I'll be starting up teaching again this fall and winter. It's time. I've been absent since starting work on Still Blue. 

  • I work best with people who already play by ear
  • I will attempt to teach you some theory if you like.
  • I can give you the ground work you need to start writing your own music.
  • In my home
  • In your home (added cost)

Write me first. bill@billjohnsonblues.com

Absolute beginners, may find me too confusing. I have played since age 9. I can't even remember what not playing was like. I do remember the many obstacles I faced over 40 years, and I can help there too.


March 29, 2018 @12:20 am
Biplab Poddar
Thanks for sharing this. I’m currently working on the f# minor nocturne! they’re beautiful pieces. After Completion Of this I would go for guitar lessons. Don’t get me wrong, you have to be strong and confident to be successful in just about anything you do – but with music, there’s a deeper emotional component to your failures and successes. If you fail a chemistry test, it’s because you either didn’t study enough, or just aren’t that good at chemistry (the latter of which is totally understandable). But if you fail at music, it can say something about your character. It could be because you didn’t practice enough – but, more terrifyingly, it could be because you aren’t resilient enough. Mastering chemistry requires diligence and smarts, but mastering a piano piece requires diligence and smarts, plus creativity, plus the immense capacity to both overcome emotional hurdles, and, simultaneously, to use that emotional component to bring the music alive. Before I started taking piano, I had always imagined the Conservatory students to have it so good – I mean, for their homework, they get to play guitar, or jam on their saxophone, or sing songs! What fun! Compared to sitting in lab for four hours studying the optical properties of minerals, or discussing Lucretian theories of democracy and politics, I would play piano any day. But after almost three years of piano at Orpheus Academy, I understand just how naïve this is. Playing music for credit is not “easy” or “fun” or “magical” or “lucky.” Mostly, it’s really freakin’ hard. It requires you to pick apart your piece, play every little segment over and over, dissect it, tinker with it, cry over it, feel completely lame about it, then get over yourself and start practicing again. You have to be precise and diligent, creative and robotic. And then – after all of this – you have to re-discover the emotional beauty in the piece, and use it in your performance.

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