Why a Guitar Player Can Teach You More About Piano Than a Piano Teacher

Do you know why more people want to learn guitar than piano? Because it's easier! And because students get to play something that actually sounds like music many times faster than their piano playing counterparts.

But did you also know that a guitar player can show you how to play piano better than most piano instructors? It's true! Here's why. Guitar players use chords and chord charts to create with. Piano players (for the most part) use note reading and memorization.

It's really easy for most beginning guitarists to quickly create music. In fact, you can learn 3 chords on the guitar in less than 15 minutes and start to play many, many tunes. Can piano players do that? Yes they can! But sadly, most don't.

You see, many people are intimidated by the piano. Not because of the instrument itself but because of the snobby stigma surrounding it.

The piano is held in such high esteem that people are actually afraid to go near it. Not the guitar. It's the everyman's instrument. Folk players, rock guitarists, and even Uncle Joe himself can pick up this instrument and soon strum out a tune.

A beginning piano player can also learn a few chords and just as easily create music as well as the guitarist. Now, the piano isn't often taught like this because teachers can make a lot more money by stringing students along for years and years. With a chord-based approach, you can rapidly advance and learn how to play in most any style and it won't take you years either. How long will it take for you to learn a chord-based approach? Anywhere from 1-month to 1-year depending on how fast or slow you learn.

Here's the point. If you want to spend years learning how to play other peoples music, than note reading and memorization are for you. If you want to get creative and actually make music, look for teachers who embrace a chord-based approach to piano playing.

Edward Weiss is a pianist/composer and webmaster of Quiescence Music's online piano lessons. He has been helping students learn how to play piano in the New Age style for over 14 years and works with students in private, in groups, and now over the internet. Stop by now at http://www.quiescencemusic.com/piano_lessons.html for a FREE piano lesson!

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