Frequently Asked Questions
Q) I have a very limited knowledge of chords at this point. Can this program help me?
A) ProProach is a program that people of various backgrounds and levels will engage from different perspectives. In addition, each participant will take the concepts at hand to different levels based on his or her experience. Although a person who has a knowledge of some 7th chords is likely to have a less challenging time with actually applying the chord voicings and techniques, a significant number of people who take advantage of this program have much less experience and simply introduce themselves to the material the first time through. This can be powerfully effective, as it provides the incentive for wanting to take their chord knowledge to the point of learning 7th chords, and it provides the inspiration to tap into their personal creativity within. This is really one of the beautiful characteristics of this program. You see, since members can enjoy continuous access to the lessons once they receive them, they obtain more and more benefits as they take themselves through the program the second, third, and fourth time through, etc. Keep in mind that ProProach is more than a piano chord program, per se… it promotes a way of thinking and is aimed at getting the individual to develop an appreciation for and to experience the way a professional piano stylist approaches playing chords on the piano. If you are an absolute beginner, your first time through ProProach will serve you well if you simply read through the lessons and enjoy watching the videos. As you do so, your music appreciation will be enhanced and your curiosity will be piqued. Remember, curiosity breeds creativity. You will know for yourself when you are ready to actually start applying the concepts on the piano. Certain lessons may “spark” an idea that will just have you running to that piano or keyboard of yours and giving it a go!
Q) I have a fairly good knowledge of 7th chords and would like to take my understanding to higher levels by learning more about 9th chords, 11th, chords, and 13th chords. Does ProProach help in this area?
A) Yes, absolutely! From the very beginning, as you can see in Lesson #1 (provided to you FREE), those extensions are not only acknowledged, but we have a lot of fun with them!
Q) I’m new at all this. I know some chords, but what is a “piano chord voicing?”
A) In simple terms, a “piano chord voicing” is a chord structure that results from taking a chord as you know it in basic form and manipulating the chord tones by taking one or more of the following actions:
1) rearranging the chord tones
2) doubling one or more chord tones
3) eliminating one or more chord tones
The results that you can achieve are endless and so are the beautiful chord sounds that one can achieve. Also, when you learn how to take these voicings and incorporate them into your favorite songs, which ProProach teaches, your appreciation for both your own ability and music, in general, becomes enhanced even more so! Truly, this is an art that captivates anyone who spends time learning more and more about it.
Q) I see that you lessons are provided one time per week? Why is this so rather than sending them all at once?
A) Actually, you can receive the lessons all at one time. Simply visit here. However, it is a marvelous question that has been asked often, since the lessons have traditionally been delivered once per week (and we still do that for those who prefer it). People who take themselves through the program as suggested actually discover the value in this format for themselves. In short, consider that ProProach promotes a way of thinking, which includes a gradual accumulation of ideas and each idea being used in different ways so that your potential is realized more efficiently. For example, if you read through Lesson #1 and watch its corresponding video, then do nothing with it, you’ve missed something huge. However, if you take that concept, apply it to different keys, for example, you’ve taken that idea to a higher level. Also, if you are at a point where you are comfortable playing some songs, you will see the amazing value in taking that chord voicing in various keys and applying it within those songs. Essentially, you’re thinking about and using the concept over the duration of at least a week and making it a part of you. When you take yourself through the program again, you will approach that lesson from a higher perspective and will likely be able to use it in a more creative fashion. Although it’s true that lessons arrive once per week, you can simply receive a subsequent lesson and not apply yourself to it right away if you prefer to spend more time with the lesson that precedes it. Make the most of each lesson… strive for quality rather than quantity.
Q) I can watch the videos right on my own computer?
A) Yes, you will be provided a page that includes your lesson, which you can print out if you like. On that page is the video demonstration or a link that leads you to it. Many people enjoy taking their laptop and placing it alongside or on top of the piano as they view the lessons. Others simply watch and study in a convenient place and simply absorb the concepts, applying them later once they arrive at their piano or keyboard.
Q) What if I don’t receive a lesson in my email box?
A) This is a question that certainly needs acknowledging. This may actually happen because of the various ISP filters out there. If you ever miss a lesson for any reason, simply send an email to:
info @ pianoamore.com
and include “ProProach Lesson needed” in the subject area of your email message and we will make sure that you receive your lesson. One way or another, you will receive your lessons! One point that may be of help in this area: our experience has shown that if you use an email address other than one provided by AOL or Hotmail, your consistency in receiving your lessons is likely to be better. You may want to adopt another email address (like Gmail or Yahoo) for the purpose of receiving these lessons. Yes, you can use the two previously mentioned, but just be aware of the likelihood that your lessons may be blocked and you may have to contact us to receive them, at least on occasion.
Q) I actually have some playing experience and have exposed to a lot of books on chords and chord voicings. However, I never seem to get anywhere when it comes to using them. Is ProProach different?
A) This is such a valuable question because it touches upon the heart of a matter that so many individuals have been faced with and this is what separates ProProach from other materials you may have been exposed to. This program is not meant to serve as a “book of chords,” so to speak… yes, it acknowledges a good number of piano chords voicings, but the essence of the program goes beyond this. Not only will you learn HOW to play these different chord structures, but you will also learn HOW to think for yourself and HOW to actually incorporate them into your favorite songs. A number of song excerpts are used to effectively demonstrate how these great chord sounds can be utilized. Remember, a major premise of ProProach is to get you confident when it comes to using these chords sounds and any others you may learn in the future. Also, having taken yourself through this program, you will definitely have more confidence when it comes to putting other material to which you have been exposed to good use.
Q) Please explain the process to get started with ProProach.
A) Once you authorize your enrollment via the order button on any of these pages and as soon as your payment gets processed, you will immediately be provided a page that includes a simple form in which you are asked to insert your first name and email address (the one you want to receive your lessons at). After submitting that form, you will receive a confirmation email message. Inside that message is a confirmation link that you need to click. Once you do so, Lesson #2 will be on its way to your email box. This can all happen within about 90 seconds or so from the time you make the decision to begin. Each week, over the course of 23 remaining weeks, you will receive a new lesson. It’s as simple as that!
Q) Are there really any advantages to ordering now if I don’t really intend to get started with the program for some time to come?
A) Actually, yes. ProProach is currently being made available at a low promotional price. Anyone taking advantage of this program now can simply accumulate the lessons (also, a list of lessons is provided after all the lessons have been sent to you) and enjoy them anytime later. You can enjoy all the benefits of the program at this special promotional price and, in addition, you will have automatic access to any updates to the program. You can only win by acting now.
Q) I am actually already involved with ProProach. I find your teaching style very insipiring. Do you offer online coaching?
A) Thank you and yes I do. If you are interested, there are a couple of different options that we can discuss. Simply send an email to:
and include “ProProach Coaching” in the subject area of your email message. I will respond as soon as possible.