If you’re a guitarist, producer or singer looking to get basic piano chops- our upcoming master class with Elijah Fox is for you. You’ll learn the absolute fundamentals of piano: chords, arpeggios and essential techniques.
What is unique about this master class is you don’t need to be able to read music notation or have any prior experience with piano.
Piano for Producers & Guitarists will be available Wednesday, February 20, exclusively for PickUp music members.
Here’s a rundown of what’s included:
Part I. Introduction to the Piano
- Finding note names
- Note naming exercises
- How to play C Major scale
- How to play any Major scale
- The numbers system
- Basic piano technique
- Piano range
Part II. How to Approach Chords
- How to build major and minor chords
- How to find all the chords in one key
- How to create arpeggios from chords
- Chord-based runs
- Left hand technique
- Introduction to reharmonisation
- Accompanying yourself as a singer
- Elijah’s favorite minor 9 chord voicings and exercises
- Neo Soul chords
Part III. Producing with a keyboard
- Introduction: the four elements
- How to write a good bassline
- How to get a good bass sound
- How to write chord progressions
- Additional textures
SongSquad: 4 Songs to Jam with (and get featured)
We are excited to share two sample lessons from Elijah’s master class, as well as the full syllabus below.
Sample Lesson: The four elements
Let’s start with an overview of the four key elements of production; the bassline, the harmony, lead, and textures. You will learn how to apply the piano skills you developed in the previous lessons over each of these elements. For now, watch the video above to get an overview of how the elements fit together…
Sample lesson: How to create arpeggios from chords
On piano, any chord can easily be converted into an arpeggio using a pattern. If you’re a guitarists think of this like fingerpicking a chord vs strumming the whole thing.
In this lesson you will learn patterns to convert a C major 7 chord into an arpeggio. Use the video above to copy the patterns from Elijah.
Step 1. Play a C major 7 chord in your right hand in root position
Step 2. Apply Elijah’s pattern, playing one note at a time: bottom note, 3rd note, 2nd note, top note
Step 3. Move up the C major scale and apply the pattern to Dm7, Em7, Fmaj7, G7, Am7, and Bm7b5
Play around with different arpeggio patterns and chords to apply them on.
The full master class is available on Wednesday, February 20. Stay tuned!