What is the course about?
This practical course for intermediate pianists will introduce you to the dynamic role of the piano in Afro-Cuban music and Salsa. The course will focus on rhythm, playing different Latin styles and soloing. You will play your piano, and percussion if you have instruments, to emulate playing in a Latin band.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Introduction to Salsa, Son montuno, Mambo, Cha-cha-cha and Bolero. Learn the differences between these styles and their associated rhythms.
Montunos and how to play them including common variations.
The different percussion instruments used in Salsa : congas, bongos, clave, guiro, cowbell, Learn their associated rhythms/patterns and how these relate to Salsa piano.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand the function of the piano in Salsa and Afro-Cuban music and learn how to play in this style.
- be familiar with the some of the Latin music styles and be able to distinguish between them.
- solo in this style of music incorporating different harmonic and rhythmic approaches
- have an understanding of how to improve your music reading in this style including exercises to help you with this.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is designed for intermediate players at around Grade 4 (ABRSM) and higher with sight-reading skills at a similar level. Ideally you will have a minimum of four year’s regular playing experience to get the most out of the classes. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through live playing sessions at your piano, with instruction and feedback from the tutor, as well as listening to musical examples. You will be taught rhythmic and harmonic exercises to help you play in this style. There are backing tracks for you to use for practice outside of the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A notebook and some manuscript paper.
To join this online class you will need a good internet connection and computer/tablet with webcam and sound. You will also need your own piano or keyboard at home for practice and use in the lesson. Music and all other teaching materials will be provided by the tutor in pdf format in advance of the lesson via google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are a range of pop, jazz, Latin and classical piano courses at City Lit. A longer course in Latin piano, ME629a, begins in September.