COM-PÀIRT PIÀNO CHEAP BREATAINN
The piano was introduced as an instrument of accompaniment several decades ago and has since become the most common instrument of choice in accompanying fiddlers in the Cape Breton style. Walking bass lines, and syncopated rhythms in the right hand emulate the sounds of the Gaelic language of Cape Breton Island, and Nova Scotia. Students in this class will learn techniques used in accompanying fiddlers and pipers in the Cape Breton style of music. Chording approaches for marches, strathspeys, jigs, and reels will be explored during this class.
The very basics of the piano will be introduced in this class. Students will work on recognizing notes on the piano and learn how to build 3 chords. The basics of chording to any one or two of a march, strathspey, jig or reel will be introduced in this class. Prerequisite: No prior experience necessary.
Student will receive an introduction to basic playing techniques for Cape Breton-style piano accompaniment. Prerequisite: Has a working knowledge of basic chords in 3 major keys and 2 minor keys.
Student will work on refining basic rhythms and further developing the fundamental playing techniques for Cape Breton piano accompaniment, including more syncopated rhythms. Prerequisite: Able to build upon the basic chord patterns and rhythms from the Advanced Beginner level.
Much time will be spent in this class listening to the various types of tunes which exist in the Gaelic style of music that is authentic and traditional to Cape Breton Island. It is the ear training that is required in identifying those chords that will allow the accompanist to chord along to another instrumentalist, all the while enhancing the delivery of music. Class time will be spent working on developing excellent timing as well. Prerequisite: Knowledge of most key signatures and associated chords. Previous experience in piano accompaniment required. Must be familiar with technique and specific chords. Accompaniment should be steady, strong and supportive, not domineering, with focus on timing.