I am totally amazed when I find so many people who are keen to play popular songs on their piano or keyboard… but then most of them soon give up!Most of these people can already read the melody on the treble staff, or perhaps they can play the melody by ear… but when they try to play popular music at a more advanced level and with their own special style, they begin to feel so disappointed and frustrated…
- They do not know how to add a nice accompaniment
- They have trouble reading notes on the bass staff
- They simply do not have enough time to learn how
Popular music has always excited people who want to express themselves, to have fun with their friends, to entertain at parties, or to impress other people.
They dream of playing the latest and greatest hits, the “golden oldies” and classic hits of pop and rock, country and western, jazz, gospel… or perhaps the great hymns, traditional folk songs, children’s songs, you name it!
But for most people, music is a pastime, not a profession. With the hectic pace of life today, there just isn’t time for hours of music practice.
Learning to play popular piano music with a full accompaniment written on the bass staff takes years of practice. But — fortunately — there is an easy way to enjoy playing popular music on your keyboard or piano, even if you are not great at sight reading the bass staff!
ONE: There are loads of books of popular music on the market and heaps of sheet music on sale that have full accompaniments written on the bass staff. These beautiful chords and embellishments make nice pieces of popular music into a sensational and memorable playing and listening experience.
But these scores are too difficult for my students to play!
TWO: Most of the other simpler books of popular music on the market have been written for the guitar — they have accompaniments written with guitar tabs that only guitar players can read.
Many of these books also have letters and symbols representing the guitar chords written above the treble line. These are fine if you are a guitar player but if you are studying piano or electric keyboard, how do you use them?
Based on my successes in popular piano teaching, I have found a fantastic technique that overcomes these problems. There was nothing else on the market like this for piano and keyboard students, so I thought I would write an ebook explaining this simple technique