(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) — NEWS: Award-winning pianist and producer Kiefer and online music school Soundfly have developed a comprehensive new piano course that bridges the world of jazz and hip-hop. Kiefer: Keys, Chords, and Beats is available today in Soundfly’s subscription library of creative music courses and offers an in-depth look inside Kiefer’s creative process, giving students the tools to transform their own piano skills.
Kiefer Shackelford (who performs as Kiefer) is part of a new vanguard of progressive musicians, pairing deep instrumental skill with an electronic sound and hip-hop beats. In 2018, Kiefer joined legendary music label Stones Throw Records, home to such hip-hop heavyweights as J Dilla, Madlib, and MF Doom, as well as Kiefer’s collaborators Mndsgn, DJ Harrison, and Knxwledge. Kiefer won a Grammy(R) in 2020 for his production work on Anderson .Paak’s “Ventura.”
The launch of his new course comes as he wraps up a North American tour in support of his latest album, “When There’s Love Around.”
Kiefer: Keys, Chords, and Beats features over 40 videos of Kiefer as he walks students through his artistic and technical approach to a series of creative challenges on keyboard and piano. Students will learn how to craft sophisticated chord progressions, write and harmonize melodies, develop their improvisational skills, and bring full, piano-based tracks together with beats and electronic elements. The course features 57 lessons made up of readings, audio examples, downloads, sheet music, activities, writing prompts, and much more.
Soundfly CEO Ian Temple said of making the course, “This is the kind of course I dreamed of one day making when we were starting Soundfly. I’ve never encountered an instructor who has inspired my own piano playing more than Kiefer has over the time we’ve spent making the course. I know that this course is going to be a game-changer for both pianists and producers.”
A seasoned instructor, Kiefer has taught over Twitch and through private master classes for many years, but this is the first time he’s putting his approach to music making together into an overarching course. Describing his motivation for filming a course, Kiefer said, “A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that great musicians were just born different or that they have access to some sort of divine inspiration. But over the past 10 years, I’ve learned so much that has changed that idea for me and taught me that anything can be learned. Anything can be studied. Anything can be improved. And those are the lessons that I’ve put into this course.”
Learn more at: soundfly.com/courses/kiefer-keys-chords-beats
Soundfly offers creative courses for curious musicians looking to spark their creativity, expand their skill set, and discover new sounds. Students can subscribe to Soundfly’s library of in-depth courses on topics ranging from songwriting to hip-hop production, or take their music learning to the next level with Soundfly’s custom mentorship program, pairing students one-on-one with an expert to achieve a personal goal. Learn more at: soundfly.com/
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