Thursday August 10th: Single Position Warm Ups and Finger Patterns
Thursday August 17th: Playing the Major Scale in Various Keys
Thursday August 24th: Chords and Arpeggios
Thursday August 31st: Playing Obscure Scales (Chromatic, Whole-tone, and Diminished)
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It’s often said that practice makes perfect, and when it comes to playing the piano, this statement couldn’t be truer! Join this online piano class to learn how to enhance your piano practice sessions like never before. You’ll get the most out of your daily practice routine by learning multiple effective methods to improve your skills.
This class is perfect for beginning pianists who are ready to take their musicianship to the next level. An expert instructor will teach a variety of important piano exercises for beginners to add to their repertoire. Students will also learn about arpeggios, chords, and scales! Here are some more of the topics we’ll cover in this fun and interactive, group class.
Proper technique will be key when you start learning how to play your favorite songs on the piano, especially when it comes to forming your hands over the keys. Having control over your hands and fingers will enable you to play faster, more accurately, and make you an overall better pianist.
The warm ups that you’ll learn in this class will help you understand the do’s and don’ts of proper playing posture. Your instructor will start out by demonstrating basic techniques before advancing to more complex ones, so you’ll learn at a gradual and easy-to-follow pace.
He’ll teach the class several piano finger exercises, including Hanon exercises, that will help you build up the dexterity, flexibility, and strength you need to smoothly press down on the right keys at the right time.
You’ll learn how to practice different combinations of your fingers, how to develop finger independence, and how to play with both hands at the same time. Practicing this way will prepare you, physically and mentally, to tackle challenging or complex sections of any new song that you try to learn.
No matter how many years you’ve been playing, these kinds of piano exercises are always beneficial to your practice routine. Just like an athlete stretches before playing a sport, every pianist should warm up their fingers to get limber before attempting a new composition!
Scales are the building blocks of all music; almost any song that you can play comes from a scale, so these exercises should definitely be a part of your practice routine! The better you get at playing scales, the more equipped you’ll be to play more notes and new songs. Learning scales will also turn you into a pro at building chords!
In this class, your expert instructor will show you how to play the major scale in various keys. He’ll teach you all about what a scale is, how it works, and the different finger patterns you can use for each of the major scales. As he demonstrates the different scales, you’ll have the chance to play along simultaneously and receive instant feedback.
Get ready to challenge yourself to do tricky finger crossovers with both of your hands - a technique that is needed to play certain scales. You’ll also learn about the obscure scale, which is not as popular as major scales, but still makes for excellent practice outside of class! As you continue to practice scales, you’ll begin to memorize which fingers you need to use and where.
Are scales difficult to learn? The answer depends. Scales are fairly easy when played with one hand at a time, but the real challenge is trying to play with both hands simultaneously. This skill will take a few weeks for the average beginner to accomplish, but with consistent practice anything is possible!
Another way to improve your piano playing skills is to spend some time working on chords and arpeggios. Chords are when you play three or more notes at a time with one hand. If you don’t know how to play chords already, this class is an excellent place to learn!
Alongside other students at your level, you’ll learn what a basic chord shape looks like starting off with C major. Helpful piano exercises will teach you how to space out your fingers and before long, your hands will have “memorized” the feel of different chords.
Arpeggios will be especially beneficial when it comes to learning how to play new chords. An arpeggio is when the individual notes of a chord are played one at a time, one after the other. Your instructor will cover this technique in class as well. Mastering arpeggios will make playing chords much easier for you in the future!
Have a question along the way? Don’t hesitate to raise your hand and ask your expert instructor. This group class setting makes for a very interactive and supportive learning environment.
In addition to learning how to play C major across multiple keys, you’ll learn about chord inversions and how to incorporate sharps and flats. A good song that will help you put all you’ve learned into practice is “Lean on me” by Bill Withers. Try it on your own after class for even more practice!
Each of these topics, from finger exercises to arpeggios, will help you improve your piano practice routine. But if you’ve already mastered one of these concepts, don’t let that stop you from attending this flexible and unique class!
Before beginning to cover any material, your instructor will be sure to get to know each student’s background. He will then cater the lesson plan to meet those students’ needs. So no matter where you’re at in your progress, you’re welcome to join in and practice your piano skills!
Jared J. started playing the cello in fourth grade and was quickly able to pick up a variety of other instruments. He now plays the piano, drums, bass, guitar, mandolin, accordion, banjo, and several others! Jared studied music at Cal State Long Beach and he specializes in jazz, pop, and rock piano.
Teaching music is truly Jared’s passion. He started teaching the piano in 2010, while also performing in musicals and weddings. One of the top things he recommends for how to practice piano? Learn your scales! Practicing scales will help you master new songs faster and understand what you’re playing and why.
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