"Your program has
transformed my life--well
maybe not my life--but
certainly my piano playing."
Karen L. (email July 2 007 -- on file)
testimonial below sounds like a paid ad.
I assure you, it is not.
It is from a student named Luis in Portugal.
"This IS the ONLY
way to go for BEGINNERS. Let me
repeat this: This IS the ONLY way to go for
beginners. Put this in your head, because
I've tried all the courses you can imagine with
no success. Why? Because they DON'T
teach you to UNDERSTAND what you're playing! The
result is: at a certain point (a little bit more
advanced point) you simply CAN'T play the song(s) because
you have no idea of what you're doing and the
Chords, Slash Chords, inversions, etc, become
too much and you simply have to STOP and forget
piano, because you can't go any further. You
HAVE TO KNOW WHAT YOU'RE PLAYING and sometimes
READ IT (from very simple "fake" lead sheets
that Duane teaches you how to read). Its the
only way. Do not repeat my mistake.
If you want to play
piano by ear using Chords (wich is very
powerful) here's the advice of someone that
You HAVE to
do this course first. When you master
this, then go ahead and choose whatever course
you like (whatever you wish - theres alot
of stuff out there). BUT only Duane can
get you started. Period.
From this moment, its your choice to choose what
course or teacher you want, or stay with Duane
for the more advanced courses wich can last 1 to
3 years if you want to become a great piano
player. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."
Monday, July 30, 2007 2:38 PM - on file)
"I just finished
your "One Year Crash Course in Exciting Piano
Playing". The instruction
will last a lifetime. Thank you so much
for being the greatest
teacher alive." Margaret
from Cape Cod (e-mail on file)
"Hello, and thanks again for your wonderful set
of teaching lessons in the 52 week crash course.
I am a Veterinarian who has only limited time
to practice and a weekly personal lesson
would never work in my busy professional life
but your crash course is just simply great.
I bought the package a few months ago and I'm
taking it slow because I do not have enough time
to get a lesson in each week but man have I
really learned a lot in a few lessons."
Jerry Magee DVM (email on file)
This piano lesson course is phenomenal. In
documenting what I've learnt so far, and that's
only scratching the surface -- loads more to
come, I realize the enormity of its content. I
know you covered a lot, but seeing it
documented, I'm in awe. Unbeatable and
unparalleled is all I can say. Thank you for
this terrific course, I didn't think that a home
study course could be that good . I would never
in my wildest imagination thought this was
possible. Thanks for sharing your expertise with
us in such detail. You're the best, how could I
not say that.
Keep well and God bless.
Lydia (e-mail June 28th, 2008 on file)
"Words cannot express my joy
at having found you. I'm 63 and have been
studying piano on and off all my life - even
studying with high-priced teachers. Every single
one told me they could not teach me how to play
from chords. One expressed it was a gift and
that either you have it for you don't.
Well...3 days after receiving
your "Naked Music" course, I was able to play
from chords. Trying to understand why now at
long last...it's because of your way of
teaching. You make it soooo simple. First you
explain what to do; then you demonstrate it,
then you follow up the demonstration by
explaining what you did and how the student can
apply it to their written music. Beautiful!
Can't tell you how many other
books I've bought that left me confused. So I
love you, love you, love you. And will buy many
other of your courses."
Akron, Ohio (letter, Nov 12, 2003)
"I think I
may have told you what my husband said when
I first started ordering your courses a few
years back...he said "Where has Duane been
all your life?" I've taken off and on from
different teachers and in various situations
and he always saw how frustrating it was for
me to be unable to get exactly the "right"
teacher to explain the "neat stuff" to me.
It always seemed a secret kept for only the
privileged few. That's for letting me in on
many of those fun things to do on the
Goodman, Colorado Jan. 21st letter
"I wish I was 10 years old and you were my piano teacher. 20 years ago, I took piano lessons for 3 years. I've learned so very much from you in just 3 months...far more than what I learned in 3 years. You put things together so well. I love the way you throw new content at us. You really are a great teacher. I'm a doubting Thomas and when I read all those testimonials about how good you were, I thought buddy you'll really have to prove it to me. Guess what, I'm convinced, you're a FANTASTIC teacher. Not only do you have the Know How, but you really know how to get your point across...love the sense of humor too." Lydia - (E-mail June 18, 07 - on file)
"When I first received your catalog I thought that your piano lesson courses were expensive. I now have 36 of them and I think they are the best bargain that I have ever bought. I just want to let you know how much I appreciate your superior teaching skills and it is so wonderful to have all of this material at my finger tips. God bless you." Helen from Clatskanie OR (E-mail on file)
"I just finished your "One Year Crash Course in Exciting Piano Playing". The instruction will last a lifetime. Thank you so much for being the greatest teacher alive." Margaret from Cape Cod MA (e-mail on file)
... Thanks, Margaret!"WOW!!!!!!! I'll bet you heard me all the way to Medford! HOW EXCITING -- Thanks you, thank you -- this piano lesson is so full of wonderful stuff!" Tig from Arizona (e-mail on file) ...Delighted you enjoyed it, Tig!
"I really love your music courses!!!!!!!!! Is it possible to have a link to your websites on my website?" Uffe from Sweden (e-mail on file) ...Sure -- you bet -- anyone else that wants to link to us is more than welcome! Link to: www.playpiano.com
"You're the best piano teacher I've ever seen. God bless." Glen (e-mail on file) ...Gulp!
"Where have you been all my playing/musical career?" Rene from Colorado