• It's normal to put some pressure on yourself when learning to play piano or pursuing any other hobby...

  • Scientists around the world agree that music actually has the most profound effect on the human brain

  • Hobbies are recreational activities, but not all recreational activities count as a hobby. Hobbies require a little work!

  • While yoga and massage are often suggested for pain relief, adults can learn piano and enjoy this fulfilling option for easing symptoms that comes wit

  • Become a subscriber for free! Email address: Website Is it hard to learn piano at an older age? By Scott HoustonOne of the questions I have heard cons

  • Become a subscriber for free! Email address: Website How learning piano benefits your brain By Scott Houston Since the end of the 20th century, the im

  • Finding the right lessons to meet your needs and skill level can be difficult—there are so many options out there, each claiming to be the best!

  • The notion that our brains lose the ability to learn new skills over time has been disproven by new developments in neuroscience within the last...

  • One of the most popular questions I hear from people who are interested in learning to play is: “What kind of piano do I need to have for lessons?” I’

  • Being a good note reader is not a requirement to becoming a good piano player. If you want to become a concert pianist and play concerts with symphony

  • How’s your head? No, I’m not asking if you feel warm or are suffering from a migraine (though I hope not!)—I want to check in on your ment

  • Why do certain songs and sounds make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, while others make you want to tap your feet? It’s a fascinatin

  • I had to list some of my favorite songs for Father’s Day too— maybe you’ll pick one to figure out on the keys! Do you have any favorites y

  • If you’ve ever taken classical piano lessons before, you KNOW scales and arpeggios are one of the ten commandments of playing the piano. They’re an un

  • Are you looking for a song to honor your mom and communicate how special she is? Here are a few of my favorites for this special day of recognition! F

  • If you’ve ever seen or experienced my teaching before, you know that my piano playing and teaching method kind of tosses traditional (classical) music

  • I’ve gotten this question a handful of times, and with how much folks are leaning into spring cleaning lately, I think this is a great time to answer

  • Piano In A Flash is honored to be featured recently in Jazz Times—an iconic American magazine that’s been dedicated to covering all things jazz music

  • I don’t know about you, but I have a few things in my house that I just can’t seem to figure out how to organize. The worst place is the junk drawer,

  • For this blog post, we interviewed a long-time student of mine, Terri! Terri lives in New York (USA), and is eager to grow her musical abilities. Keep

  • Hey there— great question! I love giving ideas to students, I do hope at least one of these below will strike a chord (pun intended) and you can figur

  • This is a question I’ve gotten a handful of times since my days at PBS— and let me tell you, I have a whole list! I picked a few of my favorites to sh

  • Are you the kind of musician that needs to find a song for every holiday?  St. Patrick’s Day songs seem to be the HARDEST to find. So, we widened

  • Are you bored of playing the same songs the same way? Do you need a challenge at the piano again? I’ve got something for you to exercise your br

  • Piano in a Flash is thrilled to announce its latest partnership with the Mizell Center in Palm Springs, CA. Together, Piano in a Flash and the Mizell

  • For this blog post, we interviewed Tania! Tania lives in Scotland, and just started with our piano courses during quarantine.  Keep an eye out fo

  • “My mission has always been to bring the joy of creating anywhere I could” — Chick Corea, February 2021 On February 9th the music world lost an icon n

  • It’s definitely a weird time to celebrate anything, including Valentine’s Day. Some are opting for date night at home, while others are headed out for

  • For this blog post, we interviewed a newer student of mine, Sue! Sue lives in Idaho (USA), and while she is brand new to PIAF, she’s already made grea

  • For this blog post, we interviewed a long-time student of mine, Lynette! Lynette has lived in Indiana (USA) for years, and is pretty new to Piano in a

  • I thought I”d share a few songs I’ve had on repeat the last couple weeks. It’s almost like there’s a theme going on here…

  • If you were left struggling during quarantine, you’re not alone.  The CDC reported a significant growth in the number of people who reported feel

  • Being a good note reader is not a requirement to becoming a good piano player. If you want to become a concert pianist and play concerts with symphony

  • For this blog post, we interviewed a long-time student of mine, Kate P.! Kate splits her time between New York and Florida (USA), and is becoming one

  • There’s a lot of adjectives we could use to describe this year’s events… but I like to use songs to express my thoughts and feelings. Here are a few s

  • For this blog post, we interviewed Harry M.! Harry lives in Florida and is enjoying his time at the piano. Keep an eye out for more Q & A blog pos

  • Is there a better way to celebrate the holiday season than sharing kindness and a smile (behind a mask, of course)? I don’t think there is. I created

  • For this blog post, we interviewed a long-time student of mine, Frank! Frank lives in Illinois (USA), and hasn’t had any instruction since his days in

  • For this blog post, we interviewed Diane! Diane lives in Colorado (USA), and hasn’t been with Piano in a Flash too long, but is already enjoying her t

  • For this blog post, we interviewed a long-time student of mine, Raley! Raley is from Texas (USA), and is one of Piano in a Flash’s newest students.. K

  • For this blog post, we interviewed Dennis from North Dakota! Dennis got his start in the world of music rather unconventionally, but my, what a story

  • We chatted with Cheryl for this week’s Q & A student session! Cheryl lives in California, and has been a student of ours since April of 2017! Q: H

  • What to know and do to keep your piano in tip-top shape.

  • For this blog post, we interviewed Carl R.! Carl has lived in Florida (USA) for years, and has been a musician even longer. Keep an eye out for more Q

  • For this blog post, we interviewed Amy C. in New York! Keep an eye out for more Q & A blog posts like this one: I enjoy hearing from students, and

  • Piano can actually help with arthritis in your hands.

  • Read on to learn why Amazing Grace was a pivotal point for Phil and his time at the piano.

  • If you're not comfortable sitting at the piano, there's ways to fix the issue.

  • Music is more powerful than we give it credit for. For some people, there’s nothing better than having fun at a long-awaited concert. For others, that

  • There’s so many words and phrases to know when learning how to make music. Below, I’ve included some of the most popular terms used in my courses as a

  • For this blog post, we interviewed a long-time student of Piano in a Flash, Kim Adamson! Kim has lived in Florida (USA) for years, and has been a musi

  • That’s a title I didn’t see myself typing! I just have to share the news with all of you: I was happy to see my super-talented new Public

  • Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of songs from my childhood. I’m talking everything from greatest hits from bands like Chicago and Earth Wind &

  • Had you asked me back in February if I was stressed, I would have told you, “Absolutely!”.  And then the coronavirus pandemic hit.  Many of

  • About 90% of the world is right-hand dominant.  That also means about 90% of the world would struggle to play piano with their left hand, let alo

  • Maybe you’ve signed up for lessons through Piano In A Flash, or maybe you’re still debating if lessons are the right move for you. One of the most pop

  • Being a good note reader is not a requirement to becoming a good piano player. If you want to become a concert pianist and play concerts with symphony

  • The other day, I got an interesting question from a student about reading versus playing by ear. As I was writing a response, I thought it was probabl

  • Not by a long shot! I have argued (and proven somewhat successfully I think with the army of folks I’ve gotten playing over the years) quite the oppos

  • A large percentage of recreational piano players want, as their primary goal, to be able to accompany themselves (or someone else) singing. That perce

  • Lately I’ve been finding myself responding to questions from TV show viewers and students with the same answer over and over. The questions usually go

  • Did you know that pianos were one of the first musical instruments families bought for their homes in the early part of the 20th century? And whi

  • So back in the day, bad musicians were publicly shamed using a medieval torture device called the “Shame Flute.”  The contraption, wh

  • Michael O’Halloran (57) is a professional ballroom dance tutor who always wanted to learn how to play the piano. His story is very powerful and demons

  • It’s a new year and with that comes New Year’s resolutions. One of the more popular resolutions is learning to play a musical instrument. That m

  • Scott “The Piano Guy” Houston was recently quoted in a cool story about holiday traditions. His part was about music and his own family an

  • A hospital in Taiwan has installed a ‘piano staircase’, encouraging patients and staff to take the stairs and get more exercise. According to news sou

  • The Mahoney House retirement community in York, Nebraska is a bit more musical around lunchtime thanks to the efforts of 93-year-old veteran Art Frede

  • What makes a better gift than learning to play the piano, right?  That’s why Savvy Living, a TV show on CBS in New York interviewed 6X Emmy

  • Like so many people, Sharon Hubbard Grassele (65) always wanted to learn how to play the piano. She took piano lessons as a child, but wasn’t able to

  • Did you know that your brain can recognize a familiar song within 100 to 300 milliseconds? A new study from University College London reports that our

  • Thousands of people are having fun learning how to play their favorite songs on the piano with Scott Houston’s Piano in a Flash online method. On

  • Yay for Knoxville! Some very cool painted and playable pianos have popped up around the city in Knoxville, Tenn. Apparently, The Piano Project of Knox

  • We know that people play music for fun. But did you know that some dogs do as well? Buddy Mercury, a lovable Beagle, is quickly generating massiv

  • According to news sources in Australia, an abandoned piano has been spotted on top of a cliff in Sydney Harbor—and ever since it was spotted, locals c

  • A Piano in a Flash student recently wrote in saying “….God bless you if you have the gift of both being able to read and play by ear.”  But is it

  • One of the most powerful stories in music got even bigger last week. Kodi Less, an America’s Got Talent contestant who is blind and has autism w

  • We all know that playing the piano is REALLY big fun. But on occasion, some REALLY big pianos have been used to bring some joy to the world.  Cla

  • Playing the piano has many cool benefits (like you need to tell us, huh?).  But did you know it’s considered to be sexy too? A Vanity Fair/60 Minutes

  • A recent WIRED magazine story takes aim at music apps and light-up keyboards as a legitimate methods to learn to play the piano for new students of an

  • Just like the human body, the anatomy of an acoustic piano is quite fascinating! There are many different moving “body parts” and “limbs”  that must w

  • The other morning while I was practicing at my piano, I had a thought, “I know my students love the piano, but do they know how the piano came to be??

  • Hey gang! Do you ever find yourself thinking “I just can’t seem to play this right hand melody smoothly!” Well don’t worry.&nb

  • In a previous blog post, I talked about 5 incredible ways playing the piano helps strengthen your mind (you can find that post by CLICKING HERE). &nbs

  •  In a recent video, I covered how to figure out what key would be the right one to sing a tune in. You can find that video at the link below: CLICK H

  • When you have gotten to the point of being able to sit down at your keyboard or piano and finally play a tune you know and love, you experience no bet

  • Hi gang – I wanted to share a question I received recently, and my response, as it is something I’ve answered many times in the past and I think

  •   Have you ever seen or heard a singer walk up to a piano accompanist and tell them what key they want to sing a tune in, then wondered how in th

  • Just a quick note concerning a lot of people who don’t play at all sharing with me that they have such a dream to be able to sit down and have some fu

  • In today’s quick lesson, I’ll cover the myth that you have to have long, skinny fingers to play the piano well. It’s simply not true

  • In today’s video blog post, I will be covering some common music theory and teaching you about playing slash chords on the piano. Slash chords a

  • Sound too good to be true? It’s not!  Hey there – Scott Houston here.  One of my three “Secrets” to teaching adults

  • Hello! Today, I am focusing on improvisation by utilizing a often used chord progression that can provide a “pain-free” way to noodle

  • Here is a simple but effective chord jumping practice exercise you can before you sit down to play/practice your tunes.  Below, you’ll find

  • Hey guys!  Here is a fun little piece I thought I’d throw out to to keep things light and fun. I know that us studious, loving piano players/lea

  • Hey everyone!  As I mentioned in my YouTube Live video last week, one of my resolutions for 2018 is push out more content for you guys – fu

  •   Hi everyone, it’s me, Scott! Here’s a quick transcript of the livestream that you can watch above, I’m looking forward to 201

  • When I was learning the piano, here is what I would tell my 24-year-old self to keep it from becoming work. I sometimes find it interesting to play th

  • Choosing your first piano or keyboard can be confusing, overwhelming and downright exhausting, but it doesn’t have to be. Let me help you bring some c

  • Quickly embed a YouTube video onto your website or blog! here   I’m so excited to do YouTube office hours with you all! As a short reminder

  •   Here’s an exercise I that can help many of you who have had issues with playing melodic lines and improvising smoothly in your right hand

  • Learn some fun facts about the piano that are sure to help you impress your friends the next time you hang out!

  • Myths and wives tales have been around since the dawn of time and while no one knows how they started, it’s important to separate fact from fict

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  • With so many different options and brands to choose from, buying a new keyboard or digital piano can be a scary process. Find out exactly what you sho

  • Would you like to feel confident improvising? In this blog post, I will give you a tool to help you feel confident improvising. I’ll teach you an easy

  • Do you feel like you will never be able to learn how to play piano because your hands just can’t seem to work together at the same time?You are not al

  • Want to know a secret tip for learning how to play inversions on a piano? In this video, Scott will teach you how to quickly and smoothly play inversi

  • Slow, Easy Blues & Improvising: Do your fingers seem to only have one speed—slow? Want something bluesy you can play slowly and still sound g

  • How to End it! – Scott teaches you a great ending that uses some modulation.

  • Can’t walk and chew gum at the same time? Can’t rub your head and pat your tummy together? Feel like your hands have a mind of their own when it comes

  • Learn a Boogie Woogie Bass Line on Piano!

  • Minor 7th Chords – How to Figure Them Out!

  • Arpeggios – Great Piano Tricks! Using arpeggios is a great way to make your bass line more interesting and can be used as a terrific a

  • Scott “The Piano Guy” Houston teaches you how to play a glissando on a piano, keyboard, or organ. He also gives you a few great tricks for

  • How to Find a Diminished Chord in Seconds

  • Share Your Request for Future Piano Videos! Do you have a question about piano? I want to tackle the question with you–comment with any topi

  • Even more beautiful, useful, wonderful reasons to make the effort towards becoming a recreational piano player … What a nice story originally fr

  • Continuing on this “back to the basics” theme working through different chord types, Scott “The Piano Guy” Houston shows you the formula for buil

  • Scott “The Piano Guy” Houston shows you the formula for building minor chords on a piano in any key.

  • Getting “back to the basics” to answer a bunch of recent questions about chord theory on a piano, Scott “The Piano Guy” Housto

  • Scott explains comping, which can make your piano playing sound a lot more professional.

  • Scott “The Piano Guy” Houston giving away a great gospel / sacred tip to make your piano playing sound better

  • Scott teaches a great way to get started into the world of improvising at a piano.

  • Scott teaches the basics of playing a minor blues as opposed to a regular (major) blues chord progression.

  • Scott quickly explains how to figure out slash chords when you see them in a chord symbol.

  • Here’s a SUPER easy way to get out of a tune using chords.

  • This a great professional Blues ending to use with any blues or boogie-woogie tunes. Here is what it sounds like. I am going to play it in the key of

  • Hey, I had someone ask me the other day about how I was playing  a turnaround chord progression at the end of a blues song I was playing. It is a

  • In my ongoing effort to convince everyone that they have what it takes to sit down at a piano and have some fun, and even improvise a little bit, I wa

  • This a great professional Blues ending to use with any blues or boogie-woogie tunes. Here is what it sounds like. I am going to play it in the key of

  • Today I would like to share with you a 2 part boogie woogie riff. I am going to show you what to do with both your right and left hands. Both patterns

  • Today I would like to share with you an easy, basic way to start improvising. Sometimes I think beginning piano students are a little intimidated by t

  • I have some “jazzy” chord changes for “Jingle Bells” to give to you to help you play a really beautiful, modern version. If yo

  • Don’t Let the Tail Wag the Dog in Your Quest to Play Piano. In my years of giving live workshops and hearing from thousands of viewers of my televisio

  • Backtracking is a great  tool to use to make your piano playing sound more interesting when you are stuck on the same chord for multiple measures. For

  • If you want to make your playing sound jazzier or hipper, simply substitute a Major 7th chord for any Major chords. For example if in the song you are

  • Do you ever wonder what is the best way to practice chords? I get that question a lot. No matter how you slice it, at its simplest you just need to pl

  • Just for fun I thought it might be interesting for you to see a little “behind the scenes” of a recent trip for a shoot. I’m in Seattle at Micro