Play The Piano The Same Way
You Play The Guitar 



Hi, Welcome to my website.  My name is John Axsom.  I've been teaching piano and guitar for the last 40 years.  I assume that you already have a guitar and are familiar with it.  You know your chords.  You know how to strum some rhythm patterns, and you probably know how to do some finger picking patterns.  And some of you might even know how to work the melody into the guitar chords.  Or, some of you may know how to work the melody into finger picking patterns in the same way that Chet Atkins did.

Did you know that you can do the same thing on the piano.  Most guitar players do not read traditional music.  Most guitar players read guitar tablature.  But, the point I am trying to make is that most guitar players play PATTERNS.  That's right.  They play strumming patterns or finger picking patterns.  And if you are one of them, you know it is really easy to do, and you don't have to read music to do it.  Glen Campbell is a terrific guitar player and singer, yet I heard him say on TV that he did not know how to read traditional music.  Well, how can he play so good?  He knows hundreds of runs, riffs, strum patterns, and finger picking patterns.  And he knows all of his chords.

If you approach the piano by learning chord patterns, you can learn to play piano in no time at all, and it will actually be easier than anything that you ever did on the guitar?  Why is that?  Because on the guitar you have to fight with getting your fingers perfectly on the frets.  Sometimes the metal strings can hurt the ends of your fingers.  A lot of barre chords such as F major are difficult to form.  It's physically more demanding to play the guitar than the piano.  With the piano, all you have to do is to press down on three keys to make a chord.  Compare that to trying to play a barre F major chord on the guitar.

If you would like to instantly start playing chord patterns on the piano I have just the right book and video tape for you.  The book is obviously called:  PLAY THE PIANO LIKE THE GUITAR.  This is so easy to do, and best of all it is a lot of fun, because you can play these simple chord patterns on the piano or your keyboard and sing at the same time.  This is called "comping" or accompaniment.  Just like guitar players accompany themselves on the guitar as they sing you can do the same thing with the piano.  Elton John does this every time he is on stage.  Elton simply plays some chord patterns and then sings his songs.