Instant guitar, piano workshops

February 22, 2013 by Anonymous

SNOWFLAKE — Professional pianist and music director Craig Coffman will share the techniques and tricks used by professional piano and guitar players during noncredit “instant” piano and guitar for busy adults and teens and “Play Piano by Ear” workshops at Northland Pioneer College’s Snowflake/Taylor – Silver Creek Campus on March 15 and 16, in the Student Center, room 123.

Coffman teaches the use of chords as a simple way to play your favorite songs. “Your former piano teacher might not approve, but thousands have learned the secret of how to play piano without reading music,” commented Coffman. His approach reveals how the pros play. He has extensive experience as a professional pianist and music director. Having taught piano privately for many years, Coffman will share piano players’ tricks of the trade. For over 22 years this workshop has brought seldom taught and highly sought after information to more than 100,000 nationwide.

Coffman’s “Instant Guitar for Hopelessly Busy People” (reference MUS 099x-45227) is a crash course in basic chords. “In just a few hours, you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment, and you won’t have to take private lessons to do it,” noted Coffman. The workshop also covers the three main chord types, strumming patterns and how to play songs using chords. He will also list the pitfalls to avoid when buying a guitar and how to tune the instrument. Students must be 13 and up and bring an acoustic guitar. The class meets on Friday, March 15, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The total cost for the workshop is $54, with $29 paid directly to the instructor for an Instant Guitar book and DVD.

The “Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People” workshop (reference MUS 099x-45228) meets from 9 a.m. until Noon on Saturday, March 16. The total cost for the workshop is $54, with $29 paid directly to the instructor for an Instant Piano book and DVD. Students must be 18 and older. “If you can find middle C and know the meaning of ‘Every Good Boy Does Fine,’ you already know enough to enroll in this workshop,” noted Coffman. “While the classical approach stresses discipline and precision in playing, this approach stresses enjoyment and getting great sounds early on. While precision is vital for classical music, this ‘pain free’ method is more suitable for pop music of all kinds, from Broadway to Rhythm and Blues,” added Coffman.

Learn one of music’s deepest mysteries in the “How to Play Piano by Ear” workshop (reference MUS 099x-45229) from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. “Contrary to popular belief, playing by ear is a very easily learned skill based primarily on some simple knowledge about chords and melodies,” Coffman said. Play songs without relying on sheet music by using music theory to predict chord progressions. You’ll also apply practical techniques to learn from recordings and how to transpose.

“This is an ideal follow-up to the ‘Instant Piano’ workshop and is open to anyone who has a basic understanding of chords on any instrument,” note Coffman. The total cost for the workshop is $54, with $29 paid directly to the instructor for a How to Play Piano by Ear book and DVD. Students must be 18 and older.

Sign up for any of these music workshops at least a week before the class starts to ensure it is not cancelled due to insufficient enrollment by phone, 524-7459 or (800) 266-7845 ext. 7459, or at any NPC location during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.

For additional information about these or other personal interest classes, contact Loyelin Aceves, community education program coordinator, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6244, or email. You can also view a current list of personal interest classes by clicking on the "Noncredit Classes {Learning Adventures" link.

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