QUOTE(Seer_Green @ May 15 2012, 01:24 PM)
I have recently taken on a new pupil who's been having piano lessons 'on and off' for a while. I don't think much, if any, teaching's gone on
and I think a lot of what he can do is self-taught.
Although he's been learning on a piano and has a digital piano at home, he's done some keyboard stuff (i.e. play RH melody and read chord symbols for LH) and some piano (working on Grade 2 pieces). He knows that eventually, if he wants to do piano, he needs to move away from the keyboard stuff to a certain extent...but...I think it's unfair on him to just abandon what he's done up to now and I wonder how I can make use of it? We're carrying on with the Grade 2 piano pieces he's started and that's fine - obviously I want to move more towards that.
His 'keyboard' playing is pretty good - he reads the chords quickly and plays with quite a bit of variety in the LH. Wondering how I can make use of this alongsisde the 'piano' stuff?
Hi Seer Green,
I started off on electronic keyboard myself (about a decade ago) before starting piano about a year later. I continued with both keyboard and piano until I was grade 5 keyboard, and then I've continued with piano ever since. I personally think that learning about chords through keyboard playing has benefited me greatly in learning about music generally: from learning about cadences in classical music to learning about chord progressions in popular music to studying complicated chords in jazz music.
One practical suggestion I would make for making use of his chords is to study how he can play proper 'accompaniments' in his LH using arpeggios, broken chords etc, rather than just playing the 'plain' chord as you would do on keyboard.
For example, for ballady-type music, or gentle folk music (think Titanic, Ashokan Farewell, Sometimes when we touch, Love me tender and many more), for each chord I play the root position triad in LH and then move the 3rd note of the chord up an octave, and then play the notes in quavers and using the pedal to give a full, rich sound. E.g. for the chord progression C | F | G | C we can do:
C2 G2 E3 G2 C2 G2 E3 G2 | F2 C3 A3 C3 F2 C3 A3 C3 | G2 D3 B3 D3 G2 D3 B3 D3 | C2 G2 E3 G2 C2 G2 E3 G2 |
For 7th chords, one can do the same thing but miss out the 5th note.
Also you could teach a twelve bar blues progression. Also you can look for chord progressions and cadences in classical piano pieces that he's learning, especially baroque, and relate this to his existing knowledge of chords.
Hope that helps