Styles, Ideas, Shortcuts, Fills, Runs�..
�Killer Piano Playing Secrets
of a Chord Addict!�
An �insider� shortcut guide to creating sensational sounds that will
supercharge your piano playing with
From: Duane (known by his close friends as �Dunk�) Shinn
you could have seen me play the piano when I was just learning.
I was the nearest thing to
�hopeless� that you could imagine. I was into baseball, not music � and my
heroes were Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Ted Williams. (And by the way, I
still have a picture of those 3 guys on my wall.) My dream was to hit baseballs like them, not to play the piano.
But an opportunity to play with a combo presented itself to me when
I was a freshman in high school. Seems the piano player of the group had
graduated the previous year, and nobody else played piano well enough to play in
the school jazz combo. I didn�t know zilch about playing in a group, and I
didn�t know chords. But I was excited to have the opportunity to play with older
guys, and so I took the job.
The lead sax player told me I really should
know chords in order to play in the group, so I searched through a music
magazine until I found an ad for a chord chart. It cost two bucks, as I recall,
so I sent off for it. When I received it in the mail I slipped it behind the
keys on my parents old upright piano, and promptly learned to play my first
chord � Dm7. I LOVED the sound of it, and was hooked for life on chords. The 2nd
chord I learned was Cmaj7, then Em7, then Ebm7 � and before that first night was
over I had learned to play �Frankie & Johnnie� � the tune in my right hand, and
those fabulous 7th chords in my left hand!
loved it � LOVED IT � LOVED IT! And it even sounded good enough to impress some
of my friends the next day. I suppose that simple chord chart that cost me two
bucks has been worth several million over the course of my lifetime. And much
more than that, has been worth quadrillions in pleasure and satisfaction and
So why should YOU care? What does that mean to you?
that high school freshman with the two-dollar chord chart went on to learn
more about chords than
most anyone in the known universe,
all his courses are
LOADED with knowledge about
chord progressions and
chord substitutions and
chord extensions and
chord modulations and
chord improvisations and���
�..and he teaches you step by step,
chord by chord, style by style,
technique by technique�.
how to use chords to make the
sounds YOU want to make,
to play the songs YOU want to play.
What? Take piano lessons from a high school kid?
No, no, no. Even though I came in the back door as far as piano playing was
concerned, I learned fast because of what I knew about chords, so college was a
snap, and so was my post-graduate Masters Degree at Southern Oregon University.
After high school I studied with several of the finest private teachers on the
West Coast, including a year with THE finest teacher � his name was Dave � and
his studio was on Cauhenga Blvd. in Hollywood. As I would come for my piano
lesson, I would often pass a big name recording artist coming to their lesson �
and anyone who was anyone in Hollywood in those days took lessons from Dave.
taught me 2 fundamental principles about
The piano is NOT
played with the hands � it is played with the
The hands are just tools.
If you master
you can master music.
little fat hands with short
Hardly the ideal hands for piano playing.
I�ve also got a
lousy sense of rhythm.
know what? Because of those two principles Dave taught me, I can play �above� my
fat hands and my weak rhythm.
Once a person
�gets into the flow� of understanding chord relationships
and then letting the brain knowledge flow into the hands, that person plays
�above� his ability.
What You Discover Here
on all my courses I literally take you by the hand, answer all your questions,
and show you exactly how to do it. Doesn�t matter what the subject is � chords
are chords and rhythm is rhythm and notes are notes and�.
courses should you take?
It depends on how much you know already. If you�re a true beginner, the very
best thing you could do would be to take my year-long video course � I call it
Crash Course in Exciting Piano Playing!�
just incredible. People rave over it. Here�s how it works:
You get a new lesson on DVD every week, along with the eight books that go with the videos. On the videos I demonstrate close-up and in slow motion everything I am explaining. You have the books in front of you at the piano with the songs I am playing. You SEE me explain each note, each rhythm, each technique , each style in each song � and there are hundreds of songs that we play over the course of the year � and of course you HEAR the piano being played as you WATCH each finger play each note. The combination of having the books in front of you at the piano while you watch the video is POWERFUL, and you learn like you�ve never learned before.
Not only that, but the great thing about DVD video lessons is that you can
watch the lesson over and over, as many times as you need to. And if there are
other members of your family that want to learn, hey � it costs nothing for them
to tag along!
(Hint: home school Moms take note!)
else do we have that can get you launched into exciting piano playing?
just a sample of the things you can learn:
"How To Play Chord
Piano" "Pop Piano"
"Piano By Ear" "144 Basic Chords"
"Super-Chords" "Mood Piano"
"Left-Hand Bass Styles" "Predict Which Chord Comes
Next" "Chord Substitutions"
"Passing Tones" "Color Tones"
"Turn-Arounds" "Extended Chords"
"All About Chords" "Block Chord Styles"
"Chord Progressions" "All The Chords In The Whole
Wide World" "Keyboard By Chords" "Using Chords
To Improvise" "Improvisation" "Right-Hand
Arranging" "Keyboard Arranging" "Basic Improvising"
"Piano Improvisation" "How To Dress Up Naked Music"
"Transpose & Modulate" "Runs & Fills" "Intros &
Endings" "How to Comp" "Memorize Music"
"Funny Stuff" "More Funny Stuff" "Boogie Patterns"
"Boogie For Beginners" "Undernotes" "Voicing" "Circle of 4ths" "Special
Effects" "Standard Ballads" "Honky Tonk & Ragtime"
"Blues, Boogie, & R&B" "Country-Western Piano"
"Southern Style Gospel" "Sing-Along Songs" "12
Christmas Carols" "How To Accompany a Soloist Or Group On
"Hymns & Gospel Songs" "Praise & Gospel" "Playing
For a Gospel Quartet" "Freshen Up Hymns"
"Best-Loved Gospel Hymns" "Playing For Praise & Worship"
"Evangelistic Piano Playing"
"Crash Course" "Great Composers"
"History of Music" "Science of Sound"
"Basic Harmony" "Musical Roadsigns"
"Theory & Harmony" "4-Chord Songs"
"Chord Detective" "Pedaling & Dynamics"
"Rhythm Piano" "Playing Chords In Rhythm"
"Intervals" "Hearing Chord Types" "Far-Out
Harmonies" "Read Music" "Speed Sight Reading"
"Chord Analysis" "Rhythm Patterns in 3/4 and 4/4"
"Chord Symbols" "Ties, Flags, Birdseyes" "Note
Drills" "Ledger Lines" "Beethoven's Moonlight
Sonata" "Bach's Prelude in Cm" "Wedding Songs"
"Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" "Fur Elise"
"Classical Piano for
Beginners" "Cool Sounds
Anybody Can Make On The Piano" "Spectacular Christmas Carols"
"Make Your Hands To What Your Brain Tells Them" "Which Finger Goes Where,
& Why" "What Do I Do With My Left Hand?" "Match
Melody to Chords" "Power Practice"
"Electronic Keyboards" "Specialized Videos" "Piano
Teaching Income" "Doing Magic With Keyboard & Computer"
"Songwriting" "Music Lyrics" "Monthly Keyboard
Newsletter" "Song Lyrics"
"Way Cool Piano Playing!" "Alexander's
Ragtime Band" "St. Louis Blues"
"Old Love Songs" "Good Stuff"
"Runs Galore!" "33 Tips"
"Play By Ear Using Chords" "How To Think
In The Key Of..."
All these courses --and more -- are waiting for you to come and get them. They
will bring you more knowledge and fulfillment and happiness than you can now
imagine. Read what some of my other students have been saying:
So what are
you waiting for? Let�s get started right now. Click
here to go to the catalog
where you can read about each course in detail and then order the courses you
decide to take.
PS: In case you are worried about "fly by
night" mail order companies, we have operated our piano studio continuously
since 1965 and have taught countless thousands of people to play the piano. (You
may have noticed that we have over 500 different DVD video and CD audio and
printed courses -- that takes a while to create and write and record! So we
won't be going anywhere until the Lord calls "Come on up here!")
PS: In case you are worried about "fly by night" mail order companies, we have operated our piano studio continuously since 1965 and have taught countless thousands of people to play the piano. (You may have noticed that we have over 500 different DVD video and CD audio and printed courses -- that takes a while to create and write and record! So we won't be going anywhere until the Lord calls "Come on up here!")