Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Ah ... the piano. So many want to learn how to play it. Yet all too often, lessons stop short. All that's about to change. You see, most people think they have learn note-reading before they can make music on the piano.
But not only is note reading unnecessary, it's also a hindrance when it comes to being creative at the piano.
Here's a technique that will help you learn to play the piano fast! And it won't take you years, months, or even weeks. We're talking hours here - if that.
The technique I'm referring to is something called the open position chord. And with it, you'll be able to actually create your own unique music very, very quickly.
Let's take a look at how this is possible.
First, the open position chord uses both hands right away to create a nice modern sound at the piano. The chord is split between hands. The chord itself consists of 6 notes. You can see an example of this in the lesson "Reflections in Water."
Second, as I mentioned earlier, it's a modern sounding chord. Most teachers start their students out with triads. There's nothing wrong with the humble triad. But why begin there when you can work with a chord position that gives so much for so little effort.
For example, just by fingering an open position chord, you can make music. How is this possible? Because of the wide note spread. In fact, the open position chord takes up more than 2 octaves of the piano keyboard! With this much space, all you really have to do is play around with it and music comes out.
But no one can adequately describe what the open position chord is. You have to experience it for yourself.
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!