Pure Keyboard. II: Keyboard Cab

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Language: german

Author: Wolfgang Wierzyk

ISBN: 978- 3- 932587-20-7

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Foreword for pupils, teachers and parents

Now you’re all here again - so let’s continue our musical journey with Kibo and Kibi!

Of course we’re playing on the keys, but we also want to deal a bit more with the switches and buttons of your keyboard.

In addition, we’ll be celebrating a street fair, running a race with a kangaroo, visiting a genius inventor making a boom-machine, and travelling to foreign countries. We’ll experience evenings on a ranch, travel to Spain and visit the knight Kunibert at Durmollkenstein castle. To do all this, we need a mode of transportation! This is where Bibi and his Keyboard Cab comes in - off we go!

In the following lessons I have tried to keep the texts short and sweet - however the keyboard in particular has so many possibilities that we can’t do without some explanations.

 

We’ll deal with the following four points in Keyboard Cab:

1. Keyboard solo pieces: Piano pieces or keyboard split pieces encourage the coordination of both hands. Furthermore, we also have access to the rich treasure trove of piano literature.

2. Keyboard technique: the operation (handling) and the technical routine are parts of the daily routine of the keyboard players. You have to know the individual components and learn how to implement them.

3. Ensemble playing with other people is actually the most important part of music playing.

4. “Creative Corner”: Reading music is important in order to work on pieces effectively. Being able to deal creatively with pieces, in terms of tone, technique and improvisation, is just as sought after in pop music.  Keyboard Cab will give you tips for this - the chapter about improvisation should also be expanded on by a teacher.

 

An important part of the content of keyboard lessons is working with auto-accompaniment. This requires above all the following two things:

1. The player must be able to deal with chords and chord symbols in order to be able to use pattern arrangements of auto-accompaniment at all.

2. The accompaniment arrangements shouldn’t be seen as a finished product - the player has to be able to analyze accompaniment patterns in the long term, to play them themselves, as well as change them and use them in different ways: either as a user pattern or as live accompaniment in an ensemble. In this case, auto-accompaniment functions as a style lexicon and ‘stimulant’.

Stylistic security and the sensation of tone when choosing sounds are further learning aims.

This 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.

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More Article from Wolfgang Wierzyk

Pure Keyboard. I: Touch it, Play it!

Pure Keyboard. III: Crime Scene: Keys

Foreword

Piece (p): Family Cesar

Piece (p): Family Dietrich / Mrs Elert

Piece (p): Family Fricke

Piece (p): Street Rally

Finger tricks / Little Olympics

Piece (p): Over the Garden Fence

Piece (p): Race with a Kangaroo / C Major Scale

Piece (p): Can Can / Intervals

Piece (p): Rumpelstiltskin

Piece (p): From the keynote to the fourth

Cab page (1) / Dynamics, Expression Pedal

Piece (p): Surfing

The First Chords C and F

Piece (p): The Boom-Machine

Piece (p): Pinguine Waddle Dance / C and G7

Piece (p): Camp Town Races

Piece (p): Jolly Good Fellow (1) / C Major Cadence

Auto-accompaniment

Piece (k): Jolly Good Fellow (2)

Explanation about Eucalyptus Rhythm

Piece (pek): Eucalyptus Rhythm

Cab Page (2) /New Drum Notation

Three Quavers / Style: Rock Ballads

Piece (pek): Evening at the Ranch

Accompaniment Parts / Piece (pk): Michael Row

New: d2 and d1 for LH / Syncopation / Registration Memory, Improvisation 1

Piece (pe): Ancient Forest Dance

Cab Page (3) / Note: Sequencer

Remarks about Rock and Roll

Piece (pe) Rock and Roll (Part 1)

Piece (e): Rock and Roll (Wind instruments and Bass)

New chords: G Major, A Minor, C Major (2nd position)

Piece (pek): Rock Ballads

Piece (pek): In Spain / new: E Major

Piece (e): “Spanish“ accompaniment lines

F Minor Cadence / new f2

Ragtime Syncopation / Piece (p(ek)): Joplin’s Job

Piece (p(e)k): Hamburg Veermaster

Cab Page (4) / Pitch Bend

Piece (pe): Car Horn Concert / new notes F and G

G Major Cadence / new g2 / Piece (p): Accidental Song

Piece (p(e)k): La Chiapanecas

Binary tones / Piece (p): In the O(h)rient

Overview of the notes / Major - Minor / new: G Minor

Piece (p): Wolgaschlepper /Visiting the castle - Text

Piece (pe): Visiting the castle - picture and accompaniment

Visiting the castle - Melody themes

Comments and song text to the Taxi Blues

Piece (pe): Taxi Blues

Taxi Page (5) / Conclusion

Piece (pek): Accompaniment parts to Jolly Good Fellow

Piece (pek): Lavender’s Blue / Piece (pek): Oh Susanna

Piece (e): Accompaniment parts to Evening on the Ranch

Piece (p(ek)): The Clumsy Dancer

Piece (p): The Bird and the Stone / Piece ((e)k): Sloop John B.

Piece ((e)k): Guantanamera

Piece (pe): Rock and Roll (Chord Accompaniment)

Piece (p(k)): Joplin’s Job “Special Edition“

List of further pieces / Style List

Components of a Keyboard

 

Legend:

p = Piano and Split Mode

e = Ensemble parts

k = Keyboard Auto-Accompaniment

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”.