But the classical approach isn’t the only one and pianist/composer Edward Weiss has developed a ‘new age’ method that allows the complete beginner to quickly play chords and improvise. The course now has over 1150 members and is continuing to add new ones on a daily basis.
Here’s what course creator Edward Weiss has to say about the lessons:
“So many students instantly go the classical route because they’re not aware of alternatives. There is an alternative way to play piano - one where you can just sit down and play off the top of your head using chords and a chord chart.”
The ‘new age’ piano lessons offered by Weiss’s company Quiescence Music are all online and there are now over 150 of them. Video and step-by-step instruction are given so students can learn quickly.
Weiss talks about his own learning experience:
“I took a community college piano class once and that lasted about 3 months. I learned how to play triads which I already knew how to do. With my method, students are introduced to something called the open position chord which allows them to play modern sounding chords right away with both hands.”
A free piano lesson ‘November Sunrise,' shows students the method in action. It's available at Weiss’s website http://www.Quiescencemusic.com