Welcome to the intermediate piano course
Erik gives you an overview of what will be taught in this course as well as the tools that will be available.
The eighth note
In this first chapter, learn new rhythmical patterns: the eighth note and eighth rest. Practice on the series of exercises available. Combine these new notions with chords and scales, and play along songs such as “Jump” by Van Halen.
Here, Erik teaches you how to play arpeggios, in major and minor chords, on one or two octaves. First, you will train with hands separated and then you will learn to play arpeggios with both hands. At the end of the chapter, you’ll play on “Still Lovin’ You” by The Scorpions.
Eight note triplets
In this session, you will see how to play eight note triplets and how to apply them to arpeggio. You will be able to practice thanks to a series of exercises and to play on “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.
Sight-reading : the G clef
Here, Erik invites you to learn how to read notes, and teaches you basic notions of music theory applied to the piano. In this part, you will see more in particular the G clef. At the end of this chapter, you will know how to sight-read and play the notes you’ve read on the piano. You will train on the song “Aura Lee”, “Amazing Grace”, “Greensleeves” and “Danny Boy”.
Another rythmical notion you will learn: the dotted half note and the dotted quarter note. You will play on “Ode to the Joy” by Beethoven.
Sight-reading : the F clef
Similarly to the previous sight-reading chapter, you will learn to sight-read but this time on the F clef. You will play on a sonata composed by Mozart and other classical pieces.
The key signature
This chapter is dedicated to the key signature concept. Erik takes time to explain in depth how the scales are built, what are their patterns. This is a very important chapter that will open up new possibilities for you to play more difficult pieces and will give you the skills to improvise. You will practice on the pieces “Shenandoah” and “The Water is Wide”.
The sixteenth note
In this chapter, you will go further in learning rhythmic patterns: you will see the sixteenth note. You will apply the sixteenth note on scales and arpeggio practices. At the end of this session, you will play on “Someone Like You” by Adele.
Erik talks about dominant seventh chords and scales, allowing you to start learning more about how blues music work. You’ll learn how to play left and right hands riffs (rhythmic figures) widely used in blues music.
Improvising over the Blues progression
Learn to improvise in Blues! First, you’ll learn to recognize and play blues notes and blues scales. Progressively you’ll get used to it and you’ll start noodling around the different scales.
This last chapter deals with other types of chords like diminished, augmented, seventh and suspended chords. Therefore at the end of this chapter, you’ll really have a solid knowledge of the main chords used in piano.
Erik congratulates you for all the path you’ve done so far! You’ve done a great job.