Pop Piano Lessons: Learning Musicianship and Theory through Playing
Through Online Pop Piano Lessons, you can also learn theory and musicianship on the way. Whilst theory/musicianship are perceived as quite dry, in context they’re really interesting and quite exciting. I love learning while I play. For instance, the difference between a major and minor third in a scale can be quite a mathematical on paper, counting the number of semitones between each note. In reality though, the sound is very different.
Pop Piano Course: The Kodaly Philosophy
As a holistic music teacher, inspired by the Kodaly philosophy and other wonderful musicianship teachers, I believe that we should always move from sound to symbol.
What’s great about Rock Around the Clock is that it uses the major and minor 3rd of the scale. In this example I play in C, which means that E naturals and Ebs occur. Those pertinent observers of you reading this, will also raise the issue of the Blues Scale which contains the minor 3rd (Eb) and the fact that this fits over the F chord as a very colourful 7th. The interpolation of minor/major 3rds of a scale, the blues scale and 7th chords makes for a wealth of colour.
Learn Pop Piano: The Walking Bass
Want to extend this understanding further? Why not? Then the walking bass is the next fantastically exciting addition. The walking bass, adds a sense of drive and jazzy excitement. It allows you to understand triads and extend them to include the 6th and minor 7th too. The result, a more contrapuntal piece with independent hands – melody and bass.
Improv Pop Piano Lessons
How about another step further? The next step would surely be to explore improvising patterns using the blues scale and the major-minor third colourations over the walking bass.
Holistic Music Teaching
The result would be a mature, rounded musician after a journey from a very simple, but truly interesting melody. How much theory and musicianship have you gained on the way? Lots.
Pop Piano Covers
Did you read it in a book or did you hear it, absorb it and understand it? You lived and breathed it! What’s more, you created your own piano cover.
Here’s this lesson in summarised in video format:
Pop Piano Lessons Online Courses
Did you know that there’s a range of pop piano courses online that you can subscribe to, that you have access to all the courses through one monthly fee, and that you can request courses for the songs that you want?
Visit the Pop Piano Courses Library to view a couple of free sample courses by clicking below. There are also pop vocal courses that may interest you and membership includes access to all these courses too.
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Pop Piano Lessons Online and Face-to-Face
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