Modern piano course



3rd YEAR

Course Description

The right course for you if you already have an elementary knowledge of piano and want to play songs and modern repertoire.  You will learn how to play triad chords in all keys and how to use chord inversions.

Next, you will play the most common harmonic progressions used in hundreds of different songs. You then practise accompanying on the piano, playing along with a singer on backing tracks. 

Finally, you can learn how to play a song in 'piano solo', transforming the original song and adapting it to the piano.


Chords and inversions

In the first module you learn to play different types of chords. You will start with the major and minor triads, the most commonly used. You will continue with diminished and augmented triads, and finally you will study the add2 and sus4 chords. You will also learn the inversions of triad chords and how to connect the chords to each other, which is indispensable for playing the modern repertoire successfully.

Lesson 1

Major and minor triads

Lesson 2

Diminished and augmented triads

Lesson 3

Add2 and sus4 chords

Lesson 4

Triads inversions

Melody harmonization

In the second module, you will learn how to harmonise a melody using chords. At the beginning we will play together some exercises in harmonising the ascending and descending major scale, then we will look at some practical examples, harmonising simple melodies.

Lesson 5

Harmonising the ascending major scale

Lesson 6

Harmonising the descending major scale

Lesson 7

Harmonising the melody, let's play some songs

Lesson 8

Harmonising the melody, more songs

The most common harmonic progressions

In the third module you will learn to play the most common harmonic progressions: the I IV V progression, the classic I VI II V turnaround, the V VI movement.

These chord sequences are used in so many songs, if you learn to play them with ease you can play dozens, hundreds of different songs.  

To make sure you have learnt the chord sequences well, try accompanying a singer performing the songs. Only the voice and drums are recorded in the video: the piano part, you have to play!

I IV V Progression
Lesson 9

I IV V I harmonic progression

Lesson 10

I IV V progression, Twist And Shout (Beatles)

Lesson 11

I IV V IV progression, La Bamba (Ritchie Valens)

Lesson 12

I V IV V progression, La Canzone del sole (Lucio Battisti)

I VI II V progression
Lesson 13

I VI II V harmonic progression 

Lesson 14

I VI II V progression, Il cielo in una stanza (Gino Paoli)

Lesson 15

I VI II V progression, Oh, Carol (Neil Sedaka)

Lesson 16

I VI IV V progression, Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers)

V VI progressions
Lesson 17

VI IV I V harmonic progression

Lesson 18

VI IV I V progression, Zombie (Cranberries)

Lesson 19

VI II IV V progression, One (U2)

Lesson 20

I V VI IV progression, No Woman, No Cry (Bob Marley)

'Piano solo" techniques

In the fourth module you will learn how to arrange a song to play it on solo piano. In this case you do not accompany a singer, but play both the chords and the main melody yourself. You will thus learn a number of 'piano solo' techniques, practising playing great Italian and international classics.

The pieces are listed in order of increasing difficulty.

Lesson 21

A Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harum)

Lesson 22

Caruso (Lucio Dalla)

Lesson 23

Io vagabondo (Nomadi)

Lesson 24

Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)

Lesson 25

La cura (Franco Battiato)

Lesson 26

Once Upon a Time In the West (Ennio Morricone)

Lesson 27

Imagine (John Lennon)

Lesson 28

Notte prima degli esami (Antonello Venditti)

Lesson 29

Blue Christmas (Elvis Presley)