Frequently Asked Questions for DecPlay Piano Students

Why is this learning way to play piano better? I see many piano learning ways on YouTube.

Great question! The DecPlay method is the ONLY method that enables beginners to play accompaniment and melody from song sheets, within minutes. Other methods are restricted to using notation (which is slow and a barrier for many people), copy cat  methods (which don't build music skills) or playing by ear (which takes some time to learn). It builds the foundation that enables you to develop professional skills and playing by ear skills, much quicker than other methods. This is explained in detail in the video I will send you, once I know your preferences in the questions I have outlined at the bottom of this email.


Can I do it?

Absolutely YES you can do it! How do I know? I know because I've witnessed the outstanding success the DecPlay formula has had with over 3,000 people in 72 countries, with people from age 4 to 84, with zero musical experience. 

How do I learn chords on piano?

The free tutorial videos I will send you will teach you to play chords incredibly quickly (enter your email at www.DecPlay.com ). In fact, you will be able to play your first song using chords, within 20 minutes and then I explain more advanced techniques later. 


Why is it so hard to learn piano?

It's hard to learn if traditional methods, or copy-cat type YouTube videos are used. It's not hard using the DecPlay methods as shown with the amazingly quick results the DecPlay formula has had with thousands of people of all ages from age 4 to 84+, with zero musical experience. 

How Can i learn to Play by Ear

The secret to playing by ear, is understanding the 'relative numbers' for chords and melody. You then apply the appropriate playing pattern, to change the style you want to play in.

All methods in the DecPlay range help with learning to play by ear, especially FastPlay, SingPlay and ProPlay, which use ‘relative numbers’.

EarPlay is a course specifically designed to teach playing by ear.

Stage 1 is to learn to play piano using a unique written system (DecPlay) that mimics the playing by ear skills and once you can enjoy playing piano (which should be pretty quick), then Stage 2 is to learn to identify the music by ear, so you don't need the written song sheets anymore. 

For stage 1, if you want to play accompaniment for singing, then SingPlay is the best method, if you wish to play solo piano without singing, then FastPlay is the best method

How Can I Increase Motivation to Practise?

One of the easiest ways to motivate yourself is to establish a strong emotional pull towards a clear goal, using a fun process. Answering these questions can help:-

  1. WHAT would you love to achieve on piano (eg play a particular piece, perform to specific people, play a certain style of music, reach a level of relaxation and confidence with your playing, improvise, compose your own music etc…)
  2. WHY do you want to do it?If it is a significant goal, there should be a strong feeling associated with achieving it. Imagine HOW it would feel to achieve this. If this doesn’t feel great, then perhaps re-examine your answer to question 1 and try to find something that you would really LOVE to achieve.
  3. HOW can you make the process FUN?Usually choosing a piece of music that you love is a key part of this and doing small amounts of regular practise, when you are feeling alert (not at the end of the day when you are tired) might be enough for many people.Are you the type of person who loves feeling you have a plan? If so, then perhaps setting yourself a realistic practise plan eg 20 mins 5 times per week and ticking each day off a chart, can give a sense of progress.Do you like challenges - break up the piece of music into bite sized chunks and challenge yourself to play each section by a set time.Do you work better with other people than on your own? You could get a practise buddy or a practise group (eg online) and help motivate each other or even have fun challenges to add an element of friendly competition.

The ways in which you can make the process fun will vary for each individual and are only limited by your imagination. So choosing music that you love, knowing WHY you want to learn it and establishing a practice routine that suits you and is FUN are simple ways to help your motivation.