Leonard “Chico” Marx (1887-1961) was an inspiration to a generation of would-be piano players. Entirely self-taught, Chico thrilled audiences with his inventive interpretations and wacky off-the-wall technique. If you take a close look at his playing, you might recognize that musically speaking, it’s actually fairly simple – a two or three-note Alberti bass, and the melody. His secret was his performance style. He had a way of making you feel like playing the piano was effortless, easy, and fun. You too could entertain people with your playing. All you have to be is a natural-born entertainer with a great sense of humour. The playing is the easy part!
Here’s a video of Chico playing: