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#1467614 - 07/03/10 01:37 PM How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours?
Uchiha_David Offline
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Today, I saw an ads from a music store claiming that they can teach students who never touch the piano previously to be able to play pop songs within 6 hours...

It's quite unbelievable to me. Does it exist some kinds of secret methods of learning a piece quickly?

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#1467621 - 07/03/10 01:53 PM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: Uchiha_David]
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Sort of.

You spend 6 hours saying "push that key, now push that key, then push that one" and eventually you come up with a "pop song," usually a simplified version of something popular.

Think of it like this, you could spend 6 hours with someone saying "chop that pepper up, now chop up that onion, now we roast the tomatoes, now stick it all in a pot with the eggplant" and voila!, you've made Ratatouille, and they could market it by saying "Learn to create classic French cuisine in 6 hours!"

Yes, you've made classic French cuisine and can play a pop song, but that doesn't necessarily make you a chef or a musician.
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#1467912 - 07/04/10 02:52 AM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: Kreisler]
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Is probably a combo of the above and chording method/lead sheets which isn't all bad when used in conjunction with traditional lessons as an "aside". Wouldn't suggest it as the only method of learning to play!
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#1467918 - 07/04/10 03:15 AM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: tdow]
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how long do you think it would take to teach somebody to read the 'simplified' lead sheets you can buy, since they have big notes with the note name written inside it (so you don't need to learn the staff) always transposed in C major (no need for flats/sharps) and often with very basic chords (how many pop songs can you play with I-IV-V ?) and very basic note lengths (no dotted notes, etc.)

I'd say the first lesson to teach 'A is this key, then go A-B-C-....' the second to teach basic 'this is an 8th note, this is a quarter note', the third to teach I-IV-V in C, and the other 3 to learn a song... I do not think that this is a '6 hours to learn to play like Elton John' kind of deal wink

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#1468743 - 07/05/10 04:46 PM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: MarcoM]
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Using just the white keys, you can improvise all kinds of pop/jazz-type tunes instantly--
purely by ear without knowing any music theory--since by using the white keys only,
you are essentially playing in C maj./A min. As for whether you can actually reproduce
some specific pop tune this way, that would depend on a number of factors. But
who cares? Make you own music instead of just trying to play someone else's.

After you've gotten your feet wet with the white keys only, you can then start adding
a black key here and there for variety. And so forth. All purely by ear, with no reference
to any kind of theory.

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#1468786 - 07/05/10 05:37 PM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: Gyro]
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Originally Posted By: Gyro
Using just the white keys, you can improvise all kinds of pop/jazz-type tunes instantly--
purely by ear without knowing any music theory


Yeah, and using just a pencil and paper, you can make any portrait-type drawing instantly, purely by eye without having any formal training... Just look at a person and draw the shapes and shades you see!

After you've gotten your feet wet with pencils, you can start adding colors to make your pictures even more lifelike.

smile

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#1468789 - 07/05/10 05:45 PM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: Gyro]
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Originally Posted By: Gyro
Using just the white keys, you can improvise all kinds of pop/jazz-type tunes instantly--
purely by ear without knowing any music theory--since by using the white keys only,
you are essentially playing in C maj./A min. As for whether you can actually reproduce
some specific pop tune this way, that would depend on a number of factors. But
who cares? Make you own music instead of just trying to play someone else's.

Yes! In fact, it's actually easier to create and improvise your own music than reproduce anothers. And more fun. smile
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#1468790 - 07/05/10 05:46 PM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: Kreisler]
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Originally Posted By: Kreisler
Yeah, and using just a pencil and paper, you can make any portrait-type drawing instantly, purely by eye without having any formal training... Just look at a person and draw the shapes and shades you see!

After you've gotten your feet wet with pencils, you can start adding colors to make your pictures even more lifelike.

smile

Not a bad approach!
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#1468861 - 07/05/10 08:03 PM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: eweiss]
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It's a beginning..

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#1468880 - 07/05/10 08:40 PM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: MarcoM]
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Originally Posted By: MarcoM
how long do you think it would take to teach somebody to read the 'simplified' lead sheets you can buy, since they have big notes with the note name written inside it (so you don't need to learn the staff) always transposed in C major (no need for flats/sharps) and often with very basic chords (how many pop songs can you play with I-IV-V ?) and very basic note lengths (no dotted notes, etc.)

I'd say the first lesson to teach 'A is this key, then go A-B-C-....' the second to teach basic 'this is an 8th note, this is a quarter note', the third to teach I-IV-V in C, and the other 3 to learn a song... I do not think that this is a '6 hours to learn to play like Elton John' kind of deal wink


Agree with you totally!
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#1469346 - 07/06/10 03:56 PM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: Gyro]
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Originally Posted By: Gyro
Using just the white keys, you can improvise all kinds of pop/jazz-type tunes instantly--
purely by ear without knowing any music theory--since by using the white keys only,
you are essentially playing in C maj./A min.

Absolutely. In fact, here's a video of me doing it. I'm using something
called a rootless 6/9 chord along with some melody and bass notes.



This was done in one take. It's not 'polished' of course but it's a good
example of what you can do using just one chord. smile
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#1469422 - 07/06/10 05:51 PM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: eweiss]
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Billy Joel once said he found that if you played lots of seventh chords and did it convincingly eventually someone in the room would say "Oh, he's playing my favorite song".LOL
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#1469430 - 07/06/10 06:16 PM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: Little_Blue_Engine]
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Originally Posted By: Little_Blue_Engine
Billy Joel once said he found that if you played lots of seventh chords and did it convincingly eventually someone in the room would say "Oh, he's playing my favorite song".LOL

Billy Joel. Who's that? smile
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#1469460 - 07/06/10 07:20 PM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: Little_Blue_Engine]
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Originally Posted By: Little_Blue_Engine
Billy Joel once said he found that if you played lots of seventh chords and did it convincingly eventually someone in the room would say "Oh, he's playing my favorite song".LOL

Yes ... and Debussy once said: “How much has to be explored and discarded before reaching the naked flesh of feeling.”
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#1469483 - 07/06/10 08:23 PM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: Gyro]
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Loc: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Originally Posted By: Gyro
Using just the white keys, you can improvise all kinds of pop/jazz-type tunes instantly--
purely by ear without knowing any music theory--since by using the white keys only,
you are essentially playing in C maj./A min. As for whether you can actually reproduce
some specific pop tune this way, that would depend on a number of factors. But
who cares? Make you own music instead of just trying to play someone else's.

After you've gotten your feet wet with the white keys only, you can then start adding
a black key here and there for variety. And so forth. All purely by ear, with no reference
to any kind of theory.
You're already using a reference to theory in that the piano keyboard is set out to create the major modes when using only white notes. You simply cannot create any other kinds of tonal relationships than those using the modes of the major scale. Knowing or not knowing doesn't change the theoretical underpinnings of why the improvisation will work.

Now, if you really want to create easy, successful improvisations stick to the BLACK notes.
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#1469537 - 07/06/10 10:25 PM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: eweiss]
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Originally Posted By: eweiss
Originally Posted By: Gyro
Using just the white keys, you can improvise all kinds of pop/jazz-type tunes instantly--


Absolutely. In fact, here's a video of me doing it. I'm using something
called a rootless 6/9 chord along with some melody and bass notes.


Yes and no. Yes, you can do a lot with white keys.

But no, you can't improvise "all kinds of pop/jazz-type" tunes. Bebop is pretty much off the table, gospel is near impossible. A true blues progression requires black keys (without at least one, you can't play a blues scale!)
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#1469568 - 07/06/10 11:11 PM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: Kreisler]
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This is very basic, but I have had beginners instantly create their own tunes, using just three, left hand chords (Cmaj7 Dm7 and Em7) and the notes of the C major scale.

With no knowledge of theory, some went on to add other chords, Fmaj7, Am7, etc, as they follow the same finger pattern, and others even added their own 'blue' notes.

http://www.roamstarmusic.com/EZ_Piano_Lesson_50.html
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#1469593 - 07/06/10 11:45 PM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: R0B]
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The point of the OP is that beginners can be taught specific pop songs within 6 hours, not that they will be improvising freely in an eweiss-like style after 6 hours.

I have often said that adult beginners say "I want to learn to play piano" but what they are thinking is "I want to learn to play Piano Man". For such a student this advertisement would be alluring.

eweiss - what you did was fine, but really not very interesting to someone else listening, but I imagine it was very enjoyable to do. The advertisement discussed in the OP is appealing to people who want to play something they recognise themselves and that their friends will recognise when they play it.
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#1469602 - 07/07/10 12:01 AM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: eweiss]
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Originally Posted By: eweiss


This was done in one take. It's not 'polished' of course but it's a good
example of what you can do using just one chord. smile


eweiss, that sounded like a basic exercise and not really melodic. I've had my students come up with better stuff than that with a few improv lessons.

At least you're willing to put your playing out there for people to hear, unlike Gyro. I still don't know if that guy can play a lick of piano. And the dude's got 4000 posts!!

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#1469607 - 07/07/10 12:07 AM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: Elissa Milne]
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There are certain, simple pop songs, which could easily be taught to a beginner in six hours.

I recently taught a total beginner to piano, (he had been one of my guitar students for some time, and could already read the treble staff) to play 'Let it Be', in just two, 30 min sessions.

However, this was more down to him, than me. He worked hard on his own, in between lessons, and was determined to master it.

Generally, I would say that claims such as those stated in the OP's post, are simply conning an unsuspecting public.

Edited to add: On second thoughts, 6 hours could be 12 x 30min weekly lessons, so maybe it is not so far fetched.


Edited by R0B (07/07/10 12:16 AM)
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#1469613 - 07/07/10 12:23 AM Re: How to teach beginners pop music songs within 6 hours? [Re: R0B]
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Originally Posted By: R0B

Edited to add: On second thoughts, 6 hours could be 12 x 30min weekly lessons, so maybe it is not so far fetched.
That could be the catch right there. 30 min. plus one week to practice, 30 more min. plus another week of practice...
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