A Philosophical Approach to Playing the Piano

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This new book is entitled:  A Philosophical Approach to Playing the Piano.

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As a new piano student or progressing beginner, you are confronted by a myriad of learning options in the form of books, DVDs, YouTube videos and all the different approaches and personalities of private teachers.  This can be overwhelming and in some way have a negative effect on your piano education.  It is recommended to study one method fully before moving on to the next, much in the same way as it is to fully exhaust a private teacher until you feel that no more can be garnered from them for your particular needs.  In this way, you receive a diverse education but never confuse methods, tips, advice or recommended repertoire.

By extension, it can be said that there is not one absolute Golden Rule to playing the piano since everybody learns differently and has a different idea of what ‘good’ means in terms of being a musician.  What we thus get is a pool, of pianists in our case, all thinking that their method of learning was best and/or that their pianism is more ‘correct’ than others.

This is a tragic situation.

As you progress through this book, as well as the accompanying videos online if you wish, do not compare my philosophical approach to, mix it with, learn it alongside, rave about or stick only to over all others.  Some people will detest my philosophy, others (as has been proved almost daily since I started the videos online in both the jazz and piano beginner spheres) will adore it and connect wholeheartedly.  I trust you to be the latter!

My method comes from my own studies of Liszt, his students’ diaries, private letters, literature written by people who met him all but once and, of course, my own experiences, realisations and discoveries as a pianist over almost two decades.  It is honest, personal and, to my mind, very, very unique for the simple reason that, if I may just this once compare with other pianistic options, it is written from one human with positive intentions to another, You, rather than one company and multiple authors, to a buyer, You, a mere number on a monthly sales sheet with no emotional connection, interest in progress or desire to interact whatsoever.

Each chapter title, plus the three main focus points under each, has been targeted for your progressive benefit.  Simply by looking at the titles, you may have come to realise that I do not focus only on theory or the fingers but quite significantly on the mind or mental approaches.

This is what makes studying with me quite unique; not only will you learn the same knowledge which is available online (and for which reason I do not discuss it excessively, instead passingly pointing it out in the hope that you will go to much richer resources far beyond the scope of this book to expand your theoretical knowledge), you will primarily develop confidence, be encouraged and truly believe in You as a pianist without technical boundaries or physical limitations and as a result, become an exceptional, Purposeful Pianist… in ten lessons.

In ten lessons?  Unfortunately, despite the lessons/chapters being 30-60 minutes in length, this does not mean, by any means whatsoever, that you will become a pianist in ten, hour-long lessons.  What this means is that you will become a pianist in ten lessons as long as you spend at least 1-2 weeks practising, to a very fluent level, everything I discuss, recommend or do, and complement this with your own reading of musical theory using software, other videos online or purchasing exercise books.

What I offer is a philosophical approach, a way to develop your mind and remove any doubt; a promise that, as long as you subscribe to the principle that the repetition of a positive ideal results only in its manifestation, you will succeed.  This is not a spiritual, hippy-like approach; far from it.  It is a fact understood and applied by the greatest minds, including great pianists, since the earliest possible times.

The chapter titles are as follows:

Chapter 1 – Becoming an Excellent Adult Learner
Chapter 2 – Getting Your Bearings 
Chapter 3 – Ways of Playing Notes
Chapter 4 – Signatures and Circles
Chapter 5 – Chordially Yours
Chapter 6 – Putting It All Together
Chapter 7 – Memorising Songs Quickly
Chapter 8 – Playing the Blues
Chapter 9 – Lessons from Liszt
Chapter 10 – Going Further
 
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