Practice Plan by Sandro Mambella – 32-hour module – CFA 6

Form: 32 hours
CFA: 6
Teachers: Sandro Mambella 
Frequency: Weekly
Entry Requirements: Ability to read notes in both Treble and Bass clef; availability of a piano or keyboard with 88 keys (preferably) 
Class size: 5/6 students
Places available: 5/6
Limitations: Open to students in the academic courses of Sound Engineering and Electronic Music. Participation fee: € 260

Contents:

First year:

  1. Overview of technique and plan postures.
  2. Identification of notes on the plan.
  3. Relationship between keyboard and notation.
  4. Two-handed homo-rhythmic exercises without thumb passage.
  5. Major triad in all shades with the first, second and third hand on the right hand.
  6. The notation of agreements through the use of the abbreviations.
  7. Simple songs with two voices (melody and bass)
  8. Simple readings on double pentagram
  9. Minor Triad in all keys with fundamental on the left hand and first, second, third melodic position on the right hand.
  10. Harmonic bond with major and minor triads
  11. Comping with bass and broken chords
  12. 4-tone chords (ma7, 7, mi7) in all keys, basic on the left hand and chord-like agreement

References:

  1. Nikolaev Piano Songs for the Beyer Music School, Preparatory School of Piano Op. 101
  2. Norton, Mambella Microjazz,
  3. Bartok Dispense, Microcosmos vol. THE
  4. Haerle, Jazz piano voicings skills

Second year (Practice II plan):

  1. Two-handed homo-rhythmic exercises with thumb passage
  2. Triads increased and decreased
  3. Late positions of the triads
  4. Major scales of two octaves
  5. Simple songs with melody and broken chords
  6. Harmonization of the major scale with triads
  7. Harmonic bond on IV-VIm-IV with triads and comparison with the harmony of famous songs from the international pop pop-up repertoire.
  8. Voicings of three notes for seventh chords (ma7, 7, mi7) in all keys
  9. Not too simple readings on double staff.
  10. Triad harmonization of a simple melody in violin key with initials (lead sheet)
  11. Beginning of the study on the cadence formula II-VI in major keys with seventh chords of three voices (left hand voicings)

References:

  1. Beyer, Preparatory School of Piano Op. 101
  2. Peterson, Jazz piano for the young pianist vol. THE
  3. Mambella, Lecture notes
  4. Bartok, Microcosmos vol. II
  5. Cesi – Marciano, Anthology plan

Third year (Piano Practice III):

  1. Two studies from the Douvernoy Studies Op. 120 school of the mechanism chosen among the n ° 3, 2, 1, 5, 6, 9, 4, 11, 15
  2. Two studies from Pozzoli 15 easy studies for the small hands chosen between n ° 2, variant of n ° 1, 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 8, variant of n ° 8
  3. Continuation of the study of the cadence formula II- VI with chords of seventh to three voices (left hand voicings)
  4. Harmonization of the major scale with seventh chords
  5. Harmonization of a melody with chords of seventh to three voices (left hand voicings)
  6. The blues, archaic, jazzy
  7. Study of the cadence formula I- VI-II-V (turnaround) with triads and seventh chords of three voices (left hand voicings)
  8. Two compositions from Il mio primo Bach.
  9. Seventh chords (dim7, alt7)
  10. Construction of a bass line for accompaniment (rhythmic and harmonic aspects).
  11. Accompaniment with seventh agreements.
  12. Three note voicings with the addition of a note beyond the 7th and 3rd (shell voicings)

References:

  1. Douvernoy, Op. Studies 120 school of the Pozzoli mechanism , 15 easy studies for small hands
  2. Levine, The jazz piano book
  3. Bach, My first Bach
  4. Mambella Dispense

First year exam:

  • Execution of major and minor triads linked with a harmonic bond
  • Execution of a two-part song from those studied during the year
  • Execution of a song on double staff from those studied during the year.
  • Performing an accompaniment with bass and broken chords on a simple harmonic progression

Second year exam:

  • Execution of seventh chords (ma7, 7, mi7) in all keys, fundamental to the left hand and chord to the right hand
  • Accordance of a tune with melody and broken chords
  • Execution of a song on double staff from those studied during the year.
  • Two-handed execution of a melody harmonized with triads

Third year exam:

  • Execution of a study among those addressed during the year.
  • Execution of a Bach piece from among those performed during the year
  • Performing an easy standard from the jazz repertoire harmonized with seventh chords of three sounds.
  • Accompaniment with 4-voice voicings (shell voicings) on the harmony of a standard from the jazz repertoire