For amateur pianists who want to get better...
Would you like to learn to use some of the piano playing techniques the
do? Are you willing to work on each technique month-by-month for an hour
each day for 36 months? If so, you have just found the key to unlocking some
Every month you'll drill with me on a 60 minute audio CD and a 4" by 8" summary card. Each CD will feature just ONE technique -- a run, a filler, a style -- for example, the first month's CD will deal with straddles -- a kind of broken chord filler used only by the very top pros -- most good piano players don't even know they exist, let alone know how to use them. I will spend one solid hour on straddles alone, and explain in infinite detail and demonstrate all the aspects and applications of that ONE style.
This is going to be hard work, but fun. I'll be like a tough coach who is training a serious athlete with potential. I'll drill you over and over again, until you literally can't do it wrong. And by reviewing the CD the next day and the next day and the next day for a solid month, you'll soon see that you are improving by QUANTUM LEAPS!
If you were a college football star, would you pay the coach of your favorite pro team for a private lesson? (If it was legal, that is...)
You bet you would -- you would pay him $5000. or $10,000. or lots more for the privilege of learning the top secrets in your field. And you would pay all expenses to get there, too, and take time out of your schedule to do it. You know you would. No doubt about it.
Well, I come to you for a whole lot less than that! You have no transportation costs -- no time off work -- and you can play me over and over and over again anytime you want!
The tuition on each individual CD is $39. (plus shipping) because of the intense, specialized nature of the contents. I would have paid $100. per CD back when I was learning, if CD's like this were available, which of course they weren't. So if you buy each audio CD for the next 3 years at $39. per CD, it will cost you only $1620. (I say "only", because before you say "that sounds high", think about the kind of car you can buy for $1602., and compare the satisfaction you will get from an old junker as over against REAL PROGRESS and learning in your favorite field -- music -- doesn't sound so high now, does it?)
Here are the 36 "Pro Secrets" I will be revealing and drilling you on:
1st Month: Straddles -- We will learn what a straddle is, then work on 3 note straddles on all 12 major chords, all 12 minor chords, all 12 augmented and diminished chords, then take up 4-note straddles using 7ths, then 6ths, then 9ths. We will drill, drill, drill on notes, fingering, pedaling -- everything necessary to make an exciting straddle sound. (Not 1 piano player in a hundred even knows about straddles!)
2nd Month: 2-1 and 3-1 Breakups -- We will practice fills in all keys using these broken chords. They are easy, once you know how, but most pianists go a lifetime without knowing how! (You'll LOVE triplet 2-1's!)
3rd Month: Waterfall Chords -- Extremely rapid descending chordal runs that give the impression of a cascading rush of water, like a waterfall. We will learn them on all the basic chords first, then add the extensions, such as 6ths, etc.
4th Month: Tremolo-Fired Runs -- These a super-fast runs that shoot up the keyboard and back down like a lightning bolt, but they are "launched" by a tremolo -- a "shaking" of a chord. One solid hour of drills on these runs in all keys. Practice them for an hour for 30 days and your friends might just start calling you "lightning fingers."
5th Month: Half-Step Slides -- Every time you move from one chord to the next, you have the potential for a chord substitution through the simple use of half-step slides. You can slide up, or you can slide down, or even both, if you have the time. This one element alone can make your piano playing ever so much more professional!
6th Month: Suspensions -- A great deal of contemporary music called "fusion" is based on suspensions, so if you want to understand current music, you really need to know suspensions inside out. Bach used them a lot in his music, too, so they're not exactly new. We'll learn them in all keys, and learn when to use them to create interest.
7th Month: Chord Substitutions -- There are 3 basic keys to chord substitutions, but the application of these keys takes a lifetime of experimentation. In this hour, we'll do more substitutions than the average person does in an entire lifetime!
8th Month: Voicing in 4ths -- We'll take up the whole matter of "voicing" a chord, then learn how to voice in 4ths rather than in 3rds for a "pro sound". (Have you ever compared your chords to the chords of a top pro? Chances are, you are playing the same notes, but the way the pro "voices" them on the keyboard makes a tremendous difference in the sound.)
9th Month: Turnarounds -- Turnarounds are chord progressions that occur at the end of phrases to keep the interest level up -- so the song doesn't "sag" between phrases. You'll learn a half-dozen turnarounds that will keep you busy for years applying them to all kinds of songs -- popular, gospel, standards.
10th Month: Introductions -- We'll learn how to put a "front door" on a song that is both beautiful and useful. We'll learn the different functions of an intro and what's suitable for different styles.
11th Month: Endings -- There are some marvelous "stock endings" you can memorize, then use on most any song. We'll learn those, but also learn how to "tailor make" an ending for a particular song by recapitulating the theme in a "familiar echo."
12th Month: Transposing -- Of the 3 ways to transpose, you will have a favorite -- one way will seem easier than the others to you. But we'll learn all 3 ways, and we will transpose both melodies and chords in all keys. But after you pick your favorite way of transposing, you can focus on that method -- you don't really need to use all 3.
13th Month: Modulating -- Different than transposing, this is the process of getting from one key to another key smoothly, without anyone hardly noticing the change. Once you understand the basic principle, it is very easy to do.
14th Month: Altering a Melody To Create a New Melody -- Did you know that many of the best pianists do exactly this when they "improvise"? People think they are making things up out of their head, when really they are playing the existing melody inverted, contorted, inside-out, compressed, and so on. We'll learn how to do this and apply it to many songs.
15th Month: Inversions -- Turning chords upside down in lighting-flash speed is one of the keys to a "pro sound." Not just triads, but extended chords, such as 6/9 chords and others. We'll drill, drill, drill on the common chords, then drill even harder on the advanced chords.
16th Month -- Creating Original Chord Progressions -- The boys and the girls are separated from the men and the women when it comes to ORIGINAL chord progressions. The stamp of professionalism is on anyone who can come up with a truly original progressions. But it's not that hard, and on this one hour session we'll drill over and over again on the essentials of a creative and fresh approach to progressions.
17th Month: Echoes -- Rhythmic, Melodic, & Harmonic -- Probably the simplest way to improve your playing dramatically is through the use of echoes. Almost no one uses them as much as they could be used -- and I have noticed recently that the masters such as Mozart, Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, etc. use them extensively -- much more than the average pianist -- does that tell you something? We'll show how to use them to build continuity in the rhythm, melody, and harmony of most any song.
18th Month: Touch -- Have you ever seen a pianist who had a nice "touch"? What does that mean? How can YOU get it? It has to do with fundamentals, but more than that, it has to do with mind-set -- your way of thinking about the FLOW of the music. We'll explore this in depth as we help you get smooth!
19th Month: The II7 to V7 Chord Progression -- This chord progressions -- where the II7 chord moves to the V7 chord -- is critical to your success as a pianist. Why? Because it is like your knee or your elbow -- it is the joint or hinge that turns the music. We'll learn why, then how to do it smoothly, in all 12 keys and all 12 minor keys as well.
20th Month: Latin-American Rhythms -- Would you like to get a handle on the favorite Latin-American rhythms from down South -- including the Bossa Nova, the Samba, the Beguine, the Bolero, etc.? You won't get great in a month's time, but you'll understand them and have a start on them.
21st Month: Locked-Hands Style -- This is a complex style used by the jazz greats that takes a great deal of time to master. What we're going to do is take a simple melody, and have you MASTER this style on that one tune through much repetition and drills. You can then go on to apply it to more complex tunes.
22nd Month: The "Orchestral" Style -- This is a marvelous, orchestral style, and we're going to focus on just this one style for an hour and see what makes it tick, then apply it to a song. At the end of an hour you won't sound great (sorry!), but you'll understand how you eventually can approximate the sound.
23rd Month: Two-Handed Arps: "The Flowing River of Sound!" -- When you are able to arpeggiate chords with both hands at the same time, and those chords include 7ths and 9ths, you have a "flowing river" of sound. Few pianists can do this, and fewer can go up with one hand while going down with the other (contrary motion). We'll learn exactly how to do this, then by listening and playing along with the tape for the next few weeks, you'll actually begin to get the feel and the sound of it!
24th Month: Parallelisms -- We will investigate the use of parallel chords, parallel intervals, and so on. Some of the most interesting sounds that pros get come from parallelisms of various sorts. (Most piano players don't know they exist. Ask a piano playing friend about parallelisms, then get ready for a blank stare!)
25th Month: Ragtime Techniques -- Actually, we're going to focus on just 3 ragtime techniques, and drill over and over on these 3 in various situations. A mastery of these 3 techniques will allow you to play most any song in ragtime style, but not advanced ragtime.
26th Month: Polytonality & Superimposition -- How to play with two tonal centers at once, for either a single chord, or a phrase, or even an entire song. It creates a "dream-like" feel that nobody but the top pros know how to create.
27th Month: The "Delay-Catch-Up" Technique -- We're going to learn how to fall behind the beat, then catch up, and vice-versa. Why? Because knowing how to do so marks you as one of a special breed of pianist. VERY effective when an exclusive style is desired!
28th Month: Slash/Chords -- It's easy to learn how to read "slash/chords" (such as Gm7/F), but we're not only going to learn how to read them, but also how to create them. We enlarge our world of chords tremendously when we learn to "re-root" a chord!
29th Month: Counter-Melodies -- Bach was the master of counter-melodies, sometimes having 4 at a time! (See his 4-part inventions for proof.) We won't go that far, but we will learn how to create one melody which will run counter to the main theme, adding a wonderful fullness to any song!
30th Month: Western Sounds -- We will drill for a solid hour on the elements of a country-western sound. After a month of this, you'll even talk with a twang!
31st Month: Gospel Sounds -- I hate to use the word "gospel" in the sense, but there is a distinctive sound which is termed "gospel", and it is this sound which we will learn to emulate during this month.
32nd Month: The 12-Bar Blues -- We'll learn the formula for creating the blues, then learn it in all 12 keys. We'll also drill on "blue notes" and the chord substitutions that make for the blues sound.
33rd Month: Passing Tones -- Passing tones are any tones that are not in the chord, but "pass through" the chord to create a sensation of movement. We'll learn to use passing 9ths, 7ths, 6ths, and passing 3rds in half-steps.
34th Month: Question-Answer Techniques -- Do you remember the techniques used in some churches where the Pastor says something, then the congregation responds, and back and forth it goes? We'll, the same thing can be done in music to create some of the most creatively spontaneous sounds you have ever heard!
35th Month: Far-Out Harmonies -- How and where to use the really far-out sounds such as sharp 11ths, flat 9ths, flat 10ths, flat 5ths with a dominant 7th, and so on. Your head will be swimming for a few days, but when it gets into your fingers, your listeners' ears will be reeling!
36th Month: Syncopation -- How to create accents where they normally don't fall. How to play with a heavy "back-beat" feel. Advanced rhythmic concepts of all sorts.
Well, there you have the program for the next three years. I have packed thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars worth of instruction and drilling into these 36 audio CD's. If such things were available back when I was learning, I would have paid at least $100. per secret to learn these techniques -- but of course they weren't available. But I have priced them at just $39. per Pro Secret -- that's $1404. for the full 3-year course. I think you'll agree you could NEVER get pro lessons like this for anywhere near that.
There are two ways you can order Pro Secrets:
You can order
one CD drill at a time for $39. plus shipping, or
You can order them shipped all at once and save a fortune.
If you will subscribe now for the entire series -- 3 years -- and allow us to ship the entire 3 year series to you NOW all at once in a huge 3 ring binder with CD holders for all 36 CD's and the 36 Pro Secrets cards which go with each CD (saving us hundreds of dollars in bookkeeping, duplicating, labeling, handling, etc. costs!) you can get the entire series for $697. instead of the $1404. plus shipping it would cost if we mailed you one each month -- which figures out to something like $19. per CD (about 69 cents a day!) -- but only when you order them all at once and we ship them all at once via UPS insured.
I'll look forward to hearing from you!