Here’s a good way to get out of a piano tune …

Need a nice easy way to get out of a tune when playing the piano, and sound like you know what you’re doing (Ha!). Let me teach you this one. It’s pretty easy to learn – and good to throw into your bag of tricks. Have fun!

56 Comments
  • Scott Houston
    Posted at 19:46h, 12 August Reply

    Sorry the sound is kind of lame on this…

    • Dianne
      Posted at 22:22h, 12 August Reply

      I have learned so much from you. Thank you.

    • jon esparza
      Posted at 22:31h, 12 August Reply

      Wow. Cool how something so simple can add so much!
      Thanks,
      jesparza

    • Rocky Avila
      Posted at 22:44h, 12 August Reply

      Sounds very professional. I’m impressed. How can I have a copy of your book on this? Thanks.

      • Scott Houston
        Posted at 11:13h, 13 August Reply

        I don’t have a book that applies directly to this. But, we do talk about intros and endings a lot throughout the 6 online courses.

  • Deborah W.
    Posted at 20:32h, 12 August Reply

    Thank you. That is a great ending to play. Thank you for sharing/teaching. 🙂

  • Peggy Dickenson
    Posted at 20:32h, 12 August Reply

    I’m already trying out these ideas that you present. Scott, I love these quick tips. Thanks.

  • Arthur O'Leary
    Posted at 20:49h, 12 August Reply

    Thanks very much.

  • Lydia
    Posted at 21:00h, 12 August Reply

    Nice thank you very much!

  • Grace Johnson
    Posted at 21:02h, 12 August Reply

    thanks, Scott! I appreciate these tips through email.

  • Barbara
    Posted at 21:29h, 12 August Reply

    Thanks, Scott. That’s a great ending and not too hard to remember. Love all your quick tips and tricks.

  • Clay
    Posted at 21:30h, 12 August Reply

    The Piano Guy always delivers! Thanks for another arrow for the quiver, Scott.

  • John Mason
    Posted at 21:42h, 12 August Reply

    NO SOUND

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 10:58h, 13 August Reply

      It’s there John … Must be your speakers in the computer somehow? There are also a few short vertical bars just to the right of the progress bar in the video controls at the bottom of the player. Those control the volume. If you drag over them to the right they will increase the volume, and the inverse if you drag left. Maybe you accidentally “moused” over those and turned the volume down?

  • Jerry Cokewell
    Posted at 22:16h, 12 August Reply

    30 years ago I got old organ and somewhat work out a system to play.( I now have several Keyboards and no organs) About a year later I found you. What I worked out was a very basic of your system. ( I needed help ) I found you on PBS. Bought everything you offered. Followed your system and today do very well playing for many groups and once in a while with a band WOW My back ground I called square dances for 43 years and had the timing down and knew the songs I wanted to play. Your saying is that after a while the left hand becomes target practice is right on. Now I am using your hints to vary the application of my left and the begins and ends you tell about. I use the Easy Play Music Books. My reason for writing you is I am your biggest fan of you and your system, it really works and a big THANKS I really enjoy your newsletters. Jerry Cokewell Gaylord, Michigan

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:00h, 13 August Reply

      Thanks for the nice words Jerry! I’m thrilled (really…) you are enjoying playing and that I might have had a hand in it. Yeah!

  • Carol Hutchison
    Posted at 22:20h, 12 August Reply

    need help remembering inversions without looking at the keys

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:18h, 13 August Reply

      Me too … Ha! That’s why I look at my hands a lot, and don’t feel guilty about it. There’s no reason you need to not look at your hands. If it’s because it is hindering you looking at your lead sheet, you should get the lead sheet memorized very quickly in this style. Remember, the entire reason that music notation (and Lead Sheets in particular) exist is to not need them as soon as possible. Only when you get a tune learned (in my humble opinion) can you really start to be free enough to turn it into your version of the tune.

      So – look at your hands!

  • Thomas Brown
    Posted at 22:57h, 12 August Reply

    Thankyou. How about a “blues” ending!!!

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:05h, 13 August Reply

      Duly noted… Stay tuned.

    • Jer Nolan
      Posted at 13:50h, 13 August Reply

      I would like a blues ending too..

  • Andy
    Posted at 22:59h, 12 August Reply

    Hi Scott,
    Thanks for this tip. I tried it with Stardust, The one I learned from you. It sounds SWEEEEET!!!!

  • Stephen
    Posted at 23:07h, 12 August Reply

    Terrific! Thanks for sharing.

  • Robert J.Grudzinski
    Posted at 23:45h, 12 August Reply

    Scott – You are still a great piano player and your tips on playing have really helped me over the last few years. Your first tip that I learned was to play the base of a cord one octave “down” and then come up to the full cord. You were right in that it’s like target practice – but very effective. Your set of DVD’s also helped me. I did attend one of your classes in Orlando a few years ago and was delighted with what I learned in 2-3 hours. Your books are well written and very understandable. In closing, thanks for all your help. BOB G.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:04h, 13 August Reply

      You’re welcome Bob. Thanks for the nice comments!

  • Susan
    Posted at 01:26h, 13 August Reply

    Thank you for this tip! I love it!
    I’m saving up my money so I can take your online course. Can’t wait!

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:03h, 13 August Reply

      You’ll love it! People are just having a ball, and better, a ton of success… It’s the best feedback we are receiving on anything I’ve done to date. I’m so excited for everyone!

  • Regina Hartley
    Posted at 07:23h, 13 August Reply

    Hi Scott!

    Thanks for the tip. It’s just what I needed. Several of the songs which you have taught in “Piano in a Flash” needed
    a little something at the end of the tune. This is perfect. By the way, I’m still loving the online lessons.

    Regina from the Bronx

    P.S. I originally filled out a subscription request for your free “Newsletter” in February. However, this is the first newsletter that I have received. If you can do so, could you please send me any previous newsletters. I’m sure that they are as informative as this one.

    Thanks

  • garry burgess
    Posted at 07:36h, 13 August Reply

    very nice!

  • Don Grady
    Posted at 08:50h, 13 August Reply

    Really cool – please keep them coming!

  • Sandy Stoflet
    Posted at 10:42h, 13 August Reply

    The video wouldn’t play.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:01h, 13 August Reply

      Hmmmm… I know its working Sandy because it has been viewed many (now thousands) of times over the last day or two. Must be something on your end … Sorry!

  • Lu
    Posted at 10:50h, 13 August Reply

    Another great little gem…and free!
    Great mini-supplements ti your instructional dvd’s. Thank you.

  • Lyle R. Rolfe
    Posted at 12:01h, 13 August Reply

    I have a full console Wurlitzer Organ (4573 model w/synthesizer), so I can’t put my computer to practice next to the organ, but I still am learning from your emailed lessons so I intend to keep receiving them and applying them whenever possible. .

  • Tom Pecor
    Posted at 13:19h, 13 August Reply

    I’m a 71 year old senior and want to learn how to play piano. My musical background is playing trumpet in high school band, and jazz band.
    I have checked out local piano teachers, and they all seem to want to teach me classical style of music. I don;t want to be a classical musician, I just want to learn how to play for fun.
    How can your program help me?
    Thanks,
    Tom Pecor Green Bay, WI email: tom@pecor.com

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:54h, 13 August Reply

      Hi Tom,

      Here’s a copy of my reply to your similar question from another post:

      You will actually be ahead of the game vs. a lot of folks because of your earlier trumpet playing days. You already know what single line melodies look like in the treble clef (i.e. the trumpet music you used to read) which is all we ever have to read notation-wise in our style of playing. The rest of the exercise is learning a few chords and their associated chord symbols. Now will you be ready to go out and work gigs in a couple of months? Not likely… Will you be able to sit down and knock out some favorite songs and sound pretty hip doing it? Absolutely …

      Trust me when I say you will be FAR from the first person who has knocked playing piano off their bucket list at your age using my methods. It’s totally doable. Assuming you still have 2 hands and can sit on your rear, it’s never too late to start …

  • Carol Evered
    Posted at 13:27h, 13 August Reply

    Hi Scott,
    I have been working on a little piano piece of my own and I used your tip today at the end and it just sounded perfect for it, so thank you so much!!

  • ed helein
    Posted at 14:05h, 13 August Reply

    Thank you Scott, I Love it….. Ed

  • Naomi
    Posted at 16:00h, 13 August Reply

    I get it! Thanks!

  • Naomi
    Posted at 16:04h, 13 August Reply

    I can’t wait to try this with other chords! 4 half steps down and 1 whole step up. Easy! And Fun!

  • George E. Wells
    Posted at 19:32h, 13 August Reply

    Scott, Thanks for the song ending tip. You always have the greatest ideas.
    Your student for 5 years, now age 78, and having a great time thanks to you.
    g

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 06:46h, 14 August Reply

      Attaboy! Good to hear George. Keep it up!

  • R. Stiles
    Posted at 20:08h, 13 August Reply

    yes…very nice…thanks for the tips…

  • Jaime
    Posted at 20:49h, 13 August Reply

    A nice piece of teaching, Scott!
    Thanks a lot for your “Piano in a Flash” series.
    Jaime

  • Doug Pearce
    Posted at 14:57h, 14 August Reply

    Scott,
    I love getting your piano playing tips. I took your Play Piano in a Flash courses here in Arkansas with Don Nichols. It works!!! I am not a virtuoso, but I can play the piano. I have been concentrating on accompaniment playing. I sing in the church choir. Much to my amazement I have actually played the piano & sang in church. I never thought I could do that.
    Thanks Scott & keep those tips coming,
    Best regards,
    Doug

  • Jeannette
    Posted at 18:21h, 14 August Reply

    I need help with my left hand, I can’t coordinate my right and left hand. Any books or something you can recommend?
    Thanks
    Jeannette

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 22:53h, 18 August Reply

      Hi Jeannette,

      Here’s a repeat of a response I made earlier to someone with similar issues…

      The suggestion to start V-E-R-Y slowly when trying something new gets used so often (especially by me in the lessons) that I worry that it almost begins to sound trite and a bit condescending. But honest to goodness – if there is a “magic bullet” to a huge amount of playing in this style, that’s it. It’s just muscle memory, plain and simple. Whether little noodling ideas like this one, or a much more common issue of hand independence (rub your head and pat your tummy type of stuff…), just giving your brain the chance to “wire things up” by doing something new slowly at first is kind of a magic tonic for what ails you piano-wise.

      If you are having hand-independence issues, you should never try to put your hands together until your are SUPER able to play both hands separately (in your sleep :-)). All kidding aside, if you are at a beginning level, you REALLY need to nail down the two hands separately before you try to put things together. Then when you do, do it SUPER slowly at first to, again, let your brain wire-up that coordination between your hands. The great news is that once you kind of “break through” the wall you’re butting up against, it will get a lot easier a lot more quickly. It’s like a wall to break through, not a mountain to climb if you know what I mean… There will be an “AHA” moment when you kind of connect the dots hand coordination-wise.

      Hope that helps!

  • Carl Biehn
    Posted at 13:54h, 20 August Reply

    Thank you very much. You are great.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:39h, 20 August Reply

      Thanks. Tell my wife that would you please? 🙂

  • gwen
    Posted at 13:07h, 21 August Reply

    I really enjoy the ideas you put out there.Things I don’t think about until I have heard you play,then the light bulb comes on!…

  • G Lasheall Washington
    Posted at 17:07h, 22 August Reply

    THANK YOU FOR THE EAR CANDY. GREAT! I will begin to memorize.

  • Mike Colby
    Posted at 23:47h, 28 September Reply

    Hi Scott. Thanks. I love your tips. Hope you remember me. I was one of the testimonials for your program, which was filmed in Seattle. How is that going? Hopefully well. I wish you and your wife the best; and again, I can not tell you how much satisfaction I have derived from playing your program ” Play Piano in a Flash”. Thanks again, Mike Colby

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:55h, 29 September Reply

      Of course I remember you Mike! I sure appreciated your help out there. The show is testing as I write this. We’re keeping our fingers crossed all the hard work will pay off with a successful show. We should know in a month or two…

      Warm regards,
      SH

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