How to Play Piano

Course No. 7794
Professor Pamela D. Pike, PhD
Louisiana State University
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What Will You Learn?

  • numbers Sit down at the piano from Lesson 1 to familiarize yourself with the instrument.
  • numbers Develop an in-depth sense of music theory, from rhythm to scales to sight-reading techniques.
  • numbers Learn how to play some of the most beloved and recognized tunes from the repertoire.
  • numbers Build a strong foundation for a lifetime of further practice with the piano.

Course Overview

Music is a universal language, and the piano is the ideal instrument to bridge the gap from listener to player. From folk melodies and holiday tunes to challenging classical forms or jazzy improvisation, the piano is also one of the most versatile instruments you can learn, allowing both melodic lead and harmonic accompaniment. Yet, too many people who want to play don’t know where to begin—or believe playing requires too much investment of time and tedious practice—so they miss out on the joys that playing even a simple melody can bring.

It’s a myth that in order to play the piano, would-be students require years of private instruction along with hours of tedious exercises. While it’s true that mastery of the piano is a lifelong process, anyone can learn to play a recognizable tune in a matter of minutes—and with the right guidance and a little encouragement, those first simple notes can put you on the path to one of life’s richest experiences.

How to Play Piano is your opportunity to pick up the marvelous skill of playing the piano. Taught by acclaimed pianist Professor Pamela D. Pike of Louisiana State University, these 36 accessible lessons give you the building blocks you need to go from an interested novice to an expressive and talented player, whether you have a grand piano or a simple electronic keyboard to work with.

Blending music theory and history with hands-on examples and step-by-step instruction, Professor Pike takes you on a journey from learning how to sit at the piano in the first place to inverting chords, arpeggios, sight-reading, and much more. The secret to this course is that Professor Pike invites you to learn by playing. You will be at the piano from minute one—and, in fact, you will learn how to play a melody from Beethoven’s Ode to Joy by the end of the first lesson.

Among other things, you will:

  • Learn basic scales and chords, and how to adapt them;
  • Walk through simple, easy-to-play practice pieces, ranging from popular standards to holiday staples;
  • Gain insight into the basic structure of music, how to build a harmony, and how to improvise;
  • Hone your ability to play “by ear” and sight-read music notation; and
  • Explore a range of different styles, which are all accessible and suited for the piano, from classical masterpieces to jazz, folk, blues, and even rock ’n’ roll.


One of the best things about this course is that it is entirely self-guided. Professor Pike not only takes you through the basic foundations and advanced techniques of piano playing, she also teaches you how to practice and gives you assignments to work on between each lesson. After 36 lessons, you will come away from How to Play Piano armed with a tremendous skill set—as well as the confidence and know-how to continue your journey for years to come.

Take a Step-by-Step Approach to Your Practice
Like any new skill, learning to play the piano will ask you to step outside your comfort zone and embrace becoming a novice. Fortunately, you won’t feel like a novice for long thanks to Professor Pike’s able guidance. From the very start of these lessons, you will be seated at the piano, ready to practice the basic finger patterns of C major. Building on previous lessons with each new piece of information, you will discover the ins and outs of:

  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios;
  • Chords, chord progressions, and inversions;
  • Rhythm patterns and tempo;
  • Notation and sight-reading;
  • Harmonization;
  • Syncopation;
  • Articulation and artistic expression;
  • Musical forms; and more.


Along the way, Professor Pike offers numerous examples to bring these concepts to life. For instance, one common primary chord progression is the I-IV-V-I pattern (tonic, subdominant, dominant, and return to the tonic). After showing you this pattern in one lesson, she revisits it in the next lesson, showing how this progression is used in the basic 12-bar blues.

As a veteran teacher, Professor Pike knows learning these new skills is not always easy—and she anticipates potential challenges. After playing around with the primary chord progression, for example, she pauses to note a few common pitfalls: Were your right-hand notes steady and even? Did your left hand play precisely with the right hand? How is the balance between your right-hand melody and your left-hand accompaniment?

Professor Pike offers practice tips such as these in every lesson. Overhead camera angles and clear on-screen graphics demonstrate what she is performing to make it easy to follow. At the end of each lesson, Professor Pike closes with a list of recommended exercises to work on. This blueprint will help you embed the new concepts between lessons, so you always have “the next step” to work on.

Survey the History and Theory of Piano Music

While How to Play Piano is a practical, hands-on course, you will also gain an immense knowledge of music theory and history. Indeed, playing an instrument is arguably the best way to study theory, because you’ll see and hear ideas in action. As you progress through this course, Professor Pike surveys the major musical periods of piano music, spotlighting what makes each period unique, including an in-depth look at the:

Baroque Era (1600-1725): “Piano” music from this era was written for instruments such as harpsichords and clavichords, but it translates well to the modern piano. From fugues to canons, survey some of the important pre-Classical forms.

Classical Period (1725-1800): The piano as an instrument came into its own in this era, allowing for exciting nuances of artistic expression. Explore one of the period’s most important forms: the sonata-allegro.

Romantic Era (1800-1910): Artistic expression took a giant leap forward in the era of Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, and Schumann. Enhance your repertoire with several Romantic masterworks.

Modern (20th and 21st centuries): “Modern” music encompasses a great deal, from programmatic pieces to computer-generated sounds and percussive techniques. Review several trends from the past century.

Following this survey of music history, you will have a toolkit of approaches to playing the piano, from the rigors of the Baroque to the expressiveness of the Romantic to the experimental sounds of the past century. You’ll also have a host of new pieces in your repertoire to practice and perfect. From the Romantic influence of Chopin to Debussy’s impressionism, you will be introduced to such piano masterpieces as:

  • Bach’s Minuet in G Minor
  • Mozart’s theme from Sonata in C
  • Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Minuet in G, and Moonlight Sonata
  • Brahms’s Lullaby
  • Liszt’s Liebestraum


You’ll come away with a solid repertoire to impress your friends and direction to continue your practice, including a variety of pieces custom-written for this course.

A Fun Approach to Complex Mastery

How to Play Piano is a physical course. You’ll be using your ears to listen, your eyes to read, and your body to play. You’ll gain confidence with each lesson, learning to sight-read a little more naturally, play “by ear,” and develop the muscle memory to move your fingers to the right keys at the right time. Professor Pike’s step-by-step approach makes learning to play the piano simple—and fun!

Contrary to the notion that piano lessons and practice are long, tedious, and exacting, you will look forward to sitting down for each new lesson with Professor Pike. She starts you playing recognizable, challenging music early on, so you will see significant leaps in your ability with each passing day.

And, therein, lies the real heart of this course. While each lesson builds on the previous (you always start with a warm-up as a refresher), Professor Pike goes into great depth. This course mirrors a year-long college practicum in learning to play the piano, even including complexities such as transposition or chord inversions, which some teachers may tend to shy away from in early lessons but that Professor Pike lays out simply and elegantly.

As a result, you develop some amazing tools to take your piano playing and artistic expression to new heights. Mastering the piano may be a life’s pursuit, but How to Play Piano gives you the theory and skills to make piano playing an integral part of your life—and, like learning a new language, you will love the way your new ability will change your perspective and enhance your life.

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36 lectures
 |  Average 31 minutes each
  • 1
    Basic Piano Rhythm and Fingering
    Let's start by playing some music! From minute one of this course, you will be at the piano, fingering keys and playing tunes. In this opening lesson, you'll familiarize yourself with the piano, perform a few basic exercises to warm up, and explore some introductory rhythm patterns. By the end of the lesson, you'll know how to play the theme from Beethoven's Ode to Joy. x
  • 2
    Pitch and Off-Staff Notation
    After reviewing the introductory finger patterns you learned in the first lesson, delve into the concepts of pitch and meter. Find out about the concept of measures and different types of notes. Then explore the C major five-finger pattern and play it in action with your first etude. x
  • 3
    Tonic and Dominant Harmony
    The piano is a brilliant instrument because it can be used for both melody and harmony, the lead tune and the accompaniment. In this introduction to harmony, you'll explore the tonic and dominant notes of a scale, and you'll revisit Ode to Joy to better understand these concepts in action. x
  • 4
    Intervals and Basic Notation
    “Tempo” refers to speed in music, and it can be measured with a metronome. Continue working on the interplay of harmony and melody. When you add time to the equation, you can explore “intervals,” or pitches in a scale. You’ve learned enough at this point to study basic notation—the first step toward musical mastery. x
  • 5
    Major Chords and Simple Accompaniment
    Begin to familiarize yourself with the landmark pitches on the staff. By practicing various five-finger patterns (including C major, D major, E major, and A major), you will soon be able to match a tune to a specific tempo. This lesson also introduces the concept of “chords,” a triad of notes that allow for richer accompaniment. x
  • 6
    Fourths, Accidentals, and Relaxation
    Round out your study of the major five-finger patterns, and how “accidentals” (changing a pitch by half a step) work. Jazz around with “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and then learn about the interval of the fourth. Add “Aura Lee”—the folk song Elvis used for “Love Me Tender”—to your repertoire. x
  • 7
    Primary Chords
    Delve more deeply into the concept of chords and see how they can offer a richer harmony than single notes or two-note harmonic intervals. Examine one of the most popular chord progressions: I-IV-V-I (tonic to subdominant to dominant to tonic), one of the most common patterns in Western music. x
  • 8
    Transposition at the Piano
    Transposition—moving a melody from one key to another—is an important skill often under-used in traditional piano lessons for beginners. It provides an opportunity to get to know the different musical keys and can help you jazz around with an old piece of repertoire. Practice transposition with a few melodies, including “Woodland Jaunt.” x
  • 9
    Chord Inversions
    This lesson will enrich your musical life by building the technical foundation upon which piano music is based. Inverted chords (moving the lowest note of a triad up an octave) is a complex musical detail that will open your ears for future lessons. Learn to recognize how inversions look on the staff and the correct fingerings to play them. x
  • 10
    Chord Progressions and Arpeggios
    Here, build on the last lesson about chord inversions and take a deeper look at the dominant chord. Try your hand at transposing a new chord progression into various keys, and then practice some C major cross-hand arpeggios. The move may be tricky at first, but Professor Pike gives you plenty of time to practice. x
  • 11
    Accompaniment Patterns and Sight-Reading
    Find out about a practice technique called “blocking,” which will help you recognize chord patterns more easily—a major step toward sight-reading. Practice three types of accompaniment patterns: the broken-chord pattern, the waltz (3/4 time) pattern, and the Alberti bass pattern. x
  • 12
    Harmonization and Damper Pedal
    In this lesson, you’ll discover the final five-finger pattern—G flat—rounding out your knowledge of key signatures. You’ll continue working to harmonize melodies with the accompaniment patterns you learned in Lesson 11, and you will begin a new technique—using the damper pedal. x
  • 13
    Minor Finger Patterns and Chords
    Now that you are growing comfortable with the major key signatures, shift your attention to the minor finger patterns and chords. You’ll learn several new pieces (“Skip to My Lou” and a minor étude), and you’ll continue practicing your efforts at sight-reading. You will also discover an important new skill: how to harmonize a lead line. x
  • 14
    Articulation: Legato and Staccato
    Playing the piano is as much art as science, so here you will consider several techniques to boost the artistry of your playing. The way you articulate or play notes (also known as staccato and legato) will add personality to your playing. Practice with two new pieces: Gurlitt's At School and Diabelli's Waltz. x
  • 15
    One-Octave Major Scales and Major Intervals
    So far, you’ve been practicing five-finger scales, but in Western music, a complete scale is an octave, or eight notes. Expand your abilities to play full eight-note scales, and practice with C major, G major and D major. In addition to working on your existing repertoire, you’ll add the jazzy “Minor Romp” and “A Turkish Tune” to the mix. x
  • 16
    Dotted Rhythms and Isolated Repetition
    Hone the new musical skills you learned in Lesson 15. After reviewing scales and learning to harmonize a minor melody, you’ll experiment with a new rhythm pattern. Dig into “A Turkish Tune” to isolate problem spots, and then try your hand at a theme from Beethoven’s Minuet in G. x
  • 17
    Secondary Chords and More Dotted Rhythms
    Learning to play the piano is a complex, challenging process, so don’t worry if you feel like you’re hitting a plateau. In addition to expanding your knowledge of theory—including secondary chords—use this lesson as a time to review what you know and assess what needs work. x
  • 18
    Sixteenth Notes and More Secondary Chords
    Secondary chords are those that must go to the primary chord for resolution. Deepen your understanding of secondary chords by improvising with the minor second chord, and then playing around with the third and sixth chords. Deepen your abilities with Beethoven’s Minuet in G and the Harp Étude. x
  • 19
    Compound Meter and Technique
    After reviewing your sight-reading skills to date, going over the Beethoven Minuet again, and revisiting the secondary chord progressions, Professor Pike shows you two new time signatures: 2/4 time and 3/8 time. She also shows you some new music: the peppy “Cheerful Tune” and the “Rocking Étude” to bring compound meter to life. x
  • 20
    Parallel Major and Minor Keys
    Reflect on the relationship between parallel major and minor keys. For example, D major and D minor are not relative keys (like C major and A minor), but they do have an intriguing relationship. In this exploration, you will refine your technique for harmonizing melodies and learn the “Bell Melody” and “Elephant Stroll.” x
  • 21
    Three Forms of the Minor Scale and Syncopation
    Over the past few lessons, you have moved from very basic off-staff rhythms and pitches to much more complicated rhythmic patterns. Today’s lesson takes your knowledge of the minor keys to a whole new level as you examine the natural, harmonic, and melodic forms of the minor scale. Also, witness “syncopation” in action in Swing Low. x
  • 22
    Artistic Expression and More Minor Keys
    Revisit the expressive quality of music and how you can use the techniques you are learning to better convey expression. Professor Pike offers a few tips for where amateurs tend to get distracted with anticipation. Reflect on how musical dynamics are related to the musical line, form, and harmonic progression. x
  • 23
    The Classical Period and Fortepianos
    Learning to play the piano is about more than acquiring, perfecting, and practicing techniques. Understanding the time periods of music history help inform your understanding of practice. Here, start with the Classical period and learn how the piano developed as an instrument. Play Mozart's theme from the Sonata in C. x
  • 24
    Seventh Chords and Sonata Form
    Continue your study of the Classical period with a look at one of the most important forms in piano music: the sonata-allegro. See why the seventh chords are so important for classical music, and then survey the life and music of Haydn. Practice Mozart's Sonata in C and Haydn's Dance in D Major. x
  • 25
    Sight-Reading and Technique
    It’s time. You’ve learned enough about music theory and notation that you are ready to tackle sight-reading head-on. Here, you will be introduced to several new sight-reading pieces as well as a technical étude. You’ll also continue your study of the Dance in D Major and the Sonata in C. x
  • 26
    The Romantic Period and Seventh-Chord Arpeggios
    Shift your attention from the Classical period to the Romantic era, roughly 1800 to 1910. After surveying some of the major historical and intellectual developments of the period, you'll begin work on seventh-chord arpeggios. You'll also learn rules for beginning pieces at the appropriate tempo. x
  • 27
    Extended Arpeggios and Pianist as Artist
    Continue your exploration of piano technique as it developed in the Romantic era. After some warm-up work on scales and extended arpeggios, you will find out what makes Chopin's style so interesting, and what made Liszt such a virtuoso. Conclude with a lullaby from Brahms. x
  • 28
    More Romantic Repertoire
    In this lesson, you will refine much of your existing repertoire. You'll then try your hand at Liszt's Liebestraum. While this piece can be quite challenging for students, Professor Pike has created a special arrangement designed for your current level of ability. Work on adding musical expression to these Romantic-era pieces. x
  • 29
    Sonata Form Revisited
    By now, you have learned enough music from the masters that you are participating in a musical tradition. Revisit the sonata form and consider the modified “mini sonatina” form. Practice with “Brahms’s Lullaby”, Gurlitt’s Waltz in C, Liszt’s Liebestraum, and a theme from Mozart’s Sonata in C. x
  • 30
    The Baroque Era and Harpsichords
    Artistic discipline is defined by having the persistence to continue learning difficult music over an extended period of time. This lesson gives you time to practice what you've learned before traveling back in time to the Baroque era, before the modern piano as we know it was invented. Survey the instruments and style of the period. x
  • 31
    Baroque Repertoire
    After warming up with a waltz, you’ll learn “Rameau’s Minuet,” a piece widely anthologized for music students. Then, go back to the Baroque to learn about Bach’s fugues and Pachelbel’s famous Canon in D. This lesson gives you a chance to refine your skills in harmonization. x
  • 32
    Deliberate Practice and Learning Music
    Through much of this course, you have worked on some challenging masterpieces, many of which require difficult hand shifts and much practice. Here, Professor Pike shares a few strategies for “deliberate practice,” a systematic way to help you through the challenges. Learn a new harmonization example in the key of E minor. x
  • 33
    The 20th Century and Modern Music
    Music in the 20th and 21st centuries comes in many different styles. Here, you will survey a few common trends and find out about some of the more highly regarded composers of the past century, including programmatic music of Jean Sibelius and Béla Bartók, as well as computer-generated sounds and non-traditional piano techniques. x
  • 34
    Chorale-Style Repertoire
    It's good to practice music from different eras to ensure your musical diet is well-balanced. Here, survey chorale-style piano music across the ages. You'll enjoy the hymn-like harmonies in Schumann's Chorale Opus 68 no. 4 as well as the Ode to Schumann. Then, turn to another, more challenging piece by Schumann. x
  • 35
    Impressionism and the Una Corda Pedal
    Like its counterparts in art and literature, impressionism is a powerful musical movement that conveys a vague aural picture through interesting chords and progressions. Claude Debussy is the master of impressionism, and you will review his approach—and see how una corda pedal can help you mirror his sound. x
  • 36
    Triplets and Continuing Piano Study
    Professor Pike concludes with a final rhythmic pattern—triplets. After playing a Hungarian dance, you will try your hand at Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, a fitting coda for a course that opened with the Ode to Joy. Reflect on what you’ve learned and discover how to continue your study of the piano after this course. x

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Pamela D. Pike, PhD
Louisiana State University
Pamela D. Pike is the Aloysia Landry Barineau Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University (LSU), where she coordinates the group piano and piano pedagogy programs. She earned a Bachelor of Music with honors in Piano Performance from The University of Western Ontario, a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Music History from Southern Illinois University, and a PhD in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from the...
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How to Play Piano is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 174.
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Date published: 2020-06-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Play piano and guitar I got this for my son and daughter. They told me everything in the course they could find for free in the internet
Date published: 2020-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slow and approachable I bought this thanks to COVID19 and I've been working through the first couple of lessons, being careful to actually do the exercises. The teacher is easy to understand and fun and engaging while encouraging this beginner. Thank you for being a great instructor.
Date published: 2020-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lt's good. l'm happy with this course. The professor is good, keeps my attention, encourages me to practice at least every 2 days and l see marked improvement in the first 10 days. l wish l had bought the course book, it's a little awkward (for me, aged 77) to manipulate the video pages. As a longtime chorister, this course will really help me.
Date published: 2020-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Magnificent I purchased How to Play the Piano fairly recently. I was pleasantly surprised with the Professor Pamela Pike's approach to the piano. I had piano lessons as a child, with my grandmother pacing behind and counting. I did not continue with the piano as an adult. I am rediscovering some of the enjoyment I find with the piano thanks to the teaching style of Professor Pike. I would highly recommend her course to anyone.
Date published: 2020-05-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from How to Play Piano I would love to rate this course but your delivery system has not efficiently shipped the product. Ordered April 17 - shipped April 20, 2020 - still waiting for delivery. Today is May 9th. Customer service following up. By the way, correct shipping address was given on order. No - I am not happy
Date published: 2020-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for a novice I have only done 8 lessons but it’s gradual approach and emphasis on technique is important for a good foundation in order to progress. I also appreciate the theory that is presented in a progressive fashion. Video is a must!
Date published: 2020-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How to Play the Piano I purchased this course about a month ago and am learning so much from it! Professor Pike is an excellent teacher. I have had some training in the past, but am really understanding the details and musical relationships between majors, progressions, etc. Thanks so much for obtaining quality courses.
Date published: 2020-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It’s Finally Time to Learn to Play the Piano! If you’re reading this review of the “How to Play Piano” course, I assume you’re like many of us and have always wanted to actually learn how to play piano someday. You should finally take action and GET THIS COURSE! I bought this course a while ago along with a couple of other piano instruction courses over the last several years. I previewed the other courses, which seemed quite good. But I decided to finally learn how to play the piano with THIS course. I believe Professor Pike is THE BEST instructor to get me to the point of having a solid foundation for playing the piano. Think about it. She teaches other people the best way to teach new students this wonderful instrument. She knows her stuff! She covers a lot of ground over 36 half hour lessons. Some lessons you may fly through and after watching may be ready to start the next lesson quickly. Some lessons will challenge you and require many more days of practicing, reviewing and learning before being able to move on to the next lesson. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano. I’m very pleased with my progress so far after the first six lessons and look forward to completing the rest of the course. Although Professor Pike is great and the I’m confident I’ll learn how to play the piano with this course I will bring up the one negative. The extra “accompaniment material is just thrown on the end of each lesson. So you have to fast forward the lesson to get to it when you want to use it for practicing. And when it ends, it ends quickly so you have to fast forward again to get to the end if you want to use it again while practicing. Big thumbs down on that. They should have either A) included all that on an additional disc or B) had separate menu items for the accompaniment material on each disc. Cant ding the course a star for that because Professor Pike is too good. Have to give her the five stars she deserves! Thanks!
Date published: 2020-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A measured video learning process with a pleasant instructor
Date published: 2020-04-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Difficult for a rank beginner adult I bought this course because I am forced to stay inside due to the Corona Virus and could not go to a private lesson at a neighborhood school. The first four chapters are great if one is willing to practice often (which I am). However, after chapter 4 Professor Pike goes exceptionally fast for the novice (someone who has never played an instrument or read music). I am willing to work exceptionally hard but she should slow the course down a little. Plus, even though I have the book I have had to print off many of the scales she has us practice because they are not in the book. This is not a course for someone who is not highly diligent or determined to learn the piano as an adult.
Date published: 2020-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the way the instructor introduces difficult techniques and makes them easy to understand, to execute and to enjoy.
Date published: 2020-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend I have taken piano lesson for more than 9 years. I am an older adult, and progress has been rather slow for me. With all due respect to the wonderful teachers that I have had, this course has given me a more solid understanding of the fundamentals of piano than any "in person" lesson has. Very thankful I purchased this course!
Date published: 2020-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The pacing of these lessons is perfect! I have tried many times in my life and nothing has been as fun and helpful as this program. I love it!
Date published: 2020-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Attention Getting Title I am 71 and have a desire to finally learn to play the piano. I have only had this CD for less than a month, but am impressed with the clarity of Ms Pike's explanations and demonstration. I like being able to rewind and review items I need to practice on or do not understand. The time I spend learning and playing is very relaxing and enjoyable.
Date published: 2020-02-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Some truly astonishing errors In lecture 24 of your Great Courses “How to Play Piano” Pike states that Haydn worked for Frederick the Great and met with the Duke daily for instructions. I suggest someone check Haydn’s biography for the actual facts. Not counting his short term position with Morzin — a Count, not a Duke — Haydn worked most of his adult life for the Princes Esterházy — Princes, not Dukes. I wonder, also, where Pike got the information that Recapitulations in Sonata Form begin in the Dominant. My understanding is that they almost always begin in the Tonic, in the key of the sonata. This will need to be corrected in the workbook as well. And just to get it all straight, Frederick the Great is considered a King, not a Duke.
Date published: 2020-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I should get the book that goes with it So far very easy to follow and not intimidating after 2 lessons
Date published: 2020-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great course so far As a veteran of one lesson in How To Play Piano, I can say I have learned a lot so far. The key thing for me so far is how to hold my fingers; no more playing with one finger. Still a lot more to learn.
Date published: 2020-02-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from How to play piano I’m disappointed that I purchased this in mid January and still have not received it. I have made numerous attempts to reach someone by the 800 number at various times of the day. No one ever answers the call. Please locate my order and ship it.
Date published: 2020-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well laid out Excellent explanations and practice with teacher. The teacher is non-threatening and very pleasant to "work with".The book with practice lessons for individual practice before the next lesson is priceless.
Date published: 2020-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Piano Pleasure Scale I am currently on lesson seven, having bought this DVD and accompanying book about 5 weeks ago. It is a challenge for a beginner. But worth it. Dr Pike breaks each skill challenge into manageable portions. The real challenge lies with consistent practice and best practice habits. Being able to repeat the info and review concepts I missed or forgot is a life saver. Don't figure, as a beginner, that you will complete a lesson a day, or even a week. My skill level has improved, but only after the wife and pets voluntarily left the room during practice. I'm interested in the theory behind the actual piano skills and I will guess the 4 DVDs and 24 lessons will take 2 years to complete satisfactorily.
Date published: 2020-02-11
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Date published: 2020-02-10
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Date published: 2020-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have so many which one. I am still using the DVD,s but so far I am pleased. It allows me access to an affordable college education. Which I could never afford since I am 70 years old.
Date published: 2020-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! I'm so happy with this course so far! Prof. Pike is a great teacher...I'm only a few lessons in and can already play "Ode To Joy" (melody). Easy to follow and pleasant...encouraging and intriguing! Highly recommended ♡
Date published: 2020-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from How to Play Piano I was impressed with the first two lessons on rhythm, a critical element of music. It discussed the method of shadow technique which I found very useful. I am learning to play for the shear fun of it. The CD comes with a work book so you can work at your own pace. Whether or not you have an instructor adding the course to the other materials you will acquire to play the piano will be well worth the investment.
Date published: 2020-02-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I NEVER received by book, but you took my money I am reporting this as fraud to my bank!
Date published: 2020-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT I bought a month ago. These are Valentine presents. So I haven't looked at mine yet. & haven't given the others theirs yet. I can't wait to get into mine. Thank you for your offer to make this possible.
Date published: 2020-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great course! I recently bought this and I'm glad I did because it's easier than I thought!
Date published: 2020-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally learning to play at age 55! I have wanted to learn how to play the piano forever. I finally made the time to do so and I’m so pleased with how these courses are going. I am only just starting the fourth one but it is clear and easy and I have never learned any instrument. I took two piano lessons in my 30s and work got in the way. I love that I can go at my own pace and advance when I am comfortable it’s a very fun way to learn.
Date published: 2020-02-04
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