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Jazz Piano Lessons Available In Sarasota
Jazz piano lessons? You bet! That’s one of our specialties here at Pianocadabra! That’s right… in addition to traditional lessons, you can look forward to enjoying a more well-rounded piano education than you’ll find anywhere around here. We help aspiring players in important areas such as sight reading, interpretation, ear training, practice strategies, and more… and we focus on the genres you prefer. In addition, if improvisation is an interest of yours, you are at the right place!
We offer jazz piano lessons that focus on reading and interpreting lead sheets, modern chord theory, chord voicings, improvisation, and more! Some reader may be asking, “What is a lead sheet?” Well, traditionally, people are taught to read and play from a grand staff (treble and bass clef combined). We certainly help with that! However, a lead sheet is a piece of music that consists of only one staff that includes the melody of a song, with chord symbols above which represent the harmony to be played. A classical player who has been trained only to play from a grand staff might look at a lead sheet with confusion, not knowing what to do with it. However, a professional jazz/pop player who knows how to interpret a lead sheet considers it to be a luxury because it offers the musician “poetic license” to play a tune with his or her own personal playing style (yes, we help you develop that, too!).
Reading chord symbols and learning how to play chords in different ways is a huge part of making the most of your experience with lead sheets. Here, at Pianocadabra, you can learn about all of this. If you truly want to enjoy a well-rounded experience, learning how to read traditional music as well as lead sheets is highly recommended.
Here is an example of music written on the traditional piano staff (or grand staff):
Here is an example of music written on a lead sheet:
Looking at that lead sheet, the melody, in most cases, would be played with the right hand. What is the role of the left hand? Well, actually, it has lots of freedom as long as the performer has a handle on those chord symbols above. This is a topic that warrants more in-depth discussion, of course. But you can have the confidence that we can help you along this avenue!
People of all levels join us, including beginners who have never played before, more advanced classical players who would like to enhance their playing experience with more improvisational flair, and pop and jazz enthusiasts looking to take their skills to higher levels. Whatever your reason, we welcome you and look forward to helping you realize your personal musical goals!
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What’s Your Reason For Not Getting Started With Piano Lessons?
Learn to play the piano with lessons that have the flexibility to fit your lifestyle and you will discover a side of you that has been screaming to make itself known. You see, it is my conviction that every single person on the face of this earth has the innate desire and ability to express himself or herself musically.
If you are wondering if learning piano is worth your time, there’s no reason to keep wondering. Erase any reservations! The benefits that go along with both playing piano and the piano learning process itself are astounding.
Am I biased? Of course I am! I’ve played piano since the age of seven and I encourage you beyond any shadow of a doubt to get involved! Yes, learn to play the piano – you will never regret it.
The rewards that will come to you during your piano learning adventure are numerous. But if I had to equate it with one idea, hmmmmmm, how could I put it?
Well… have you ever experienced a birthday party (yours) where the presents just kept coming at you? One surprise after another, increased curiosity, good cheer, feelings of appreciation for yourself and others around you, the joy of being in the spotlight… can you relate to any of this?
Well, if you never had a birthday quite like that one, allow me to light the candles for you, and let the party begin! Seriously, if you’ve even mildly entertained the idea of learning to play piano, allow me to slice the cake – the first piece is yours.
It just might help you to make this decision to learn to play the piano even faster if we put a few myths to rest once and for all… (continued)
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Does Your Piano Education Include A Comprehensive Study Of Chords?
Are you able to recognize your basic chords that exist in the music that you are playing? Whether you are a beginner learning out of the first book of John Thompson, the fourth book of Alfred’s, or whatever method you happen to be using, when it comes to that particular song you are working on for the week, how much of that music would you say you actually understand? Let’s face it… the composer of that song had a handle on how to put it together. Thus, the question: Are you simply learning to read and play what you see? Does your piano teacher promote the idea of you looking a bit more deeply into the music so that you can understand its construction at least to a degree?
For example, when playing Fur Elise by Beethoven (whether the original or a simplified arrangement), do you recognize the “A” section of the song as being in the key of in the key of A minor, the two chords played being the I chord and the V chord, namely A minor and E7? Have you taken notice that the B section modulates to the relative major key, namely C Major? What chord members of C Major are played in that section?
Does any of that sound confusing or make no sense at all? If so, have no worries, as you have that in common with so many who have already “mastered” the piece technically. However, if you really want to develop a full appreciation for the music you are playing, a familiarity with the chords and chord progressions will certainly lead you down the path of greater understanding. Whether you are playing Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, or Billy Joel, the basic fundamentals of music exist in the music that you are playing and it makes perfect sense to approach them, at least to a degree, from the perspective of the composer.
In addition, as you gain more and more familiarity with chords and progressions, you are likely to become inspired to create some music of your own. Don’t underestimate your ability. You see, once you have a handle on how the concepts of music come together, you’ll find yourself to be in the driver’s seat and your creative juices will start to flow!
If the study of chords is very new to you, you’ll want to start out by becoming familiar with your basic triads (three-note chords) and 7th chords. In addition, start to appreciate how these chords are used together. For example a C major chord is often followed by an F major chord. Two or more chords played in succession can be referred to as a chord progression. Recognition of chords on the piano, along with how they work together, will open you to greater discoveries. Your curiosity and enthusiasm for learning more will serve as encouragement and inspiration for you to continue your adventure with a greater sense of confidence and appreciation!
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Learn Piano In Sarasota: Here’s How!
The Recipe For Becoming A Piano Player Overnight
We can hear the voices now:
“I have no piano experience whatsoever and you’re going to turn me into a pianist overnight?”
It’s YOU who has to do that. It’s your time. You’ve always wanted to learn how to play piano. Now that you’re here, you’re being introduced to the recipe to becoming a piano player overnight. Here it is:
That’s right. You simply need to DECIDE that’s what you’re going to do. It is that very decision that will make it happen. Okay, there’s a part of your mind that is likely arguing, “But that doesn’t mean I’m a piano player… just because I decided.”
That’s the critical side of your brain. But the reality is this: If you declare it, you are it (notice that the “are” is in decl”are”)…
“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Tony Robbins
So, let’s say that you decided to do some finger painting. You go buy a set of finger paints for the very first time. You bring the kit home, open the box, whip out the paints and canvas and start getting those fingers full of paint. What happens the moment that your painted fingertips touch that canvas? You’re a finger painter! Who could argue?
Friend, everything we learn comes in stages. The fact that you haven’t been doing something as long as another individual doesn’t discount that you made the decision to take action. It doesn’t make your potential any less. At what point would you say that you are a piano player? After 3 weeks of lessons? After 6 months of lessons? After two years? It’s relative to what you want to think. The truth is that you’re a piano player the moment you sit at that piano keyboard of yours – even before that because it happens right at the time of your decision. Sure, there’s room for improvement. Be thankful for that because, if there wasn’t, where’s the joy? It’s a journey you’ll love for a lifetime!
Furthermore, once you make the decision to start with piano lessons, which attitude do you suppose will be more conducive to more fun, more rewards, and quicker progress… the attitude that says “I don’t know if this is for me. Maybe I’ll give it a go.” or the one that declares: “Beginning now, I’m a piano player. It’s so because I say it is. From this point, it only gets better”… Hmmm?
We’ve heard it before: Your attitude determines your altitude. That’s why you’re going to take the smarter approach to all of this. You’re going to commit. But you don’t have to commit to the idea that you’re in for long, hard work. Instead, commit to the idea that you’re going to incorporate some fun in your life using the piano (or keyboard) as a vehicle to do just that. Simply decide to get started having fun at the piano. Go ahead… book a trial piano lesson right here in seconds.
It really is that simple. It’s not necessary to allow all those “smoke screens” of thought to get in the way that say there’s a better time in the future (they’re wrong). Actually, whenever it comes to starting something new, considering the way most of our brains are wired, it’s a whole lot easier to come up with hundreds of reasons why we shouldn’t take action than it is to come up one or two reasons why we should. But, again, it’s a simple decision that can put a stop to all of that (and you’ve heard it before):
Just do it.
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Do I Have What It Takes To Play Piano?
What Does It Take To Learn To Play The Piano?
These are questions received often. Several analogies could be used to properly illustrate the answer. One might ask, “Do I have what it takes to plant a tree?” Of course, if you have possession of a tiny tree, you have a shovel to dig a hole big enough to accommodate the roots, and you are willing to go through the steps, including placing the tree in the ground, replenishing the dirt, and watering that tree, it’s pretty much a given that you have what it takes. Before all this, however, you needed the desire to plant that tree in order to make it happen. Would you agree?
Well, when it comes to learning how to play the piano, you also need what’s necessary:
2) A piano (or keyboard)
3) Desire to proceed through the steps of learning
4) The right guidance
Now, we’ll admit… there’s more to playing piano than planting that tiny tree, and thankfully so, because, once the journey is taken, discovering your musical potential at the piano keyboard can be a whole lot more fascinating.
There seems to be an implied “law of learning” when it comes to learning how to play piano that many people adopt even before pursuing their dream of having fun making music. It’s more of a “stigma” that has developed over the centuries and much of it has to do with the concept of learning that manifested from colleges, universities, and yes, individual teachers. Stories are told by adults, time and time again, of a negative childhood experience they endured with a particular piano teacher. Very seldom is the case that the individual would place the blame on the teacher because, after all, the teacher knew better, right?
No. Not necessarily. Taking it even further, it’s not likely. Such negative experiences are usually described as “negative” because the teacher did not have what it took to deal with that particular student. This still happens to this day. The teacher who stands by his or her sense of “righteousness” when it comes to how to learn piano still exists today. More often than not, this stems from the “university approach” to learning which is more or less equated with learning to play to the proficiency of a classical concert pianist. The stigma that goes along with learning classical piano has unfortunately caused many individuals who have had a passion for making music to bow out and never try.
Nourishing the existence of this stigma or subscribing to it is nothing short of absurdity. The author of this message has never met an individual during all his years of training who did not have what it took to play piano. If you have the desire, then that enthusiasm will carry you through any obstacles you will face. In fairness, it should be stated that if the desire isn’t there, that’s a different story. However, not having the desire to learn and have fun doing something and not having what it takes to learn and have fun doing something are two completely different matters.
If you have come to terms with the fact that you do, in fact, have the desire to learn to play piano and have a whole lot of fun in the process, then it becomes necessary to find a teacher who is willing to understand you and nurture that desire in an unconditional fashion. Please read that last sentence again because that’s where things can get a little challenging. It is highly suggested and recommended that you do your homework when it comes to looking for the right piano teacher for yourself or your child. Have no fear when it comes to asking a few questions of a prospective teacher to help determine whether or not he or she is a match for your needs and wants. Stated simply: if you have the desire to learn and have fun, that teacher exists. You may not find him or her the first time but that doesn’t mean your journey should stop.
You are here because you are either considering getting yourself or a child started with piano lessons or you are exploring your options. Consider this a new beginning and treat the adventure ahead of you in an unconditional fashion. It’s possible and you’re going to make it happen. As a result, unlimited rewards await you!
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Thank You for your visiting Sarasota Piano Lessons! Chances are good that you arrived here due to either your commitment to find piano lessons that are suitable for your particular needs or your curiosity regarding possibly getting involved with some lessons. Whatever your reason, you have just connected with a resource that can provide you with the answers you are looking for.
Obtaining the information is as easy as the click of your mouse. Simply visit our main site at Pianocadabra! There you will find some information that may be helpful. Furthermore, all you need to do is use that contact form once you’ve arrived to share your questions and concerns and you will receive a quality response within a very short period of time.
Piano Lessons In Sarasota Geared To Your Specific Needs
If you are considering hooking up with some piano lessons in the Sarasota area, you’ll find the atmosphere at the studio of Pianocadabra to be a fun and relaxing one. When it’s time for your piano lesson, you won’t to deal with the distraction of other people waiting for your lesson to be finished, as your time is just that… your time. Each and every session of yours is treated as invaluable and attention given to you or your child is undivided. In addition, if it’s your child taking the lessons here, you can absolutely feel free to sit in and observe, as that is strongly encouraged and easily accommodated.
The Creative Approach To Learning Piano Has Arrived In Sarasota!
You will find the teaching approach at Pianocadabra to be a bit more creative than you might have otherwise expected. You see, you will be taking advantage of the experience of a piano coach who has devoted himself to an excess of 35 years helping people one-on-one learning what it is that makes each person “tick” when it comes to reaching his or her personal musical potential on those keys!
Whether you are interested in learning piano or keyboard, and these lessons are for a beginning student, advanced, or anywhere in between, you can rest assured that your specific situation will be given the devoted attention it deserves. So, go ahead… click here to learn a little more about how you can count on your experience at Pianocadabra to be a fun and rewarding one!