Tuesday, January 22, 2013

If You Don’t Like Your Sound, What’s the Point?

Ah D minor 9 how I love thee. So sad. So wistful. So full of longing and desire. It’s the sound you see. The sound.

Have you found a sound you love? If not, no worries, you can and you will. If so, good! It means you know what you like and you’re not ashamed of it - and that’s a big thing!

Because if you don’t like your sound what’s the point? If you’re not playing piano to please your own sensibilities, then why do you play the piano? Is it selfish to actually enjoy the sounds coming from the instrument; to indulge in the sensual pleasure of overtone and bass notes for one’s own sake? If so, than I am an egoist of the highest order.

From D minor 9, I can go anywhere. But I usually like to define some kind of tonality to make it easier. By using the D dorian scale (d, e, f, g, a, b, c, d) I construct chords and improvise to my heart’s delight. How long will it last? Who knows.

The magic takes place when player and music become one. You know when this happens when you forget that you’re actually playing the piano. You become the music itself.

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 15 years and works with students in private, in groups, and now over the internet. Visit now and get a FREE piano lesson!



  1. Anonymous10:39 AM

    I love the notion that each of us has a sound. And that's great inspiration to think about the music and the player becoming one...one heart beating...

  2. Exactly Anon. Doesn't get better than that. Or does it? :)

  3. Jill Argyle4:35 PM

    Isn't it interested that no two people play the same. As teachers we encourage thoughts, ideas and skills that allow the sound of each pupil to get better and better. Can be a bit of a worry if the pupil starts to sound like ourselves! Time to free up ideas and interpretation - or time for a new teacher?

  4. Anonymous4:53 PM

    yes, for me its a C major chord in the left hand and an F# major chord in the right.. it kind of reminds me of.. 1911