First popularized by pianist George Winston with his bestselling December album, New Age music has seen better days. It peaked back in the mid 1980's when everyone was getting into the 12-step craze and Madonna.
But now it's back, thanks in no small part to piano teacher Edward Weiss's efforts. Weiss, himself a pianist and composer has put together a website that promises to teach anyone how to improvise and compose their own New Age piano music.
With over 150 lessons and growing, the site now has over 1150 members. When asked why he thinks his course is so popular right now, Weiss responds:
"I think people are looking for something that will help them relieve stress and get creative at the same time. The New Age music genre is perfect for this since it doesn't take long for beginning students to get started creating something that actually sounds like music."
Weiss has also published a bestselling book on Amazon.com titled 'Free to be Creative at the Piano' which, ironically, he now gives away for free on his website.
"I've always wanted to be able to just sit down at the piano and play what I feel. No matter how hard I looked, I couldn't find any kind of instruction that would help me do that so I had to come up with something on my own. Once I was able to freely improvise and create music on the piano, I knew I wanted to share it with others."
A free piano lesson and book are currently available at Weiss's website at http://www.QuiescenceMusic.com