (using any fingering you like), but this time, over the guitar backing track.
  • Remember, concentrate on creating MELODIES and TUNES only...
  • ...you don't have to think about using chords this time - the backing guitar plays the chords for you.
  • Use only one finger or at least only one hand to improvise with.

REMEMBER THE 4 IMPROVISATION TIPS:

1. HOLD THE NOTE ON.

2. REPEATING RIFF.

3. SMOOTH MUSICAL SENTENCE

4. JUMPING NOTES.

The notes to use in C major:

Preview 01:34

Play the piano chords and sing along with me on this song, "Lonesome Traveler".

You will be applying the chords you have just used to a REAL song!!! This can lead to you writing your own songs.

Preview 01:41
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Improvising in A minor ... The Whole Routine +
4 Lectures 08:02

A minor

The Whole Piano Improvising Routine: Scale, Chords and Improvisation.

Follow the video.

Use "pause" and "rewind" as often as you need.

If you find the video too slow for you (or too fast), you can follow the "Whole Routine" using the words and charts in the next lecture.

In that way you can go at your own speed.

Preview 04:37

A minor.

The Whole Routine in Text and Charts - use as an alternative to the main video or as extra help. In this way you can go at your own speed.

Preview 9 pages

In A minor:

The Improvisation over the guitar accompaniment backing track:



  • Now play the small video below and "improvise" again (using any fingering you like), but this time, over the guitar backing track.
  • Remember, concentrate on creating MELODIES and TUNES only...
  • ...you don't have to think about using chords this time - the backing guitar plays the chords for you.
  • Use only one finger or at least only one hand to improvise with.

REMEMBER THE 4 IMPROVISATION TIPS:

1. HOLD THE NOTE ON.

2. REPEATING RIFF.

3. SMOOTH MUSICAL SENTENCE

4. JUMPING NOTES.


A minor. Now Improvise Over The Guitar Backing Video.
01:30

Play the piano chords and sing along with me on this song, "Lonesome Traveler".

You will be applying the chords you have just used to a REAL song!!! This can lead to you writing your own songs.

A minor. The Song Recording + chord and lyric sheet.
01:55
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G major. The Whole Routine +.
4 Lectures 07:52

G major.

The Whole Piano Improvising Routine: Scale, Chords and Improvisation.

Follow the video.

Use "pause" and "rewind" as often as you need.

If you find the video too slow for you (or too fast), you can follow the "Whole Routine" using the words and charts in the next lecture.

In that way you can go at your own speed.

G major. The Whole Routine. In Video Form.
04:26

G major.

The Whole Routine in Text and Charts - use as an alternative to the main video or as extra help. In this way you can go at your own speed.

G major. The Whole Routine. In Text and Chart form.
9 pages

In G major: improvisation over the guitar backing track.




  • Now play the small video below and "improvise" again (using any fingering you like), but this time, over the guitar backing track.
  • Remember, concentrate on creating MELODIES and TUNES only...
  • ...you don't have to think about using chords this time - the backing guitar plays the chords for you.
  • Use only one finger or at least only one hand to improvise with.

REMEMBER THE 4 IMPROVISATION TIPS:

1. HOLD THE NOTE ON.

2. REPEATING RIFF.

3. SMOOTH MUSICAL SENTENCE

4. JUMPING NOTES.



G major. Now Improvise Over The Guitar Backing Video.
01:28

Play the piano chords and sing along with me on this song, "She'll be Coming Round the Mountain".

You will be applying the chords you have just used to a REAL song!!! This can lead to you writing your own songs.

G major. The Song Recording + chord and lyric sheet.
01:58
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E minor. The Whole Routine +.
4 Lectures 10:07

E minor.

The Whole Piano Improvising Routine: Scale, Chords and Improvisation.

Follow the video.

Use "pause" and "rewind" as often as you need.

If you find the video too slow for you (or too fast), you can follow the "Whole Routine" using the words and charts in the next lecture.

In that way you can go at your own speed.

E minor. The Whole Routine. In Video Form.
06:13

E minor.

The Whole Routine in Text and Charts - use as an alternative to the main video or as extra help. In this way you can go at your own speed.

E minor. The Whole Routine. In Text and Chart form.
1 page



In E minor: The Improvisation over the guitar accompaniment backing track:




  • Now play the small video below and "improvise" again (using any fingering you like), but this time, over the guitar backing track.
  • Remember, concentrate on creating MELODIES and TUNES only...
  • ...you don't have to think about using chords this time - the backing guitar plays the chords for you.
  • Use only one finger or at least only one hand to improvise with.

REMEMBER THE 4 IMPROVISATION TIPS:

1. HOLD THE NOTE ON.

2. REPEATING RIFF.

3. SMOOTH MUSICAL SENTENCE

4. JUMPING NOTES.

E minor. Now Improvise Over The Guitar Backing Video.
01:30

Play the piano chords and sing along with me on this song, "Money, money, money".

You will be applying the chords you have just used to a REAL song!!! This can lead to you writing your own songs.

E minor. The Song Recording + chord and lyric sheet.
02:24
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D major. The Whole Routine +.
4 Lectures 07:46

D major.

The Whole Piano Improvising Routine: Scale, Chords and Improvisation.

Follow the video.

Use "pause" and "rewind" as often as you need.

If you find the video too slow for you (or too fast), you can follow the "Whole Routine" using the words and charts in the next lecture.

In that way you can go at your own speed.

D major. The Whole Routine. In Video Form.
04:58

D major.

The Whole Routine in Text and Charts - use as an alternative to the main video or as extra help. In this way you can go at your own speed.

D major. The Whole Routine. In Text and Chart form.
9 pages

  • Now play the small video below and "improvise" again (using any fingering you like), but this time, over the guitar backing track.
  • Remember, concentrate on creating MELODIES and TUNES only...
  • ...you don't have to think about using chords this time - the backing guitar plays the chords for you.
  • Use only one finger or at least only one hand to improvise with.

REMEMBER THE 4 IMPROVISATION TIPS:

1. HOLD THE NOTE ON.

2. REPEATING RIFF.

3. SMOOTH MUSICAL SENTENCE

4. JUMPING NOTES.

D major. Now Improvise Over The Guitar Backing Video.
01:30

Play the piano chords and sing along with me on this song, "Eidelweiss".

You will be applying the chords you have just used to a REAL song!!! This can lead to you writing your own songs.

D major. The Song Recording + chord and lyric sheet.
01:18
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B minor. The Whole Routine +.
4 Lectures 09:08

B minor.

The Whole Piano Improvising Routine: Scale, Chords and Improvisation.

Follow the video.

Use "pause" and "rewind" as often as you need.

If you find the video too slow for you (or too fast), you can follow the "Whole Routine" using the words and charts in the next lecture.

In that way you can go at your own speed.

B minor. The Whole Routine. In Video Form.
05:34

B minor

The Whole Routine in Text and Charts - use as an alternative to the main video or as extra help. In this way you can go at your own speed.

B minor. The Whole Routine. In Text and Chart form.
9 pages

In B minor: The Improvisation over the guitar accompaniment backing track:




  • Now play the small video below and "improvise" again (using any fingering you like), but this time, over the guitar backing track.
  • Remember, concentrate on creating MELODIES and TUNES only...
  • ...you don't have to think about using chords this time - the backing guitar plays the chords for you.
  • Use only one finger or at least only one hand to improvise with.

REMEMBER THE 4 IMPROVISATION TIPS:

1. HOLD THE NOTE ON.

2. REPEATING RIFF.

3. SMOOTH MUSICAL SENTENCE

4. JUMPING NOTES.

B minor. Now Improvise Over The Guitar Backing Video.
01:30

Play the piano chords and sing along with me on this song, "16 Tons".

You will be applying the chords you have just used to a REAL song!!! This can lead to you writing your own songs.

B minor. The Song Recordings + chord and lyric sheets.
02:04
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A major. The Whole Routine +.
4 Lectures 08:36
Lecture Description

A major.

The Whole Piano Improvising Routine: Scale, Chords and Improvisation.

Follow the video.

Use "pause" and "rewind" as often as you need.

If you find the video too slow for you (or too fast), you can follow the "Whole Routine" using the words and charts in the next lecture.

In that way you can go at your own speed.

A major. The Whole Routine. In Video Form.
04:57

A major

The Whole Routine in Text and Charts - use as an alternative to the main video or as extra help. In this way you can go at your own speed.

A major. The Whole Routine. In Text and Chart form.
10 pages

  • Now play the small video below and "improvise" again (using any fingering you like), but this time, over the guitar backing track.
  • Remember, concentrate on creating MELODIES and TUNES only...
  • ...you don't have to think about using chords this time - the backing guitar plays the chords for you.
  • Use only one finger or at least only one hand to improvise with.

REMEMBER THE 4 IMPROVISATION TIPS:

1. HOLD THE NOTE ON.

2. REPEATING RIFF.

3. SMOOTH MUSICAL SENTENCE

4. JUMPING NOTES.

A major. Now Improvise Over The Guitar Backing Video.
01:35

Play the piano chords and sing along with me on this song, "Over The Rainbow" in A major.

You will be applying the chords you have just used to a REAL song!!! This can lead to you writing your own songs.

A major. The Song Recordings + chord and lyric sheets.
02:04
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F#/Gb Minor. The Whole Routine +.
4 Lectures 09:21

F#/Gb minor.


The Whole Piano Improvising Routine: Scale, Chords and Improvisation.

Follow the video.

Use "pause" and "rewind" as often as you need.

If you find the video too slow for you (or too fast), you can follow the "Whole Routine" using the words and charts in the next lecture.

In that way you can go at your own speed.

F#/Gb minor. The Whole Routine. In Video Form.
06:12

F# minor / Gb minor
The Whole Routine in Text and Charts - use as an alternative to the main video or as extra help. In this way you can go at your own speed.

F#/Gb minor. The Whole Routine. In Text and Chart form.
10 pages

  • Now play the small video below and "improvise" again (using any fingering you like), but this time, over the guitar backing track.
  • Remember, concentrate on creating MELODIES and TUNES only...
  • ...you don't have to think about using chords this time - the backing guitar plays the chords for you.
  • Use only one finger or at least only one hand to improvise with.

REMEMBER THE 4 IMPROVISATION TIPS:

1. HOLD THE NOTE ON.

2. REPEATING RIFF.

3. SMOOTH MUSICAL SENTENCE

4. JUMPING NOTES.

F#/Gb minor. Now Improvise Over The Guitar Backing Video.
01:08

Play the piano chords and sing along with me on this song, "Who Will Buy" in F# minor.

You will be applying the chords you have just used to a REAL song!!! This can lead to you writing your own songs.

F#/Gb minor. The Song Recordings + chord and lyric sheets.
02:01
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About the Instructor
Tony Chapman
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75 Students
1 Course
Instructor, Music Teacher, Composer, Song-Writer, Performer.

Tony has been teaching, performing and composing music and songs since he was 16 years old.

He has a B.A. Honours Degree, in Creative Arts, including Creative Writing, Music, Visual Arts, Dance and Drama. He has worked in theatre and education both in UK and in Mainland Europe.

As well as music, Tony is also a visual artist, painter and sculptor.

He lives in Amsterdam. Netherlands.

It began when I was 12 yrs.: playing music with my brothers in our back room, on piano and guitars, violin, trombone and old tins!

" - back then, I made up my own music by guess work and enthusiasm and it was great fun!

... but I came up against a barrier - my guess work wouldn't take me beyond a certain point - very frustrating... something was missing... (I didn't realize at the time but one of my lacks was: scales!)...

... I started searching for the missing pieces. I studied classical piano and guitar, singing and music theory.

I listened to recordings, and worked out every style of music. I got inside other musicians heads!

I performed solo and in bands. I played bass, piano and guitar and keyboard. I sang other peoples songs and wrote my own - you name it - I did it!

... and I have never lost sight of my roots: the reasons I originally wanted to know this stuff:

to play spontaneous, rich, immediate music...TO EXPRESS MYSELF.

- Its this hands-on, highly usable, accessible approach, I bring to you now.

- its as if I'm showing my 12 year old self what he didn't know, back then.

- in a form he can understand and use creatively - rocking with his friends, playing piano and guitar: Jimi Hendrix, Beethoven and Chopin, writing and singing his own songs - all in a fully realized way...

- using techniques that give him wings to fly!

- I bring you this down-to-earth, music-making system, in a package I would have liked, in a way I could have used, when I first started out.

- the tools I needed back then - I give to you now, here on this site - so you can go to the musical places now, I wish I could have gone to, back then.

Have a great, fun journey!"