What Does It Take To Learn How To Play The Piano?

Sunday, August, 3, 2014

Before I tell you what it will take to learn how to play the piano, let me suggest that you put your wallet away. In an effort to change the way I do business, I'm asking that you do some research before you invest in any online piano lessons, including mine.

While I believe very strongly in my teaching methods, it's in your best interest to learn more about the piano and what is involved in learning how to play it before you commit to learning any one method.

I say this because once you buy a course, or start lessons, whether online or through a private instructor, you're invested. So my advice is to make sure that you are investing in something worthwhile.

There are so many web sites that have a tendency to over-hype their products. Now I believe in my online lessons, and I don't believe that I've been dishonest, but I am in the process of reviewing our site for similar marketing practices.

In addition, there are many sites that claim to be reviewing the top 3 or 4 online lesson sites, and the truth is, they are just promoting lesson sites that will pay them a commission for selling their own online piano course.

In fact, it doesn't really matter which online course you end up buying from them because they're still going to make a commission.

So as of today, Sunday, August 3, 2014, this site will be dedicated to helping people make well educated decisions about how to learn how to play the piano. 

I realize that it will take some time to review our site completely, but I promise to perform a thorough review our entire site and remove anything that is questionable or even hints of being over-hyped.

Also, I will be adding to this home page on a regular basis, and will date every new entry. 

The Chord Method

Let me just reiterate that I still have a strong belief in the chord method and have plenty of success stories from past students to support my belief.

The testimonials on this site are real, I'm just guilty of going a little overboard to make a sale. As I said earlier, I still believe in my product. I've just come to believe that the ends don't always justify the means.

If you are familiar with the chord method, I'll be uploading some FREE sheet music to help you learn chords in the most effective way that I know.

  • I've been playing for 47 years now, so I do know what works and what doesn't work, and these exercises really work.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Below is a copy of a follow-up email from a current student. Below that is my response...which should explain the initial steps that students should take if they truly want to learn how to play the piano in the shortest amount of time possible.

Student's Email:

That was all extremely helpful. I do have one more question: will it save my progress at all? There’s not a consistent flow for me yet. I'm through the first two lessons but I am never quite sure how to progress. I want to start over and know exactly what format to follow (I love it's at my own pace) but I need direction.

Sent from my HTC EVO 4G LTE exclusively from Sprint


My Response:


Dear Andrea,

The best way to track you progress is to set a goal to master the 12 major chords and the 12 minor chords in root position. These video lessons can be found by following the link titled, "9-Week Chord Program" from the Student Lounge page. Follow the lessons in order the way they are arranged in the Student Lounge.

My entire piano method is based on the chord method, which is where you play a single-note melody line with your right hand, and 3-note and 4-note chords with your left hand. However, in the beginning, it's best to learn the 12 major and 12 minor chords, which are all 3-note chords.

Once you learn these 24 chords, your next goal is to learn the inversions of these 24 chords.

An inversion is simply playing the 3 notes of any chord in a different order.

For example:

A C major chord in root position is C - E - G. I could invert this chord twice, by either moving the C to the top of the chord, which would be E - G - C, or the more popular inversion where you'd move the G to the bottom of the chord: G - C - E.

When you are ready to start learning the inversions, follow the link title, "Inversions" from the Student Lounge page. These lesson videos will teach you the inversions for the 12 major and 12 minor chords.

If you learn just 3 new chords a week, you could learn all 12 major and 12 minor chords in root position and one inversion of each chord in just 16 weeks. 

Once you've mastered these basic chords, you'll find that playing right-hand melodies will be much easier, because you won't be struggling with the chords any more. 

Your left hand will automatically go to the correct keys. Take this time in the beginning and the chords will become second nature to you.

I hope this helps. Remember, you have lifetime access to all of our online lessons, so take your time and enjoy the process.

Guy Faux
Your Online Piano Instructor

The email above is from a student who purchased our online lessons. Notice that I refer to the Student Lounge page several times. The Student Lounge page is basically the home page to our password-protected, members-only lesson site.

However, if you'd like an exercise to learn all 12 major and 12 minor chords in root position, then click the following 2 links to download the Free Sheet Music and Instruction Sheet.

In my 47 years of playing the piano and 23 of teaching, I have found these to be the best exercises ever developed for learning chords.

"You really can break some rules and learn to play the piano! I highly recommend Guy Faux's Chord Piano course. The approach really is incredibly easy and Guy's ability to simplify music theory equips you with the basics that make quickly learning piano both possible and fun! Once I started to see the patterns, it all started to make sense and fall into place. I totally enjoyed his course and feel I can now begin to share the gift of music with others." Sandy Welsh

"I heartily recommend this course to anyone who even thinks they want to learn piano, especially anyone who took traditional lessons and gave up because they were boring." Frank N. Hiejbel

"I learned that there is a set pattern for figuring out major chords, and from there it is easy to figure out minor chords, seventh chords, diminished chords -- all without having to flip through pages or chord charts or spending hours on memorization. I would definitely recommend the 6-Week Chord Style Piano Class to anyone who just wants to sit at a piano and play popular songs. The course is fun, easy and works!"  Donna Marinelli

"All I wanted is to be able to play by favorites like Billy Joel and Norah Jones and now I can. Instead of being frustrated trying to learn scales and traditional techniques I now love to sit and just play. Thank you Guy!"  Meghan Montague

"His techniques really work; you learn how to read music, play chords with the left hand, and play the melody with the right hand. I believe if you can type, then you can play the piano. I recommend Guy's piano class to anyone who is interested in learning to play popular music."  Nauman Chughtai

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Student Testimonials


"I have played piano by
ear since I was 9 years old, however, I was only
able to play with my right hand. I never knew how
to chord.

I have taken some piano classes on reading music
but that takes forever to perfect. So I decided to
take Guy's course. After the first week, I could play
songs with both hands. Guy has been a gift from
Heaven, I never thought I could play with both hands.

Guy makes chording simple and easy to learn. If you
are frustrated with trying to read music I recommend
you take his course. You will be playing beautiful
music in no time. Guy is an asset to his craft."


- Robin Fancher


"I have always wanted
to learn to play the
piano but didn't want
to take years of weekly
lessons before I could
play even a simple song.

After 6 weeks of Guy
Faux's course I am now
playing songs using both
hands. Guy makes learning
to play the piano
easy and fun."

Richard Gunoskey