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Looking for Pop Piano Learning
#2747194 06/26/18 01:32 PM
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Hello All!

Back again here.

Information Request here.

I’m looking to play songs out of a fake book. I have tried books and the Sudnow Method.

1. My ultimate goal is to bring a fakebook to a situation, and the people open up to a song, and I proceed to play a cool version of the song.
2. I’m looking for a good method that teaches this skill. Was thinking of Duane Shinn’s year long course, but I think th Method teaches more than I want to know. I’m not interested in learning to play from the written bass clef.
3. Not really interested getting a teacher.
4. I like the Sudnow Method, but I’m looking to see if there are any courses of study out there that use Fake Book Pop tunes OR jazz standards. Memorizing songs also isn’t something I relish smile
5. I’d like to learn more than just the simple left hand chord and right hand single melody technique; I want the arrangements to sound more full.
6. Tried books, but I’m getting no where.
7. Anyone know of anything out there?

Thanks!

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Re: Looking for Pop Piano Learning
angelojf #2747222 06/26/18 04:44 PM
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Well, if you don't like teachers, books, or reading music, that doesn't leave a lot. How about learning to play by ear. There used to be a few posters here that raved about pianomagic.com; might be worth checking out.

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angelojf #2747233 06/26/18 05:12 PM
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Thank you, EP.
I guess I’m looking to see if there is anyone out there with similar goals as mine who may have had success using a learning resource that I haven’t tried.

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angelojf #2747237 06/26/18 05:19 PM
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I assume you've perused YouTube. It seems like just about every method there is has somebody promoting in on YouTube. If you spend enough time following links there you might come across something.
Hopefully someone here can give you some guidance as well. Good luck.

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angelojf #2747425 06/27/18 10:25 AM
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Most of my learning has been popular music. I've been playing piano for about a year and a half. I started with chord based
songs, then added fills, to full solo piano pieces.
I started with www.piano-play-it.com a free site, as I wasn't sure what source was best.

Now I use song books, 'Top 50' type books in whatever style you want or getting charts from the web. Although my sight reading isn't great, its not what I focus on, its getting better. I have a repertoire of over 20 songs I regularly play from memory.

Not sure of your musical background, but I've been playing and performing for over, oh, lets just say many years, on other instruments.

Good luck

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So here's an idea - I know you said you didn't like working with books, but there's a book called "How to Play From a Fake Book" by Michael Esterowitz.
I would suggest starting at the beginning and just taking a single technique - say playing an arpeggiation of the chord in the left hand, and play through all your tunes just using that technique. Put the book down and spend a week or a month or however long it takes to feel you have mastered that one technique. Then pick another one, and so on. Ditto with right hand techniques - one new one at a time, through all your tunes. Then you can start combining left and right hand techniques, and then varying your techniques as you play through choruses, and you're on your way to pop piano mastery.
Use a metronome or drum machine or something to make sure you're keeping in time, if you want to play with others. Just start slowly and keep after it, and you'll get there.

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angelojf #2747538 06/27/18 04:12 PM
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Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Was thinking of taking the plunge and getting a teacher, but that would be too expensive. Thanks again!


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