I've developed the piano training that I wish I'd had as a teenager
Students (and parents) often ask: "Are there any books with songs that we KNOW."
I know what they mean. The lesson books and "popular" song books available at the Easy Piano level don't always offer songs they're familiar with, or with simplified arrangements that aren't musically satisfying.
And the more advanced Piano/Vocal books of current pop-artists are too difficult to sight-read, with syncopated rhythms meant to replicate guitar, bass, and drum parts recorded by a full band that simply don't translate well into a piano arrangement.
A number of my students (most have been taking piano for 2-3 years) surprise me with songs they've "taught themselves" off of YouTube that demonstrate visually on the piano keyboard how to play chords and melody lines.
The "problem" here is that students usually have no idea "what" chords they are playing ... and what they're playing by ear and rote (touch and repetition) is ahead of their musical understanding. Their playing is also "choppy" and out of time.
IT REMINDS ME OF MYSELF WHEN I WAS A TEEN playing my favorite radio hits on the piano by ear (but without the aid of YouTube)! My traditional teachers, bless them, were clueless! They stuck to the books, the methods, and classical and traditional repertoire -- which I mostly enjoyed --but I WANTED TO PLAY (AND SING) MY MUSIC, too.
Playing "my music" by ear led me into experimenting and creating my own songs or melodies. It wasn't until I was an adult that I started learning the art of songwriting and took myself seriously as a songwriter, which led to recording CDs and performing my original music.
I've combined my traditional piano playing with my knowledge of popular songwriting and years experience writing songs, playing with rock and country bands, into a method that will give my students the advantage I didn't personally have back when I was a budding musician.
I've had success in private lessons working with piano students and vocal students who play the piano, teaching them chord structure and music theory as they learn to play their favorite pop songs. This musical understanding makes it easier to play, and molds them into true "musicians" with a skill that will bring enjoyment of music for a lifetime.
Adding the craft of "songwriting" opens creative channels and leads to a deeper understanding of the art and form of current popular music. They'll learn to identify different elements of a song, chord changes, how lyrics shape the rhythm and melody. We'll analyze song structures and get inspired to create our own music. Even if students don't write their own songs, they'll be "educated listeners" AND be able to play the chords to songs they hear and enjoy.
Now I can offer budding musicians and songwriters of any age the advantage I've often wished I'd had when taking lessons as teen. Students will benefit from my methods for learning to play the piano without having to be a great sight reader (music notation), and how to accompany themselves singing without reading notes on the staff and playable piano arrangements.
Questions about Pop-Method Lessons:
IS THERE AN "AGE"
HOW WELL DO I HAVE TO PLAY
WHAT ABOUT LEARNING
CAN I CHOOSE THE SONGS I
WANT TO LEARN?
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