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
Christmas Piano By Ear

Now You Can Learn To Play Your Favorite Christmas Classics On The Piano By Ear --Without Sheet Music!

...Even If You've Only Been Playing A Short Time!
 

Are you ready to be shown, step-by-step, how to play all your favorite holiday classics by ear?

...With my help, you'll learn everything you need to know to play your favorite Christmas songs --- without reading sheet music!
 
...With my tested and proven easy to learn process, you'll learn everything you need to know to play your favorite Christmas songs --- without reading sheet music or chord charts!
 
From:   Matthew Stephens
 
Most of you already know me. You've either met me through my weekly Piano By Ear Newsletter emails or you've met me on the Discussion Board. Some and even called and I've had the pleasure of speaking to you on the phone. And many, many of you have already purchased Piano By Ear for Beginners or Piano By Ear Continued or BOTH!

I think you'll agree that I take learning to play the piano by ear seriously! I'm dedicated to helping my students learn to play the piano by ear! And even though there are other companies out there that...as we say it here in the Ozarks, "have gotten too big for their britches", I still answer all my emails personally!

Here's what LaBron from Tennessee had to say recently:
 
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 consistent 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.

You Want To Learn To Play The Piano By Ear...not just a few chords!

As a piano teacher, my goal is to teach you HOW to play by ear. I'm not interested in teaching you a few chords or just one song. As a teacher, I want you to be able to "play the piano" by ear!

You know, a lot of you have complained that other "piano by ear" material out there only shows you some cool chords but doesn't show you "HOW" to use them.

Others complain that some material just shows you how to play a song. And if I know my students, they don't want to be showed how to play a song or just some cool chords...

People like you want to be taken by the hand and led step by step with an over the shoulder approach to learning Christmas classics - all by ear.

And the amazing part is that you can play these songs at YOUR skill level. Whether you're a beginner or you've been playing for some time now, you will benefit from this information. That's because with each song, I've broken down the information into two sections...one for a beginner...one for the experienced pianist.

So... Keep reading to learn how you can apply simple techniques that will help you to learn tons of your other Christmas favorites.

 
How would you like to play Christmas classics like "What Child Is This," "O Holy Night," "The First Noel," and others... ALL BY EAR?

...and I'm not talking about just showing you a few new chords and sending you on your way!

I'm talking about taking you by the hand and showing you step by step how to play these (and others) Christmas classics by ear!
 
My easy steps include
 
Understanding how the piano works (how chords are formed and how they combine together to create progressions and songs).
 
Picking out the melody (or tune) of a song, finding the right chords that go with the melody, and adding "extra" chords and fillers to make your songs sound full
 
Recognizing that chord progressions are common in many songs and being able to identify these chord patterns in Christmas classics!  This means you can do this in other songs as well.
 
Simple left hand and right hand techniques that are easy to learn but make your piano playing sound full and rich!
 
Having fun while learning Christmas classics that you can play for your family and friends THIS Christmas season!

...and much more!

How would you like to be able to sit down at your piano and play all of your favorite Christmas songs by ear? No sheet music...

Listen...

I've taught literally hundreds of people how to play the piano by ear. Taking my 20 years of experience of teaching piano by ear, I've taught all ages of students from 5 years old to 65 and at every level. I've taught students who know nothing about the piano. I've taught students who play by note and want to learn to play by ear. And I've listened to what my students have said to come up with an easy, simple to understand approach to learning to play the piano by ear.

I know what folks need to take their piano playing to the next level!

You know, there are many great pianists out there, but not many of them are able to take the complexity of playing the piano by ear and making it sensible. Bringing it down on your level where YOU can learn!

Recently, I surveyed students who currently use my instructional DVDs. I asked them why they weren't asking questions on the discussion board. You know what a large majority said? "There's nothing to ask. You explain everything very well on the DVD, so I don't have any questions."

Now granted, I took a lot of time when making my instructional DVDs, and I thought I did a pretty good job. But, I'll have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised.

What about Christmas songs?

Every year, at Christmas time, guess who has to play for the services when all the Christmas carols are sung? You guessed it, ME! Everyone is so afraid of tackling those Christmas classics.

And, really, I totally understand. I remember as a young pianist fretting over these songs. Maybe it's because we usually only play them once a year. But the more I played them year after year (I love a challenge), I began to realize many of these songs follow the same chord progressions and have the same "complex" issues as many other ones....

So, after months and months of pushing it to the side, I've finally called Scott (my production manager) and come up with the ultimate approach to learning these tough but popular Christmas classics...all by ear!

...And the best thing about it is:

I've designed the program so that it doesn't matter what your experience with the piano is. Regardless of whether you've been playing for a month or perhaps several years, you'll still benefit from my instruction.

Each and every song is broken down into sections for both the beginner and the experienced pianist. For the beginner I teach you the "basics" such as picking out melody (hearing intervals, etc.), and the chords that you will use to play the song. If you are a beginner, you would simply start at the beginning of each song. If you are an experienced player, you might even want to refresh yourself on the fundamentals of playing by ear.

And what's even more exciting is the fact that by the time you finish the "basics", you'll have what it takes to play the song exactly the way it should sound. Then, you have the opportunity to challenge yourself to take it to the next level.

After I've taken you by the hand and showed you the basics of the song, note by note, chord by chord, section by section, then I'll show you how to spice it up. That's when I focus on doing a complete "makeover"! I'll show you fancy fill ins, some extended chords such as chord over chord techniques (this makes your chords sound rich and full); right hand and left hand techniques separately and more! All to spice it up and make your playing sound rich and full!

Keep in mind though, all the information is beneficial and one is neither better than the other.

Believe it or not, many of my students like simple melodies with flowing chords as the background (without all the fancy runs and add-ons). Others like to play their songs spiced up. That's why I've included both versions. You get to decide what you learn --- instead of having to buy separate courses and pay more for different levels of training (as some recommended me to do).
 

Matthew's piano instruction program is the best by far of all the products that I have used. It will have you playing by ear in no time. And the cost/benefit ratio is highly favorable, i.e., you get a lot more for your money compared to the other commercial products out there. I highly recommend his product!
 
Fernando, Washington D.C.

 
Before I begin the information let me tell you a little bit about myself:

>>>I am the founder of ThePianoByEar.com and have taught hundreds of people how to play the piano by ear.

>>> Hundreds of people from over many different Countries have already relied on me to teach them how to play the piano through my other courses.

>>> I currently serve online members and supply thousands of visitors per year with my online piano lessons, newsletters, and more! (And I've only been online for 5 years!)

>>> Students have hired me to provide them piano instruction. Since launching ThePianoByEar.com in June 2006, I no longer teach privately as this website has grown to be a full time commitment.

And by the way, ThePianoByEar.com is also a member of the Better Business Bureau.
 
The Piano by Ear, Music Instruction - Instrumental, West Plains, MO
 

Finally, you can start learning to play your favorite Christmas classics without sheet music  - All in the comfort of your own home and it won't cost you a fortune!

...Now I don't want to discourage you from hiring a piano teacher for $100 an hour if you can afford it, but this course will teach you how to play your favorite Christmas songs by ear so you and show off for family, friends, or at church during this holiday season!

Here is what you'll gain from studying with me:
==>Discover the secrets to playing Christmas songs without sheet music by understanding major chords, common chord progressions, chord over chord, etc. (...Don't worry if you don't know what these things mean --- I'm going to explain all of this)!
==>How to pick out the melody of your favorite Christmas classics in a few minutes and how to make the melody into a complete song in no time!
==>How three major chords can help a beginner to play most Christmas songs they want (...and other songs for that matter) --- ALL BY EAR!
==>An over-the-shoulder look at every technique, up close, in easy to understand lessons broken down into step by step instruction

==>Learn how one simple left hand technique can literally transform the way you play and make your songs sound full!

==>Learn techniques that you can use in other songs (not just Christmas songs) I'm not just teaching you how to play a song, I'm teaching you HOW TO PLAY BY EAR!


Matthew, Your DVD...Piano By Ear series is a wonderful tool of learning. I have purchased it for myself in hopes tp broaden my minimal skills and also for my nieces who are homeschooled and use the DVD's as a part of their music studies. The results have been amazing. Thank you for making such a useful product. It's a rare find that I have been pleased to pass on to others as gifts.

Candace

Imagine Sitting Down At The Piano And Playing At Church Or For Your Family Christmas Classics Such As "The First Noel", "O Come All Ye Faithful", and others!
 

>Train your ear to recognize chord patterns in Christmas songs and common intervals in the melody and how they are common in many Holiday songs!

>Find out how to take the basic version of a song and enhance it to sound full and powerful

>Learn how to use two simple chords and combine them to create a beautiful chord that can be used in virtually any song! (One example is G major chord on the right hand and Em chord on the left hand = Em7.)

>Learn how to use chords and fills to play several variations of the songs so they don't sound the same every time you play them!

...There's more!

>How to play different styles depending on what mood you want to create with each song.

>Learn how to play songs 2 octaves higher than normal to create an awesome introduction or beginning to your song.

>How to use runs and fills with the left hand to make your playing sound full and inviting.

>How to take a simple major chord and break it into two hands (that's means playing only 3 notes on the piano) and make it sound "advanced"! (You'll learn this on "O Come All Ye Faithful".)

>From beginning to end: How to play every song, step-by-step, in easy to understand language with no guessing (whatsoever) or any information left out! By the end of this course, you'll have what it takes to fully play all of these Christmas songs by ear... guaranteed! Plus, since I'm not only teaching you how to play a song, you'll be able to apply what you've learned in other songs as well!
 
 
 
Are you ready to sit down at your piano and play all your favorite Christmas classics by ear? If so, here's what my DVD course has to offer:
 
My Christmas Piano By Ear will teach you everything you need to know to start playing your favorite holiday courses by ear this holiday season. I will take you by the hand and show you how to pick out melodies, how to hear the proper chord changes that go with the melody, how to spice up your basic versions to make your playing sound rich and full.
 
If you've been searching for a course that will take you by the hand and show teach you step by step in easy to understand language how to play holiday classics by ear (and other songs for that matter) then you've come to the right place. You'll learn why melodies are played the way they are...why certain chords are used and when, and what simple techniques you can use to spice up your playing!
 

Here's what you'll get:

NOTE: Scott had to put my lessons on two DVDs because I just couldn't shut up!
 
Almost 90 minutes of step by step over the shoulder piano lessons teaching you how to play your favorite holiday classics by ear!         
                                                                                                        
Each song is broken down into sections so it doesn't matter if you're a beginner or an experienced pianist, you will be walked through the "basics" of each step of playing a song by ear and then taken through different techniques used to spice up your playing. You get to choose what part you want to learn!
 
Charts, close ups, and titles to make sure you're playing the right notes and chords at the right time. I want to make sure you understand what I'm teaching.
 
 
Slow and step by step instruction so that you know EXACTLY what to do, step by step so you don't miss a thing. I take each step slowly and usually play it more than once so you aren't left guessing what to do.

Perfect camera angles so that you don't have any trouble seeing what I'm doing. Plus, there are times when I will speak to you directly (camera on my face) but most of the time the cam is on my hands so that you can see exactly what I'm doing.

Text titles are used showing what notes to play on each hand in areas that are more detailed to reinforce what I'm doing.

 
 
 
That's not all...
 

BONUS: Disc 2

This second disc is an additional 60 minutes of additional instruction just like you see on Disc 1. You'll learn additional techniques because I'm teaching you a couple of more difficult Christmas songs "What Child Is This" and "O Holy Night

This could have easily sold separately for up to $35 but I'm giving it to you absolutely free as part of this comprehensive program!

 
 
 
Ok... Ok... Ok...

Here. Let's make a deal...

If you're truly serious about learning Christmas classics by ear during this holiday season, then you won't have a problem with this deal --- at all. Just to recap:

You'll be getting Christmas Piano By Ear Disc 1 AND Christmas Piano By Ear Disc 2 (a $35 value in itself). Together, these discs total more than two hours of step-by-step, over the shoulder, easy to understand instruction.

For all of this, I could very well charge over $75 and still get tons of orders for this two+ hour / 2-disc set (wouldn't you agree) ? I know 1 and 2-hour courses out there selling for $60+ so I definitely know the going rate for such valuable information like this. Some instructional material I've seen online is selling for over $500! 

With values at $35.95 per 90-minute dvd (...and even $35 / disc is a giveaway), that price would be well justified. But I'm not going to charge you $75. I'm not going to even charge you $60... or $55.
 

For just $49, this entire 3+ hour Christmas Piano By Ear Instructional DVD can be yours. This offer is subject to change at any time (so if you're really interested in this DVD course, I suggest you act quickly --- otherwise, you might end up paying $75 or more in the future --- or worse, we'll end up running out).

CLICK HERE if you are ready to order online through our secure server!

If not, my 100% "NO-RISK" guarantee should help you make a decision --- OR YOU'RE JUST NOT SERIOUS ABOUT THIS.

 
 
Your 100% "No Risk" Guarantee
 
I personally stand behind my products 100%! If you have not benefited from Christmas Piano By Ear in 90 days from your purchase date, simply return the DVD for a full refund (minus the shipping charges)! My competitors think I'm crazy to offer such a guarantee, but you know what, I believe in this product so much the risk is on me. Go ahead, take it for a test drive.

Matthew Stephens, founder - ThePianoByEar.com

The Piano by Ear, Music Instruction - Instrumental, West Plains, MO

Okay, I've acted on my end of the deal. Now it's your call. If you think $49 is too much, then ask yourself this question: Where else can you get quality piano instruction for less than an evening meal at your favorite restaurant?

With this DVD, I'm giving you over 2 hours of instruction that teaches you how to play Christmas classics all by ear.

If you're serious about learning to play your favorite Christmas classics and other songs as well, here are five easy ways to order
 

Three Ways to Place Your Risk Free Order


1. The fastest way to order is directly online through my Secure Server - Pay with PayPal or Credit Card (We accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express & Discover

Learn your favorite Christmas classics all by ear without sheet music!

2. By Email - Email your phone number to me at matthew@thepianobyear.com and I'll call you to obtain order information.

3. Order Form - Click here to print out an order form to send in your order by mail.

4. By Phone - Call 417-255-4210 to place your order.
 
 
You're going to love learning to play these favorite Christmas classics all by ear in the comfort of your own home!  And in no time, you'll be playing them for family, friends, or even at church.  And if you're like me, you go to the piano for pure enjoyment (and to relieve some stress!)
 
To your success!
 
Matthew Stephens
 
PS:  Don't forget that I'm giving you an entire additional instructional DVD (that I could charge an additional $35 for!) So, hurry, because I don't know how long I can make this offer good!  Order Now!
 
PSS:  If you're still having trouble deciding, think of this:  How much does one meal cost for the family at a nice restaurant?  For the same price, you'll be getting over 2 hours of instructional material with an over the should approach in easy to understand language.  Not to mention the pleasure you'll get out of setting down at the piano and playing your favorite Christmas classics - ALL BY EAR!  Go ahead - make it a reality!
 
 

 

 
 
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