Play Piano in a Flash! Full Video Set
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For about the cost of 2 piano lessons, this video (both VHS and DVD formats are available) will provide readers with years of musical enjoyment. If truth be known, there is another way to learn how to play piano rather than going to weekly lessons and spending thousands of dollars in the process.
The secret is learning to play the way the pros play. Learning to play in that style is enormously simpler than traditional classical piano lessons. Even better, it takes an absolute minimum amount of note reading ability.
Best of all, your tour guide for this adventure, Scott "The Piano Guy" Houston, forces you to have fun along the way!
Is this DVD going to prepare the viewer for a career as a concert pianist? Absolutely not! However, if you simply want to play some piano for the simple goal of enjoying yourself, then get ready to knock a lifelong dream from your "to-do" list. Have fun!
This is the same presentation as seen by millions of viewers on public television stations for their fund raising pledge drives. In addition there is another 80 minutes of bonus material never seen on TV!
There is also a "Play Piano in a Flash!" book and a "Play Piano in a Flash!" book examples audio CD available from Amazon to help round out your instructional collection.
About the Actor
Scott "The Piano Guy" Houston
Author of the book and Host of the highly successful television special on PBS called "Play Piano in a Flash!", Scott Houston's background combines a degree from Indiana University with over 15 years experience in the music industry. From teaching, to playing professionally, to managing a music publishing company, he has experienced a well-rounded view of the music world.
Realizing that most students do not aspire to become concert pianists, but rather want to enjoy being able to sit down at a keyboard and play their favorite music, he has taught thousands of students in person at university and college workshops nationwide and millions on public television!
Scott truly believes that anyone can learn to play well enough to have fun and sound good at a piano or keyboard. Just ask one of his students!
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I believe the first of the 4 discs on the 2013 version might be what's in this older 2009 version. Part one of the first disc is the PBS lecture, which is 99% inspiration and one percent information. Basically Scott tells you to play the C F and G chords with your left hand and play the sheet music melody notes with your right hand. There's one big problem with this. Sight reading (or memorizing)and playing the melody line with the right hand while playing chords with your left is the hard part. You will not learn to do that in a flash, unless you are playing Mary had a Little Lamb. At this point, Scott's method just became the same method as every beginner piano book ever written.
But don't despair. You are much better off singing the words to songs you already know (the words are what the melody is) and playing just the chords with your right hand. Later on, if you want to, you can throw in a bass note or pattern with your left hand. That's what I did after hearing Scott's lecture on PBS a few years ago. And I've been doing it ever since. I find guitar chords and words to a song I like online. There are many guitar chord/tab websites, with nearly every pop song ever written available for free. I transpose the chords to the song to the key of C (many guitar tab/chord sites transpose the music for you to any key). The key of C is the easiest to play as the majority of major and minor chords in that key will be on the white keys. I play the chords on my keyboard and sing along. I use online piano chord dictionaries to learn the chords I don't know. With a keyboard, if the melodies are out of my range, I can let the keyboard raise or lower the key, but I'm still playing the music in the key of C. The major advantage of singing and playing (even if you don't have a great voice) is that singing forces you to pace the song correctly. You can't sing ...Happy Biiiiiiiiiirthday toyou... but you can easily play that way. Singing forces you to pace the chord changes correctly.
The second part of the first DVD has a bunch of fairly useful tricks. This is why I gave this DVD 3 stars instead of 1. The 4 disc 2013 version adds three additional discs of tricks. Scott must have realized that the tricks were the only really useful part of the instruction.
both Scott Houston's DVDs - Play Piano In A Flash and Play Piano
In A Flash 3. If I can learn how to play the piano then so can you.
You will be pleasantly surprised as to what a little practice can
do and before long you will be playing your first tune.
Do you want to learn how to play piano like classic style music -
Both DVDs are not for you.
Do you want to learn how to play the piano and have fun
at the same time then continue to read below.
This review will be used for both DVDs. Both DVDs are informative
and contain much duplicate references. I found Play Piano In A
Flash to concentrate more on the technical aspect of piano playing.
Play Piano In A Flash 3 seems to highlight the "fun" aspect of
learning how to play in 3 easy steps. Step 1 is Learn Chords To
Your Song, Step 2 is Learn Melody Line and Step 3 is Put Your Hands
Together And Play Your Tune!
Which DVD should you buy if you can only afford one?
I would choose Play Piano In A Flash 3. Very much the same
as Playing Piano In a Flash and it cost about $20.00 less.
Silent Night is used as the learning song for both DVDs. Scott
will take you thru a few extra songs in Piano In A Flash 3.
So come on Couch Potatoes - get off that couch and start learning
to play the piano. Above all have fun!
Listed below are the chapters for both DVDs to give you an idea
of what areas Scoot addresses in this endeavor for you to learn
how to play the piano.
PLAY PIANO IN A FLASH RUN TIME: 145 minutes
The Road To Classicville
Ever Look At Sheet Music?
Two Different Styles
Let's Look At A Keyboard
Left Hand Plays Chords
How Root System Works
Some Fun With Chords
Reading Chord Symbols
Reading Melody Lines
Lead Sheets Are The Secret
More About Notation
Back To The Routine
Sharps & Flats In Melody Line
More Info on Chord Charts
What Key Are You In
Quick Recap Summary
PLAY PIANO IN A FLASH 3 RUN TIME: 73 minutes
Get Lead Sheets
More Piano Guy Info
Scott Houston teaches some very simple but important concepts for learning to play piano quickly and make it really sound good. I did not understand how chords work or how to find out what notes are in a particular chord. He cleared that up.
The drawbacks on the video are serious. He probably only teaches no more than 10 different concepts, but he talks A LOT and that just drags the video on. I was appalled when, 20-30 minutes into the video, he still had not said, "Ok, let's play."
He also plays and performs for his audience more than what's necessary to make his points, but I didn't buy the VHS to hear HIM play. I want to play.
While he has a charming personality, he should talk and play less, then include some practice exercises for his viewers to do. He should say, "Now you try it. Look at this line of music and play it on your own piano...[pause]...it should've have sounded like this..." And then he plays the correct answer.
So, I'll find my own music, fast forward to the parts where he is actually teaching something, then pause and practice after each concept.