There is no magic method to bypass a little essential knowledge,
unless it correlates to your personal desire. Yet, this course
will benefit beginner, amateur and professional performers
with its simple and logical approach to playing a keyboard
by ear, and with "heart."
In Piano Magic you'll learn the basics of chord structure,
tones on the keyboard, playing by ear, and packing artistic
emotion into your music. You'll learn how to play melody,
chords and rhythm with a full sound that normally would be
expected to take years of study. Most important, you'll learn
how to think like the music you want to play!
Make room in your life now for greater Joy. Expand your life
by expanding your thought. Become that which you only dream
about. Be your own "Favorite Musician!" It happened
for me. I believe it can happen for you.
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VIDEO: The Secrets of Playing Piano By Ear
Take a seat for about 20 minutes, on the front row in one of my college/university sponsored workshops, while we explore the thought process required for consciously 'Playing By Ear. This particular workshop was held at Jacksonville State University, in Jacksonville, Alabama, U.S.A.'
In Piano Magic, I focus exclusively
on teaching my students how to play by ear - without reading
music - by predicting upcoming chords likely to occur over
the next several seconds. This is THE skill that
will get you playing quickly, will provide you with hours
of daily playing enjoyment, and will give you a lifetime of
HERE for: What makes PianoMagic unique from other
online piano courses?)
Just so you know, reading music and playing
by ear are both wonderful skills (I do both) and neither
is in competition with the other. Instead, they are two distinctly
different skills for playing the piano, but each different
skill is best learned one-at-a-time.
One of those basic skills for playing
piano by ear, is to understand the expected and predictable
movement of how one chord moves to the next. (Sometimes
the 'clue' comes from the active chord being played, and sometimes
it comes from the melody.) It's a hoot to do, sounds great
and will provide you with a lifetime of playing enjoyment,
once you know how to think like the music you want to play.
Why should YOU learn
to play piano by ear?
Answer: Because playing by ear is the most
natural way to express yourself through music!
Learning to play before you read is the most
logical first step, yet is completely overlooked in 'traditional'
lessons. Learning to speak before you read, is the very foundation
for understanding any language.
Think about this for a moment:
If children were required to read English before speaking
it, they probably would not speak intelligibly for many years;
if ever! Yet, the majority of music students are taught that
very method; read...then speak.
- That's NOT how I learned to speak: That's NOT how I
learned to play: That's NOT how I teach...because it's
Now, think about this: It often
takes years of lessons before a dedicated student can easily
read and play a piece of written music in its entirety...but
the person who created that same music (for music readers
to 'read') first played it by ear! Weird, huh? There's
Most traditional instructors encourage their students
to memorize their music, in order to perform without
reading music. Unfortunately, because they are memorizing,
instead of comprehending the structure of music that repeats
through ALL tunes, they will soon forget...and THAT
is a SHAME! All that work, and then it simply evaporates.
In my (almost) 50 years as a
professional pianist, I have forgotten every
piece of music I ever memorized. By contrast, I have retained
the ability to play every piece of music I understood and
could comprehend, and my repertoire includes hundreds (if
not thousands) of tunes at any moment in time.
For self played music to
be enjoyable for a lifetime, it has to be FUN!
According to a survey by the National Piano Institute, about
90% of 'traditional' piano students drop out of lessons before
the end of the first year. PianoMagic students often comment
that 'traditional' lessons were too hard, didn't show how
to play the music they wanted to play and were NO FUN! It
doesn't have to be THAT way!
IF IT ISN'T FUN,
IT WON'T BE DONE!
"I am delighted finding I can't wait
to get home to my keyboard!"
- Barbara Albrecht -
"Your personality and enthusiasm
come right out of your materials. Extremely beneficial
and fabulously interesting!"
- Sharon R. Franchini -
"Excellent, Exciting, Useful."
- Buzz Sommers -
"I love it! Your instructions are
clear and it all makes sense!
It is FUN!"
- Susan Johnston -
"Just right to spark my interest
and desire to PLAY!
This should be a TV course"
- Lee Holcomb Jr. -
"This will cause me to neglect
husband, house, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren,
Tigger the cat and Queenie the dog. Thanks!"
- Trudy Trawick -
I learned more toward understanding
the keyboard in one night, than in 8 years of music
lessons. This is really great. You make it fun, entertaining
and very worthwhile. Good Teacher!"
- Judy Turnell -
Playing music by ear for personal enjoyment can
be one of the easiest and most fulfilling activities you'll
ever experience. It can be learned in a few hours, and practiced
for a lifetime! IT'S CALLED PLAYING FOR A REASON...IT'S
SUPPOSED TO BE FUN!!!
If your hobby is taking lessons, I can't
help you. But if you want to learn how to play SOLO piano
creatively and artistically, playing music for personal enjoyment
AND the entertainment of your audiences, come on in! PIANO
MAGIC is here, and it was created specifically for YOU
to learn how to play the tunes you already know; the tunes
you already can hum, whistle or sing, played on the piano
FREE SAMPLE PIANO
In general, Free Piano Lessons are like Free
Cheese in a mousetrap! The idea sounds good, but usually comes
with a surprise ending!
Still, the Free Sample Lessons provided in the following pages
are excellent for beginners (catch the Tour Bus below) ...and
are required for ALL STUDENTS, with or without previous
You may have seen this info before, but if you
really learned it, you would already be
able to Play By Ear and would NOT be seeking such instruction!
Regardless of your previous experience, if you don't play
by ear, you are a beginner (at 'playing by
Don't skip or skim these lessons...your future
performing success depends on YOU knowing
this BASIC info forwards, backwards and inside out!
The info will seem extremely simple...and that's
just exactly how we want it to seem! If it's simple,
YOU can THINK IT and DO IT well enough to
Once you understand the Basics of Piano
Magic, you'll be able to take your new found playing ability
and musical freedom as far as your FUN can take you!
Keep your thinking SIMPLE and you'll
go farther than you ever dreamed possible, but complicate
it and progress will be slow. Simplify...always Simplify.
The tour bus below will take you to the Free Sample
Lessons mentioned above.
Catch the SCHOOL BUS for
FREE 'PIANO BY EAR' ONLINE LESSONS