Q. Why do you teach only adults?
A. Kids need a warm body along side them to guide them. Duane operated a music school named Piano University for years and taught hundreds (thousands?) of kids (as well as adults) during those years.
Q. What are Duane’s credentials?
A. Duane's main asset is that he eats and drinks and breathes piano playing and understands chords & music theory like few people and loves to enthusiastically share what he knows about piano playing and music. He has a BA and an MA from Southern Oregon University with a double major in music and English (humanities). He has taught thousands of people how to play the piano and is the author of over 500 books, tapes, charts, videos, DVD’s, CD’s CD Rom’s and other educational materials.
Q. Why should I take piano lessons from him?
A. Maybe you shouldn’t. But if you want to understand music like you never have before, you might want to consider it. All our courses stress understanding versus rote playing.
Q. Wouldn’t I do just as well with a local teacher?
A. Yes, a local teacher is preferable if you can work it into your schedule (most adults can't). But just make sure that they know and teach music theory and chords and improvisation, or you’ll be like a one-legged man – able to read music, but completely lost without music in front of you.
Q. Aren’t there other good piano teachers on the web?
A. Sure. Dave Sprunger of playpianotoday and Jermaine Griggs of hearandplay are excellentteachers as well as people of integrity, and you can’t go wrong with their materials. And I’m sure there are others as well. But there are also others who offer courses who really don’t have the background necessary to teach adequately.
Q. Are the courses returnable?
A. Let me ask you a question: Do you ask your doctor for a refund? Your lawyer? If so, good luck. When professional services are rendered, they cannot be “called back”. Once education is imparted, what you do with it is up to you. Duane provides the instruction and the demonstration – you provide the desire and the practice time to make it happen. Of course, if a DVD or CD is defective for some reason (things happen!) we will replace the defective disc immediately. But of course if it REALLY doesn't meet your needs, you CAN get a refund -- but that is rare.
Q. Can I exchange a course for another that is more suitable for me?
A. We used to allow exchanges, but a few people took advantage of that policy and would order one course, then exchange it for another, and so on. We became a lending library for them. Libraries are great – but they are also publicly supported. We aren’t. So we had to make it a strict policy that no exchanges are permitted.
Q. Do you guarantee that I can learn to play the piano?
A. Of course not. How could I do that? I have no idea how motivated you are, how much time you have to practice, how focused you are, what your musical aptitude is, or even if you have a piano. But you can guarantee it, if you study diligently and rehearse. Over time, you sow what you reap. It’s an inexorable principle of life.
Q. Why do you have so many courses? Couldn’t you put them all into one course?
A. Gimme a break. That’s like asking your college if they could put every course they offer into one textbook. Knowledge is much too broad for that.
Q. Do you ever discount your courses or have sales?
A. No. Discount education is never a good deal. Sales and discounts are fine for items such as furniture and groceries, but never for education or professional services. If you had brain cancer, would you look in the yellow pages for a discount surgeon? I don’t think so. If you were in serious legal trouble, would you shop for a cheap lawyer? Not unless you were foolish. The same is true with any kind of education. If you were accepted at Oxford University, would you shop for a junior college instead? Not a chance. In education you get what you pay for, and that’s why Duane has set up the Free Newsletter on Chords & Chord Progressions for you to take – so you can decide whether or not he knows what he’s talking about. Most people are so excited after the first 2 or 3 weeks that they can’t wait to get started with one or more of his audio or video courses in his catalog.
Q. I'm a beginner. What course should I take?
A. The very best thing you could do would be to sign up for my Crash Course In Exciting Piano Playing. It's a 52-week course that covers everything from sight-reading to chord playing to music theory and styles and tons of other stuff. You take one lesson per week -- the lessons are on DVD co-ordinated with a series of eight books -- and you gradually learn to playboth by written sheet music and by chords. The synergy that happens when you combine the two aspects is powerful -- you'll not only play, but you'll UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE PLAYING, AND WHY.
Q. I don't want to get that involved. I'm kind of a beginner, but I just want to learn to play a tune and play chords along with it.
A. Then the perfect course for you is "How To Play Chord Piano...In Ten Days!" . It'sexactly what you need. And if you play a little already, but don't really understand chords and how to use them, then you need to take this course too. You may already know some of the first part, but you may not know chords as well as you need to know them to be able to play fluently.
Q. I know some chords already. Will "How To Play Chord Piano" be too easy for me?
A. Here's how to find out. If you can't quickly answer these 4 questions, then you need "Chord Piano": (Answers are at the bottom of this page so you can check up on your chord knowledge.)
What is the 6th of the A6 chord?
What note is the lowest note of the Eb major chord in 2nd inversion?
What notes are in an open-voiced arpeggio of the Dm chord, and in what order from bottom to top?
What notes are in the Fm7 chord?
If you know the answers, can you execute:
a swing bass?
a tremelo-fired run?
If you know all this, then you don't need "Chord Piano". You probably need "How To Dress Up Naked Music!", since this course shows 101 ways to use the chords you already know.
If you play at church (or want to), then you should take our Praise & Gospel series.
Go to the catalog at www.playpianocatalog.com
Answers: 1. F# 2. Bb 3. D, A, F 4. F Ab C Eb
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