November 22


Glen Hansard on DecPlay Piano

By Declan Cosgrove

November 22, 2022

inspirational, piano, story

Hear Glen Hansard explain how he was 'knocked out' by the DecPlay piano method.

Glen Hansard (Oscar winning musician, total legend and downright nice guy!) shares his thoughts about the DecPlay piano method, after being shown this by DecPlay founder Declan Cosgrove.

Glen outlines how 'knocked out' he was by how DecPlay makes learning piano easy, how it is like tabs for piano and how it enabled him to play Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen within an hour, without needing to read 'music notation'.

Falling Slowly - DecPlay Piano Demonstration

Watch the video below to see Check out DecPlay founder Declan Cosgrove playing Falling Slowly - the song which won Glen and Marketa an Oscar at the Academy Awards. Declan uses the DecPlay playing patterns that make piano easy and enable rapid progress from beginners to advanced level.....

Transcript (Glen Hansard on DecPlay Piano)

Hello, my name is Glen Hansard, and I've just been sitting here working through the DecPlay method of playing piano here with Declan Cosgrove, and I got to say I'm really knocked out.

It's incredibly simple. I can't believe I'm able to play songs like Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, a song I never thought I'd be able to play on piano.

I'm able to play it (instantly) just by looking at the sheet.

It's an amazing way to tune into your ear and and to get away from all of the daunting (notation) notes. Even though I know what the notation notes are, I've read them and I've studied them, I've never quite got comfortable with reading music.

And so this is an incredible way to learn piano. A bit like what Tablature (tabs) was for guitar when I was a kid. I wouldn't have learned all those great Dylan songs without tablature.

And this is a really direct way into the chords. And so I couldn't recommend it highly enough.

Declan Cosgrove performing with Glen Hansard

Using the DecPlay method, Declan Cosgrove was able to accompany Glen Hansard, playing the entire set of songs on the last night of the 2022 Irish tour, with only a few hours notice.

Glen Hansard Declan Cosgrove - DecPlay

Playing with Glen and his amazing band (Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Joe Doyle and Graham Hopkins), Declan played over a dozen songs that he had never played before and many new songs from the forthcoming album that he had never even heard before. 

This speed of learning was possible due to the incredibly simple numbers and patterns method that DecPlay uses to identify the fundamental patterns in each song, within seconds. DecPlay also makes playing by ear and improvisation much easier and faster, than using traditional piano methods.

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