What is the course about?
Learn sufficient keyboard harmony to begin to negotiate playing from chord symbols. Develop a rhythmic, percussive playing style.
What will we cover?
- Build and practise playing triads derived from all major scales
- Learn to invert the triads (chord voicing) and add 7ths
- Introduction to chord symbols and how to interpret them
- Introduction to the cycle of fifths as a vehicle for practice
- Play together in class and keep strict time
- Modal harmony as it appears in the pop repertoire.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand functional harmony, and be able to play simple progressions e.g. I, IV, V and II, V, I
- Play and rehearse in basic rhythms; play with a backing track
- Negotiate some simple songs, by ear and by reading chord symbols
- Demonstrate a clear idea of how and what to practise.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need good co-ordination between hands, and independence of fingers. You should have completed Piano level 5 or equivalent, i.e. be able to read notationfor piano, be fluent in major and minor scales, and understand arpeggios and basic chord construction.
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 in a keyboards room with each student at a digital piano. Exercises and tunes (accompaniment) rehearsed and played as a group. Playing together is vital to this style of keyboard playing (imitating a band situation). Listening to examples. Your own practice between classes will be essential if you are to progress.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Manuscript pad and file for class music is required, and a pencil and eraser. Bring a machine to record class if you wish.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The next course to progress to is Pop piano 2.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details