Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
Let Your Piano Sing
Let Your Piano Sing
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Piano Buyer Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyers Guide
Who's Online
68 registered (alwatson, bkw58, bogbrush, bennevis, Benoit N, 17 invisible), 1537 Guests and 7 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2153154 - 09/18/13 04:47 PM Tom Waits: Piano Approach
johnbarnesiii Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/07/08
Posts: 243

It was suggested I post in this non-classical category instead:

I love Tom Waits & the way he plays piano. Does anyone have info on how he learned? Is he classically trained?

If I were to take lessons and be able to play at a similar level would I choose a classical teacher or what? Any recommendation, what would be the best approach to learning a similar style to his? Any specific method or approach?

Thank you.


Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#2153169 - 09/18/13 05:04 PM Re: Tom Waits: Piano Approach [Re: johnbarnesiii]
Brad Hoehne Offline
Full Member

Registered: 04/22/11
Posts: 391
Loc: Ohio
I don't have an answer for you, but because you brought up Tom Waits, I'll share my favorite piano-moment in his vast Oeuvre- "The Piano Has Been Drinking" (There are many other great non-piano moments as well):

1999 Petrof 125-111 (upright)
Casio Privia PX-330

Currently working on:
Chopin Etude op 25 #2 and op 10 #5
Schubert Op 90 #2, #3
Playing by ear and "filling out" pop tunes

#2153810 - 09/19/13 01:57 PM Re: Tom Waits: Piano Approach [Re: johnbarnesiii]
RonL Offline
Full Member

Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 181
Paging Dave Frank! We have a new master class to consider.

#2153841 - 09/19/13 02:42 PM Re: Tom Waits: Piano Approach [Re: johnbarnesiii]
Dfrankjazz Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/03/13
Posts: 364
Loc: NYC
[censored] off Ron.


#2153901 - 09/19/13 04:38 PM Re: Tom Waits: Piano Approach [Re: johnbarnesiii]
RonL Offline
Full Member

Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 181
Think of the fun topics to cover: triad inversions, alternating roots in octaves in left hand, use of the sustain pedal, and most important: whiskey, lots of whiskey.

#2153953 - 09/19/13 05:43 PM Re: Tom Waits: Piano Approach [Re: johnbarnesiii]
Dfrankjazz Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/03/13
Posts: 364
Loc: NYC
I waits to do that one

#2157346 - 09/25/13 09:51 AM Re: Tom Waits: Piano Approach [Re: johnbarnesiii]
LogicalConclusion Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/14/13
Posts: 4
I'm curious about this too. Found something, the only allusion to Waits taking piano lessons I've yet to find (from tomwaitsfan.com, http://www.tomwaitsfan.com/tom%20waits%20library/www.tomwaitslibrary.com/anecdotes.html):
Ray Bierl (2007) on Waits taking piano lessons from a female classical teacher, ca. 1971/ 1972: "He took it pretty seriously. He said he was able to tell her the kind of thing he was interested in learning which was not just your basic classical music. She was somebody who really saw what Tom was after and helped him on a lot of chord theory and the kind of thing that shows up in his early compositions on the piano" (Source: Ray Bierl interview May 30, 2007 as quoted in “Lowside Of The Road: A Life Of Tom Waits" by Barney Hoskyns. Faber/ Broadway, 2009)

I've also read that he's self-taught, but he said himself that "Truth is overrated." Waits is a huge fan of Thelonious Monk and Ray Charles, so maybe it's worth studying THEIR playing style, as well. Oh yeah, and every now and then, you could wear pointy shoes and bang the keys with your foot to emphasize groove. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LySDkDuqLCE
''Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.'' - Albert Einstein

I'd like to apologize in advance for my stupidity, impulsiveness, and poorly harnessed enthusiasm.

#2157432 - 09/25/13 12:33 PM Re: Tom Waits: Piano Approach [Re: johnbarnesiii]
BDB Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/07/03
Posts: 24237
Loc: Oakland
I remember reading an interview with him, where he said that his mother saw a Steinway hanging in a pawn shop window, and came home with it after the store had closed that evening, and that is how he started playing the piano.
Semipro Tech


Moderator:  sharpsandflats 
What's Hot!!
Some New Piano World STATS

Posting Pictures on the Forums
Forums Rules & Help
on Piano World

Piano Classified Ads
Piano Lamps
Piano Lamp by cocoweb - free shipping
New in Piano World's online store PianoSupplies.com, beautiful piano lamps from cocoweb. Free shipping! (continental U.S.).
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Pianoteq
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.

Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
New Topics - Multiple Forums
How to improve aurals?
by mylynn
10/24/16 06:23 AM
X chords
by fatar760
10/24/16 04:09 AM
German piano industry and ??
by Norbert
10/23/16 08:57 PM
Mastering the piano series
by dat77
10/23/16 07:25 PM
Got a keyboard and Alfred's All in One and skimmed the FAQ..
by greensam
10/23/16 06:19 PM
Sheet Music Plus
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Forum Stats
85,337 Registered Members
44 Forums
175,934 Topics
2,565,319 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |

copyright 1997 - 2016 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission