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Where Should I Start?

Here’s a handy chart to show you the content of each of the units of YEAR 1 Comprehensive Beginner Piano Lessons.

ALL the VIDEOS are FREE, so give them a try and find your level!

  • If you’re a brand new beginner, definitely start with YEAR 1:Unit 1!
  • If you’ve got a little bit of experience playing beginner music, you can try to drop in in YEAR 1:Unit 2, where we’ll start to play hands together.
  • Unit 3 introduces the Hanon and gets your dexterity on the go.
  • Unit 4 adds more piano theory and some simple classical pieces.
  • In Unit 5, you’ll learn to play beginner chord style piano by reading lead sheets.
(If you just want to learn to read notes, or improve your note reading.  Check out The Note Reading Crash Course, or the Note Speller for Piano.)
Unit 1:
Year 1 - Unit 1 Beginner Piano Lessons
1-1 The Staff
1-2 Treble Clef Landmarks
1-3 Rhythm Lesson 1
1-4 Finger Gym #1
1-5 Bass Clef Landmarks
1-6 Treble G Neighbors F and A
1-7 Two Practice Pieces
1-8 Finger Gym #2
1-9 Bass F Neighbors E and G
1-10 Sight Reading
1-11 Two Practice Pieces
1-12 Finger Gym #3
1-13 Time and Measures
1-14 Practice Piece
1-15 Ear Training Up/Down
1-16 Finger Gym #4
Unit 1 EBook:
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Unit 2:
2-1 Treble Clef D and E
2-2 Playing loud and soft
2-3 Sight Reading/Rhythm Echo
2-4 Finger Gym #5 HT!
2-5 Bass Clef A and B
2-6 Moving by Skips
2-7 Hands Together
2-8 Contrary Motion
2-9 Landmarks: Mirror C's
2-10 C's in Space
2-11 Ode to Joy
2-12 C Major Pentascale
2-13 Bass Clef D and Treble B
2-14 Windchimes
2-15 Ear Training - which melody?
2-16 Finger Gym
Unit 2 EBook:
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Unit 3:
3-1Dotted Half Note
3-2 Intervallic Thinking
3-3 Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
3-4 Hanon
3-5 Fourths
3-6 Melody Patterns
3-7 Mezzo forte
3-8 Hanon
3-9 Fifths
3-10 Sharps
3-11 Staccato
3-12 Hanon
3-13 Sight Reading
3-14 Slurs/Legato
3-15 8va
3-16 Hanon
Unit 3 EBook:
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Unit 4:
4-1 Eighth notes
4-2 Grand Staff Notes
4-3 Primary Chords in C Major
4-4 D Major
4-5 Mezzoforte
4-6 Transposing I
4-7 Interval Review
4-8 Transposing II
4-9 Amazing Grace
4-10 Chord Inversions
4-11 Happy Birthday
4-12 Chord Drill
4-13 Andantino by Kohler
4-14 Melody Writing
4-15 Building Major Scales
4-16 Playing Major Scales
Unit 4 EBook:
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Unit 5:
5-1 All the Major Chords
5-2 Lead Sheets: Alphabet Song
5-3 All the Minor Chords
5-4 Major/Minor - Blow Man Down
5-5 Diatonic Chords in C
5-6 Danny Boy
5-7 Oom Pa Pa - Morning Broken
5-8 [1-5-8 Pattern] Skye Boat Song
5-9 Minor:All the Pretty Horses
5-10 Chord Progressions
5-11 Pachelbel Canon in D
5-12 Arpeggios
5-13 Inversions - Early 1 Morning
5-14 Music Box Pattern
5-15 Intros - Happy Birthday
5-16 Chord Strumming - Hallelujah
Unit 5 EBook:
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Unit 6

No tripod, no problem! Set up your device with rubber bands and a floor lamp.

If you want to set up for a video conference or a skype piano lesson and you don’t have a tripod, don’t worry!  Here’s a quick and easy way to do it!

All you need is a post and some rubber bands!  Watch and be amazed!

Basically, I took 3 elastic bands, hey – I’m from Canada, that’s what we call rubber bands… and I put them over one end of the ipad mini and then placed it next to the post.

Then I grabbed the back side of the elastic, rubber band, whatever! — and, going behind the post, I wrapped it on the other side of the screen to grab the ipad thus holding it in place!

Tadaa!!  Instant Tripod/ tablet stand!

I think you would need a big strong rubber band for a full size tablet or ipad, but I bet it would work just as well, as long as you trusted the rubber not to break.  That’s why I use more than one, for insurance.



The Next Course is Starting!

Year 1 – Comprehensive Beginner Piano Lessons

If I’m being honest, and I always am!, this course has been the hardest one for me to design.

When I’m working one-on-one with a student in my studio it’s easy to modify the lesson as we go. Making sure that everything is clear, and addressing any trouble spots that present themselves for individual students.  So, in this lesson series, I’m doing the best I can to make the information bites very small and manageable. 

Year 1 will be divided into 12 units, one per month.

And each month will have 16 mini-lessons.  Each mini lesson will address a specific topic or skill.

Your job as a student is to make sure you fully comprehend each lesson and practice the pieces and drills on your own.  Without this vital link, there will not be success.  It is up to You to make this course successful!

So, if you’re ready to start learning to play piano from the very beginning, playing on the staff, here’s your chance!  Check out Unit 1 of Year 1 Beginner Piano Lessons.

You will also need to know your finger numbers and piano key names before you start.  These can be learned in my Pre-Beginner Piano Series, in lessons 1 and 2.


Adding a Few More Things

Hey there!

With my in-studio recital finally done, (It was fabulous, thanks for asking!  All of my students were awesome!) I have a little time to work on this website.

Today I added some structure to the Chords section of the website, making it easier to find the videos I have previously created about chords.  I see that there is room to expand this series, and will add it to my “to do list.”

I have also added a new Christmas Carol for beginners, We Three Kings.  This one is on the grand staff and uses standard music notation.  It’s nice and easy with the notes divided between the hands.

Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to add one or two more before Christmas arrives.  Believe it or not, it takes me a whole day’s work to get the lesson up and functional.

I always love to hear from you, so drop a comment in the comment box and tell me what’s up!





Day 1

Hi there!

I’m glad you found me.  I’m working on a site redesign (yes, I know…. again!)  I had made a small step into the 21st century last year when I created the blue version of this website.  (If you’ve been around for a while, you might even remember the red version.)

And now, with the white version, I think I’ve finally nailed it.

So far, the Note Reading Crash Course has been added and is fully functional.  In the coming days I will be adding The Note Speller for Piano and Pre-Beginner Piano Lessons (to introduce musical concepts without reading music.)

These 3 courses are free, and also come with e-books which are available for purchase if you would like to use them along with your learning.

Let me know if you spot anything strange or if you have any general remarks.

Thanks for visiting!