When people ask me what I do and I tell them I teach piano, they often tell me about a tune they can play. If there’s a piano or keyboard nearby, I always encourage them to show me and make sure I praise their efforts. It’s amazing how many people, despite never taking piano lessons, have taken the time to learn at least something on the piano. It’s usually fairly simple and almost always involves only one hand, but nevertheless people take great pleasure in being able to play a piece, however short or easy.
I think that’s brilliant. I dislike the elitism that sometimes surrounds pianists and piano lessons. Musical instruments are there to be enjoyed, and you can do this without the need to take lessons or spend hours trying to teach yourself something difficult or figure out how to read music.
So I thought I’d start putting up some easy, step-by-step videos to help anyone to start playing tunes. There’s no music to read, you just follow the patterns I show you and hopefully you will pick up a few tunes. If you don’t have a piano or keyboard, just download a free piano app onto your iPad or whatever.
The first video (below) is for the EastEnders theme tune. Give it a try, and tell me how you get on. I’ll try to use any feedback to improve future videos.