Starts: 21 Sep 2021
Blues Piano 1B
What you will learn
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Play pieces from the standard blues and boogie repertoire.
- Play a selection of boogie patterns for the left hand.
- Use a variety of right-hand ideas and improv techniques.
- Play dominant seventh chords and their inversions.
- Have increased confidence at playing with and in front of others
Class format and activities
This is a hands-on course and you will play every week. Demonstrations and suggestions will be given by the tutor, including listening to recordings of famous blues pianists. Home study references will be given from 'Improvising Blues Piano'.
Completion of Blues Piano 1A. Knowledge of major scales in most keys. Familiarity with major triads. Reasonable piano technique (at least grade 3 or higher). Good coordination between the hands. Time to practise between classes. Commitment to attend every week. Some reading ability. Online enrolment on term 2 of this course, starting in January, is only available to those enrolled in the previous term. If you are a current student you will have received an email alerting you to this. If you are new to this course please select 'Ask a Question' and the curriculum department will contact you.
What you need to know before you enrol
You will be given assignments every week and asked to prepare pieces for performance in class. You will need to commit to regular practice time at home in between classes.
What you need
A good internet connection in the same room as your piano/keyboard. A laptop, computer or tablet and the ability to browse the internet. Recommended text: 'Improvising Blues Piano', by Tim Richards (Schott Music 1997), available from all good music shops, from the tutor, or in Morley Library.
What you can do next
Blues Piano 1C