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Piano Teaching: Chord-Based Approach Superior says ‘New Age’ Teacher
Note reading unnecessary and not required says piano teacher Edward Weiss
Weiss had developed a ‘new age’ approach to playing piano that, according to this eclectic teacher, can have anyone not only playing piano in less than an hour, but also create their own music.
When asked how he accomplishes this remarkable feat, Weiss comments:
“I have my students learn something called the ‘open position chord’ first. It’s a special chord structure that allows the complete beginner to play piano with both hands right away. Not only that, it’s a modern sounding chord structure. Most teachers start students off with triads. And while these are still used, they aren’t very modern sounding. My approach bypasses the antiquated classical method to get students improvising and creating on their own, usually, in under an hour.”
And what about note reading? Isn't this important? Not too much for this San Diego based teacher. Weiss comments...
"Most think they must begin their piano studies with learning how to read music. But we learn our native language first by naturally speaking it. This is how I approach music. I have students actually create from the start."
Weiss offers a free piano lesson titled ‘Forest Interlude' where students get to see the method in action.
Find the free lesson at http://www.Quiescencemusic.com