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.
More Article from Wolfgang Wierzyk
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
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
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”.