But not anymore. At least not according to online piano teacher Edward Weiss.
Weiss, a pianist, composer, and bestselling author, has a ’new age’ way for people to learn piano. For those who don’t know what that means, Weiss explains:
“New Age music is much more than what most people think. First, it’s easy to get started playing it. Just a few chords and a bit of instruction and students are able to create something that sounds like music - usually on their first attempt. And secondly, it’s a very soothing, relaxing style to play in.”
The piano class Weiss teaches online now has over 150 lessons. Titles like “Reflections in Water” and “Summer Morning” abound as students learn how to improvise and compose their own music. Students are first introduced to something called the open position chord - a structure that allows for both hands to play together.
Students also have access to a message board and a special email address where they can communicate with Weiss.
When asked if learning how to play piano online is doable, Weiss remarks:
“Absolutely. We now have video and that changes the game. The lessons are explained in detail first and then it’s demonstration time. Students see what I’m doing and then use that as a springboard for their own creations. As far as piano classes online goes, it's unique.”
A free piano lesson ‘November Sunrise' and report 'The Simple Joy of New Age Piano Playing' are available at Weiss’s website at http://www.Quiescencemusic.com