Latin piano 1
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: ME629A
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course will focus on playing Latin piano styles. Each student is at a digital piano, and we rehearse together accompanied by the tutor.
What will we cover?
- Introduction to Salsa, Son Montuno, Mambo, Cha-cha-cha and Bolero - Afro-Cuban piano styles.
- introduction to Brazilian Samba and bossa Nova.
- Approaches to soloing in these styles.
- Classic montuno patterns and how to play them including common variations.
- The percussion instruments used in Salsa (congas, bongos, clave, guiro and cowbell) and their associated rhythms
- Understand how the piano interacts with and fits into a traditional Latin rhythm section.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the function of the piano in Afro-Cuban and Salsa music and learn how to play in these styles.
- Be familiar with the most common Latin music styles and be able to distinguish between them.
- Improvise in these styles incorporating idiomatic harmonic and rhythmic features.
- Have a better understanding of how to improve your music reading in this style including exercises to help you improve your sense of rhythm, a vital partt of playing Latin music.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is designed for players at Grade 5 and higher with sight-reading skills at that level. Keyboard harmony expertise will be of advantage. Pop or jazz piano training will be of greatest advantage.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by demonstartion of what to play and guidance from the tutor, as well as listening to musical examples. You will be set rhythmic and harmonic exercises to help you play in these styles and you will need to practise between weekly sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring manuscript paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Latin piano 2 will follow this course.
There is a range of Pop, Jazz and Classical piano courses and the Afro Cuban ensemble. You may also be interested in Township jazz and other practical World music courses.
Early signs of musical activity indicated David’s future path, and after taking grades on both piano and viola, he obtained a first-class honours degree in music at Leeds University, studying both instruments. He subsequently completed a postgraduate jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying piano with Simon Purcell, where he obtained an LGSM. He obtained an MMus in composition with Merit at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, with support from the Trinity College London scholarship, studying with Deirdre Gribbin, Gwyn Pritchard and Paul Newland. David is passionate about teaching, and teaches adult piano students at City Lit, as well as piano to individuals in his private practice and to young learners for Richmond Music Trust. He also performs from time to time as a jazz and classical pianist and undertakes practical music examining work for ABRSM jazz and classical syllabuses both in the UK and abroad. David also enjoys playing chamber music on viola.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.