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How to Master Rhythm Problems — Once and For All!

Saturday, October 29th, 2016
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How to Master Rhythm Problems — Once and For All!
Two books, 6 Audio CD’s & 2 DVD Videos all in a big binder
How to Master Rhythm Problems -- Once and For All!
How to Master Rhythm Problems — Once and For All!
Item#: COMBO-35
$147.00

How To

 

Master

Rhythm

 

Problems

As fast as ice cream   melts in the sun!

I was absolutely amazed

 when I found out how easy rhythm really was…

Dear Piano-Playing Friend:

     Would you like to play the kind of piano that makes people being to tap their toes, or snap their fingers? Let me tell you a TRUE story about how I learned rhythm:

When I was in my late teens, I was playing for a church youth group “singspiration”. I loved chords, and I used to do pretty well playing most songs. But when it came to the “spirited” songs — the ones with lots of rhythm and life, I was lost. I overheard one of our youth leaders say “Let’s get someone on the piano with some rhythm!” Ouch! That really hurt. I knew it was true, but it’s not fun to hear if from someone else, especially someone you respect.

      Right then and there I made a decision: no matter how long it took, I was going to MASTER RHYTHM. I was going to learn every possible beat combination, and how to use those beats in each song, and what to do in the right hand to compliment what the left hand was doing. My search took me to private teachers, music schools, combos, books of all sorts, libraries, and listening to THOUSANDS of records, tapes, and live performances. I copied down various rhythm patterns on 3″ by 5″ cards, and at night I would analyze them playing them over and over again on the piano. It was HARD WORK for me. It didn’t come easy, like chords had for me. Chords were a snap, but not rhythm. It was difficult to read, and hard to play. I found myself rushing, dragging, stumbling, and generally fouling up. But as time went by, I got a little better. I continued to make notes of rhythm patterns, and started a collection of books and materials on rhythm.

     By the time I got my Master’s Degree from Southern Oregon University, I was starting to get the hang of it. I was beginning to understand what rhythm was, and what made it tick. I began to categorize rhythm patterns into different groups, such as rhythm & blues, jazz, rock, dance patterns, marches, waltzes, fox trots, swing, boleros, discos, ballads, gospel, bossa-novas, beguines, rumbas, cha chas, sambas, and so on.

     But it’s one thing to know a rhythm, and another thing to EXECUTE it on the piano.

     So I developed a system that is VISUAL — it allows you to SEE a rhythm while you HEAR it played.You count it out with me on the CD’s and on the DVD’s, and then you and I play it over and over and over again, until you get it IN YOUR BONES — down deep, where it becomes a vital part of you.

     Then it will become NATURAL, and people will sense the EASE with which you play all those seemingly complex rhythms.

     If you have problems with your rhythm — whether it is counting, or dragging, or rushing, or just not knowing what to do when….this great course is for you!

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Here’s some of the rhythm patterns you will learn:

Waltz, March, Swing, Ballad, Fiddle Jig, Rubato, Disco, Foxtrot, Stride, Triplet Patterns, The Shuffle, Gospel Waltz, Royal March, Polish Dance, Polka, Scotch Snap, Hungarian Skip, Rhythm & Blues, Western, Boogaloo, Hornpipe, Gigue, Jazz Waltz, Rock, The Skip, The Morris Dance, The Schottische,  Habanera, Paso Doble, The Sweet Pea, Samba,  C & W, Tango, Fatback , Rumba, Bolero, Bossa Nova, Cha Cha, Beguine, etc. — you get the idea!

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     Here’s what you’ll get in the course:

  •      Basic Rhythm Piano Book One — Here you will be introduced to my “baseline” under each rhythm pattern. This is the only place in the entire world that has this (because I invented it).
  •      Two Basic Rhythm Audio CD’s — You’ll get two audio CD’s that go right along with the Basic Rhythm Piano Book One. You and I will play EVERY rhythm pattern in the book until we get it PERFECT!
  •      TWO-HOUR Basic Rhythm Instructional DVD — This DVD video goes with Book One, so you can SEE not only the written rhythm pattern, but you can SEE my hands as I play each rhythm … EVERY RHYTHM!
  •      Advanced Rhythm Book Two — Once you’ve mastered the basics of rhythm, you can move on into all the rhythm patterns you’ve dreamed of playing — the beguine, the bossa-nova, R&B, gospel, bolero — and scads more!
  •      Four Advanced Rhythm Audio CD’s — These go with Book Two, and cover all the exotic rhythms such as samba, fat-back, boogie, country-western, cha-cha and all the others! You and I will play ALL these rhythms — it takes FOUR audio CD’s to get through all of the various rhythms!
  •      TWO-HOUR Advanced Rhythm DVD — another TWO-HOURS! — This DVD video allows you to SEE my hands as they play the beguine, mambo, boogaloo, sweet pea, and all the others!
  •      Big 3-Ring Binder & Disc Page to hold all the 6 CD’s and the 2 DVD’s and the 2 books!

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Rhythm piano!

Yes! Rush me the entire “RHYTHM PIANO” course! (Click here)

$149. total for the entire course:

I get all this:

  •      Basic Rhythm Piano Book One — Here you will be introduced to my “baseline” under each rhythm pattern. This is the only place in the entire world that has this (because I invented it).
  •      Two Basic Rhythm Audio CD’s — You’ll get two audio CD’s that go right along with the Basic Rhythm Piano Book One. You and I will play EVERY rhythm pattern in the book until we get it PERFECT!
  •      TWO-HOUR Basic Rhythm Instructional DVD — This DVD video goes with Book One, so you can SEE not only the written rhythm pattern, but you can SEE my hands as I play each rhythm … EVERY RHYTHM!
  •      Advanced Rhythm Book Two — Once you’ve mastered the basics of rhythm, you can move on into all the rhythm patterns you’ve dreamed of playing — the beguine, the bossa-nova, R&B, gospel, bolero — and scads more!
  •      Four Advanced Rhythm Audio CD’s — These go with Book Two, and cover all the exotic rhythms such as samba, fat-back, boogie, country-western, cha-cha and all the others! You and I will play ALL these rhythms — it takes FOUR audio CD’s to get through all of the various rhythms!
  •      TWO-HOUR Advanced Rhythm DVD — another TWO-HOURS! — This DVD video allows you to SEE my hands as they play the beguine, mambo, boogaloo, sweet pea, and all the others!
  •      Big 3-Ring Binder & Disc Page to hold all the 6 CD’s and the 2 DVD’s and the 2 books!

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Christmas Piano! The Secret of Arranging Spectacularly Beautiful Christmas Carols!

Monday, October 17th, 2016
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How to Play Spectacularly Beautiful Christmas Carols!
Two-Hour instructional DVD & Christmas Carol Booklet
How to Play Spectacularly Beautiful Christmas Carols!
How to Play Spectacularly Beautiful Christmas Carols!
Item#: DVD-75
$97.00

 

“The Secret of Arranging Spectacularly Beautiful Christmas Carols!”

This is a wonderful 2-hour DVD on playing and arranging Christmas carols, complete with a booklet of the Christmas piano sheet music songs we arrange together. We start out with a lush version of Silent Night, using many chord substitutions that I explain as we go. We also use echoes, half-step slides, arps, and rapid-fire right hand runs. Then we move to Joy to the World, using two different styles — a “chimes” version (complete with “big-ben”), and also a rhythmic style that you will absolutely love! Then we do a haunting version of We Three Kings“, using some “bluesy” techniques and some hand-over arps and some grace notes. After that we arrange Angels We Have Heard On High, using an Alberti Bass style plus a walking bass octave style in 8th notes in the left hand that is really exciting.

     This DVD video, by the way, is for people who already read Christmas piano sheet music and can play carols as they are written on the written music, but want to learn how to make them more interesting, exciting, nostalgic, and just more beautiful.

     I don’t have the space here to go into more detail, but we also do dynamite arrangements of O Little Town Of Bethlehem“, “O Christmas Tree“, “Angels From The Realms Of Glory“, and It Came Upon A Midnight Clear in wonderful, distinctive styles you will love and treasure (and everyone who hears you play will too!)

     After I teach you each Christmas carol, we come back and look over my shoulder and straight down at the keys close-up as I play each style and technique in slow motion so you can follow each technique closely.

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Playing a Quiet, Simple Piano Hymn Arrangement

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
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Playing a Quiet, Simple Piano Hymn Arrangement

     It’s nice to be able to play a fancy, complex piano hymn arrangement with lots of notes (unless I am trying to impress you with my ability, which means I am worshiping myself instead of God), it is also often sometimes appropriate to play a simple & quiet arrangement which hopefully allows people to focus on the Lord instead of on the music.

     Here is one such arrangement.

Click on this link to watch this video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aamAQuaqGTc

***For lots more good stuff on piano playing come on over to my website at http://www.playpiano.com and sign up for our free piano tips – “Exciting Piano Chords & Sizzling Chord Progressions!”

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Here’s a great little book on chords and chord progressions on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Piano-Chords-Chord-Progressions-Exciting-ebook/dp/B0076OUGDE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404158669&sr=1-1&keywords=piano+chords+duane+shinn

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Complex Piano Chord Progressions………

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
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Complex Piano Chord Progressions

 

As you well know there are countless chord progressions of all kinds. But most of them fall into fairly predictable areas – the I chord moving to the V chord, or I to IV to V, or iv to ii to V to I, etc, etc. But sometimes a composer throws a curve ball and uses chords that are totally unexpected, using complex piano chord progressions. Today our video looks into that possibility.

Click on this link to watch this video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCB35zQxeiw

***For lots more good stuff on piano playing come on over to my website at http://www.playpiano.com and sign up for our free piano tips – “Exciting Piano Chords & Sizzling Chord Progressions!”

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How To Improvise On The Piano

Saturday, October 1st, 2016
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“Seven Month Course In Piano Improvisation!”
Piano Improvisation
Piano Improvisation
Item#: V-07
$199.00

How To Improvise On The Piano!

Who else wants to learn the secrets of piano improvising —
making up music as you play?

7 Months From Today…You Could Be Improvising On The Piano Freely — Making Up Your Own Music On The Spot!

Dear Friend:      I’m about to tell you a true story. If you believe me, you will be well rewarded. In fact, it could change your piano-playing life. If you don’t  believe me, I will make it worth your while to change your mind.

     Let me explain:

When I was in the 8th grade, there were lots of kids who could play piano better than I. For example, there was this guy named Scott who had the same piano teacher I did, and at the annual recital he played “Kitten On The Keys” — a jazzy up tempo  novelty song with lots of frills that really got the audience going. I played right after him, and my song was “Minuet in G” — hardly an exciting song, and much easier than “Kitten On The Keys”. It was embarrassing, because he was my age, and had only taken piano lessons a year longer than I had.

     Now fast forward 3 years. We are in our 3rd year of high school at Placer High in Auburn, California. I had gotten interested in jazz a couple years earlier and had sent off for a “Chord Chart” in the mail. As I recall, it cost me two bucks. Working all by myself with that chord chart I had learned a dozen or so of the most-used chords. Then I went to a jazz concert at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento where I saw the great Erroll Garner play a solo concert. I had no idea that a piano could sound like that, and I perceived that what he was doing was breaking up chords in some complex ways I didn’t understand at the time — but wanted desperately to find out.

Plus you get these bonuses:

  • A Free Big Binder to keep all your books in, plus 

  • Bonus DVD on “Using Chords To Improvise”!

 

So I immediately bought some of his records and started playing along with them, running my hands up higher and lower, pretending that I was the one making those incredible sounds. I did that by the hour — not only at home, but also in the practice rooms in the music building at Placer High.

One day as I was doing this, Scott happened to walk byyyy
the practice room I was in and noticed what I was doing.

“What in the world do you think you’re doing, Shinn?
That sounds terrible!”

 

   

  He was right, of course. It did sound terrible, but that wasn’t the point. The point was — I was gradually learning which chords Garner was using, and how he was breaking them up and moving so deftly between them.

     Now fast forward another 2 years. We are in our first year of college at Sierra Junior College, and I am playing in the college dance combo. Scott sees me playing and comes over to the bandstand and stares at my hands for a long time. Finally he shrugs and says “I can’t believe it. I actually used to be better than you, Shinn. Now all I can do is play what’s in front of me, and you can improvise all over the place.”

     I tell you this story not to brag, but to demonstrate that it is possible to learn to improvise — even by yourself, with no one to help you but a chord chart and some recordings.

     But YOU don’t have to learn by yourself. You can take advantage of all that I have learned about  improvising over the past umpteen years since that happened. Instead of sweating by yourself, trying to figure out “how they do that”, you can stand on my shoulders and learn piano improvisation correctly right from the start.

     Here’s how the program works:

     I’m going to take you on a 7-month journey into piano improvisation. Each month for seven solid months you will work through a new book. You’ll receive the entire course all at once, but you will take it gradually, month by month — so please don’t skip ahead!

     This is a course for people who don’t know how to improvise — not for pros who already do. It takes you by the hand, step by step, and shows you how to actually start making up your own melodies and arrangements.

Piano Improvising — The Exciting
7-Month Home Study Course!

  • The 1st month we will lay the foundation for improvisation, including the 12-bar blues. You’ll improvise through the blues sequence many, many times, until you get the “feel” of it. You will work out of a 28 page book so you will SEE every note, every chord, every progression in the book. That makes learning fast and secure.

  • The 2nd monthwe will learn how to create a “motif” — also known as a theme, for our improvisations, then develop that motif. We will also cover “razzles” on various beats of the measure. (This will also help your rhythm — an added bonus!).

  • During the 3rd month we will learn how to play popular ballads, using an arpeggio pattern in our left hand. You’ll play a half-dozen beautiful ballads, and learn to improvise on each one.

  • The 4th month we will learn chord substitutions, how to apply triplets to improvisation, how to use inversions — all the stuff that makes for exciting, lush arrangements! The use of good chord substitutions makes your playing not only professional, but individual as well. You put your own “signature” on each song.

  • The 5th month we will work with 7th chord improvising and various accent patterns. (And don’t forget — you get a new book to work out of EACH month, including this month!). 7th chords are so important in all kinds of music, because they are “pregnant” — they want to “deliver” you to the next chord. You’ll not only master them, but you’ll also improvise on them!

  • During the 6th month we will drill on the arpeggiated bass using 6th chords, the altered 9th chord, and what to do when 3 or more chords are in the same measure. When you create a “flowing river of sound” with your left hand arpeggio, your playing sounds full and lush and exciting.

  • The 7th month we will learn and work through the blues scale (which notes to flat to create a “bluesy” sound) and mixed up motifs, and we’ll put it all together so you can see how everything relates. You’ll learn the importance of the flat 5th, the flat 3rd, and the flat 7th, and how they work together to create that “jazzy” sound!

So there you have it.

     Seven months from now YOU WILL be improvising — and understanding what you’re doing! You’ll be making up your own melodies (made out of 2 or more motifs you learned back in month #2). You’ll be playing exciting chord progressions based on the blues scale (which you learned in month #7). You’ll be creating moods. Playing the blues. Playing ballads. And many other improvisational styles.

     And remember — once you learn the principles of improvisation, you can improvise in any kind of music— gospel, praise, pop, rock, C&W, R&B — any style!

Sign up now, and get started on your seven month journey to improvising!

Cordially,

Duane

P.S. I know the tuition for this course is embarrassingly low for a course of this magnitude. The same material at a conservatory or university (IF you could find such a course) would cost many times this amount — (if you have attended college recently, you know about this!) But this is first-class material using seven excellent books that illustrate each improvisation technique. So even though it’s extremely low-cost,it is the highest quality course you could possibly take!

P.S. again: The course is so clear and easy to understand that you really don’t need me to hold your hand as you go through it. But it will be like me sitting on the piano bench with you, guiding you step-by-step.

Plus you get these bonuses:

  • A Free Big Binder to keep all your books in, plus 

  • Bonus DVD on “Using Chords To Improvise”! which includes a little booklet titled “Practice Songs”!

All this comes free with your course!

 

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