Pop piano 1
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME621
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
Learn sufficient keyboard harmony to begin to negotiate playing songs from chord symbols. Develop a rhythmic, percussive playing style. Work towards being able to play by ear.
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?
- Build and practise playing triads derived from all major scales
- Learn to invert the triads (chord voicing) and add 7ths
- Introduction to (guitar) chord symbols and how to interpret them
- Introduction to the cycle of fifths as a vehicle for practice
- Play with a click track to 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 common progressions e.g. I, VI, IV, V and II, V, I
- Play and rehearse in idiomatic 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 music notation for piano, be fluent in major and minor scales, and understand arpeggios and basic chord construction.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will play your own piano/digital piano/keyboard. The tutor will lead from a piano. Exercises and tunes (accompaniment) rehearsed and played as a group. Listening to examples. Some use of music software as a learning tool. Practice between classes of songs and techniques will be essential if you are to make progress.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Manuscript paper and a pencil. Organise a way to record yourself playing tasks. All course resources will be available in the google classroom. You will be encouraged to post your ongoing work in the classroom also.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Progress to Pop piano 2.
Angèle Veltmeijer is a multi-instrumentalist who plays flute, clarinet, saxophone and keyboards. She enjoys playing a wide variety of musics, from folk to jazz and circus to West African highlife. She has performed and toured in Europe and Africa, playing in venues ranging from the Royal Albert Hall to many local venues. She has played live and recorded with Ivy Benson, Orchestra Jazira, Brian Kennedy, Annie Whitehead, Jimmy Somerville, Carol Grimes, Bessa, Alfred Karri Bannerman, Bob Graham, and Big Bands including lead alto in Morley College jazz orchestra, Studio 9 Orchestra, Sussex Jazz Orchestra, Brighton Big Band. Her own ensembles include Angèle Veltmeijer Quartet and Angel’s Horns. Angèle composes and arranges, and her music has been played and recorded by several of the line-ups she has been associated with. Angèle learned to play the saxophone at City Lit with Kathy Stobart whose firm yet compassionate teaching has remained an inspiration. Angèle enjoys passing on the thrill of making music. At City Lit she has taught saxophone, flute, jazz and pop piano, musicianship, jazz improvisation and transcription.
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.