Have you ever looked at a piece of music and thought it looked like a foreign language? Music notation is strange looking at the beginning, but pretty simple once you get used to it a little bit. I'll walk you step by step through everything you need to know to be able to read music and play it on the piano, and in a very short period of time you'll be able to read music comfortably - most students can get through the course in an hour or two.
At the end of this course, you'll be comfortably able to take a completely new piece of music, and understand exactly what's going on. You'll be able to take that music and know how to play it on the piano.
Now this course is NOT a "how to play piano" course. We won't go in depth on piano techniques or exercises, but this course is a great first step if you want to get started on the piano quickly. You'll come out of the course being able to play basic songs and melodies.
- A desire to get started in the world of music!
- You should have a either a keyboard, or a device (phone/computer/tablet) that can download apps
- Read music confidently and comfortably
- Sight read simple pieces of music on the piano
- Know where all the notes are on the piano, and how that translates to written music
- See a note on the staff, and instantly recognize it
- Understand notes, rhythm, complex timing, and musical notation
My name is Kurt, and I teach people to play guitar. Here's a little bit about my journey:
For some reason, by the time I was 5, I already knew I wanted to rock. It might have been that my dad played classic rock on the radio 24/7 for my entire childhoodwho knows?
In any case, 5 year old me knew that guitar was my calling. The music studio near me told us that guitar is tough for really young kids though, so I waited not-so-patiently and finally had my first lesson the week I turned 10 - and I haven't looked back since.
I took lessons in theory and playing for 8 years, and ended up teaching at that same studio. I left to get my mechanical engineering degree, but I kept teaching on the side to help pay for school. I performed wherever I could, and played in several bands over the years. I still play guitar daily, and still love it over a decade later! Teaching guitar is my full time gig these days.
Over time, I created the method that I teach in my course. So many people start guitar and then quit. I quickly realized that the problem is not that guitar is too hard, it's just that the traditional methods of teaching it really suck. My goal is to get every student who takes my course to love the guitar, and come out confident and ready to play anything - without spending ages on boring scales, songs, and useless information.