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My goal is to have you playing beautiful, professional piano chords as quickly as possible, but not by memorizing hundreds of different chords first. I cover the most basic chords first - and only the ones you need to learn one song that we study - then we dive right into applying those chords to that one song. We will talk about chord names and chord notation, but the goal is to go right from the chord symbol to playing it on the keyboard.
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My name is Bill Romer, and I've been playing piano since I was about 5 years old - making that over 35 years now. For the first 15 or 20 years, I mostly sightread music, but then I started to feel very confined and controlled by piano sheet music, so I decided to study jazz piano, which opened up a whole new world for me - not just in my playing, but in the piano jobs I could play, and the people I met.
Since that time, I've played for ballet classes, country club dinners, festivals, church services, private parties, community theatre, and most recently, dueling piano bars. I love popular piano music, and I like for my playing to sound professional, without sounding too "out there" or avant garde, if you know what I mean.
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I have always wished I could play the organ but never thought for one moment I could learn to read music.
Okay, this may sound “stupid”, but i am just wondering, do u have to have a piano for these lessons? Im so glad that i came across your site and im quiet expectant to improve my playing skills on piano. I live in a southern central african country called Zambia, which was in 1992 declared officially and constitionally a christian nation.
I am a born again christian and I play the keyboard for our small praise and worship team in church and i sing and lead worship too.
I am not a beginner but right now I am teaching about 15 or more students at my church to play musical instruments (Piano, bass guitar and drums, my wife teach vocals).
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Absolutely – the piano books come as a pdf, so you just need a pdf reader on your iPad and then you can open the file as you would on your laptop. Using the Cats – Dogs game as a way to find middle C, place the Right Hand on CDEFG with the fingers 1- 5.

If you enjoyed this post, come and join us on Facebook, Pinterest and Google + or subscribe to our free bi-weekly newsletter for many more musical ideas! I got a question my daughter is 8 years and she just begin taking piano lesson but she hasn’t learn any notes or anything she just went straight to playing piano is that they way it should be? Monica, Don’t worry about that right now, many teachers want to get kids started playing so they feel like they are accomplishing something.
Thanks for your comment Amy, I completely agree, I’m sure the teacher is getting her new pupil settled in, and the note learning will be coming along very soon! Hi Monica, I agree with Amy, I’m sure your daughter will be learning the notes very soon. The piano lesson series were written specifically with children in mind, and it is always important to gauge each child’s ability and concentration, so as not to make them feel pressured in any way. Joy Morin is a piano teacher in Perrysburg, Ohio (United States) who enjoys keeping her teaching fresh with new ideas and resources. Introducing musical notes as a family with characters for each note makes a tricky concept immediately accessible and children find the note names and their time values so much easier to remember.
First of all using the sheets below, clap or tap the sounds and lengths of the notes together. These song and work sheets below are an excellent way to practice and help to make first piano lessons fun!
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Thank you for your kind comments ?? Sorry you have had problems downloading the free resources, but we are currently updating the site, and the free resources will soon be available included in their relevant posts, rather than separately.
If the bass note is repeated for several bars with the chords on top changing, it's called a pedal (wikipedia link) and is used to build tension in the music. Normally jazz pianists play rootless voicings, chords without the root (the C in a C7 chord.) The reason we don't need to play the root is because the bass player is doing that, or in solo piano it's our left hand. The main argument against using slash chords is that with effort and some creative theory, you can spell out any chord without a slash. Even though you can almost always spell a chord out scientifically, note for note, number for number, exactly as it "should be" from a jazz theory point of view, that doesn't mean you should.
The first step in improvising over slash chords is playing over the chords (improvising on the chords), not the bass notes. On the other hand, if I had something else in mind like resolving to a CM7 chord, the chord would undoubtedly be written as a C11(b9) because it would put the musician mentally in the key of C for that part of the music, giving the musician the best opportunity to jam on the music as possible without any confusion.
Slash chords and especially pedal tones are useful when you want to calm the music down or go the other way and build up to a transition in your performance, to raise the potential for some kind of awesome splash-down that will drive the audience crazy. A great example of using a pedal to work things up is Monty Alexander and his trio with John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums playing "The Work Song" by Nat Adderly at the Montreaux Jazz Fest in the late 70's. Take a look at the tune "Beautiful Love" (a standard we should all know!) It opens with a 2-5-1 in D minor. No matter how you feel about slash chords, the fact is you have to play them and improvise over them. The first thing you do when you see a slash chord is figure out how it relates to the music around it. When you are improvising you must know what the harmony is ahead of you and what the harmony is behind you while also focusing on your improvisation so that what you're playing is going somewhere and leading the listener to the next harmonic center in a musical way. If you're having trouble figuring out the harmony over a slash chord (or any chord) try checking altered notes in the melody, notes that have sharps, flats, or naturals. If you don't know what notes will work when you're improvising over a certain slash chord; some of them can be tricky, then play the melody or just stop improvising and listen. Jazz piano improvisation is like a painting- you can't see anything in the painting unless the artist puts some space around them. Before you start this step I must tell you that you will probably need a ruler and a pink eraser. Now you will start to draw the dimensional lines that will give the body of the piano it's three dimensional shape. Now you will still keep drawing out the dimensional lines until your case has a good solid and chiseled look and feel.
This is your last drawing step and what you will first do is start erasing all the lines you don not need that you drew in previous steps.
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I have been playing from just pressing the notes not knowing what I am doing, now I see myself going to the next level. I was hoping to find an online course that teaches you the keys by numbers, but that failed.I am liking this website by far!
I want to start as a beginner and i hope these lessons will help me build on the little that i know.
I think if i just have continuation of this lesson (lessons 2, 3, …), then in less than no time,i will become an expert teaching others. If your piano students leave the audience “wowed”, people will rave about you and your studio endlessly and you’ll never have to worry about filling your teaching schedule again!
First piano lessons should be fun and playful, start by drawing around the hands of the child on a sheet of paper. Ask the child to play each note with each finger and repeat it 3 times – call this exercise Up And Down The Escalator. You asked about pedalling – it is too early at this stage to introduce the use of the pedal.I hope that helps!
Make sure to explain that these are their nick-names, to help us to tell which is which, and point out the proper part of the name too.
Then play Up and Down The Escalator first in Big Brother Crotchets (1 beat notes), then Mummy Minims (2 beat notes), and then Daddy Semibreves (4 beat notes). I’m about to start teaching and I had no idea where and how to start, but now I know! I’ve played piano for years and a family asked me to teach their daughters… I had no idea where to start! During the process of learning more songs and further developing the ones you already play, you will eventually know the architecture of jazz so well that you play the sounds you are hearing in your head without having to think at all about how.Why Do Jazz Pianists Use Slash Chords?

Take a deliberate listen at the 11:05 mark of the vid below if you're not swinging out of your mind by then as Monty sets up a pedal tone that they hold for 8 bars while Monty does his thing. Don't get caught up in the semantics of how you're going to spell the chord, argue about how the chord should be spelled and if it should have a slash or not, instead get caught up in is how to make your music the best it can be by jamming over the sound of that slash chord as it pertains to the music. That's part of always knowing what's happening ahead of you in the music and how it relates to what you're playing at that moment. It's worse to play through some harmony using guesswork; the audience knows when you are BS'ing and anyway, you don't have to fill up every moment with notes.
But before I show you how to tackle this drawing tutorial, let’s talk about the history of this beautiful sounding piece. The music desk (which is what you place your sheet music on) should also be detailed in the same manner.
You will make sure that the back of the lid has a rounded back as well as the back part that is the widest. If you are already familiar with the notes and tones of the piano, you might want to skip this lesson.
Please explain wider what you mean by an octave, do you mean for an example the fist scale of C, which is white keys from C to B?
Alternatively, you can print the finger chart shown below by clicking on the picture to print.  Ask the child to number the fingers 1 -5 on both hands starting with the thumbs as 1 and the little fingers as 5.
Explain that 4s and 5s are usually weak, because they are normally a bit lazy and never really do anything on their own – so that is why it is difficult at first, but just like riding a bike or learning to write your name, practise will always help! The most important thing is to make sure a child is happy and relaxed right from the start and then they will be ready to learn. Small children won’t be able to play quavers at first as this requires more control, so leave them for now.
The same 5th that would be in the 2-5-1 chord (link goes to LJP 2-5-1 lesson) progression of the same key. This is so you can get an idea of the harmony (which may or may not be obvious) and play appropriately. Keep in mind that the notes you play during improvisation are only as good as the space you put around them.
First off the piano was created and invented by an Italian fellow named Bartolomeo Cristofori from Florence Italy.
The whole top of the piano's body is called the case so if I use the word "case" you will know what i am talking about. Over the past 3 years I have invested literally thousands of dollars in CD's, Tapes, Books, Music Lessons. For the past 2 years, I have spend $100 each month for music lessons from a very talented music director. So back to my question, i am hoping to later play Beethoven Fur Elise Symphony 59, Bagatelle in A minor. Repeat this exercise with the Left Hand, with the 1 (thumb) on middle C and the fingers going down in steps the opposite way.
Notice that we're playing the root of the chord, the C, in the right hand chord voicing (wikipedia link and see below). The very first piano’s birth date is not quite clear, but it is believed to be somewhere in the mid 1600’s.
After you get the lines drawn on the case as shown to you here you will start detailing the legs and pedals. You will now add more detailing lines for the case of the piano and add the wheels as well. Although he is an excellent instructor, (I could say musical genius) he sometimes teaches over my head.
I do not have a computer at home, I use my office computer before I start work and at lunch, so I do not have enouph time for these leasons, but if these is included in the leasons I have ordered I will have enouph time at home. I also wish to play Alisha Keys :D so i have a keyboard, not with me at this moment but it can be arranged, and i also have a paper piano that makes noises and such. Using the work sheets have a quiz, where you can take it in turns to test each other, guessing which notes you are playing. The name he gave his invention was called the “arcicembal che fa il piano e il forte” which was a harpsichord based invention called the pianoforte short for piano. Use wooden sticks or a drum to tap the rhythms,  and you can have lots of fun marching around the room to Magic Feet Follow the Beat.
A harpsichord was a musical instrument that was played with a keyboard very much like the piano.
I have figured out in 3 hours of disecting your section on 13th Chords, what has bewildered me with his methodolgy of instruction. Play these games often, to make sure that they have a firm understanding, and are familiar with the names of the notes and their values. Bartolomeo Cristofori was a harpsichord maker and from that, he wanted to build something that carried a sweet harmonious melody with either a hard tone or a gentle tone. I have learned a great deal from him, but your program has regenerated my enthusiasm and has uplifted my spirits and given me great encouragement.
Before he died his main goal was to modify the harpsichord while keeping the basic body design. What he was going for was to have the hammers strike the string and bounce back instead of bouncing violently, and lastly it must be possible to keep playing a note consistently while playing to carry a fast paced tune.
From Bartolomeo Cristofori invention of the pianoforte later attracted other inventers that took the concept of what he created and made it better over the years.
It was an article that was written and published by Scipione Maffei about the new invention that Cristofori built that got other inventers excited about this new musical concept. A fellow named Gottfried Silbermann who was an organ builder, took Cristofori’s design and created the forerunner of the damper pedal. It was the organ builder that ran the improvement by Johann Sebastian Bach but unfortunately he did not approve of the modification until some time after. Two women by the name of Nannette Stein and Johann Andreas Stein joined with a fellow named Anton Walter to build the first Viennese style piano. These types of pianos were built from wooden frames; two strings a note, and leather-covered hammers. The piano has produced beautiful music played and created by talented artist and musicians like Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

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