Date: Monday morning, 6:15 AM - Crisp & clear
morning in the Rogue River Valley of Oregon
Remember the old ad...
laughed when I sat down at the piano...but when I started to play..." ?
remember very well the first time I played piano for a group.
They DID laugh. It was a disaster. I overheard the leader say "Let's get
somebody with some rhythm in there to play".
That hurt. But I told myself right
then and there that I would learn to play the piano so well that no one would
ever laugh at me again.
Nobody laughs anymore. And they
don't laugh at my students, either.
Because I discovered...
BACKDOOR to piano playing.
What in the
world is the "backdoor to piano playing?
are a way in to the world of piano playing without
having to go through the front door: years and years of scales, drills, rote
practicing, etc. Chords are really a shortcut to
understanding and playing music without all the formal training.
Formal training is fine if you have the time and money. But most adults
don't want to wait forever before they can play something enjoyable on the
piano. I took lessons when I was a kid, but found it boring. Not only
that, but all I could do was play the written music exactly as it was written.
Without the sheet music in front of me, I didn't have a clue what to do.
So I lost interest in piano playing until the incident described above. But
shortly after that, I had the opportunity to play in a school combo -- but to do
that, I had to learn chords, and learn them fast. So I sent for a $2. chord
chart advertised in Popular Mechanics, and within hours after I got it I was
playing the Dm7 chord and the C6 chord in my left hand while I played the tune
with my right hand. Talk about excited! Within a few weeks I could play dozens
of songs using chords. And I discovered that my sight-reading speed greatly
improved at the same time, because now I understood what I
was seeing on the printed page!
So I came in through the
back door instead, and now I enjoy what I used to hate! Why? Because I
understand what I'm doing because now I understand chords and chord
progressions. I eventually went on to get my Masters Degree -- and it was easy
because of all I had learned about music theory and harmony due to playing and
this course I give you the best of both worlds: You
get the understanding that comes from knowing chords, but you also learn how to
sight-read printed music. And you can do it much easier and faster because you
understand what you are seeing -- chords and parts of chords and chords
stretched out into a string of individual notes (called "arpeggios") and chord
progressions -- one chord flowing into another.
Here's an example
from a piece of classical music that looks complicated:
soon as you learn about broken chords,
you will soon see that all this is is 3
chords broken up. When you learn the notes
of those 3 chords, this music suddenly becomes as
easy to read and understand as:
Here are just
some of the things you'll be learning within the next 52 weeks:
major chords. All 12 minor chords. All 12 diminished chords. All 12 augmented chords. How to form 6th chords -- 7th chords -- maj7th chords -- m7th chords -- m6th chords -- 9th chords. Rhythm patterns in 3/4. Rhythm patterns in 4/4. How to "scout" a song. How to memorize music. Form & analysis. How to add runs and fills. How to get rhythm into your left hand. How arpeggios can help you read and play better. How to use an alternating bass to add variety to your left hand. How to find the key of a song. How to arrange a song with an intro and an ending. Adding octaves to the melody for a big sound. How to read chord symbols. Sight-reading with your eyes AND your brain. Polytonality -- playing two chords at once. How to stand a chord on it's head. How to add undernotes in your right hand. How to form and use dominant 7th chords. How to form and play 6/9 chords (ultra-modern). Undernotes and passing tones. Color tones. Transposing to another key. Modulation. How to use the written bass part as an "idea starter". How to read musical roadsigns. How to use intervals to help you sight-read faster and play better. How to add broken chords in both hands. How to pick out a tune by ear. Absolute and relative chord symbols. How to combine and alter chords umpteen ways. How to always remember the sharps and flats. Country-Western styles. Swing bass. How to get started playing boogie-woogie. How to make up your own songs. And a zillion other things!
Every single week for a YEAR Duane will come right into
your home and appear on your TV screen and teach you to play the piano using both sight-reading and chord techniques. With music DVD
video piano lessons, you can watch them over and over again. Can do you that in
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there in front of you -- that you would have to try hard
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have a permanent library of all your piano
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(at least 8 books). And all you pay figures to just $25. per week for everything
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"As I got older I
decided I wanted to follow up on a life long dream to learn and play the
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that taking lessons with a teacher may not be workable. After
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expensive than others but the reviews I had read gave me the confidence
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Duane really wants to teach you and he has a such a good presence and
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packed with good information and having made it to lesson 18 thus far
(out of 52), I'm doing quite well. Recently I played a song I had
learned for my nephew and he was blown away at how well I was playing
and he had been taking lessons for over 3 years (but I was further along
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Lucas Balberchak, Virginia -
email August 14, 2012 on file
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