Here are some frequently asked questions about my online blues piano lessons:
What are the videos like?
Take a look! In this example, you’ll see that I play the tutorial song all the way through before showing you how to play each part step-by-step. Don’t worry if you’ve never played before – there are plenty of videos that will take you from complete beginner to being able to play this classic track.
How many videos does the course include?
Currently it includes 58 videos, which I have grouped into 16 modules. You can find a full list of the videos on this page.
What do I do if I have a technical or billing question?
Please email [email protected] – you’ll find this email address to the right of every single course page.
I’m worried that this course will be too hard/too easy for me!
The course works for both beginners and more advanced players (including those who usually play another style). However, the best way to find out if it’s the right level for you is to give it a try. If it’s too easy or too hard, just drop me an email within 30 days and I’ll refund your money.
Do I have to be able to read music to do this course?
No, not at all!
Each video tutorial allows you to learn without having to read the sheet music provided. The videos typically begin with a demonstration of what you are about to learn, followed by a slowed down detailed explanation – including what fingers to use, as well as each individual note or chord.
For those of you that would also like to read the sheet music, I have created a downloadable pdf for most of the tutorials which also contains some very helpful notes and handy tips. Please note that not every video has accompanying sheet music.
It’s completely your choice how you want to learn!
How long will it take to learn each tutorial?
Naturally the videos are easier to begin with, before progressing onto more advanced tutorials. So you may find yourself flying through the initial stages, and gradually finding each tutorial taking a little longer as you progress.
Do I need to spend a lot of money on a piano?
No, you certainly don’t need to splash out thousands of pounds on a piano in order to learn to play!
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano and you’d love to get into blues and boogie woogie, then there are lots of great and affordable options out there.
For those of you looking to spend a little more, the Yamaha YDP-142 is a fantastic home digital piano. If you want something that takes up hardly any room and is easy to transport, the Yamaha P-115 is a fantastic choice.
Finally, if you are wondering whether or not a keyboard will be fine – then yes. Although keyboards have a different touch and feel to a piano as they don’t usually have weighted keys, this won’t make a huge amount of difference when it comes to learning my video course.
So if you have an old keyboard in the attic that’s gathering dust – why not give it a clean and get started now!
How do I get my hands to play independently?
Although the video course offers both left and right hand tutorials, there will come a time when you want to put the two together – and of course, this can be difficult!
But don’t panic, if you can learn to play with one hand, you can certainly learn to play with two. Here is my handy step-by-step guide on how to play both hands together –
- Learn the left and right hand tutorials separately before attempting hands together.
- Don’t try and instantly play everything at the full tempo – you will just get frustrated!
- Try to play and practice everything at a really slow pace to begin with.
- Try to make sure you can play the tutorial at a slower pace without any breaks or stops.
- Gradually increase the tempo – but ensure you are consistent with the rhythm.
- Decrease the tempo if you are making more mistakes at a faster speed.
- When playing hands together, follow the same process as before and start off really slowly; gradually building up the speed as you get better but keeping a constant rhythm, with little or no breaks or stops.
- Impatience is your worst enemy! Don’t let it get the better of you and force you to rush into making mistakes.
- Your hands will remember everything you play over time (muscle memory) – so it’s vital you follow the steps above to ensure you don’t pick up any bad habits.
How does the fee work?
You pay one payment of £19.99 for 6 months access (or alternatively, you can pay £5.99 a month if you prefer). You’ll be able to access all of the course videos and track your progress, for that whole time. You’ll also get to see all new content at no extra cost. If you want to carry on subscribing, you don’t need to do anything. If you want to cancel, simply do that through your account area on the site – there’s no need to contact me.
Can I download or share the videos?
No unfortunately not – to protect my copyright, the videos may only be watched on the Learn Piano Blues website.
What do I do if I’m not happy and would like a refund?
If you are not 100% completely satisfied with my course, simply email me ([email protected]) within 30 days of signing up and you will receive a full refund. I would very much appreciate and value your feedback as to why you decided the course wasn’t for you, to help me improve the course.