Learn some basic playing techniques on the piano by ear, including some backup accompaniment to tunes!
We will start with an orientation to the keyboard and some basic playing techniques, including hand positions and proper posture. The main focus will be on learning to accompany (back up) songs and tunes in several keys (C, G, D, A, Am, Em, Dm) using a variety of accompanying styles in 2/4, 4/4 and 3/4 time. We will use some well-known songs that you can sing along with (or at least hum the melody). You can also play along with a friend or pre-recorded track of the melody, which will be provided. You will gain an understanding of reading a chord chart and learn one easy solo piano piece. No prior music skills or piano knowledge is required to take this course.