Popular music has always excited people who want to express themselves, to have fun with their friends, to entertain at parties, or to impress other people. They dream of playing the latest and greatest hits, the "golden oldies" and classic hits of pop and rock, country and western, jazz, gospel… or perhaps the great hymns, traditional folk songs, children’s songs, you name it!
But for most people, music is a pastime, not a profession. With the hectic pace of life today, there just isn’t time for hours of music practice.
Learning to play popular piano music with a full accompaniment written on the bass staff takes years of practice. But — fortunately — there is an easy way to enjoy playing popular music on your keyboard or piano, even if you are not great at sight reading the bass staff!
My name is Betty Wagner. I have been a music teacher for more than 30 years, teaching both classical and popular styles of piano. I have always tried to encourage my students to develop their own special styles of playing, but when it came to popular piano, I have seen so many students struggling to get beyond the basics. There have always been two main obstacles that have been bothering my students: ONE: There are loads of books of popular music on the market and heaps of sheet music on sale that have full accompaniments written on the bass staff. These beautiful chords and embellishments make nice pieces of popular music into a sensational and memorable playing and listening experience. But these scores are too difficult for my students to play! TWO: Most of the other simpler books of popular music on the market have been written for the guitar — they have accompaniments written with guitar tabs that only guitar players can…
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