During the development of what has come to be called the “single-position” number method, the question arose, what else can we do with these numbers? Still in the development phase, the multi-position number method is a simplified version of traditional sheet music and the perfect bridge to get from single-position numbers to sheet music if one desires to. Concepts like left hand patterns, chords that break the five note rule of single-position, rapid and consistent hand changes as well as the beginnings of music theory are just part of what multi-position offers. Thus far students appreciate the simplicity of the method and how one doesn’t need to fully understand music in order to play intricate, dynamic and popular songs. See the samples below and remember that none of these students learned any piece of their performance using anything other than the multi-position number method!
Title: “Blue Danube Waltz”
Number Experience: 15 months
Piano Lessons: 18 months
There exist certain songs that are not currently available in the “single-position” Opian curriculum Read more…because their melodies encompass a wide range of notes that require multiple hand-position changes. Though the “Multi-Position” curriculum is still in development, it will allow students to play both the melodies and harmonies of a song with the right hand while playing its foundational chords and rhythms with their left hand. Below, Ava plays “Blue Danube,” a moderately difficult (for a beginner) classical piece by Strauss with the pilot multi-position technique. Notice how Ava’s hands move quickly and efficiently all while remaining on beat.
Title: “Opian Theme”
Number Experience: 1 year
Piano Lessons: 2 plus years
Opian Level: Multi-Position
Although Joe was brand new to the piano when he started lessons two years ago, Read more… he was already a competent saxophone player. That foundation of musicality helped him thrive with the Opian piano curriculum. Joe enjoys challenging himself, so his progress really accelerated using Opian notation with more complicated songs requiring multiple hand-position changes. Here he is playing the Opian Music theme song, one of the hardest songs he has learned to date!
Songs using, and instructional videos explaining the multi-position number method are on track to be available before the end of 2015. Please take the time to vote for the phrase that best describes your interest in this method!