Hello Matthew!  I really do enjoy them as they supplement the actual video course I purchased. I just want to confirm I have registered for your Piano by Ear course and have loaded down and am working through the lessons. The key is to practice the lessons in between and sometimes I miss a week or so before going on.  I find the video ;lessons excellent and believe you have a very clear way of getting the info across. Not sorry I spent my money and supported you.

Ian, Australia


 
Hi Matthew,
I meant to tell you before now, I did get your course and I am loving it! I have learned a lot already and have been practicing my scales, chord, and inversions every day. I am pretty excited about this because I feel like I am starting to learn the WHOLE keyboard like never before, and I think learning my inversions will really propel my playing. I am in no hurry however, because I don't expect it to come overnight, but that's ok. At least now I know what and how I need to practice to get better. Besides I am enjoying the journey. Your instruction videos are very easy to follow, and I like that I can go back over them as many times as necessary, something I couldn't afford the luxury of, if I had a piano teacher sitting beside me. Great course! Glad I got it!
 
Tom
Kansas
 

 


Mine is the usual story: traditional piano lessons as a child, a general interest in all sorts of music throughout my life. When I retired I decided to go back to the piano. I live in the south of Ireland and there is a university level music academy here and I found a nice teacher. It wasn't long, however, before I realized  the lessons were continuing where I left off as a kid. The approach was designed to make you into a concert pianist or a music teacher. That's fine because we need concert pianists, but I just wanted to play from memory all the tunes in my head.  My teacher was patient and nice as she listened to me stumble through my little Chopin pieces but my progress was very slow and frustrating. I couldn't really take notes, could not review anything. When the lesson was over it was over. I gave it up.

I stumbled along on my own for a while: a book here, a YouTube video there. I had a good ear and after a while I could play a little and have fun but finally got to a place where I was just repeating myself and had no idea how to go farther. What I wanted was a base to build on. I realized I learned best watching somebody show me things. There are many fine players on YouTube and it took me a while to find the approach I felt would be for me. Then I saw a video of "Amazing Grace" on ThePianoByEar where the tune started very basic and then was played in a more and more advanced way. I knew that was for me. I would be happy if I could play like that.

Since I didn't know where I would fit in I bought all the DVDs. That was much cheaper than the piano lessons anyway. It turned out I could comfortably start with the second disk. My only regret is that I didn't find that sort of course as a child, because I really enjoy playing and might have saved myself many years of stumbling around.


Michael
Ireland

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Matthew,
I just thought I'd let you know that I'm enjoying the DVDs, and the lessons via the newsletter, as well. I was able to progress to the lesson on adding a chord to the melody in the right hand fairly quickly, but can see that I'm going to be here a while. I feel very challenged here. When I first ordered your CDs, I was more interested in learning how to  "accompany" people who wanted to sing, rather than learning how to actually incorporate a melody line into the chord. However, the more I do this, the more interesting it has become to me, and I find myself really enjoying it. 
 
The only questions I have, would be about learning to play accompaniment. I'm needing help in the rhythm, with the left hand as well as the right. The more I get into the lessons, though, the more I can see that what I'm doing right now, will help me learn all that, down the road.
 
I'm very happy with the products I've purchased from you. I've looked for a long time, for online lessons from someone who actually plays the kind of music that I want to learn to play.
 
Thanks,
Donna 
United States
 

 

Matthew,

I'm a 74 year old "senior" who took piano lessons for two or three very brief periods of time during my childhood and teen years; but the materials used and the approach to learning, did not appeal to me - did not excite me - did not give me early "successes" and satisfactions - only a continual sense of "I'll never learn this stuff."

As the years have gone by, I have occasionally sat at the piano my wife and I bought more than 40 years ago and played from some of the sheet music, pop song and hymn books written for piano players.  However, when I played, my wife would often say, "Would you just stop the noise!"  Sort of hurt my feelings, but I sympathized with her because my playing really was so awful.

A year or so ago I decided that I really would like to learn to play the piano with a much improved level of knowledge and skill, but I did not want to repeat the approach of long ago.  I decided to make a commitment to learning to play by ear.   I made an effort to find local piano teachers and materials that could help me start out on my goal of learning to play by ear, but without satisfying results. So I turned to the internet and was amazed at all the information and resources that were available.

I settled on your web site, and ordered the first few items available for beginners.  I was emotionally touched with joy when I found that the materials and instruction were so clearly presented that with even only a little practice and study I could begin the process of learning to play by ear.  In just a few weeks, if not a few days, I was experiencing the early satisfactions that I had wanted and needed in my youth.

My piano practice time is extremely limited because I'm still quite active with obligations to my business, my church ministry, and my family. However, I have found that by following your instructions, DVD's etc. my skills are developing.  I know my piano playing must have significantly improved because for the past year, I have never heard my wife say:  "Would you please just stop the noise."   And I have even played a hymn or two, a time or two, for my little church congregation!

From the bottom of my heart, Thank you Matthew for bringing a long time cherished desire and joy to me.  There is a long, long way to go to reach the skill level I'd really like to have. Time and circumstances may prevent me from ever getting "there."  However, the trip itself is one of the most satisfying ones of my life.  Keep up the good work; keep the DVD's and other materials coming.

Gary
Overland Park, KS

 

 


 

 

 

 

This is Caroline, I can't begin to thank you enough for the piano course. I am stopping at the moment at lesson 5, to allow my brain and finger tips to absorb it all in. I love the way you teach. This course is so much fun. I look forward to practicing everyday.  I also think you are very kindhearted and too generous to give me that extra DVD!!! God bless you. I like how you open your student forum for all to see, because i enjoyed reading peoples discussions about the courses.  I also love how you start off with a simple melody and you build it up with chords and variations to show us how you can really dress up a plain melody. LOVE IT! I watched the Xmas DVD and can't wait to get started on that!  I learned about a 7th chord yesterday, I had no idea what it was used for, so when i learnt that it was used to move onto a higher chord I was soooooo pleased, felt like a kid who found a candy at the bottom of my pocket..haha. All these little details make learning piano so much fun, because I know how to use them. Well, if ever I know someone who wants to learn, I will highly recommend to them your courses. Take care and god bless your family!

Mrs. Kido, Japan

 




Matthew,  a few weeks ago I received my copy of Chords Galore. I purchased it during the promotional period because of the introductory price, but I knew I wouldn't watch it right away. I was sure the DVD was full of good information, but I thought to myself, "What could be more boring than an entire DVD full of lessons on chords?"

 

 
Well, today I finally popped it into my computer to see what it was like and I can honestly say I can't quit watching it. The instruction is not boring at all but concise. And the 'real world' examples keep me rushing to the keyboard to try them out. This DVD is another home run! Way to go.

Steve, Missouri


 


This is Clark... I ordered your DVD Advanced III the southern gospel stuff. This is great ! Thank you so much for making this. I've taken lessons off of many top Southern gospel pianist like Tracey Phillips etc.. I play at singing conventions and attend gospel music schools, but this helps break it down where I can slow it down and learn. I'm already starting to apply some of these things to other songs I play. Great Job ! I can't wait to practice this more and to continue with the rest of the DVD. I'm glad I ran across this resource ! Let me know if you ever continue with the southern gospel series. You're great..
Clark, West Virginia (USA)

 

 



I really appreciate the great service you provide. Since it is a DVD it can sometimes bring up a lot of questions and it's really helpful knowing you respond to my emails so fast and answer my questions. That was the one thing I was nervous about when ordering online. I knew I would have a lot of questions and it's so nice knowing you will answer them. A lot of services online do not have great support like you do and I really appreciate it. And I am hoping to buy your next DVD soon, because it has been a dream of mine to play by ear. Thanks again. -
Luke, New York

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Hi Matthew.  As a piano teacher who has a great interest in learning more about playing by ear as opposed to the traditional methods, I am very impressed with your course. You make the approach to the keyboard so easy to understand and your inventive methods are clear, concise, and easy to follow. Also, your personality comes across as a very sincere person that makes you feel an infinity to you even though we've only met via your DVD's.  Thanks for giving budding pianists an effective method that will propel them into the wonderful world of playing by ear.
Jim, Arizona

 

What a deal! Matthew is a great piano teacher and we have found these dvds to be so beneficial! we loved them so much for our daughter, that we bought the advanced set as a gift for our Pastor's wife who wanted them. Athough she has played beautifully for many years, she says that she has learned so much and isn't even finished with the lessons, yet!
Stacy, USA


Hi Matt!  I wanted to say thanks so much for the wonderful music lessons you have been sending me.  I have already purchased all of your DVDs and I am so excited.  I am 70 years old, recently retired, and have always wanted to play piano.  I took traditional lessons about 10 years ago, and frankly, I was a bit overwhelmed until I eventually stopped playing.  Thanks to your lessons I am already making much more progress than I ever dreamed.  Never did I think I could play piano by ear.  Thanks again for your encouragement and may God bless you and your sincere efforts to help others play piano.
Bill
, USA

 

 

NEW LOOK AND FEEL!

 
New Digital Video Format available now!
 
Matthew Stephens
matthew(AT)thepianobyear.com
417-255-4210
Already Play?

Are You Tired of Playing the Same Old Chords on Every Single Song You Play?
 
Are You Tired of Using the Same Old Boring Techniques?
 
Are You Ready to Take You're Piano Playing to the Next Level?
 
Then you won't want to miss this important message from Matthew Stephens!
 

Dear Friend,

Do you know what I hear the most from people just like you?

  • "Everything I play sounds so boring."
  • "All I can do with my left hand is just chord."
  • "Most songs I play sound the same."
  • "I can only play in one or two keys."

Does that sound familiar?  And most of the time people are so frustrated because they just do the same old things day after day and week after week and soon every song begins to sound the same and they get bored and finally quit playing the piano altogether. Are you with me?

I'm glad you haven't quit yet and you're actively searching for something out there to help you. You've come to the right place. You know, I've been teaching people to play piano by ear for over 17 years...and not just beginners either.

Yes, I love to see beginners learn their first song on the piano, but more than that....I love taking someone who can play a little, show them just a few easy techniques (that make their piano playing sound great) and watch them smile when they hear how awesome their piano playing sounds and realize how easy it was to do.
 
In just a few weeks, you will be using simple, easy to understand techniques that'll be sure to turn heads!
 

  

How To Take Your Piano Playing To The Next Level
 
If you're like most pianists who already play a bit, you probably already own several "piano" books that you've purchased to try and learn to play the piano. And, you've probably visited many different websites that say "Play piano instantly!"
 
And, you've probably been very frustrated at times trying to learn from these methods because you've realized that simply learning a few scales or chords don't guarantee that you'll be able to play the piano in the end.  Not the way you want to anyway...

After all, what happens if you get stuck or don't understand something?

How can you go on to the next lesson if you're stuck in the previous lesson?

What you need is someone who already plays the piano by ear to sit down and show you step by step how to take your piano playing to the next level. But who are you going to find to do that? Who are you going to find that has the time to show you step by step how to play the piano by ear from beginning to end?

Piano teachers charge anywhere from $50 for a half hour lesson to $500 a month! How much are you going to be willing to pay a piano teacher for time?

Not to mention the scheduled commitments, traveling back and forth to lessons, trying to fit everything into your current workload...the list goes on.
 
Why You Don't Have To Be A Rocket Scientist To Play Like A Pro!
 
Many people think that playing the piano by ear is only for "gifted" or "musically talented" people. And, you can't play by ear unless you play by note first.  That is simply NOT true!
 
Playing by ear involves using the piano as an instrument to make your own music.  Yes, you play songs that other people have written, but you don't have to play each and every note that is written.  In fact, you can use the knowledge you already have as a springboard.
 
Since you already play, you don't have to waste time learning scales and chords.  You already have the foundation you need to take your piano playing to a higher level.  You just need someone who can show you HOW!
 
In no time you'll be able to use a few easy techniques that focus on the right and left hand individually to surpise your friends and family at how different you're piano playing sounds. 
 
My Technique Is Easy To Understand and Step By Step
 
I'll show you how to take a simple chord on your left hand and use it to make you sound like a concert pianist.  Many of the techniques we advanced pianists use are very simple and easy to understand. 
 
Taking a simple major or minor chord I will show you how to use that chord to add fullness and depth to your playing.
 
For instance, one simple technique is the left hand 10th run.  Many advanced players use this technique to provide a very soft and smooth accompaniament.  And yet, you've been missing out on such simple technique that will build on the knowledge you already know.
 
And really, the 10th run is only one of MANY different techniques I cover with the left hand. Not to mention the 6th Rock with is very helpful on faster songs...or the simple  "1656" roll which creates a soft smooth rhythm to will blow your listeners out of the water!

Plus, I've not even mentioned the right hand yet...like the Octave Melody technique...where you actually play the melody on the top and bottom of the chord. You talk about hearing full sounding chords and the melody rings loud and clear...this technique is one you'll want to get your hands on...pardon the pun!

And at that, these techniques are simple, easy to learn, easy to use techniques that you can learn quickly.
 
And I can assure you that I will be there to help you while you learn to play piano...all the way through!  Here's what LaBron had to say recently about my customer service:

I have been playing the piano for many years and have often used techniques by mere chance or just stumbled upon something that worked. Piano by ear has taught me what works and why it works which helps the player be consistant in their playing and allows them to rely on technique instead of having to rely on memory.

 

You are always available for questions also, I asked a question and actually got a response from you with detailed answers. I have always had trouble before with having the instructor available for help. Matt, that is not true with piano by ear I asked the questions and you actually reply with the answers. Thanks for everything.

 
LeBron, Tennessee

 
The BEST Way To Learn
 
Piano By Ear...Continued is an instructional DVD (over 30 lessons teaching YOU how to take your piano playing to the next level) that has you playing like a pro in no time.  I use the same proven techniques in my lessons that I've taught over the years to hundreds of other successful students. 
 
Just think, you're friends will be in awe at your new found ability!
 

No more expensive piano lesson costs per hour
No traveling to classes and scheduled commitments
No thick music books you'll never read
No prior music theory needed - You don't even need to read music
No more frustrating moments because there's no one to ask when you have a question
 
You can learn from the comfort of your own home WHENEVER you want
 
 
You Will Get....
 

30+ easy to understand piano lesson containing step-by-step instruction in the comfort of your own home whenever it suits you

Simple proven techniques that are easy to understand and apply that will teach you how to play in ways you never thought possible

Power packed piano lessons bursting with pure dynamite information to accelerate your progress

FULL money back guarantee if you're not satisfied within 90 days

The satisfaction of playing the piano like you've never played before

Piano Lessons include video and audio right at the piano with EXCELLENT up-close, overhead shots for your convenience

 
 
Okay, So What's The Investment?
 For This Incredible Resource?

Okay, so what's your goal?  Are you really serious about taking your piano playing to the next level? Do you really want to make your chords sound full and beautiful? Are you tired of playing the same old chord progressions all the time? Does your left hand just "chord" while you plunk out the melody with the right hand?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then you'll want to hear this. 
 
With "Piano By Ear...Continued", I've packed this instructional DVD with 12 months of lessons that will take your piano playing to the next level. 
 
You'll be using not one, not two, but several techniques that are easy to learn and apply to songs you already know.
 

Easy To Understand Lessons As You Learn

Techniques that are easy to learn and use in songs you know
Techniques that are easy to learn and use in songs you know
Up close/overhead shots of my hands for easy viewing with each lesson
Right Hand techniques:Octave Melody, Octave-Third Melody, Chord/Chord & more
Left Hand techniques: Octave Rhythm & Runs, 6th Rock, Tenth Run, & much more
 
Now stop right now, and think for a minute, I can already hear you saying...."But how much am I going to have to pay?" I understand that and respect that, but let me ask you a question?
 
How serious are you about taking your piano playing to the next level? Are you really fed up with the way all your songs sound the same? Obviously, you wouldn't be here on my site reading this right now if you weren't looking for some help. But really, can you put a monetary value on being able to sit down and play the piano like you really want to, can you?
 
Now, lets take a look at the cost involved here! Wouldn't you agree that I could sell this incredible DVD for over $100? I mean, in the studio, my students alone pay me more than $500 a year for the lessons contained on this DVD.
 
With the value of 12 MONTHS of lessons on the DVD I could easily charge $100! But I'm not going to charge you anywhere near that amount. Not $80 and not even $70!
 
In fact, your entire investment for ONE FULL YEAR of lessons is just $49.
 
And if that's not enough, I'm going to offer you these special bonuses! 
Three BONUS Gifts Valued At $173 --
Yours To Keep No Matter What You Decide
 
BONUS #1
BONUS DVD
$49 Value
 
 
Get a bonus DVD of me playing some of my favorite songs with close up, overhead shots of my hands in action. Plus, I provide commentary, explaining to you what I do!
 
 
BONUS #2
LIFETIME ACCESS!
"Insider Discussion Board" ($97 Value!)
 
I'm giving you FREE access to my online discussion board where you can post your questions and comments where I personally will respond. I want you to have the access you need to become the piano player you want to be!  Whether you have a specific question or just want to "shoot the breeze", I'm checking the discussion board everyday!
 
NOTE:  I can only offer FREE personal one-on-one support to a limited number of students!  As soon as my plate is full, I'll have to begin charging $97 for online support!
 
BONUS #3
(a $27 Value; Yours FREE)
"Piano By Ear Chart" - my very own
 
Get your copy of my very own Piano By Ear Chart that helps to formulate important scales and chords in every key!  Your very own copy of my "Piano By Ear" chart that I created myself to help you understand the different rules for many chords used when playing the piano by ear! Also have instant access to all scales, three major chords for each key, rules to make minors, sevenths, major sevenths, augmented, diminished, diminished sevenths, seconds, sixths, ninths, and suspended chords.
 
 
 
 
 
PLUS...
100% NO RISK GUARANTEE FOR 90 DAYS

Hey, I can't promise you'll be as good as Southern Gospel Pianist Anthony Burger or Jerry Lee Lewis after 90 days. But I can certainly guarantee if you invest a fraction of what it would cost for 12 months of private lessons in your hometown, you will be better than you are now!

That's right. If you still have doubts lingering in your mind, there's no need to decide now. Instead, order the "Piano By Ear...Continued" instructional DVD, and take the 90 days to convince yourself.

Picture yourself a year from now, playing songs using several right hand and left hand techniques on every song.  All of your songs sound different.  They're not boring like before and your left hand is doing much more than just "chording"!

How does it feel? You've applied your self to hard work and practice and now you are able to play songs you love!

Isn't that worth $49? Wow, that's less than giving up a soda a day for only a few months! Isn't that worth learning in the comfort of your own home? Isn't that worth being involved in our community Discussion Board with me as your personal guide? Isn't that worth giving yourself the satisfaction of being able to play songs you love?

Of course it is. These are the proven techniques that I've used for 15 years teaching individuals just like you to play the piano by ear. C'mon, really, what do you have to lose?


Ways to Place Your Risk Free Order

1. Secure Server - PayPal or Credit Card
 
2. By Email
 
If you'd rather order by email, simply email me at matthew(AT)thepianobyear.com and I will forward you the order form.  NOTE:  Use @ where "AT" appears in my email address.
 
3. By Phone
 
If you'd rather order by phone, simply email me your phone number at matthew(AT)thepianobyear.com  and I will call you within 24 hours to obtain your information.  If you'd rather call me you can place your order by calling 417-255-4210.


 
Oh and one more thing...
 
Many instructional booklets and dvds out there today show you lots of really cool chords and progressions. They may show you the 2nd chord and the minor seventh chord, etc., but there's only one problem.

They don't show you HOW to use those awesome chords!

In "Piano by Ear...Continued" I not only show you many really awesome techniques to take your piano playing to the next level, but I show you how to use them in songs. Not only that, but I explain the techniques in easy to understand language and provide you with over head shots of my hands as I teach you.

Piano By Ear...Continued" instructional DVD contains 12 months of lessons that are proven techniques that I have taught for over 15 years!  All of this that is sure to take your piano playing to the next level for only $49...and that includes all the bonuses valued at over $150! 
 
 
My students pay me $50 a month for weekly private lessons in the studio. That's $600 a year. "Piano By Ear...Continued" DVD includes 12 months worth of piano lessons for only $49! That's a savings of over $500!

One year from now, you'll be playing the piano by ear or you won't! It's time to take advantage of this amazing offer! Get your $500 savings NOW!
 
Your DVD will be shipped First Class Mail and will be insured! You should receive the DVD and packet within 2-5 business days and soon you will be playing piano by ear! Just think...finally...you will be learn piano by ear and you will be playing the songs you love! You have nothing to lose!
 
People just like you are having great success!
 
I received the volume 2 DVD the other day and last night I got to run through it. Matt, this is an excellent well thought out instuction video and I have to say that the bonus disk is AWESOME. Man, I figured you could play good, but I had no idea you was that good. Anyone who don't get inspired to play from watching that video, just can't be motivated. Why oh why didn't I start playing 40 yrs ago. Matt, to selfteach, I have finally realised that the first thing I need to learn is "HOW TO LEARN". I have reviewed several on-line piano teaching sites and I like yours the best.
I especially like the overhead shots of you playing. With my remote, I can zoom in and slow the action down, its almost like being there in person. Most of all, I feel like you really want your students to learn and be the best that they can be and your enthusiasm to teach shines through. So, starting tonight, I will be seeing a lot of you and I will follow your instructions to a T.

Best to you,

Ray
 
Oh...one more thing!

With my DVD, you can learn to play the piano right from the comfort of your own home. Imagine being able to watch me teach you right at the piano! As I explain the new concepts and techniques of playing piano by ear, I show you right there on the piano where they're at and how to play them! Plus, if you have questions, you can ask them on the community Discussion Board. I check the Discussion Board every day for questions.
 
How's that for support? Although I prefer to answer questions on the Discussion Board (because it allows other students to see questions and their answers) any student can email me questions if they are uncomfortable asking them on the Discussion Board. Also, if you don't understand a portion of a lesson, you can play that portion of the DVD over as many times as you like!

I can hardly wait to include your exciting testimony on my webpage!

Sincerely,

Matthew Stephens 
 
The Piano By Ear
2720 Jennifer Drive
West Plains, MO  65775
417-255-4210
 
PS:  REMEMBER...with "Piano By Ear...Continued" you will...
  • Receive 12 months worth of lesson for only $100 $49 (a $600 value)
  • Bonus DVD with commentary
  • Piano By Ear packet with valuable resources
  • Free Newletters with tips and lessons
  • No risk...90 day cash back guarantee!
  • Free support via our Discussion Board
 

 
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