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Play Piano in a Flash!: Play Your Favorite Songs Like a Pro -- Whether You've Had Lessons or Not! Paperback – January 14, 2004
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Question One: Do you want to play classical piano on a world stage?
Question Two: Do you want to play piano in your own home for your own entertainment?
If your answer to the first question is "yes," then this book is not for you. And Mr. Houston says as much on several occasions in both the book and the video.
It seems that those reviews that express a strong negative opinion of this work, start with the assumption that one should only answer "yes" to the first question and one should never approach music in the spirit of the second.
People considering this work should ask themselves specifically what their goal is.
If your answer to the second question is "yes," then this work will spend half of its energy overcoming any reservation you might have about your ability to play the piano for personal enjoyment.
In this work, Mr. Houston has to battle in two directions.
One, he has to overcome the "piano anxiety" that people accrue as the result of years of taking lessons in a style of teaching that prepares the student to answer "yes" to question one.
Two, once he has cleared away assumptions learned from "classical" piano lessons, he demonstrates an approach to piano playing that is easier to implement then it is to explain. I don't think one should fault Mr. Houston simply because his method is easy to implement, once you understand it.
It is true that Mr. Houston does not outline a complicated and intricate regimen that explains the many aspects of music. That is not his goal. Rather he wishes to put the individual at a keyboard with music that can be learned as rapidly as possible.Read more ›
So, armed with this new-found knowledge and confidence, I made another wise decision. I ordered several "fake books" by Hal Leonard Publishing (all can be ordered through Amazon) containing the lead sheet music with chord symbols that Scott suggests. I now have "Your First Fake Book," "The Best Fake Book Ever," "The Ultimate Fake Book," "Gospel's Greatest," and "The Ultimate Christmas Fake Book."
Now, here's where I get to brag. I have learned 14 new songs in just over a month! These are the songs that I have learned in the order I learned them:
Alexander's Ragtime Band
When The Saints Go Marching In
Blue Suede Shoes
Beauty and the Beast
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Angels we Have Heard on High
Auld Lang Syne
Away in a Manger
Frosty the Snowman
Deck the Hall
Do You Hear What I Hear
And the best part is that I have learned them all by heart now. That will leave my books free for those who want to sing along because all of the books I have mentioned come complete with the lyrics. As you can see, I'm quickly trying to learn some Christmas songs to impress my family and friends this year.Read more ›
Scott Houston teaches you to play in this style and has you playing your favorite pieces in just hours of practice instead of weeks and weeks of learning to read notes and painstaking lessons. You will not learn classical concert piano techniques, but you will learn to play your favorite pieces with confidence.
If you just want to learn to play piano for the purpose of having fun or entertaining at a party or playing for a pop, rock, or similar group then this is a wonderful guide. If you want to learn classical piano then it is not what you need. Absolutely the easiest method and a lot of fun, I enjoyed the book greatly.... and can actually play a few tunes after about four hours of practice.
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This is a good book for beginners like me. For me, explaining and using his approach learning the piano is great.Published 7 days ago by Sarah Dunn
Gave as a gift. No word back from recipient. Probably doesn't mean anything bad though.Published 1 month ago by D D Walters
It works. Great little book. hey, it has only been a few weeks and I can play two favorites from one of his Fake books!Published 1 month ago by Oldies Guy
It makes sense. Easy read. I'm working on my chords now and getting better and better every day!Published 2 months ago by Sarah K.
this is such a great program. so easy to learn...instant play songs. presented well and easy to understand. excellent!!Published 3 months ago by Suni Eagle
Having caught Scott's PBS show I HAD to investigate further. I am in that group of adults who always wanted to play piano, but never had formal lessons. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NHBunion