Do you know why people think guitar is easier to learn than piano? It's because they know that all that is required to get music from a guitar is to finger a chord. And that in itself is quite easily accomplished.
Mention the word "piano" though and fear leaps up in the throats of prospective students. Where to begin? So much to learn? So many notes? You see, what scares so many students is that sea of shiny black and white that at first - looks so mysterious. After all, how DO you make music with all of these notes?
That's a great question. And I have the answer for you. You make sense of piano notes the same way you make sense of the guitar - by learning chords!
But not just any chord. Not the triad, even though most music teachers start you off learning this basic chord structure. A great way to learn and understand keyboard harmony is to learn something called the open position chord.
This chord structure uses both hands to create a modern sound right off the bat! And once you learn the 6 basic chords in the Key of C Major, you'll begin to see the keyboard in a whole new way. You'll start to see that music is made from chords and melody and that it does not require more than learning a few basic chords to start.
For example, in the lesson "Peaceful Pond," you play a few open position chords in the Key of E flat Major to create music with. You play within one key and keep things simple.
Another problem beginning students have is they think they have to learn sophisticated chord voicings and patterns before they begin creating music. This is really a way to avoid jumping in the improvisational waters so to speak. The best way to start is to start easy. Then, when keyboard harmony is understood, new voicings and patterns emerge.
To play chord piano now, learn the open position chord. You won't be sorry.
Edward Weiss is a pianist/composer and webmaster of Quiescence Music's online piano lessons. He has been helping students learn how to play piano in the New Age style for over 14 years and works with students in private, in groups, and now over the internet. Visit http://www.quiescencemusic.com/ now and get a FREE piano lesson!