November 22


Glen Hansard on DecPlay Piano

By declan@decplaypiano.com

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.....


Hello, my name is Glen Hansard, and I've just been sitting here working through the DecPlay method of playing piano here with Declan, and I gotta 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.

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Video Lesson Includes:-

  • Easy Piano Method for Seniors  
  • Play Songs for Fun
  • No Need to 'Read Music'  
  • Easy 5 Step Formula
  • Accessible - arthritis and low sight  

I could read a bit of music and play tunes in my right hand but didn't know what to do with my left hand. 

Within days I learnt to play 2 songs, with both hands.

DecPlay makes it easy ..... it's fun! 

Eric (age 76)


I am now retired and over the years I had tried learning piano but found it overwhelming.

The DecPlay system made it possible for me to play right away, with just a modicum of practice, Genius!

I'm experiencing the pleasure of creating music for the first time in my life.



At 59 yrs I had never played an instrument and was unable to read music (having tried several times).

Within weeks the DecPlay system enabled me to play songs I love on piano.

It's great that I don’t need to 'read music' in order for me to play and enjoy the piano every day.



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