Just chords Piano: Piano and Keyboard Made Easy. No Music!

Play piano with chords, the fast, easy way to play piano like the pro's do, playing by ear and no sheet music to learn.
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  • Lectures 53
  • Length 5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2013 English

Course Description

If you want to learn to play piano or keyboard in the shortest time period, then you might love this course. You will learn how to play your favorite songs, in the way most songs are played, quickly and with great confidence. Imagine sitting at a piano and playing it in just a few months time. Is that what you want to do? Then Just chords Piano will do that for you.

Course updated: Oct 2015

Play piano with chords by ear and sound great in a few months. Enjoy your progress from knowing nothing about piano, to being a competent pianist using, small bite sized lessons with a practice schedule for you to follow, to make sure you learn everything properly and can play brilliantly.

Almost all songs use chords and when singing, it is the only way to play. Without sheet music to follow, you will very quickly, find yourself playing any song you like, sounding like a pro, and playing by ear, the most natural way.

As a beginner the piano or keyboard can be daunting. With easy lessons, your fears will quickly disappear, and be replaced with confidence as your abilities as a pianist increase daily.

Beginner to intermediate pianist in no time at all.

You will quickly progress from how to sit at the piano to two handed playing in the early lessons.

You don't need a new way to learn piano. As a beginner you need a way that works best, and is tried and tested to do so.

You will learn:

  • Where to find song chords for free and how to play them.
  • Loads of chords.
  • Playing chords for maximum effect.
  • Keeping perfect rhythm (so easy when you know how.)
  • Playing chords with two hands in different ways.
  • Turn arounds to make your playing sound great.
  • Bass runs for that real gutsy sound.
  • Standard chord progressions that fit hundreds of songs.
  • You also get an additional piano chord course, to expand your knowledge when you finish this course as a bonus.

Then you can:

  • Join a band.
  • Play for family.
  • Play for friends.
  • Play just for yourself.
  • Play piano or keyboard and have a great time.

And over 2000 students enrolled in this course seem to agree:

This is what one student said:

"Great course going really well, easy to learn, never played before, now I can, and still learning, started late in life"

And another said:

"This is a very good course and the materials are a great reference, especially for practicing offline and using the material to write down chords for songs. I have her book Play Piano with Chords so the course goes well with it. I'm looking forward to continuing the lessons, especially since additional sessions were added so it's even better. Jackie is a very good and patient instructor and this comes across in the lessons. Glad I signed up"

More benefits:

  • There is no pressure to learn at any speed, learn at your own pace.
  • Your skill sets will grow and amaze you.
  • From beginner to intermediate pianist in months, imagine that.
  • Lessons are structured so your knowledge grows as your abilities expand.
  • Master the piano or keyboard for the songs you like to play.
  • You won't have to play classical music.
  • Lessons can be taken over and over, rewind, stop, practice, carry on.
  • You will have the full support of me (Jackie) a qualified (ABRSM London) and experienced professional music teacher, with over 30 years of piano teaching experience.
  • It is unlikely your problem cannot be solved quickly and expertly.

As with all my courses:

you have unlimited lifetime access at no extra costs, ever

all future additional lectures, etc in this course are always free

there is an unconditional, never any questions asked full 30 day money-back-in-full guarantee

my help is always available to you if you get stuck or have a question – I believe my support on udemy cannot be bettered.

Enroll now and start your journey to being a pianist. You wont be disappointed.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge of music theory, is required. The course is complete.
  • A piano or keyboard is required as is the ability to print the resource book (PDF File). The ability to read and understand basic English is also required.
  • 10 to 15 minutes a day practice time is needed to perfect your playing.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Play piano or keyboard in the shortest possible time without needing to learn music.
  • Play the most popular chords, to make hundreds of songs available very quickly.
  • Recognize all notes on the piano or keyboard
  • Sit at a piano or keyboard and confidently play.
  • Be able to find the chords for any song they wish to play and be able to play them.
  • Be able to take further lessons later, with or without music should they wish, safe in the knowledge that they have learned everything properly and with correct terminology.
  • Recognize the correct chords for any key having learned the origin of chords. Ensuring complete understanding of how chords fit into music and which chords are used in any key. All without having to remember hundreds of chord sequences.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone with a desire to play piano or keyboard and wishing to improve their quality of life by opening opportunities that playing piano brings.
  • The course is suitable for anyone from ages 7 to 70, wishing to play songs in the way most popular songs are played. By using just chords.
  • The course would be suitable for anyone wishing to play piano quickly, who may or may not, wish to learn with music later. Learning with music first takes much longer to be able to play songs. Learning by chords first is much quicker. Everything taught is done using normal standard terminology and methods. Perfect for more advanced learning at a later date. Many are quite happy being able to play thousands of songs without music.
  • Intermediate level pianist would not gain much benefit from this course. This course starts at beginner level and approaches intermediate level by the end of the course.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction Section
Introduction to the course covering the instructor, how the course will be delivered and the scope of the course. 

The Resource Book will be required throughout the course. Can be used live but is best downloaded and printed for use on the piano music stand. In this way written notes about the course can be added easily.

Download and print immediately.


Description of the piano or keyboard, how to sit at the piano, the names of the notes of the piano and the names of fingers.

This ensures that the basics are covered and that names used throughout the course are understood.

Section 2: Course Practice Lectures

The three initial chords, taught in this lecture are C, F & G major, these are practiced, and the first practice schedule is worked through to enable you to be successful. With just these three chords hundreds of songs can be played. This really is the start of your piano playing career.


Counting is probably the most important aspect of music you can learn. Counting is at the core of rhythm. Rhythm is the core of any music. Mastering counting is essential to good piano playing. Concentrate on this lecture and make sure it is thoroughly understood. With the three chords above and counting properly. The hundreds of songs available to you will sound like they should.

5 questions
First chords fundamentals
Discussion and exercise on smooth playing, including a recap on everything learned up to date. A further practice exercise is introduced which is called "Fun Chords" and will be used for a lot of the course practice schedules in different keys. A single sequence is used to improve dexterity with chord changes. 
Introduces the chord of D Major and provides a Practice Schedule to use before the next lecture. Students should ensure that they can play the practice schedule comfortably before returning for the next lecture.
The chord of Bb is introduced and demonstrated. A Practice Schedule ensures that the previous chords are practiced in conjunction with this new chord. 
Playing with the left hand is introduced and practiced. 
This lecture introduces the concept of playing bass notes with the left hand. Practice Scedule is included to ensure the students ability to play bass notes before taking the next lecture.
Introduction of bass chords into playing as an alternative to bass notes in the preceding lecture.
Left hand broken chords, bring alive the playing of music and is clearly demonstrated in this lecture. The associated practice schedule is played through to demonstrate how broken chords should sound.
Playing with both hands is the ultimate goal of playing piano. This lecture puts both hands together. The practice schedule is designed to ensure that playing with both hands becomes the normal way to play piano. Subsequent practice sessions should not be rushed. Getting this part right is critical to success as a pianist.
A further lecture on two hand playing, this one in the key of G Major. This also has a practice schedule to further enforce the ability to use both hands.

Playing with both hands should not be rushed. There is no hurry with practice schedules.

The chord sequences previously practiced in the left and right hands, are now practiced in both hands.
This lecture provides a number of alternative chord sequences to practice. The chord sequences will fit hundreds of songs which will be clear as students search for songs in the future.
This lecture introduces minor chords. Practice schedules incorporate minor chords into chord progressions. 
9 questions

Questions on understanding of chords and their notes

7th chords are introduced and demonstrated. A long practice schedule is demonstrated prior to students using it themselves.
Discussion about issues with downloading songs and being able to play them. Different sites deliver songs in differing formats. A practical practice session is provided with demonstrations and a practice task to complete.
A practical lecture involving the student in researching a song, and learning to play it.
A follow up lecture discussing the song downloaded and learned. Demonstration also given as to the way it can be played.
Advanced chord playing covers the use of Inverted chords. Examples are given and reasons for inverting chords discussed.
During the course many practice schedules have been used to improve dexterity and memory of chords. This lecture brings the chords learned together into real chord sequences and provides students the opportunity to use real song chord progressions.
This lecture describes the origins of chords, how to transpose chords into various keys and which minor chords are used in each key.
Section 3: Running Board
This short introduction to running board ensures that sufficient time is allocated to learning it.

First part of Running part tuition
Second part of Running Board Tuition
The third part of Running Board Tuition
The whole of Running Board is now put together as one piece of music. Note the resource book shows the chords as they should be played from start to finish. There are no repeats needed as these are covered in the chord sequences. After the lecture several days practice will be required to become proficient in playing the piece.
Section 4: Added Extras

An introduction to added extras in music.


Bass Run 1 the first in a series of interesting bass runs to learn and use as required.


Bass 2 is a bass run used widely and should be learned and remembered. It will be used regularly.


A bass run that is used in hundreds if not thousands of songs. This one is essential to know.


This bass run is a variation on the previous one. Again an essential tool for your box of must know bass lines.


Another variation on the previous bass runs. It is not possible to know too many bass runs.

Bass Run 6

Turn a-rounds are important in keeping a song flowing, this turn around is a must for your repertoire of turn a-rounds.


An interesting turn around to add to your repertoire, one of many that will be needed in the long term


Another turn around for your repertoire


Another turn around


A Further Turn Around

Section 5: Dynamics

A short introduction to the nature of dynamics


The effects of playing loud, soft and variations are explained


Playing staccato and legato styles with a practice schedule to ensure correct implementation


A demonstration lecture on dynamics


A demonstration of the use of dynamics in a song

Section 6: Exercises

An exercise to improve dexterity and stretch finger ligaments


An exercise to improve dexterity and stretch finger ligaments


An exercise to improve dexterity and stretch finger ligaments


An exercise to improve dexterity and stretch finger ligaments


An exercise to improve dexterity and stretch finger ligaments


Reasons for finger catching and elimination

Section 7: Wrap Up of Course
End of course Recap on what has been covered during the course.

A Further download of the Jackie Clark Music chord book for Just Chords Piano is available for download. The chord book covers the major, minor, 7th and some Inverted chords for most of the major Keys of music.

Section 8: Quiz
14 questions

Music questions on the whole course

10 questions

Whole course questions

Section 9: Free Chord Course

Here is your course bonus. To ensure you always have the correct chord at hand.

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Instructor Biography

Jackie Clark, Piano Teacher At Udemy

I am a piano, keyboard and guitar teacher and have been for over 25 years, with a 100% Student exam success rate.

I qualified to teach with the Associated Board Of The Royal Schools of Music in London.

I am also a compose and record music

Why I teach online:

  1. I have taught students in the traditional route through exams and still do with private students although my main focus is now online teaching.
  2. The need for a less formal method of teaching piano and keyboard was shown desirable by many students. Many of whom expressed a desire to play piano for fun and relaxation rather than spending years learning classical or forever taking exams.
  3. I did notice that a desire to learn piano became a desire to pass exams as time progressed. Once the exams were passed, many students rarely played again. Of course this is not completely true several of my former pupils have gone on to be successful professional musicians.
  4. Now I believe the exam route is a superb route to learning piano but not for everyone.
  5. To answer the requirements of some students I developed the system of learning piano by the use of chords only, which allows students to rapidly learn to play piano using only chords. The advantage is that students learn to play piano very quickly together with enjoying their lessons and playing for pleasure forever. I have written two books teaching these methods. I do teach using traditional methods also for those wishing to learn using music.
  6. HD video lessons surpass other mediums for learning piano, in my video piano lessons I use my front on camera angle, that ensure students not only learn to play piano by seeing what is required to be played, they also fully understand how to play. I tried many ways to teach on line including the common overhead camera method. I found limitations in students understanding of the piano. Copying the keystrokes by rote teaches where to put fingers, but not a full understanding of why, so essential for future playing.
  7. Having taught students from ages of 8 to 75 years of age over a vast number of years I know that my courses will work for most people.
  8. Being online they are available anywhere in the world where an internet connection is available

When Teaching On-Line, I ensure you learn:

  1. Correct terminology, essential for future playing with others or expanding your knowledge
  2. Correct fingering of every chord, every scale and every note, together with variations
  3. How to find songs and utilize them to suit your own playing style
  4. From a practice schedule for you to use for practice between each lesson, ensuring your success
  5. How to improvise and make songs your own
  6. From a downloaded and printed text book to use for practice
  7. Full support from me, including you sending me recordings of you playing should you be having problems for my analysis and advice for improvement.

Why 4000 plus students are learning from my courses:

  1. I am a qualified teacher of Piano
  2. I teach only proper piano methods that will allow students to advance long after they finish the course
  3. I have 30 years experience in teaching piano, keyboard and guitar
  4. I provide personal support
  5. My lessons are fun
  6. I provide a practice schedule to use after each lesson
  7. My full front videos are as near to being in the room with you as possible
  8. I Care about you learning piano.

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