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Why learn Popular Piano?

Tim categorises 'Popular' piano, as everything that is neither 'Classical' nor 'Jazz', making the 'Popular' genre difficult to define.

However, Tim considers 'Popular Piano' to be a combination of Top 40, Popular Hits, R&B, and Rock 'n' Roll, Musicals, Movie Themes and Incidental music plus more. The end result is a pot purri of current piano styles and flavours, incorporating often well known songs, tunes and pieces.

Students who are looking for a lesser structured style of piano playing, and prefer the current sound and nuances of modern piano, then this category is for you.

Popular Tunes & ThemesPopular Tunes & Themes

This category incorporates Anthems, Movie Themes, Musicals, and Popularly recognisable tunes such as the 'Music Box Dancer' and 'Ballade Pour Adeline'. Playing popular modern tunes and melodies on the piano can be a great deal of fun for several reasons.

The first is that they are often simpler to learn, and do not require the expansive knowledge and theory required by other genres and grade levels. The second is that many of the tunes and melodies are already familiar to students, who prefer playing the piano for pleasure.

Rock & Rock 'n' RollRock & Rock 'n' Roll

This genre is for students who are looking for something a little more lively and upbeat; walking bass lines in the left hand, fast chords in the right hand, and a plethora of material from which to choose.

As a student, Rock & Rock 'n' Roll piano may have just what you are looking for, spanning the decades of the 50's, 60's and 70's, and producing artists as diverse as Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Queen just to name a few, this genre offers students the chance to explore modern piano riffs, tablature, and popular chord progressions.

Top 40 HitsTop 40 Hits

Playing the top 40 hits is for students who are looking for a quick -fix on the piano, and who want to fast track their learning experience to be able to replicate the latest hits. From Pink and Lady Gaga to Usher and Justin Bieber, students will enjoy the simple chord structures and themes that are current, instantly recognisable and popular.

Once students have learnt some of the available techniques for conquering this genre, they can then use or apply them to electronic keyboards and synthesizers in order to sound like the original song, tune, piece or melody.

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