Piano Meditations: A Beginners Guide to Playing What You Feel

Edward Weiss

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If only beginning piano players realized that they could create their own unique music right away, perhaps more of them would.

What I mean is this…most students, young and old alike know only 2 ways to learn piano. The first way is the classical route. Here, note reading and playing of the classics is taught.

The second way is playing pop standards from either fake books or fully written music sheets.

That's it! That's what most people think of when they're considering learning the piano. But, it doesn't have to be that way at all. For instance, if you only know 2 chords and the notes of the scale or Key these chords are in, then that's all you need to simply BE at the piano.

Imagine allowing the music to just flow forth from your fingers. There is no thinking involved. No forethought of what is to come. Just a simple act of sitting down and playing. This method of piano plying is completely foreign to 99 percent of music students. Even Jazz, which is seemingly all about improvisation, requires a much more rigorous and thorough approach.

Instead of taking months or even years to prepare yourself to play piano, I suggest a complete attitudinal change. What I'm talking about is radical, yet will make perfect sense as soon as you read it and it's this:


What do I mean by this? Simple. Most musicians have a lot of ego and want people to praise them and tell them how good they are. Now, there's nothing wrong with a little ego stroking, but music can give you as much as you are willing to let go and allow. This simply means that you let up on the need to control where the music is going. Instead, you allow the music to guide you to where it wants to go!

I know this sounds like mystical wordplay, but think about it and you'll see that I'm right. You see, the problem most students have is that they think they need to learn a lot of theory before they can be any “good" at the piano.

They also think they have to be “good enough" before they even attempt playing piano. These beliefs are sure to stop you dead in your tracks. You are more important than the music, which is to say, , who cares how good or bad it sounds. The real question is are you enjoying yourself. If so, then you are way ahead of the game!

Edward Weiss is a pianist/composer and webmaster of Quiescence Music's online piano lessons . He has been helping students learn how to play piano in the New Age style for over 14 years and works with students in private, in groups, and now over the internet. Stop by now at http://www.quiescencemusic.com/piano_lessons.html for a FREE piano lesson!


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