Piano: Learn 48 chords in 1 hour, and always remember how
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Easy shapes and patterns hold the key to unlocking the piano, not notation or scales, it's so much easier than you think
4.8 (83 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,496 students enrolled
Created by Simon Glenister
Last updated 10/2016
Current price: $10 Original price: $45 Discount: 78% off
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Be able to play every Major, Minor, Sharp, Flat and 7th chord in an hour and know how to use them!
  • Be able to improvise on the Piano, no written music needed
  • Intuitively understand how to play chords, the building blocks of the vast majority of songs
  • Have the tools at your fingertips to be a song writer
  • Start from the very beginning and learn every note on the keyboard in 5 minutes
  • Use the four secrets that get you playing any song you want in an hour
  • Have achieved your dream of playing the piano! A course that's all content and no filler
  • Have had the most fun!
  • Have the independence and knowledge to search the internet for the chords of the songs they love, and be able to play them!
  • Read a chord chart
  • Develop independence with your left hand
  • Have a world of fun and satisfaction inherent in being able to play a musical instrument opened up for them
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  • 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

We must be doing something right, It's tough to please people on the internet :) Over 1350 beginners have given us a 4.5 star rating average! Course updated 10/04/17, UK date format

Have any of these things prevented you starting on 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

We remove 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...."  none of these issues will stop you achieving your dream of playing piano... today... in an hour in fact..literally! I appreciate it could sound unrealistic but...read the reviews

"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 and 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..who doesn't want to impress people playing the piano?

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 pretty clear to me what actually works when explaining things to people. Long courses that offer endless hours of instruction gather metaphorical digital dust, remaining unwatched however good your intention is to finally get around to watching. 

What actually does work for most people are short practical courses, that scaffold knowledge. If you want people to really flourish 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!


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!

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
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
Know the names of the notes - a 5 minute job and so worth it - Try it for free!
1 Lecture 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.

Preview 04:04

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

Finding the notes
1 question
Play your first chords major/happy chords using Shortcut 1
1 Lecture 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.

Preview 09:02

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

Playing a chord
3 questions
Test it out by playing some simple songs
1 Lecture 00:00

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

Preview 9 pages
Learn to play seven 'sad/minor'' chords using shortcut 2
1 Lecture 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

Step 3: One simple tweak and we double to 14 the amount of chords you can play!
Mindblowing video - showing how many songs you can play with what you've learned
1 Lecture 03:20
4 chords to play hundreds of famous songs?
Discover sharps and flats (black notes) and use them with shortcut 3
1 Lecture 06:44
Another simple easy to understand tweak takes us to 24 chords or building blocks

Theres a rule for remembering their name. Here it is

Naming those pesky black notes
2 questions
Finding the songs you want to play on the internet - chord charts
2 Lectures 07:50
More resources for finding chords for songs

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.

Applying what we've learnt to learning the songs you want to
Add one more finger to our chords, Shortcut 4 builds 7th chords
1 Lecture 03:00
7th chords - taking you up to 48 chords!
Left hand Bass - building independence
1 Lecture 02:37
Left hand bass notes
Left hand rhythm - starting to sound hot
2 Lectures 04:58
Two fingers on the bass line - Rocking!

More rhythm variations for the left hand - hear the bass line :)
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About the Instructor
Simon Glenister
4.8 Average rating
99 Reviews
2,097 Students
2 Courses
Pro musician, Education specialist, Thousands of students

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

I have 20 years experience as a professional touring musician. 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 :)

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.