Walk the journey to become the best piano player you can be.
My mission is to find the most effective way to:
- learn new styles and technique
- try-out and showcase exercises to get to the next level
- break through that gridlock that we all face at some point
- have lots of fun along the way
My emphasis is on contemporary music, meaning:
- chords and scales as my main building blocks
- focus on common chord progression and functional harmony
- develop quality improvisation skills
- train our ears to rely less on reading
Dipping your toes for the first time
For the really first timers, never touched a piano type of person it is good to first explore the piano keyboard. This will give you the absolute basic information you need to get started.
Once you get a grasp of the keyboard layout, it is essential to learn a bit about good posture at the piano and to do some exercises to warm up your muscles before intensive playing.
Maybe you are looking to buy a piano that is not too expensive but of good enough quality to use while you are still learning and that is still useful after that for normal use at home.
Dive into scales and chords
The most important building block of music in the Western culture is the major scale, learn all about the anatomy of this scale.
Every scale comes with a set of chords. For the major scale those are named the Diatonic Chords. It is a fancy name for something relatively easy to grasp. Take it further using chord inversions to transition smoothly between chords.
Looking for the best way to learn and practice scales? It is a very good way to get superb technique in your fingers. I will teach you what and how to practice, and even how to create a practice plan.
Make waves with theoretic know-how
Chords can be defined by chord formula that are not so hard to remember. This opens up a whole new way of understanding how chords work, gives insight to how they are built. Play any chord in any scale with little effort.
Know which notes to play in each key by learning about key signatures. There are some tricks and sleights of hand to make things easy to remember. It is not magic, but the result is magical.
Understand how music moves from one chord to the next using functional harmony. Take a deep dive into the functional harmony of the major scale and after that see how this translates into functional harmony of the minor scale.
Analysis and improvising over songs
Each scale comes with different degrees or notes from which to start the scale. Doing so in essence creates a new pattern of intervals which we call modes. Check out the diatonic modes of the major scale.
One can learn a lot of theory on how to improvise, but often forgotten is the importance of our ears in this form of expression. Knowing the intervals and training our ears to recognise them is one of those things that takes our art to the next level.
Adopt the feat of analysing a song based on chords and key signature so you can choose from the plethora of scales that are available. It is best to prepare upfront to avoid confusion in the heat of the moment. This also opens up the option of using upper structures and chord extensions to spice up your chords.