Syllabus

Course 1

  • Differences in notation styles
  • Finding your way around a keyboard
  • Middle C
  • Your first chords: C, F and G Major
  • How to handle fingering
  • Getting hands to work together
  • Pick up measures and N.C.
  • How long to hold notes & tied notes
  • Reading Lead Sheets
  • Playing a tune vs. reading a tune
  • The three parts of every tune
  • Time signatures, bar lines & measures
  • Waltz pattern with your left hand
  • New chord “flavor”: minor
  • Chord inversions vs. root position chords
  • New chord “flavor”: 7ths
  • Latin pattern for your left hand

Course 2

  • Hearing music vs. reading music
  • Chords in the right hand
  • Learning the “road map” of a tune
  • Rock-n-Roll pattern for your left hand
  • Learning the Blues changes
  • Learning Roman numeral chord changes
  • More fun left hand chord patterns
  • Learning how chords are constructed
  • Whole steps and half steps
  • Understanding sharps & flats
  • Introducing chord substitutions
  • Riffs and signature licks
  • Accompaniment style vs. solo style
  • I – vi – IV – V chord progression
  • Passing tones in bass lines
  • Tricks to jazz up the right hand melody
  • Even more Major, minor and 7th chords

Course 3

  • New chord “flavor”: Major 7th
  • More chord substitutions
  • Da Capo, Dal Segno, Fine – road map signs
  • New chord “flavor”: minor 7th
  • Deciphering rhythmic values with notes & rests
  • More rhythmic patterns for the left hand
  • Authentic bass lines for the left hand
  • More accompaniment styles
  • Technical explanation of time signatures
  • Introducing “slow stride” for the left hand
  • Pedaling to the rescue!
  • Changing things up at the bridge
  • Authentic ballad ideas
  • 6/8 Arpeggios for the left hand
  • Transposing
  • Using a glissando as a right hand technique
  • More Major, minor & 7th chords & substitutions

Course 4

  • Understand intervals
  • Ear training – hearing intervals
  • Continuing chord substitution suggestions
  • Continuing inversion training
  • New chord “flavor”: Augmented
  • Intro & ending ideas
  • New chord “flavor”: Diminished
  • Octave melody right hand trick
  • Amen cadence ear training
  • 6/8 March feel
  • Playing a vamp for variety
  • More on AABA song form
  • Turnarounds using Roman Numerals
  • Blues notes for color
  • Defining triplets technically
  • Learning a “faux stride” technique
  • Musical terms: legato, rubato, crescendo, etc.

Course 5

  • Why scales matter
  • Major & pentatonic scales
  • Blues and minor scales
  • Ear training with minor intervals & scales
  • Introduction to voicing
  • 1-5-7-3 voicing
  • Playing more chord tones with the right hand
  • New chord “flavor”: Major 9th
  • Boogie Woogie left hand pattern
  • New chord “flavor”: minor 9th
  • The “Duke Ellington” ending
  • The “Count Basie” ending
  • New chord “flavor”: half-diminished
  • Chord identification ear training
  • Identifying bass notes “by ear”
  • Gospel style I – IV walk up

Course 6

  • New chord “flavor”: sus2 & sus4
  • The “Floyd Cramer” lick
  • New chord “flavor”: 13th
  • mMaj7, altered & slash chords
  • “Mystery” Ending
  • Substituting more advanced chords
  • Introduction to improvisation
  • Walking bass lines
  • Playing “by ear” with chord recognition
  • iii7 – vi7 – ii7 – V7 – I∆ progression
  • Modulation & more on transposing
  • “That’s All Folks” turnaround/ending
  • How to play with a bass player
  • Bossa Nova 2-hand pattern
  • Inserting ii-V7 substitute chords
  • Learning patterns as starters for improv