SHARED PLAYING

A wonderful quality of the piano is that you don’t need to play with others to sound good, like drummers or saxophone players usually do. One person playing the piano can cover a “walking bass”, the chords, the lead instrument, embellishments and percussion, all with two hands, ten fingers and a voice. But it’s also the Achilles heel of piano players that they can miss out on the fun, the sharing and the learning that happens when you make music with and for others.

People become way better players when they learn with others, from others and when they learn how to play in front of other people. PianoEasy works with that; you’ll find it is much more natural, motivating and fun to learn the piano, while sharing and connecting with others. This way you get instant support and ideas from other and you’ll be doing duets and improvisations with fellow PianoEasy players. The second best thing to learning how to play great music very quickly is playing it with, and for, others.

Children learn the best when their parents are fully involved. PianoEasy parents are familiar with what needs to be learned each week and encourage their kids’ developing love of their repertoire and playing the piano. If parents can play other instruments there are many opportunities for shared music making and if not, they are encouraged to sing. It’s a great opportunity for quality family time and a bonding thing.

PianoEasy parents help their children establish regular playing times, organising “play dates”, and instilling the commitment that is needed for pursuing a lifelong skill. Although it’s not compulsory many PianoEasy parents learn to play the piano along with their children.

PIANOEASYCLUB AND PLAYDATES

PianoEasy players are encouraged to play with others. This happens automatically in a class and family environment. In Fremantle there are local pubs, music venues and the Fremantle Markets that welcome PianoEasy players. Players are also encouraged to record and upload their playing to the PianoEasy Library.

REQUIREMENTS

If you have ten fingers and a brain you can learn to play. For the program to work though you need to commit and put in time, ideally every day. PianoEasy will give you an ease with playing that comes from playing. It moves forward by building upon the learning that you have processed. Your playing repertoire is your reward to treasure and polish. You learn songs and you keep playing them, fine-tuning, perfecting, re-arranging, sharing. Half an hour a day works well; many people play much more than that.

No musical experience is required whatsoever. However, students with previous piano experience commonly still start the PianoEasy program from the very beginning, as often traditionally trained students haven’t learned how to memorise pieces, or how to improvise, arrange or play blues or jazz. Self-taught pianists often feel like they have hit a brick wall, feeling limited by having only their own learning abilities to draw upon. If you have learned before, you will find that there are some things that will come easy to you, allowing you to develop the areas that don’t come easy to you even better.