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!
Here's some of the rhythm
patterns you will learn:
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!
Here's what you'll get in the
- 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!
Click here to order now!