How to Play Piano

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

  • Sit down at the piano from Lesson 1 to familiarize yourself with the instrument.
  • Develop an in-depth sense of music theory, from rhythm to scales to sight-reading techniques.
  • Learn how to play some of the most beloved and recognized tunes from the repertoire.
  • 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 4.6 out of 5 by 105.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Instruction! I am learning so much from this Course ... very grateful ... thank you!!! The Professor's presentation is different from what I've experienced in the past. I find the viewpoint refreshing. The lessons frequently have too much in them to absorb in one "sitting" ... but I'm already a better piano player, and I am grateful for this.
Date published: 2019-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course I'm only a quarter way through the course and have already learned more than years of lessons taught me many years ago.
Date published: 2019-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How to Play Piano I haven't actually had a chance to get into the course yet, but, I trust the other good reviews, which is part of why I chose to buy this course. However, I did want to leave a positive comment anyway, which occurred me when I received the material. When deciding to buy and also while waiting for the material, I wondered if the guidebook would be the same as the other small, glue bound guidebooks for anything else I have received. My concern was that if so it wouldn't be usable on the music stand on my piano. I was very relieved when it arrived and was full letter size and wire bound, which will work just fine. Good thinking Great Courses!
Date published: 2019-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm on lesson 6 this week and love learning to play the piano. The instructor is excellent and each lesson is planned out carefully to build on each other.
Date published: 2019-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Course It is easy to understand and follow. Enjoy the presentation and visuals.
Date published: 2019-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great course and instructor! I enjoy the Great Courses so much that I joined the Great Courses Plus! I just wish the syllabus was offered for purchase for the Plus program. It is very challenging to do courses like this, and many others, without a syllabus. The syllabuses are expensive to print.
Date published: 2019-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Video Really enjoyed this lesson. It was pretty well done
Date published: 2019-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Course So Far Since I only received this course a couple of weeks ago, I haven’t had a lot of time to study. I can say that I consider it a top notch production with a very professional instructor. The course material is well laid out and easy to understand. I have other piano courses that just don’t work. I feel that this old man can learn from this course.
Date published: 2019-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good introduction to piano The course progresses logically adding a skill each lesson. My only complaint is with the downloaded guide. You must scroll though the book to get to each lesson - which will get harder as the course progresses
Date published: 2019-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Satisfying And Fun I am a new piano student in my sixties (not counting the 6 months or so that I took lessons when I was six years old). I am on lesson 11 now, and have found the course very fun and satisfying in that I can see definite progress in the lessons I've completed. Professor Pike's lessons are clear, well-paced, and they build on one another in a logical, easy-to-follow progression. I like that some of the frustrations and self-doubt that creep into any new endeavor are addressed by Professor Pike, and she mentions when a skill might be particularly difficult to master. That makes it easier to push through when I otherwise might feel frustrated. She's very encouraging, and obviously has a lot of experience with music students and therefore can foresee and address common mistakes and trouble-spots. I particularly like the clear, precise practice instructions. So far they have been perfect for preparing for the next lesson. I absolutely recommend this course.
Date published: 2019-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from piano lessons -- great very good instructions. you can pause and review and good back and os over
Date published: 2019-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to understand. I love it. What a great teacher. She is filling in the blanks in my learning.
Date published: 2019-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very clear! Well paced. This is my last piano course and it promises to get me over the hump after many tries in the last 30 years.
Date published: 2019-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Beginning This course is clear and good beginning piano training. My only criticism is that the info,. on it before you buy it doesn't clearly state how far you will go. Also, the teacher starts you off with a different note-recognition system than the accepted note reading on the g and bass clef, which I find confusing.
Date published: 2019-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hard to follow. The course is hard to follow. Maybe I’m ha fault and used to notes being depicted in traditional manner. Disappointed.
Date published: 2019-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Way to Get Familiar I'm taking lessons in real life, but purchased this to complement my lessons. It's great! And you can progress at your own pace. I'm very happy with my purchase.
Date published: 2019-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beginning student I am writing this as I start on Lesson 9, so I am a quarter of the way through. So far I am enjoying the course and am learning a lot - have always wanted to play the piano. I like having a variety of types of music to play, and I like the way the teacher returns earlier pieces adding complexity to the score. As a beginner somewhat advanced in age I find that I have to take this very slowly - at this point it is taking me about a month (practicing 30 - 60 minutes almost every day) to get through a lesson, and even then I am not really fluent with the pieces. I am curious, is this is the usual time frame for students of this particular class? I also have very small hands, so even with varied fingering some chords are a stretch - it would be nice to have more suggestions in that area. I know that children play the piano and many of them must have smaller hands than I do!
Date published: 2019-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Introduction to the Piano This course is excellent. The theory is there, the examples are good, and her practice regimen is well-defined. You know precisely what you need to work on before the next lesson. Now you just need to put in the time.
Date published: 2019-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Course, but.. I'm thoroughly enjoying this course and I have absolutely no complaints about the material or the instructor. I studied piano many years ago and this is an excellent review and learning experience for me. My strong complaint has to do with the fact that I purchased the online version, therefore the course book is also on line. Not a problem for other courses I have but a major problem for this one. I run this on my ipad sitting on the piano. I find it very difficult to read the notes in the music we're suppose to play along with, and I know how to read music very well. In addition when you want to read and review the course book there is no link from the table of contents (or anyplace else for that matter) to the lesson I want to review - so I have to scroll away. Not fun-especially when you want to get to the material at the end. I have reported this to the company and they nicely sent me the hard copy of the course book. Makes a hugh difference!
Date published: 2019-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very inspiring course I'm on lesson 10 now and it's starting to get a bit trickier! I have taken piano lessons in the past, namely a year of group classes which wasn't very helpful and another year with a private tutor who only seem interested in getting me to take grade exams. Just concentrating on playing a few exam pieces by rote over and over again did not make me feel like I knew anything about the piano or about musicality at all. This course is perfect for me because it gives a well-rounded view of all the aspects of piano playing that you need to know about in order to become proficient. I can repeat the lessons over again and refer to the printed course guide too (you'll need to print that off). I would perhaps hesitate to recommend the course to you if you are a complete beginner, unless you are willing to read a little around the subject of music reading or have someone to ask when things get tricky, but I'm actually starting to feel like a proper pianist for the first time in my life and that's a great feeling.
Date published: 2019-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Beginning Course I've been steadily working through the course. The lessons are organized and presented well. Professor Pike helps to build your skills incrementally and at a comfortable pace. To play well, you'll need to practice. I'm very satisfied with my progress so far.
Date published: 2019-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to follow along I have wanted to play piano for a while. This really is for the beginner as the instructor gently guides you into new areas. By lesson 5 we are playing chords and learning many major chords. I can go at my own pace and practice as much as I want, and I can watch the lessons many times. I downloaded a simple metronome on my phone so I had it easily available. The instructor is very thorough in her lessons, I am enjoying this course very much.
Date published: 2019-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good way to learn to play piano Course is well designed and well paced. Learning any instrument takes practice, and if you follow the suggested routine in this course, you will learn to play piano.
Date published: 2019-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How to play the Piano On lesson four Teacher is great. Lessons come at the right pace. When finished this course will be looking for a more advanced course.
Date published: 2019-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So accessible. It can be viewed on the bus going to and fro work.
Date published: 2019-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comprehensive overview. To evaluate and motivate myself. Review fundamentals, improve performance and understand whether further training with a teacher might benefit.
Date published: 2019-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Playing again I am so happy to have found this course. I have not played piano for over thirty years and wanted to get back to it, but needed incentive. And this is it. I can work at my own pace, no pressure, right in my own home. So far I am on Lesson 7. I am amazed at Dr Pike's method of teaching and how easily it moves on without being repetitive or boring as in previous teaching I have had. I highly recommend this coarse.
Date published: 2019-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old dog new tricks I am only on lesson 4 but I’ve already learned so much! The cd’s are very patient with me!
Date published: 2019-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Course I love this course! I think the professor is excellent and very personable, I feel like she is in my living room playing the piano with me. Having started to learn to play the piano in the past, but ultimately having to relocate I have almost given up learning to play . This course got me back on my bench playing! Thank you :)
Date published: 2019-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Piano for adult learners Having just completed my second year of piano lessons before commencing this course, I must highly recommend the tuition of Professor Pamela Pike. In the past, as a rural student, I had to drive 100km for each piano lesson. With this course on DVD, I now have access to an innovative approach to learning piano which has already helped me to find new abilities. I had previously learned my pieces using a fairly slow tempo. Professor Pike encourages aiming for higher tempo, but only as you gain ability from practise. (I had heard comments from other teachers that students tend to learn their pieces at too slow a tempo, and so was aware of this issue.) Professor Pike makes you feel that it is well within your own grasp to achieve these higher tempos, and she demonstrates pieces both slowly and at a higher rate, to give you a goal to attain to. Each lesson has required about a week of sustained input from me to reach these targets, and the range of different things being learned is a lot of fun. Not only reading music, learning different note intervals and how to read them faster off the sheet music, but a new step she calls "shadowing". This requires you to touch the notes as you read the music, say out loud to name of the note, but not play the note. I had not heard of this step in the learning process before, and find it very useful. Instead of listening to the notes that you are playing and picking up any mistakes that way, this shadowing makes you really concentrate on the note reading phase and translating it into a finger movement, and I have found that it brings a new level of confidence to my reading of music. So a big shout out to Professor Pike for a nicely constructed approach to learning piano for the adult
Date published: 2019-03-03
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