Foreword for pupils, teachers and parents
Welcome to the Crime Scene! In the 3rd volume of this keyboard course, things might get a little bit strange - a little thief might steal or hide some notes, or get up to other ‘nice’ things. Kibo and Kibi try as hard as they can to stop the thief, but often they have to ‘pay’ for the damages. The “Crime Scene News” will let you know about the latest incidents.
Yes, and then there’s Mr Muller. Mr Muller moved into our music street a little while ago; he now lives next to family Fricke (see volume 2). He hasn’t had very much to do with music and is about to experience all sorts of things which will astound him.
The pieces always have different duties but with the idea: kill several birds with one keyboard - or was it stone?
1. Piano pieces (possibly with drums)
2. Pieces for key split and binary chords (R1 = Upper 1, R2 = Upper 2, L = Lower)
3. Keyboard pieces with auto-accompaniment, see further below
4. Ensemble parts and style patterns for playing live in a band or for recording with a sequencer
5. Ideas for independent creating: Arranging and improvising
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
About practicing / Abbreviations
Keys and Transposing
Piece (p): Country Gardens
Minor is great - The A Minor Cadence
Piece (pek): Minor is great
Piece (pek): By the Beautiful Blue Elbe
Arrangement (1): Accompaniment patterns in 4/4 time
Piece (pek): Special request show
Crime Scene News (1)
Triplet Time: 6/8 Time/ Jam Session (1)
Accompaniment 6/8 time (Slow Rock)
Piece (pek): House Of The Rising Sun
Piece (pk): The Scots "Rock"
Piece (pk): Irish Dance
12/8 time /4 pe: An even dozen
Piece (k): An even dozen / Quaver triplets
Piece (pek): AMAzing Grace
Crime Scene News (2)
Boogie Woogie: Piece (p): Alpha Boogie
Piece (p): Beta Boogie
Piece (p): Gamma Boogie
Piece (p): Delta Boogie
Improvisation / Ensemble Boogie
Piece (e): Ensemble parts for the Boogie Band
Groove Styles / Major and Minor
Piece (pek): Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho / G Minor Cadence
Style: Jazz Waltz
Piece (pek): My Bonnie Is Over The Ocean
Crime Scene News (3)
Piece (ek): Country Shuttle
Piece (pe): Country Shuttle, Chord Accompaniment
Style: Reggae / C Minor Cadence
Piece (ek): Don’t get all reggaed up!
The Inner Workings of Style Patterns
Classic: Piece (p): Bourrée (Chr. Graupner)
Piece (p): Choral (C. Gurlitt) / Rondino (P. Horr)
Piece (p): Sonatine (P. Horr)
Piece (p): Menuett (J. Haydn) / Tempo descriptions
Piece (p): Sonatine (L. Schytte) / Farmer’s dance (B. Bartók)
Crime Scene News (4)
New Cadence Chords / Recognizing the Bass Note
Arrangement (2), How to Build a Rock Ballad
Comments for “Nice Views"
Styles (2) Piece (pek): Nice Views
Style: Hard Rock
Piece (ek): Pitch Control
sus4-Chord Piece (pek): Power Mix
Piece (pek): Holiday Rock
Style: Rumba / Arpeggio / D Minor Cadence
Piece (pek): Rum-ba-ba
Crime Scene News (5)
Jam Session (2) / Style: Bossa Nova
Piece (pe): Sugar Cone
Piece (pe): One Hop in the House
Piece (pe)): Everything Inside
Appendix: Piece (p): An Even Dozen (Solo)
Piece (e): 2nd Voice: AMAzing Grace; Joshua; Reg(gae)
Piece (ek): Swing Low
Piece (ek): La Cucaracha
Keys / Circle of Fifths / Patterns: Left Hand
Percussion Instruments / Keyboard Sound Group
Sheet Music (Notes)
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”.