TeacherKent D. Smith is a composer, performer, and music instructor with over 25 years of professional experience. The topics covered in Kent's tutorials come directly from his teaching experience. When recording a lesson, Kent chooses a familiar student who... View Profile
- Total Time 54 min
- Lessons 6
- Exercises 15
6 Lessons in This Course
4 minFREEPiano lesson 1Free3 CQ
What sets apart good music from great music is improvisation. In this first lesson of three, learn how to improv to Van Morrison’s “Moondance” on piano.
4 minPiano lesson 23 CQ
In part two of a three-part series on piano improvisation, use Van Morrison’s “Moondance” as a framework for playing solos in the minor blues scale.
4 minPiano lesson 33 CQ
This lesson on piano improvisation shows how to combine Van Morrison’s “Moondance” and the Dorian mode “A” scale to create licks and melodies.
7 minPiano lesson 44 CQ
Learn how to create romantic, sweet, and sad piano melodies by understanding the basic improvisational devices found in “River Flows in You” by Yiruma.
16 minPiano lesson 59 CQ
Kent D. Smith continues teaching the art of piano improvisation in part two of a series based on the chords of “River Flows in You” by Yiruma.
17 minPiano lesson 69 CQ
Beautiful melodies are guided by basic principles. In this piano lesson, learn how to use a single scale and a handful of chords to compose and improvise music.
1587 min15-part Blues Piano course54 CQ
Want to shred up and down the piano keyboard like blues legend Ray Charles? This course teaches blues patterns and licks essential for playing blues piano.
4 minPiano lesson3 CQ
Chord-style and rhythm piano players: this one’s for you! Learn about I-IV interval movements and how to use them to embellish major piano chords.
5 minPiano lesson3 CQ
Learn how to dress up piano chords with a simple device called the “add 9.” It’s only a matter of adding just one note (the ninth) to any chord!
3 minFREEPiano lessonFree2 CQ
In this piano lesson, Kent D. Smith shares a simple trick for instantly visualizing any inversion of any chord. Add this trick to your music theory arsenal!
6 minPiano lesson4 CQ
Learn a catchy melody called “Matilda” while building your two-handed piano coordination skills. Forget about boring drills; use fun songs to build skills!
10151 min10-part Piano course81 CQ
Is your piano playing skill past beginner, but not yet advanced? In this intermediate piano course, equip yourself with piano techniques that will take your piano playing to the next level!
1177 min11-part Piano course44 CQ
You’ve heard it before—it’s one of Beethoven’s most popular songs, usually played on the piano: Für Elise. Learn how to play it on the piano and swoon your lover with beautiful, classical music!
554 min5-part Music Theory course30 CQ
Develop improvisational techniques that work beautifully with hymns. Begin with scales and progressions and develop improvisational techniques to spice up piano and organ accompaniment.
869 min8-part Piano course39 CQ
If you have a piano at home that's sounding out of tune, there's no need to hire a professional tuner. Join in on this piano tuning course and learn what tools you need and how to do it yourself!
518 min5-part Piano course11 CQ
As a beginner to intermediate-level piano student, there are many songs to help you improve technique and build your repertoire, but few as iconic as "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues!