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Can Musicality be Taught? Yes says Piano Teacher Edward Weiss
The conveyance of feeling is at the heart of what music is about. It’s a transmission - a direct communication between musician and audience.
Some say this can’t be taught. But not piano teacher Edward Weiss who has developed a 'New Age' approach to playing the piano. Weiss remarks on his approach...
"Being musical can be taught, and quite easily if students begin by creating on their own first prior to any kind of interpretive work. What better way to understand the idea of conveying feeling than firsthand via simple improvisation."
Students can then begin to understand, says Weiss, that behind the notes, behind the chords, lies them. And that they are the music. This is really the keystone for any musical performance because what you’re hearing, in essence, is the performers being - a peek inside and a very intimate one as well since music can communicate subtleties so well.
Learning how to improvise is important says Weiss...
"This is why I have students improvise first. All that is required is a small taste of it. A few chords and some simple instruction are all it takes for most. With the right kind of creative limits in place, students can focus in on self-expression and build from something based on first-order direct experience. Rooted in this, students will know musicality and be able to apply it to interpretive works if and when they so desire. They will feel pulse and rhythm intuitively, and know how to breathe life into phrases to create something beautiful."
A complete New Age piano course is currently being offered at http://www.Quiescencemusic.com