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Play Piano Online and Save Money By: Edward Weiss
Do you know what it costs to take piano lessons these days? Anywhere from $30 to $60 an hour depending on the teacher and the studio. But, if you have a computer and a pair of speakers, it can cost you as little as $9.95 a month!To play piano online, ...
Creating Caverns an Improvisation Exercise By: Edward Weiss
In a recent post to my Yahoo group, I mentioned that I created the piece "Caverns" using one chord. I'd like to explain how I accomplished this.First off, Caverns is an improvisation exercise. Certain things I knew about this piece. One being technique. I knew that my left hand would ...
Piano for the Fun of It Creating with the Open Position Chord By: Edward Weiss
So, you're a fan of the piano. You like the way it looks and sounds but you're too afraid to approach the task of learning how to play it.You're not alone! Literally millions of people would love to learn this instrument but don't because they're intimidated by the learning curve.But ...
Piano Tabs Who Needs Them By: Edward Weiss
As a piano player you have three choices available to you for learning; these are, note reading, piano tabs, and chord-based approach.Most students who use piano tabs do so because they want to avoid the note reading approach altogether. They just want to be able to quickly play their favorite ...
Music Therapy and New Age Piano By: Edward Weiss
If there were one genre of music that's perfect for music therapy, it would have to be New Age piano! Soothing and relaxing, the piano offers many benefits to those in need of respite. The wonderful thing about this style of music is that it's also easy to learn how ...
Left Hand Patterns for New Age Piano By: Edward Weiss
Patterns. That's an interesting word and one that applies well to music. There are patterns everywhere in music. Repeating patterns, note patterns, chord patterns etc.For New Age piano playing, a pattern that comes up frequently is a crossover technique for the left hand. The left plays a repeating pattern that ...
Music Making as Spiritual Experience By: Edward Weiss
If you've been playing piano for some time, you may come upon periods where you forget yourself and only the music remains. You might even have had a spiritual experience. A phenomenon where emotion and intellect become one and the outside world disappears.This experience is what we all want, whether ...
New Age Music How Its Made By: Edward Weiss
Different styles of music have different "sounds." We can all pretty much agree on that point. For example, Jazz uses seventh chords almost exclusively. This, and the kind of chord progressions used in Jazz gives it its unique flavor. But what about new age music? Does it have it's own ...
Creating Your Own Unique Music By: Edward Weiss
Have you ever dreamed of penning your own compositions? Writing music has been a dream of mine for the longest time. And it's a dream I am fortunate enough to have realized.The idea of having a finished piece of music in front of you is exciting to say the least, ...
Breathing Space in Music By: Edward Weiss
While most students want to know when to play certain notes and chords, it's equally important to know when not to play. For example, I had a student who knew how to improvise and play in the New Age style. What he didn't know how to do was to allow ...
Learn Piano Online and Save Time By: Edward Weiss
Do you know how long it takes to learn the piano? Well, depending on the style you're interested in, it could take up to 10 years! That's if you go the classical note-reading route.But, if you want to learn piano online the easy way and save yourself years of struggle, ...
Creating Within Limits By: Edward Weiss
When I first started playing the piano I wanted to learn how to compose. The idea that I could create something tangible really appealed to me.So much so that I read everything I could get my hands on to learn the great art of musical composition. The problem was that ...
Piano Music Perfectionism and SelfExpression By: Edward Weiss
Is your heart in the music? If so, it won't matter what you play so much as what is received through your playing. Do you still think you need to learn 43 chords to sound good or are you concerned with the joy of expressing yourself through this wonderful instrument ...
Tips on Performing Your Music for Others By: Edward Weiss
Have you ever dreamed of performing a piece you created for others. Imagining that they are captivated and held spellbound by the music? If you have, you know that it can be a long road from actually coming up with something, practicing it, and then giving it to an audience. ...
Composing Using Chord Charts By: Edward Weiss
A chord chart is a navigation tool. It's a way for the composer to chart out musical phrases and notate where chord changes occur.It can be anywhere from 2-bars to 200 bars or more depending on how long the composition is or how many bars it takes to notate a ...
The Only Piano Book Youll Ever Need By: Edward Weiss
I'll never forget the time I took my first piano class. It was at the Community College of Philadelphia 1984. It was a group class with 20 or so electronic keyboards arranged around the room. We each received a class text book titled "Class Piano." No shocker there.I opened up ...
Improvisation Practice By: Edward Weiss
In her book "Writing Down the Bones" Natalie Goldberg talks about writing practice. It's an exercise where you sit down and just write without editing what comes out of you. This is also a good idea for musicians to do.She'll have her student's do timed writing exercises, i.e., you sit ...
Digital Pianos Are They Right for You By: Edward Weiss
Many families are now purchasing digital pianos to learn on. And why not? They're relatively inexpensive, take up very little space, and produce high quality grand piano sound. But there are certain drawbacks to owning one.For example, it's a good idea to play an acoustic instrument before trying a digital ...
How to Play Piano Using a Few Chords By: Edward Weiss
How many chords do you need to create a piece of music? Would you believe that it doesn't really matter and that whole pieces of music have been created using just one chord? For example, if you play a D minor 7 chord, you could use the bass note D ...
Just 3 Chords No Way By: Edward Weiss
A student wrote me an email about the lesson "Ocean Dreams." Here it is:"Dear Edward, I can't believe that you're using just 3 chords for this piece. It sounds like it uses much more material. Please tell me how you did it!"Here's my answer - Dear B. First, thanks for ...
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