Foreword for Pupils, Teachers and Parents
Welcome on board! I’m not a real captain and we’re not really going to travel on a great ocean, but rather we’re going to paddle into a sea of notes, sounds and noises. The first book in this course is aimed at all key sailors who want to play the keyboard, piano, electric piano or electric organ. You don’t have to be able to read music.
This book is about learning the basic fingering patterns which are, at the beginning, the same for all keyed instruments. Pupils should try out as many different keyed instruments as possible at the beginning so that, by the end of the book, they can decide which instrument they want to take on their further musical journey. The course is for key friends from 6 to 9 years old and includes many ideas for group lessons (accompaniment patterns for teachers, song accompaniment, drums).
All pieces and new features are dealt with in detail. It is clear that 6 and 7 year-olds may find it difficult to read accompanying texts - in this case, the teacher can act as a ‘reading aid’. What’s important when working the material at home is of course parents’ involvement, who would be stuck without any accompanying texts!
The book is available in German only.
Wolfgang Wierzyk, a teacher for electronic keyed instruments, dabbled with the musical possibilities of synthesizers, keyboards, electric pianos and electric organs during his time as a theatre musician and band keyboard player.
His series “Keyboard Konkret” is a three-book, richly illustrated keyboard course for children. While books 2, “Tasten Taxi”, and 3, “Tatort: Taste” apply only to electronic keyboards, Book 1, “Taste was, kannste was”, is additionally intended for piano players between the ages of 6 and 9. In all of the books, all the information such as playing techniques and music theory is explained in a child-friendly way with convincing comparisons. Music puzzles allow a certain amount of control over their own learning success and the author gives his own playing experience to young players through his tips and tricks. The author talks about the technical aspects of the keyboard in an up-to-date way; in book 1, pupils will get their first experience of using different sounds and the volume controller. In bands 2 and 3, pieces are also practiced with automatic accompaniment, the memory and sequencing function, pitch bend and split, as well as using different sounds. For these books, a keyboard with a disk drive should be used. The musical bandwidth of the pieces ranges from classical to rock ‘n’ roll, boogie woogie, jazz, reggae all the way up to rumba and bossa nova. Among these are also some well-known pieces that have been reworked for the keyboard: La Cucaracha, House of the Rising Sun, My Bonnie Is Over the Ocean and diverse children’s songs.
In each book you will find suggestions for group lessons regarding song accompaniment with accompaniment parts for the teacher and drum parts. For the author, the aim of “Keyboard Konkret” is that, by the end of the course, pupils should be able to accompany pieces independently, to be well versed in improvisation and arranging and to know which timbres create a harmonious song.
More Article from Wolfgang Wierzyk
Tips and Tricks (1)
Playing Piece: The Five Countrysides
House Concert / The Black Keys
Playing Piece: Adventure at Home
Tips and Tricks (2)
Playing Piece: A Boy from China
The Names of the Notes
The White Keys
Playing Piece: Up and Down
Playing Piece: The Alphabet Song
The Different Note Lengths
Playing Piece: Two-Hand Duet
Playing Piece: Eff-Eff-Be
The Clefs / Writing Exercise
Playing Piece: On the G Summit
Playing Piece: The Note Alphabet/ Quiz
Listening (1), Risk (1) Sight-reading Exercise
Playing Piece: Early Sport (1) / Risk (2) Sight-reading Exercise
3/4 Time / Legato, Portato, Staccato
Playing Piece: The Snake and the Bear
The Secret Message (1) / Quiz
Playing Piece: The Hiccough Song / Playing Piece: The Dance Song
Playing Piece: The Fountain Song
Playing Piece: Crank-Crank
Accompaniment in 4/4 Time
Playing Piece: Oh When The Saints
Listening (2), Risk (3) Sight-reading exercise
Playing Piece: Who is there?
Tips (3): Dynamics, Secret Message (2)
Playing Piece: The a-b-c-Echo / Playing Piece: The Crazy Echo
Accompaniment in 3/4 Time
Playing Piece: On the Swing
Journey of Discovery: The Notes from c to c2
Overview of the Notes / Quiz
Quavers / Playing Piece: Early Sport (2)
Playing Piece: Festive Music
Listening (3), Risk (4) Sight-reading exercise
Playing Piece: The quick quaver clock
The Note Line System
Playing Piece: On the Moon
Playing Piece: Cuckoo, Cuckoo
Playing Piece: Summer time
Playing Piece: Button, button, who's got the button?
Playing Piece: March of the Ants
Playing Piece: Teacher Accompaniment: China, Note Alphabet
Playing Piece: Teacher Accompaniment: Eff-Eff-Be, G Summit
List of further playing material
Wolfgang Wierzyk lives in Lüneburg and has worked as a teacher for electronic keyed instruments since 1980. “On the side”, he has busied himself with the possibilities of synthesizers, keyboards, electric pianos and electric organs as a theatre musician and band keyboard player. For over 10 years, he has published monthly professional arrangements for piano and other instruments for the magazine “keyboards”.