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Welcome to the Core Piano Course. I'm so excited you've chosen to begin this journey with me! Complete the course one video at a time - remember to go through the exercises at your own pace. I recommend you spend 15 minutes a day minimum and do your homework with care!

 

Note that for some of the classes you will find additional resources to support you. Not all classes have course materials - because the games and quizzes are in the videos in a "pause and test yourself" method.  

Introduction

Welcome! We will learn so much in this course together! Make sure to take your time when you need and stop the videos!

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01

Notes on the Piano CDGA

Let's start from very basics with my formula to easily remember which notes are where on the piano. You will love the easy cartoon metaphors and never forget where you are on the keys! We will first start with 4 notes.

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02

Improvise on CDGA

You will have fun improvising using the notes you have just learned, playing over the accompaniment I have created for you. You can download the Mp3 and practice over it. Follow the instructions on the video!

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03

The Alphabet of Music

Now we learn all the note names and their locations on the keyboard with my method.

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04

Reading Sheet Music

Reading sheet music is not as hard as you may think it is!

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05

Rhythm

In this lecture you will learn what rhythm means, turn words into rhythm, and clap examples from famous tunes.

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06

Tempo

Learn what tempo means and how you can apply it to music.

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07

Bars (Measures)

Learn how music is organised on sheet music and what a bar/measure means.

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08

Note Values

Learn about: Structure of a Note, Note Values, Dotted Notes

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09

Rests

Learn about: Rest Values, Dotted Rests

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10

Time Signature

Learn about time signatures and what they mean.

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Rhythm Homework #1

Rhythm Homework 1:

Create different rhythms for 2 measures based on the following time signatures using one note on a staff. Keep it simple but make sure each measure is different.:

3/4

4/4

6/8

Then try to clap or play these - you can use a metronome to keep the pulse consistent! You can use the staff paper attached or draw your own! Make sure to put the clef and the time signature!

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Rhythm Homework #2

Rhythm Homework 2: Write your very first composition on sheet music!

Write a small composition of 4 bars using different rhythms with the notes we learned on one staff! Make sure each bar adds up to the same value, and make sure to use a clef and a time signature. Use the manuscript attached.

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13

Finger Numbers

Learn how we label our finger numbers! Download the attached sheet to remind yourself!

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14

Intervals (Basic)

Learn about whole tone and half tone intervals. More intervals will come towards the end of the course!

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15

Accidentals

Learn about: Sharps / Flats, Enharmonic notes

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Accidentals (Quiz)

Quiz time! Let's see how well you've learned your accidentals!

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17

Dynamics

Learn about the softest to the loudest dynamic markings in Italian!

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Tempo Markings

Learn about different tempo markings in Italian. Use the attached chart for more tempo markings in Italian, German and French.

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19

Articulations

Learn about:

Staccato

Legato

Accent

Slur

Tie

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20

How to Start a Piece: Posture

Get ready to play! But first, let's make sure you know the correct way to sit!

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21

Ode To Joy Introduction

You will learn my arrangement of Beethoven's Ode To Joy for easy piano. Here is how it sounds when I play it for you. Attached is the sheet music, please download it and have it ready!

You will soon receive an email from info@borderlesspiano.com - so make sure you have added us to your contacts!

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Right Hand Separate

The best way to learn a piece is to start with hands separately: let's begin with the right hand!

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Study the Patterns and Notes (RH)

Let's find out what patterns there are.

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Right Hand 60 BPM

Use the 60 BPM Metronome Click Track attached to practice your right hand!

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Right Hand 80 BPM

Use the 80 BPM Metronome Click Track attached to practice your right hand!

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Right Hand 120 BPM

Use the 120 BPM Metronome Click Track attached to practice your right hand!

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Summary of How to Practice Left Hand

Apply the same method you have learned to learn your Left Hand part. Let's summarise what we learned and then it is your responsibility to practice the same way to get ready to combine the hands!

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Hands Together Final Goal

Once you are comfortable with both your hands separately, you will be ready to combine the hands! Here is your final goal!

Are you ready to show off your version of Ode to Joy? Submit a video of yourself playing to this form and receive your certificate from Borderless Piano Academy:

https://forms.gle/d4UoeBDUQJWqBpx86

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