Piano & Sound Design

DAVEY KOLK

Week 1

Intro to Music Theory/Nashville Numbers

And how this applies to piano

Overview of class


Week 2

Key of C Scale and Chords

Pentascale melodies in right hand while holding chords in left hand

Apply to a song


Week 3

Key of G Scale and Chords

Pentascale melodies and beyond in right hand while holding chords in left hand

Apply to a song


Week 4

Key of D Scale and Chords

Playing octaves with both hands

Apply to a song


Week 5

Key of A Scale and Chords

Suspensions and resolutions

Apply to a song


Week 6

Key of E Scale and Chords

Hand independence

Apply to a song


Week 7

Key of B Scale and Chords

Following vocal melody

Applying to a song


Week 8

Sound, tone, and effects on Piano

Upright, Grand, bright, dark, compression, delay, reverb


Week 9

Sound, tone, and effects on Rhodes

Listen/play real rhodes and samples, talk about when this is the appropriate sound to use


Week 10

Sound, tone, and effects on Synth Pad

How to create a warm pad using a real synth, built-in sounds on keyboard and software, A, D, S, R, low pass filter, effects.


Week 11

Synth Pad Layering

Via midi w/ computer or other synths, drone/prerecorded pads, using Ableton.


Week 12

Synth lead

Creating a synth for single note leads