Share Your Request for Future Piano Videos!

Share Your Request for Future Piano Videos! Do you have a question about piano? I want to tackle the question with you–comment with any topics you’d like me to address!

134 Comments
  • Mark jensen
    Posted at 00:45h, 07 September Reply

    What are your feelings about a practice journal? How should a student do one?

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:48h, 08 September Reply

      Hmmm… I need to think about that one. There are some interesting things I could touch in that vein.

      Good thought starter… thx,
      SH

    • George
      Posted at 14:17h, 26 September Reply

      I have wanted to play the boogies for many years since I first saw two sailors playing terrific jumping boogie.
      I have learned some base left hand rhythms but when I try to add the right hand, the left hand tries to follow the right hand. Only with 3 note left hand can it remain independent.
      Others have told me it is MUSCLE MEMORY. That the nerves and tendons in the left hand & arm will eventually be able to carry on without my thinking about it????
      Sounds like tons of practice to hypnotize my left hand?
      Any suggestions?

      • Scott Houston
        Posted at 16:44h, 28 September Reply

        George, as tired and beaten to death as this answer is I still think it is the best advice I can give… G-O S-L-O-W-L-Y at the beginning when you try to get your hands doing different rhythmic things at the same time. Your brain has to “connect the dots” concerning which finger on which hand comes down in which order. You just need to do it slow as molasses for however long it takes until you can start picking up the tempo bit by bit.

        That’s why boogie is about the hardest style there is to play in my opinion… The hand coordination issues are just a killer. It’s not a menial thing at all. Keep digging SLOWLY.

    • George
      Posted at 14:27h, 26 September Reply

      I enjoy your demo’s but I wish you would play more in the beginnings.
      Thanks Scott

      • Scott Houston
        Posted at 16:41h, 28 September Reply

        Funny – most people that hear me play want me to play less… πŸ™‚

      • Sherrick Slattery
        Posted at 15:00h, 05 October Reply

        Yes, I’m with this comment. I spend hours trying to figure out what you’re doing. It’s so cool !

  • Emily Zeiders
    Posted at 07:13h, 08 September Reply

    Please, Scott, do a vid suggesting ways to get piano hands to work separately yet together! This is so hard for us beginners!
    Thanks, Emily

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:47h, 08 September Reply

      I’m hearing that over and over Emily. Duly noted for sure.

      I’ll start addressing that in some vids…

      thx,
      SH

  • John Gibson
    Posted at 07:14h, 08 September Reply

    Hi Scott, I am trying to learn to play the piano using your method but the memory is not as good as it use to be. Do you have any specific recommendations to help us “oldies” with slight memory problems. Reds, John

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:46h, 08 September Reply

      John,

      Good idea. I’ll try to think of some helpful ideas regarding memorizing tunes.

      Sh

  • Elaine
    Posted at 07:32h, 08 September Reply

    Scott,

    I have played the piano since I was seven yrs. old, heavy into classic until my college yrs., then started into popular as an adult. I am now looking into getting into some blues. You make it easy with the videos that I have purchased from you, however, I am having a difficult time getting into the proper feel/rhythm. Could you print out a blues lick so that I could see the exact notes that you are playing? This would give me the boost I need in the right direction. I have lots of jazz books but at this time of my life I do not wish to memorize all that. You make it encouraging to try the blues route but I need a little guidance by knowing what you are doing. That said….please,print out a blues lick.
    Thanks
    Elaine

  • Christopher Matthews
    Posted at 07:36h, 08 September Reply

    I have always wanted to learn all the inversions of the chords. I can work it out but want a trick or an aid to getting them under my hands quickly. I would use this primarily for voice leading.

  • Wayne Hamilton
    Posted at 07:42h, 08 September Reply

    Hey Scott, great idea. Here’s something I always have to think about and usually figure out by trial and error. Maybe you can share some info and demonstrate some helpful chord change progressions for us?
    I’m talking about key change modulation rules. If I’m playing in E flat for example (or any other key for that matter) and I want to kick it upscale to a higher key is there a rule you can share about what key would feel natural and any chord change modulations to get there?
    I bet there’s some rule based on circle of 5th.s maybe that would help. Once I get to the new Key I’m usually OK with transposing the chords into the new key.
    Also same thing for shifting lower if possible.
    Can you give us a helpful clue on this?
    I realize this is probably a little advanced for a lot of your students but I bet it would inspire a lot of them to see how professional it can make them sound if they could see the magic of taking things to another level. Also if there are people standing around enjoying the music that want to sing along they sometimes would love to have the song played in a more comfortable key for the vocal range… right?
    I’m sure this would be a piece of cake for you. And I bet a lot of other Scott Houston style players would love to know more about how to quickly figure out what will work and how to get there with a pleasing chord change progression. Can you help?
    Thanks in advance for your help Scott,
    Wayne Hamilton, Houston, Tx. 77074

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:30h, 08 September Reply

      Super good idea Wayne! I’ll get that in the pile.

      thx,
      SH

  • Ken Pober
    Posted at 07:50h, 08 September Reply

    Hi Scott,
    How about some basic boogie-woogie?
    Thanks

    Ken Pober, MD

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:31h, 08 September Reply

      I’m hearing that loud and clear from more than just you Ken. I’ll do it…
      Thanks for adding your “vote.”

      SH

  • Michelle H
    Posted at 08:16h, 08 September Reply

    Hi Scott! Thank you so much for your videos and blog! You have a wonderful gift and talent to teach. I have a request…I would like a video on “noodling”, where you kind of randomly move around the chord to fill out the sound. I know of the concept and have tried it (or at least what I think it is) and it just doesn’t sound right. Could you explain what it really is and show us how to do it? I try to use this when I’m singing and doing chords in the right hand and octaves in the left. Thanks!

  • Steve Humphries
    Posted at 08:18h, 08 September Reply

    Dear Scott,
    I have had a profound interest in tackling your course.
    I have NO musical aptitude, cannot whistle a tune, cant even
    “Play the radio”
    BUT I do have an interest.
    Scott I fly for a living and spend some idle time in hotels.
    Q = Is there any portable type units that could be utilized on the road
    to learn your program.

    Regards

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:43h, 08 September Reply

      Hi Steve,

      Yup.(is that even a word?? My Hoosier roots are showing…) There IS a new keyboard that would work for you called an “X-Key 37” made by CME (part of Virgin MI). You’d also need an iPad, but this is a sturdy 37 key keyboard that you can plug directly into an iPad and use Garage Band to produce the piano sounds (the keyboard has no sounds of its own, it is just what is known as a “controller”). Then with Garage Band running in the background, you can jump over to your browser (Safari) and get into our lesson environment from there.

      It’s very flat, light, and made out of metal (aluminum maybe??) so it is rigid and will stand up to some abuse if shoved into a carry-on. I’m so impressed with it as a solution, I’m going to kind of “pseudo-endorse” it with a promotion coming up this Christmas season.

      I’ll most likely be offering them for sale within a couple of months, but don’t let that slow you down as you can google the name and find them available elsewhere.

      Hope that helps! Hope to see you hop into the program soon…

      SH

    • Dick Maddux
      Posted at 13:35h, 09 September Reply

      Steve,
      I also flew for a living at a major airline and had long layovers. Often times the hotels would have a piano hidden away and I would use it to practice. I never got turned down and would ask at check in while still in uniform.

      I used Scotts method and was playing music in little more than a month. I could not read a note prior …

      My grand finale before I retired was playing a grand piano at the Omni hotel in JAX which overlooked a shopping center on the hotel balcony!

      Drop me a line at catz631@aol.com and I’ll tell you more. You CAN do it and it’s a lot of fun and a terrific accomplishment to add to your flying!

      DICK MADDUX

  • Tom Funk
    Posted at 08:21h, 08 September Reply

    Hey Scott,
    You do great work! How about a slow blues/ mellow jazz video for us slow fingered people.
    Thanks,
    Tom

  • William Clifford
    Posted at 08:35h, 08 September Reply

    Scott,

    Do you have some tips on breaking into playing both hands at once. Simple please. Love your videos for years. Thanks, Bill Clifford.

  • robert wilson
    Posted at 08:42h, 08 September Reply

    Dear Scott,
    You are the best. Sometimes I like to sit @ the piano without any sheet music and just play.I’d like to just vamp one some chords and kinda make my own melody line up.Are there some specific rules you need to know re: vamping?? I really hope you can answer my question so I can get started. I just love the way you teach!!!
    All the best Rob Wilson

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:46h, 08 September Reply

      Super good vid idea Rob… It’s in the pile.

      SH

  • Bee Jones
    Posted at 08:53h, 08 September Reply

    How about some good-sounding melody chord tips for the Duke Ellington song “Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me” … ?

    Thanks
    B

  • David Mandelstamm
    Posted at 08:59h, 08 September Reply

    Do you have any suggestions on how to play “Killing Me Softly” by Roberta Flack? I play it on my cheapie Yamaha electric piano. (I use the guitar voicing “Stl&Body”, and it sounds pretty good!)

  • david
    Posted at 09:09h, 08 September Reply

    I know all chords with left hand, but all I do is mash out the chord, without any pattern. Tiresome.

  • don
    Posted at 09:11h, 08 September Reply

    would like for you to do a video on crazy arms the way
    jery lee lewis played it

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 09:25h, 08 September Reply

    Yes, I have a request. Your one on one videos have been a game changer for me. I own every one and would love for you to do more with

    Happy Birthday Blues, or Boggie Style
    Rainbow Connection Muppets
    Angle Sara Mclaughlin
    Linus and Lucy Charlie Brown
    Debussy / Mozart Elvira

    I will always be grateful for 100 years.
    All the best Suzanne

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 15:30h, 08 September Reply

      Thanks for the nice words Suzanne … Duly noted on the requests!

      SH

  • pete schulted
    Posted at 09:41h, 08 September Reply

    Hi Scott I asked this question before and never got a reply. Do you know of any way I can put my music on the Ipad so I won’t have to have my bulky songbook on the piano? Pete

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 15:35h, 08 September Reply

      Sorry Pete if we didn’t respond before… Not intentional.

      I’m no iPad expert, but i think some fake books are sold in digital versions (probably pdf files) that you could view on your iPad. Another thought is to possibly take good pictures of your Lead Sheets with your iPad, then look at the pics instead of the actual paper sheets.

      I’m sure you could also scan some individual pages of tunes you want and then get those viewed on your iPad?

      Hope that might be some “thought starters” for you. If you figure something clever out. Respond to this post and let me (and all of us) know…

    • Mary
      Posted at 14:55h, 09 September Reply

      2 useful applications – for iPad or Android Tablets

      iRealPro: Shows the Chord charts for a couple thousand songs. it also provides music from a background trio (piano, bass and drums) so you can play along. You can quickly change to any Key and change the Tempo. Slow it down when just learning; then gradually speed up as you master the song. You can also change the Rhythm Style choosing from pop, rock, jazz, swing, latin, etc. The trio keeps the music going while you practice each hand separately. You can easily add the chord chart to any song that’s not already in the list. It makes playing more fun so I spend more time at the piano. Cost: $13

      iGigBook: Maintains a catalog of all songs you have in PDF format. Lets you quickly locate and display the sheet music on your tablet. Bring your tablet to your friend’s house and you’ll have music for your favorite songs. Cost: $15

      The music is not included so you also need to load some fake books or other sheet music in PDF format.

      I run both of the Apps at the same time. I start a song in iRealPro for the background trio, and then move iGigBook to the screen so I can see the music. It’s fun!

      • Scott Houston
        Posted at 14:15h, 11 September Reply

        Thanks for the heads up on those Mary…

        SH

  • Sharon Gawenda
    Posted at 09:46h, 08 September Reply

    I’m looking for tips on playing with both hands.
    Not every song uses chords and my biggest
    problem is getting the left hand to work with
    the right hand.

    Thanks,
    Sharon Gawenda

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 15:36h, 08 September Reply

      gotcha Sharon… I’m hearing that one a lot. it’s in the hopper…

      SH

  • greg past
    Posted at 09:54h, 08 September Reply

    How to use diminished chords

  • Marie McSkimming
    Posted at 10:10h, 08 September Reply

    I have purchased the Piano Bar Favorites book but I don’t understand how to play the songs as they are shown. Help!

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 15:37h, 08 September Reply

      Need more info Marie… What is it you don’t understand?

  • CHUCK CHAPMAN
    Posted at 10:13h, 08 September Reply

    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE TUNES SIMILAR TO “MISTY”
    WITH THE CHORDS.
    IF THERE IS A LIST OF THESE AVAILABLE, I WOULD LOVE
    TO HAVE IT.
    THANKS,
    CHUCK

  • Paul Liberti
    Posted at 10:15h, 08 September Reply

    How about the piano licks you played at the opening of this video?

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 15:41h, 08 September Reply

      Ooohhhh… Those are the mystery changes…. I could show you, but then I’d have to kill you… (Weak attempt at humor)

      Sure, I’ll do a vid about it and combine it with walking a bass line in your LH.

      thx,
      SH

    • Sherrick Slattery
      Posted at 15:16h, 05 October Reply

      Yes, I’d buy a book with material like this scored out. I have a list of 33 two-chords tunes (Alouette, Bell Bottom Trousers, Blow the Man Down, Buffalo Gals, Clementine, etc.) and I’m always on the lookout for way to make them sound professional.

  • David Henson
    Posted at 10:15h, 08 September Reply

    Tips for seamlessly transitioning from a melody into a blues or jazz lick and then back into the melody. That is, making the lick sound similar to the melody at first, then depart from the melody as it develops, then transition back to it.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:00h, 08 September Reply

      Good one… A little hard to tackle, but good.

  • Cecil Kelley
    Posted at 10:16h, 08 September Reply

    I would like to see you do a one-on-one DVD on “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”. I’ve been playing this song using Greg Howlett’s arrangement (trying to improve my site reading) and I would love to hear/see your perspective on this classic hymn. I’ve also tried to play Greg’s arrangement of “My Jesus, I Love Thee”, but it’s just too difficult for me. I have purchased several of your DVD’s in the past and I feel you do an excellent job with them and stimulate my mind a lot. Thanks for all you do.

    Cecil

  • barbara
    Posted at 10:30h, 08 September Reply

    I WOULD LIKE TO PLAY BOOGIE WOOGIE LIKE YOU DO IN THE UTUBE VIDEO. I HAVE WATCHED IT SEVERAL TIMES BUT CAN NOT GET THE LICKS. I WOULD LIKE TO PLAY THAT SONG BY JERRY LEE LEWIS. IT SOUNDS GREAT. THANKS, BARBARA

  • Duane
    Posted at 10:50h, 08 September Reply

    Some easy jazz tunes,more specific info on notation/note types,how to play them. FYI, I notice in the Piano in a flash video on the lifetime channel(s) when you did “Amazing Grace” the background notes,you hit “C” chord 2x,”F” chord 1x,”C” chord 3x,”G” chord 1x(should be “G7” chord; G,B,D,F). I have a Yamaha 61 key-board which has many songs in it for practice/learning to play.I can slow down the tempo/speed the notes are played to see which ones are being played,I would record to a VHS tape recorder with pause/slow motion playback,cause the keyboards white keys darken/black keys lighten when hit,but don’t stay that way when pause is pushed on keyboard so….Think about selling system in select stores i.e. Sam Ash, Guitar Center(Indiana).

  • Ed Collum
    Posted at 10:50h, 08 September Reply

    Scott
    I am very new at the chord method and have watched several of your lessens on here. My question is now that I have cheat books from your store how do I play a song if I want to sing along with it and not play the melody on my right hand. I like you am a drummer and find the piano very hard since it is all backwards when counting the beat with your left and right hands

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:09h, 08 September Reply

      First of all, it’s “fake books”, not “cheat books” πŸ™‚ There is nothing fake about what we’re doing here Ed. Ha!

      Your idea is a good one I’ll cover again in an upcoming vid which is “The difference between solo and accompaniment style piano.”

      So you don’t have to wait for it, the Cliff’s Notes version is this: swap the chord from your left to your right hand, and just play roots (at a minimum) or some other bass pattern in your left. don’t play the melody at all (because you’ll be singing it…)

      Hope that helps!
      SH

  • Mariann
    Posted at 11:06h, 08 September Reply

    I WOULD LIKE TO DO WHAT YOU JUST DID IN YOUR VIDEO CLIP. I HAVE BECOME PROFICIENT IN PLAYING MELODY WITH CHORDS VIA YOUR SONG BOOKS. DO YOU HAVE ANY SONG BOOKS OR INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS SO I CAN LEARN TO PLAY CHORDS WITH CHORDS ( right and left hand with chords)?

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:12h, 08 September Reply

      I do not have any books that cover that specifically. The book “The Next Step” gets into that a little though, as well as how to start turning a lead sheet into a more full arrangement. You can find that book at scotthouston.com when you look under the “Books” category.

      I will add this to the pile for a future vid idea in some way though…

  • Dave Klink
    Posted at 11:11h, 08 September Reply

    My Keyboard can play B3 sounds as well as piano. I’d like to know how you modify your playing style to play organ rather than piano. You can assume there is no pedalboar, just left and right hand.

    -Dave

  • Jerry Cokewell
    Posted at 11:29h, 08 September Reply

    Hi Scott;
    The biggest help for me was from you covering and could do more of is, inversions of the left hand chords ( example FAC cord played CFA ) the way it put you left hand in a relaxed position and not twisted way over to the right Same goes for E flat & B flat and many more. Another is you advice of rolling the chord rather than hitting all 3 or 4 at once and maybe playing the chord several times rather than holding it until the next cord. Your Quote “after a while the left hand becomes easy target practice” . was by far the big truth.

    Thanks for all your advice and help over the years
    Jerry Cokewell Gaylord, Michigan

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:13h, 08 September Reply

      Thanks Jerry! Duly noted on the “more inversions” comment.

  • Phil Morson
    Posted at 11:47h, 08 September Reply

    Scott,
    I still cannot play with the left hand separately from the right except to play a chord with all the fingers played at once. Any suggestions.

    Best,

    Phil

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:16h, 08 September Reply

      Spend more time playing whatever pattern you are trying to play in your LH, hands alone. i.e. just dig in longer until your LH could play the pattern in your sleep. Then, when you do try to get things put back together with both hands, start REALLY slowly… I mean… R-E-A-L-L-Y S-L-O-W-L-Y πŸ™‚ It won’t even sound like music if you are doing it slowly enough, but by doing that you are “wiring up” in your noggin the instructions your brain needs to learn to know which finger comes down on which hand and in which order.

      I’ll add this topic to the list for a future vid…

  • Graham Richings
    Posted at 11:49h, 08 September Reply

    “These Foolish Things” would be good.

  • ricardo
    Posted at 11:56h, 08 September Reply

    Thanks Scott for all you do for us beginners. I`m 69 years old and never thought I`d be able to play the piano. Now thanks to you I have been able to spend many hours with my new hobby and thoroughly enjoy the ability to hack out some of my favorite tunes. you made getting started simple and fun. Thanks again.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:17h, 08 September Reply

      Yeah! Fantastic news… Thanks for the nice words. πŸ™‚

      SH

  • Dennis Wollnik
    Posted at 12:12h, 08 September Reply

    Piano riffs in the following song
    JOHNNY RIVERS- “ROCKIN’ PNEUMONIA AND THE BOOGIE WOOGIE FLU”

  • Alex Banes
    Posted at 12:25h, 08 September Reply

    I would like tutorial onn the walking base (as played in intro to this ad). Most are simple walk up the chord but you play like a regular bass plarer jumpimg around. What’s the formula for that?

  • Jeannette Magnuson
    Posted at 12:26h, 08 September Reply

    I am having problems with my left hand. Any books or suggestions. I can’t do both for some reason. πŸ™

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:18h, 08 September Reply

      I’ll try to do a vid on some general LH issues and solutions.

      Good idea…

      SH

  • Warran Hamrick
    Posted at 12:27h, 08 September Reply

    I learned you method of piano, and it set me free. I primarily use the method to comp with a karaoke system that I have. Where I run into trouble is on solos and trying to use the rest of the keyboard that is beyond the center of where the song is being played. Could you give some advice on playing solos and how to do some nice fills / riffs.

  • David
    Posted at 12:35h, 08 September Reply

    I’d like more details on how to “play the changes” for the lead sheet chords. Thanks, Scott!

  • Ellis
    Posted at 12:40h, 08 September Reply

    Possibly you have already done so and I missed it, but would/could you show some country licks and add-on that can be dropped into most any song. As I listen to some songs all of a sudden there is this country flavor run, chord, etc.I would love to know how to do so..

    Possibility, maybe????

    Thanks

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:20h, 08 September Reply

      Will do… Country licks. Gotcha. Yee haw! (just kiddin’…)

      πŸ™‚
      SH

  • Stan Kusch
    Posted at 12:50h, 08 September Reply

    How about a DVD with a classic blues song?
    Or DVD on blues licks/fills?

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:27h, 08 September Reply

      Check out the 1-on-1 DVD I have for the tune Kansas City. It’s one of the most popular ones I did in that series… You can find it at scotthouston.com under the “1-on-1 DVDs” category. It’s a GREAT tune to get your “blues shuffle” playing figured out and working, which can then be used in a TON of other blues tunes.

      I’ll also try to do some more short blues licks, etc. vids for the blog in addition…

      thx,
      SH

  • Mike Tette
    Posted at 13:06h, 08 September Reply

    Scott, I have always enjoyed your comments no matter what they cover but I have a question for you. I play by reading easy play book notes. I think it sounds good and people seem to love it but I had a comment from an old timer piano player saying I have no rhythm I only play notes with back ground. How do you get rhythm when you play, sounds corney but I am serious. Thanks for all the knowledge, You have made me what I am today and I love to play. Mike

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:28h, 08 September Reply

      Not a corny question at all…

      I’ll do a vid on adding some rhythmic interest to an otherwise very simple chording technique. It’s a good idea.

      thx,
      SH

  • J Nolan
    Posted at 13:24h, 08 September Reply

    theme from ‘Mash’
    theme from ‘Ice castles
    theme from ‘Romeo and Julliett’

  • don
    Posted at 14:23h, 08 September Reply

    What interest me most is playing by ear. Yes I;ve gone through you books and videos, know theory very well in all chords and understand your concepts> Your books are very good but all come with a lot of memorizing if playing say at a friends wo use books. I want to know best way to put a melody in so you identify the song right off along with base line . Your and Bradley Sowash book “The Next step” was most helpful in identifying and playing this way. Tks. i

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 15:46h, 08 September Reply

      Good topic Don. It’s just SO big and broad …

      Let me see if i can figure out some “snippets” regarding playing by ear I can use in a vid or two… Maybe I do a “mini-series” of a 4-5 in a row?

      Just FYI, I do get into that (as well as improvising, which is a bit of a kissing-cousin) in Courses 5 & 6 in the online method here at pianoinaflash.com just incase you have not gone through the Courses yet. (and yes, you can jump into the higher level Courses if you want to without starting at Course 1. Just contact us as I want to confirm personally everyone that does that so they do not get in over their head, then are unhappy and unsuccessful with the Courses…)

  • Dave P
    Posted at 14:59h, 08 September Reply

    There are a few songs out here with a slow simple left
    hand cord change.. Desperado comes to mind. seems simple, can’t make it sound right. Hints?

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 15:47h, 08 September Reply

      Has to do with playing solo style versus accompaniment style…

      I’ll do a vid on that. Good idea.

      SH

  • George Penner
    Posted at 15:06h, 08 September Reply

    I keep trying to play the boogies. But I have great difficulty getting my left hand for rhythm play independently of my right hand.

    I can play several bases with the left hand, but when I start with the right, the left tries to follow…

    They say it if muscle memory or training your arm nerves to work independently?? Seems like I need thousands of hours of practice?
    How do you do that?

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 15:52h, 08 September Reply

      George, Let me say you are NOT alone… by a longshot! I too still struggle with a tougher boogie patterns. That and stride piano are no question some of the most physically difficult styles of playing there is. It’s just plain tough to do. I can’t sugar coat that. And yes, to play a fast complicated boogie pattern (ala Dr. John, et. al.) it most likely will come through hundreds of hours of practice time gaining the independence needed to pull that off. Add singing along at the same time and you can hundreds more… Arrrggghhhh! πŸ™‚

      Now having said that though, there is a TON of simpler versions that are well within your reach, and yes, I do have some good ideas to share regarding gaining more independence between the LH and RH.

      I’ve now heard this repeatedly so I promise some vids on this topic will be forthcoming…

      Thanks for adding your two cents…

      SH

  • Beverly
    Posted at 15:20h, 08 September Reply

    I’d like to learn some easy fills / riffs and how to take a solo once in awhile, when playing with other musicians, and eventually play as a single and accompany myself.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 15:47h, 08 September Reply

      Gotcha Beverly…

      All added to the pile.

      thx,
      SH

  • C le Grange
    Posted at 15:45h, 08 September Reply

    I’m just stating out on piano at the ripe old age of 27 and having a good time at that thanks to Piano In a Flash. Thanks for the content. Much more relevant and entertaining for recreational players than some of the other content I’ve encountered.

    As a beginner, I think I have a few ideas. One would be to make the songs in the 1-on-1 series DvDs available here as additional content that could be viewed online like the rest of the course (and the content has already been produced – so no extra work for you besides for paperwork).

    I terms of songs, there are millions. Off the top of my head:
    Jealous Guy or Mind Games – John Lennon
    Sexy Sadie – The Beatles
    Year of the Dog & Tiger’s Tale – Gruff Rhys
    The Cusp & The Wane, & Until Tomorrow Then – Ed Harcourt
    Au 27-100 Rue Des Partances – Pierre Lapointe

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:58h, 09 September Reply

      All duly noted. Gotcha…

      As to all of the 1-on-1 content unfortunately I can’t do that. A guy’s gotta make a living somehow and I can’t give away everything for free … If I can’t eat and keep the lights on none of this is possible.

      thx,
      SH

      • C le Grange
        Posted at 15:43h, 09 September Reply

        Thanks Scott.

        I actually wasn’t thinking for free though. More along the lines of being able to purchase the digital version (and view online) rather than ship DvDs to South Africa. New MacBooks don’t come with the DvD drive anymore. Essentially there is an untapped market just waiting for more content. Think Christmas bonus Scott. (I’m happy forego the sales commission on the idea if you choose one of the songs I listed.

        Thanks again.
        Clayton

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:59h, 17 January Reply

      Hi!
      Hey, I was just perusing some older comments and came back across yours asking about online delivery of all the DVDs from over a year ago…
      Good news! We now have them ALL available here:
      http://scotthouston.cinevee.com

      Just wanted to let you (and anyone looking at this thread know…)

      SH

  • Jim S.
    Posted at 15:50h, 08 September Reply

    Would love to see ones on:
    * Comping – How to play along to a song on a recording, not as an arranged piece, not following the solos, but just by following the chord changes and using rhythms, inversions/shell/open voicings, chromatic walkups, anticipations, add2/6/7, tritone subs…this one topic you could make as simple or as advanced as you want (I’d like all!), would sound great, be useful to beginners, and be applicable to all genres.
    * Transcription 101
    * More practice tips. I think there are no tips I’ve received that have helped me learn piano than practice tips. Because really, there’s tons of material already…what I need help with are ideas for restructuring my day to embed regular practice time into it.

  • Gary Garretson
    Posted at 16:55h, 08 September Reply

    Hi Scott, I’m an advance beginner or a beginning intermediate player that whould love to ad a little something to some songs. Don’t know if I could find what I’m looking for in your cheap tricks DVD’s, but would appreciate your help where to find it or a new video class presentation. What I would like to have help on is “Runs” up or down or “Little flourishes” between between verses or at the end of a song. Just to ad some personal color to the score. If that make any sence? Gary

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:47h, 09 September Reply

      It does make sense and it’s something I’ll add to the pile to tackle moving forward.

      In the mean time, yes, the Tips and Tricks DVDs are a gold mine of that type of stuff… If you’re interested make sure you check out the bundles of those DVDs and they are a lot cheaper if you don’t buy them individually. You can find them at scotthouston.com here:
      http://www.scotthouston.com/DVDs-Piano-Guy/b/9941573011

      thx,
      SH

  • Kathryn
    Posted at 17:58h, 08 September Reply

    Yes, I too want to add my biggest problem is LH/RH independence. Are there any drills to help develop this critical need to progress?
    Some of the other suggestions are very good as well. I am interested in the blues and boogie-woogie. Thanks for all your great teaching ideas.
    Kathryn

  • Regina from the Bronx
    Posted at 18:02h, 08 September Reply

    Hi Scott

    You have been very good at giving me instructions for the piano and THEY ARE WORKING. I’m just starting
    Course 4 and have already purchased Courses 5 & 6. After I have completed those courses, can I still ask you questions about playing future songs by scanning songs to your advise?. Well to answer your question, a video on NOODLING would be very helpful for a variety of songs.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:57h, 09 September Reply

      Hi Regina,

      Thanks for the nice words… If anyone reading this doubts the sincerity of our promise to provide personalized support when needed, Regina can testify to that effect, right? Ha! I’m happy to, and to continue to, have helped you in any way I can.

      πŸ™‚
      SH

  • Alan
    Posted at 19:13h, 08 September Reply

    I’ve been watching your videos off and on for several years and it seems many if not most are for singers or accompanists. I’d like to see more instrumental blues. Thanks.

  • Tom Smith
    Posted at 19:23h, 08 September Reply

    Scott, your method of playing out of fake books has changed my life. Sometimes however we only get the melody line. I would like to add the proper chords but it is hard to figure what chords would sound right with the notes of the melody and which would not. Any suggestions?

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:52h, 09 September Reply

      Two things:

      1) A Lead Sheet (found in Fake Books) by definition has the chord changes written up above the melody line so I amanita sure what type of Fake Book you’d find without changes in there already.

      2) If you mean you are just figuring out melody lines on your own (which is great BTW if you are doing that!) and need to figure out the accompanying chords, that’s the whole topic of learning to play by ear. it is ways to broad to get into here, but I’ve had a few other requests so I’ll try to find a way to get a few nuggets into some future vids.

      Also, in Courses 5 & 6 of the Online method here at this site I get into a decent amount of laying the groundwork for learning to play by ear as we are also talking about improvisation and how it applies to sales, etc. It’s all kind of inter-related.

  • Ron from Carmel, IN
    Posted at 20:12h, 08 September Reply

    Scott,
    Are there any tricks to learning to comp vs play the melody in the right hand? I don’t sing but I’d like to be able to accompany singers occasionally. I find it a lot harder to play just an accompaniment.

    Thanks,
    Ron

  • ART PEPIN
    Posted at 20:20h, 08 September Reply

    more of your 1 on 1 series would reeally help.
    i’m having progression problems need good ideas and some real good examples in key of “c, f, g, bflat, etc.
    i believe the correct chord progression in any song, makes one sound much more pro. love your books ART P.

  • Melody Terai
    Posted at 20:55h, 08 September Reply

    Hi Scott, I have worked my way through the first two of your on-line courses. Almost ready to commit to the next group! I can honestly say that I am now a piano player! A couple of years ago when I was using your little Piano in a Flash book I sent you an email about suspended and 2nd chords. You sent me a response explaining how to create these chords and I have been using them. Many of the songs I am learning to play use these two chords. However, I’m not sure I really understand how they work because when I am using them in the songs, they don’t sound that great, sort of flat and slightly off…? Perhaps you could do a video on sus and 2nd chords and alternates…? Thanks so much for the invitation to submit ideas. Melody Terai, your student from Prince George, BC Canada.

  • Grace Johnson
    Posted at 20:57h, 08 September Reply

    I totally say yes to the comments of Elaine,Michelle, Suzanne and Paul. I have purchased most all of your one on one videos and am ready for more. Also have introduced a friend to your videos and she will be purchasing the Gig 1 book. Thanks to you I can now play for sing-a-longs at rest homes.
    Thanks!

  • Chuck Stickelman
    Posted at 22:40h, 08 September Reply

    How does a person who has a visual-language problem* learn to read music? [*Commonly lumped into the term “Dyslexia”]
    I’ve tried multiple times, but the notes “jump around” on the staff; the time and energy to decode a single bar converts what should be joy into drudgery.

  • David Hubbard
    Posted at 09:22h, 09 September Reply

    I find that picking out the melody on my right hand; noodling as you call it is actually getting pretty good
    BUT
    I have to get chords by looking up the song on the net.
    SO
    Is there a way of finding the appropriate chords other than simple Trial and Error? Some formula???

    David

  • Pete
    Posted at 11:14h, 09 September Reply

    Hi, Scott. I’d like to see a slow lesson on the C chord “sweep” up and down the entire keyboard (a la Liberace). You played it in your PBS special, but if it’s in the boxed DVD set I haven’t found it… Thanks!

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:53h, 09 September Reply

      Look for the vid on “Arpeggios” coming here in the next week or two. I’ve already done that one and it is in the hopper waiting to release any day now. πŸ™‚

      SH

  • Dick Starita
    Posted at 12:36h, 10 September Reply

    I’m buying a keyboard- can you make a tape for keyboard?
    Also your recommendations for make or style such as touch sensitivity, weighted keys, etc. I want it to sound like a real piano

  • Carl Watson
    Posted at 02:38h, 11 September Reply

    Although improvisation should be spontaneous. Would like to have a “stock” run in each key to plug into the “dead” space.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 14:18h, 11 September Reply

      That’s a VERY good idea for some vids! Maybe some commonly used patterns you could learn in any key for short fills. That’s definitely getting on the list. Thanks Carl.

      SH

  • AL CLARK
    Posted at 08:24h, 16 September Reply

    HI SCOTT, I PLAY THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN ON GUITAR I FIND THE SONG GOOD FOR CORDS AND FINGER WORK. WHAT TUNE WOULD YOU SUGGEST FOR PIANO? SHOW US WITH A VIDEO.
    THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY
    AL CLARK

  • Sandra Walterhouse
    Posted at 10:49h, 16 September Reply

    Hey Scott,

    How about a quick segment on how to find a sustained chord? I have no clue at the moment!

    Thanks!!

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 15:03h, 18 September Reply

      Done… Stay tuned.

      Until then in case you are stuck… Play a major chord in root position then raise the middle note one half-step. That’s it.

  • Mike Flannery
    Posted at 02:10h, 17 September Reply

    Scott: I have been following you for several years and you have shifted the piano paradigm for me!! As a teenager I took seven years of lessons (@ $2.00 a half hour) from Mrs. Berta – that was in the 50’s. She taught in the typical “classical” manner. We covered scales – but never CHORDS – if you can believe that! I could read sheet music but it was difficult even for many popular songs. Never-the-less, I played piano over the years.
    Because of you – the scales have fallen from my eyes – pun intended. Thanks for your enlightenment.
    As Sister Benignus used to say “RTP” (read the problem). Before I sent my suggestion(s) to you, I read through the previous comments and learned that your next vid is on Arpeggios. Kudos for doing that – it was to have been my first request – especially the left hand fills. My other request is to cover the most used INVERSIONS for the typical chord progressions. I have the Root chords (triads etc) under hand but knowing which inversions work together is a challenge.
    Thanks for all you do Scott. Mike from Estero, Florida – near Fort Myers Beach.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 15:17h, 18 September Reply

      I’ll throw inversions into the pot for future mini blog vids. If you are already a student in the online lessons forgive me because I am being lazy and not looking it up, but if not you might really want to look into them. I cover all this stuff like inversions, fills, starting to improvise, left hand patterns (based on arpeggios usually…), and on and on. You’d probably soak it up like a sponge. If you are interested contact my office because you are probably too advanced for the first 2 Courses, but from Course 3 – 6 you’d get a TON of value. We don’t have the option to sign up past the first couple of Courses online because I don’t want people to have a bad experience and people tend to overrate their level. But like I said, call in at 317-726-1901 if you are interested. My “policy” is that I want someone here to talk to a potential student that is going to start in a later course to make sure they are clear with it and not getting themselves into too deep of water. There is also a syllabus you can see with details here: pianoinaflash.com/syllabus

      Have fun!
      SH

  • Walt Lammert
    Posted at 21:25h, 20 September Reply

    Scott, After a lot of research on what is available today for learning how to play with chords, I’ve purchased your Piano in a Flash book, your Next Steps book and your volume one fake book. They have been a tremendous help in getting me started in playing piano. I also purchased another publisher’s Christian song fake book but the arrangements are not nearly as professional as your fake book. Do you have any plans to publish a Christian/worship song fake book in your style?

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 10:31h, 22 September Reply

      Thanks for the nice words Walt. I do not currently have another fake book in the works, but your idea is a good one I will certainly consider. Thx.

  • Bruce Burke
    Posted at 09:48h, 26 September Reply

    Hi Scott,

    I would love you to introduce how to play basic boogie woogie- I mean real basic intro with simple licks for me to slowly get into it. Keep it simple. Everything I see goes too fast or too involved for a beginner. Thanks you are wonderful to have given this 79 year old such pleasure!

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 16:40h, 28 September Reply

      Hi Bruce! I’ll put that on the list…

  • Peggy
    Posted at 15:18h, 06 October Reply

    I’d like to see you do a video on modulation (key changes in a medley of songs between songs such as song 1 is in C Major and song 2 is in B major ) and transposition (changing a song to a higher or lower key such as changing the key from F Major to C Major .) I use your method and you gave me an entirely new hobby . Thank you !

  • Ron Glick
    Posted at 15:53h, 08 October Reply

    Hi Scott<
    I would like to know how you play a moving bass like you were doing on your latest video when taking requests for new piano tips and techniques. Also, I really loved that "Georgia " video you did some time ago with an excellent black piano player who used to play with Ray Charles Band and only wish I could figure how he did those blues runs. If you have a transcription for how he played that, I would certainly like to buy one. BTW, I started playing the piano in 1949 when I was six and played in various musical groups professionally when I was younger. Thanks.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 10:28h, 14 October Reply

      Hi Ron,

      You can find that Georgia vid with me and Bobby Floyd here: Georgia on My Mind – Piano Online
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_IBXag2Big

      I think I might have remembered in a comment on that vid in the past someone was talking about having transcribed the entire thing and it was for sale by some girl in russia or something? You’ll have to go check it out… I have no idea. Caveat emptor!

      I’ve done a few vids on walking bass lines in the past, i’ll get that back on the list.

  • Hugh P
    Posted at 21:08h, 13 October Reply

    Hi Scott
    Need to know some basic chord changes to accompany the blues scale
    When using the scale, can you come in from either direction?

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 10:30h, 14 October Reply

      For fear of sounding sarcastic, the blues scale is meant to go with the blues chord changes. So if you are playing a C blues scale, use C7, F7, and G7 (in the blues progression order). The same C blues scale works over all 3 chords in the C blues.

      Just rinse and repeat for any other key you might be playing in. i.e. F blues scale goes with F blues changes, etc.

      Hope that helps!

  • Frank
    Posted at 08:14h, 20 October Reply

    Hi Scott,
    Enjoy your videos, and I own a few song lessons from you, good stuff. What I would like to see is a video on 9th, 11th, and 13th chords. Musically, I understand what they are, the problem is the physical formation of the chord. Is there a rule of thumb, like when forming a 9th chord, drop the 3rd or 5th of the chord out? We only have so many fingers. Appreciate any help with this. Also maybe a video on Jazz Chord voicing, would be great!….Take care….Frank

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