Quick Piano now: Innovative shapes method as featured on BBC

4,300 online beginners have discovered the four simple piano shortcuts, to enable them to play whole songs in an hour!
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

Course updated 02/01/17 (UK date format)

Have these three things prevented you achieving your dream of playing Piano?

  1.  Thinking it's too complicated 
  2.  Thinking you have to know how to read music
  3.  Having negative traditional music experiences when younger

That kind of thinking stops here. We can remove, at a stroke, all three of those problems and, like Sue who thinks that “I would have been playing piano for years by now if I'd realised how easy it would be...." or Greg below, none of these issues can now stop you achieving your dream of playing piano today, in an hour..literally! Just like the thousands that already have online.

"For years I've been wanting to learn the piano, but always postponed it as it seemed so difficult. Half way through this course I was already trying all kind of things out on my piano, and was in shock that it all worked out." Gregory, One of our students.

This innovative technique uses shapes and patterns as a much more intuitive way to get people playing, rather than a reading music based approach or tedious scales that tends to only work for a few. Most of the worlds music doesn't rely on notation you don't need to either. I certainly didn't as a professional musician touring the world - everything can be done by ear and I can show you how. Enrol now to get playing

But why a short hour and a half course rather than a really really long one?

In my academic experience (Cambridge University post grad in Education) it's clear to me what works when explaining things to people. Long courses that offer endless hours of instruction gather digital dust and remain unwatched however good your intention is to finally get around to watching. 

What works for most people are short practical courses that scaffold knowledge so you help learners discover for themselves the joy of playing the piano as quickly as possible. Those words joy and fun are really important in learning!

This course is designed to be just long enough (1 hour and a half) to give you exactly the knowledge and confidence in themselves beginners need to play what they want to play, yet it is short enough that you can actually complete it (no filler or rote learning). Just think for a second about being able to play the songs you love on the piano after just an hours practical demonstration and just how cool that would be. Thousands of online students have discovered it really is possible, in just one hour, to learn enough to have a lifetime of fun and enjoyment actually playing. And you can do it using a completely different approach using shapes and patterns rather than notes and theory.

"I'm more of a pick up and play sorta guy! This course has literally taken me from knowing a few chords (and not remembering them!) to opening up a whole new world of musical possibilities" Adam, one of our students 

You don't actually have to suffer the tyranny of theory or reading to enjoy getting started on the Piano - Want to be like Adam or Gerry - Enrol now

"Making something that appears extremely complicated into something simple and understandable is an art. This course is the first I have ever done that had me hooked from the first minute and Simon is a superb instructor" Gerry

Don't take our word for it though, check out our video where we are featured by the BBC News team and read the reviews below!

Guarantee

Best of all we are so confident in the effectiveness of our method that there is a guaranteed 30-day refund if you're not satisfied. Doesn't work then you get your money back no questions asked - I guarantee you'll be too busy playing that song you've always wanted to be able to though

Enrol now and get playing!

What are the requirements?

  • Absolutely no prior music experience needed
  • If you have a piano or a keyboard then great!
  • If you don't it's not a problem just download a simple piano app onto your phone or Ipad and see if it works for you before investing in a keyboard

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use the four secrets that get you playing any song you want in an hour
  • Have the tools at your fingertips to be a song writer
  • Be able to play every Major, Minor, Sharp, Flat and 7th chord in an hour and know how to use them!
  • Have achieved your dream of playing the piano! A course that's all content and no filler
  • Have had the most fun!
  • Start from the very beginning and learn every note on the keyboard in 5 minutes
  • Intuitively understand how to play chords, the building blocks of the vast majority of songs
  • Have the independence and knowledge to search the internet for the chords of the songs they love, and be able to play them!
  • Develop independence with your left hand
  • Be able to improvise on the Piano, no written music needed
  • Read a chord chart
  • Have a world of fun and satisfaction inherent in being able to play a musical instrument opened up for them

Who is the target audience?

  • For total beginners and people who've tried before but not quite got there
  • Peaple who want to learn a quick method that's actually fun not painful
  • Parents who want to be able to introduce music making to their kids in a fun way
  • Bedroom music producers who want to be able to use their midi keyboard more effectively
  • Those who have been put off of learning an instrument by traditional methods of teaching
  • Anyone who wants to feel great about themselves finaly realising their ambition to play a musical instrument!
  • Not for advanced players

What you get with this course?

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

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Know the names of the notes - a 5 minute job and so worth it - Try it for free!
04:04

It looks really complicated doesn’t it the keyboard. But if it’s broken down it’s actually really really simple. We’ll show you in five minutes how to work out which note is which. We will use shapes and patterns to do this so it's something you know and understand not something theoretical. That basic foundation will be vital in your journey to playing the songs you want in less than an hour.

1 question

Knowing where the notes are is the key to this method - lets check what you remembered from the video.

Section 2: Play your first chords major/happy chords using Shortcut 1
09:02

Here it is the bit you've been waiting for! In this lecture I will give you the formula or rule that will enable you to work out how to construct a chord. This is the building block on which everything else sits. Get this right and you are well on your way to playing chords on the piano and unlocking it as an instrument.

3 questions

here are some questions to help you consolidate what you've learnt

Section 3: Test it out by playing some simple songs
9 pages

A few songs with lyrics and chords so you can try your new skills, Some Dylan, Rollling stones, Bruno Mars just to get you started

Section 4: Learn to play seven 'sad/minor'' chords using shortcut 2
05:42

OK we've got 7 chords down. If you listen carefully in this lecture we will show you how just by making one simple change to all those chords you have already learned you can access another seven chords - making 14 in total

Section 5: Mindblowing video - showing how many songs you can play with what you've learned
4 chords to play hundreds of famous songs?
03:20
Section 6: Discover sharps and flats (black notes) and use them with shortcut 3
Another simple easy to understand tweak takes us to 24 chords or building blocks
06:44
2 questions

Theres a rule for remembering their name. Here it is

Section 7: Finding the songs you want to play on the internet - chord charts
More resources for finding chords for songs
02:47
05:03

Here is a pdf with the chords for a song clearly mapped out and a walkthrough of how you interpret how to translate chords written on a page to a recognisable song.

Section 8: Add one more finger to our chords, Shortcut 4 builds 7th chords
7th chords - taking you up to 48 chords!
03:00
Section 9: Left hand Bass - building independence
Left hand bass notes
02:37
Section 10: Left hand rhythm - starting to sound hot
Two fingers on the bass line - Rocking!
01:44
More rhythm variations for the left hand - hear the bass line :)
03:14
Section 11: Songs for you to try - you can play these now! and thousands of others like them
08:27

This video takes you through the sections of the song and demonstrates which chords to play where - give it a go Once you have done this a few times you will be able to apply this to any songs you find the chords for on the internet. Word of advice - for now, until we add some more stuff to the course, keep it simple with songs that only have Major and minor or 7th chords - avoid anything that looks like this A/B or D/G we' will get to that in the next Section :)

08:23

This video takes you through the sections of the song and demonstrates which chords to play where - give it a go Once you have done this a few times you will be able to apply this to any songs you find the chords for on the internet. Word of advice - for now, until we add some more stuff to the course, keep it simple with songs that only have Major and minor or 7th chords - avoid anything that looks like this A/B or D/G we' will get to that in the next Section :)

Skinny Love Bon Iver/Birdy
05:02
09:10

Below is the chord sheet for John Lennon's imagine - follow along

Imagine - John Lennon

[Intro]

C  Em   F   

C  Em   F 

[Verse]

C              Em    F

Imagine there's no Heaven

C            Em    F

It's easy if you try

C        Em    F 

No hell below us

C        Em    F

Above us only sky

[Chorus]

F      Am        Dm    F

Imagine all the people

G       C     G        C

Living for today

[Verse]

C              Em        F

Imagine there's no countries

C           Em    F

It isn't hard to do

C              Em     F  

Nothing to kill or die for

C           Em    F

And no religion too

[Chorus]

F      Am        Dm   F

Imagine all the people

G       C        G      

Living life in peace

[Bridge]

F        G               C      E    

You may say I'm a dreamer

F        G           C    E   

But I'm not the only one

F           G          C      E   

I hope someday you'll join us

F        G          C

And the world will be as one

[Verse]

C            Em      F

Imagine no possessions

C            Em    F

I wonder if you can

C                Em    F

No need for greed or hunger

C            Em    F

A brotherhood of man

[Chorus]

F      Am        Dm   F

Imagine all the people

G       C        G     

Sharing all the world

[Outro]

F        G               C      E    

You may say I'm a dreamer

F        G           C    E   

But I'm not the only one

F           G          C      E   

I hope someday you'll join us

F        G          C

And the world will be as one

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Instructor Biography

Simon Glenister, Pro musician, Education specialist, Thousands of students

I have 20 years experience as a professional touring musician, playing by ear. 4 record contracts, Millions of youtube hits and appearances at major music festivals around the world. I'm currently doing a post grad in Education (Cambridge University) and I have 15 years experience of working with music and young people in very challenging circumstances - I know how to explain this stuff to people so they understand it :)

I'm a specialist in music technology, a sound engineer and producer as well as educator and musician. I've lectured on my methodology at a number of major UK university's including Cambridge University.

Playing an instrument has so many wonderful plus points. I've helped thousands of people to realise that actually even when they thought they couldn't that they can play an instrument. It's not an impossibility and the benefits of that on peoples sense of self and wellbeing, enjoyment, confidence and identity are enormous - be a musician it's a wonderful world of fun to be a part of.

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