“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” –Billy Joel
Here’s the deal. Despite what you think or have been told, you can learn how to play really great songs on the piano. I know because I’ve done it myself and I’ve watched and listened as hundreds of other people have as well.
I don’t care how old you are, how much you know about music, or if you’ve ever even touched a piano in your life.
I’m not a professional musician, I didn’t practice hours a day for years (ugh!), and I didn’t suffer through endless repetitions of simple songs I couldn’t stand to listen to. Just like you, I have a life–a busy life. But perhaps unlike you, I can now sit down at a piano and play tons of songs from the Great American Songbook with really cool sounds. George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, Rogers and Hart, and all the other great composers of the 20th century.
A number of years ago my friend David Sudnow devised a method to allow adults to teach themselves how to play the piano. Many of us did. But too many others struggled to deal with all the distractions that kept them from being successful. You can see David’s Method here. Since David’s passing I have updated his web site and reorganized the presentation of his Method.
I coach (as opposed to teach) people how to learn to play songs on a piano using David’s Method. (Send me an email and I’ll explain the difference.) If you live in the Twin Cities metro area I do extended workshops, if you live outside the Cities I also give two-day workshops – contact me at the email address below if you want to hear more. The workshops are only tangentially about learning David’s Method – that’s not the issue for most people – they’re intended to help you design and implement a process you can customize to your own needs and situation that gives you the best chance to successfully follow your plan.
If you send me your name (first name is fine–just so I don’t have to say ‘hey you’) and a little about your experience learning to play the piano, I’ll let you know as this web site progresses.