About this course
Dramatically and permanently improve your piano playing in just 13 weeks, using simple, easy-to-learn techniques
The Piano Chord Calculator lets you type in virtually any chord symbol and see which keys to play on the piano keyboard. Chords are shown in root position, so feel free to experiment with playing the keys/notes in various positions (voicings), or leaving some of the notes out altogether.
You can access the Piano Chord Calculator at this link, with the password:
Welcome to Week 1: Chord Piano Foundation! This week, we’ll go over (potentially review, for some of you) music notation and discuss some of the types of music, books and (potentially) software you will need or want throughout this course.
Welcome to Week 2: Chords! This week is all about… you guessed it… chords! How to build them from scratch, where to play them, and how to think about them in ways that don’t rely on you reading or memorizing sheet music.
Welcome to Week 3: Chord Progressions. This week is all about stringing chords together into sequences that make a unique sound, called a chord progression. Progressions make songs unique and help reinforce the harmonies in a song. As you play more and more songs, you’ll find the same progressions occurring over and over again, which is why I talk about the most common progressions and how to practice them.
Welcome to Week 4: The World’s Most Popular Chord Progression. This week is all about the amazing ii-V7-I chord progression. It’s not a long lesson this week, to give you some time to absorb this very special chord progression and the practice techniques I talk about. So, have fun!
Welcome to Week 5: Left And Right Hand Working Together. This week is all about getting your hands to play nicely with each other. I get a lot of questions about this, so I wanted to make sure you have some techniques for getting both hands coordinated before we move into more styles and rhythms. Enjoy and be sure to post any questions in the private Facebook Group.
Welcome to Week 6: Rhythms and Bass. This week, we jump into a bunch of different rhythm and style examples, so you can use them whenever you want to quickly create just about any type of sound or feel you like at the piano. Enjoy and be sure to post any questions in the private Facebook Group.
Welcome to Week 7: Playing Melody and Chords Together. This week will be a little shorter than the previous week and will give you a little break before we jump heavily into more advanced chords next week. Playing the melody with left hand bass and right hand chords can be a little tricky, but the secret is to not overcomplicate things, as I describe in the videos. Enjoy and be sure to post any questions in the private Facebook Group.
Welcome to Week 8: Advanced Chords. This week, we’re going deeper into more advanced chord voicings and alterations you can apply to “plain” chords you come across in your piano playing. We’re gonna be making some pretty interesting sounds, and this is definitely a week you’ll want to refer back to later, since it gets a little complicated at times. So, let’s jump in kick things up a notch, shall we?
Welcome to Week 9: Walking Bass and Fills. This week, I decided to talk more about walking bass and fills, since I’ve been getting some questions about those things. I think walking bass is one of the coolest techniques on the piano – I don’t use it a lot, but when I do, I really rely on it to make a great, professional sound.
Welcome to Week 10: Introductions. This week is just a quick lesson on introductions – how to create simple, nice-sounding intros, and some examples of introductions from famous songs.
Welcome to Week 11: Endings. This week, I share some simple endings you can use to put a nice finishing touch on just about any song.
Welcome to Week 12: Improvisation. It took me quite a bit of mental anguish to put this week’s lessons together, I must admit, since improvisation is a very complex topic that could be discussed for weeks. Finally, it came to me while driving in my car… I would present lessons in increasing order of difficulty. So, I hope you find something you can latch on to this week, whether it be the basic improvisation concepts or the more advanced.
Welcome to Week 13: Putting It All Together. This week is more about concepts than about me showing you techniques, so it’s just me talking and showing you a nifty website I use all the time. Oh, and there’s a bit of a life lesson in here, too – don’t worry, nothing too heavy ?
Welcome to Bonus Week 14: Example Songs. I took a few suggestions via email and the Facebook Group and put together my versions of some lead sheets from a couple of popular fake books, AND I also get into a little Floyd Cramer styling.
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