- 1. Introduction
Pete sears discusses his approach to give you pointers on how to play the piano keyboard. This course is designed primarily for beginners, although there are parts which may be of interest to more advanced players. It’s a step by step approach, which will hopefully allow you to move along at your own pace, and achieve a level of proficiency where your playing takes on a life of its own.
- 2. Posture
The first thing you’ll need to work on is how to sit correctly at the keyboard. Posture is very important, especially if you’re playing for extended periods of time.
- 3. First Exercise
Pete begins by showing you something that’s easy, fun and hopefully inspiring to play.
- 4. Notes Octaves
Learn the beginning steps of the notes and how to find them on the piano.
- 5. Lesson One
Tony demonstrates diverse musical styles to demonstrate the important aspects of successfully playing with a band.
- 6. Scales
Learning the scales and understanding how they relate to tunes and melody is the key to understanding the entire keyboard, how to make things sound interesting, and how to play well.
- 7. Keyboard Fingering
Which fingers you use to play the different notes of a scale or improvised solo is extremely important to improving your technique and ease of playing.
- 8. Natural Minor Scale
Minor scales adds a moodier feel to your playing. Learning the different minor scales can be a challenge, but considering all the soloing possibilities they open up, definitely worth it.
- 9. Harmonic Minor Scale
A variation of the natural minor scale that is used a lot in classical piano music.
- 10. Blues Scale
The blues scale is very versatile; you can hear it in Rock, Country, Jazz, and of course, the Blues.
- 11. Chords
Now that you have a grasp on notes and scales, it's time to learn beginning piano chords.
- 12. Blues Progressions
Learn a basic sequence that is used a lot in Blues and Rock. This particular chord progression is often referred to as the 1, 4, 5 sequence.
- 13. Chord Variations
Using slight adjustments to major and minor chords to enhance the mood of your playing.
- 14. Chord Scale Patterns
Even if you practice this a little bit every day you will notice a considerable advance in your playing skills and knowledge of the keyboard.
- 15. Grace Notes
Most players also like to play grace notes, or passing notes to spice things up a bit.
- 16. Walking Bass Lines
Walking the bass notes can be fun while playing the appropriate chords with your right hand.
- 17. More Chord Variations
Learn variations of the 6th and 7th chords as well as suspended and augmented chords.
- 18. Note Values
Learn the meanings of Quarter, Eighth & Sixteenth notes.
- 19. Chordal Relationships
Other than playing by ear, you can learn which chords to use when writing a tune by learning how to harmonize a major scale.
- 20. Relative Minor
All twelve keys have a relative minor. Now you can learn how to easily find them.
- 21. Minor Pentatonic Scale
Learn this popular scale used in piano playing.
- 22. Playing with a Band
At some point you might want to have a go at playing with a band. It can be a very cool thing, like no other. Learn some very helpful tips from Pete Sears.
- 23. Credits