DooYaDoo (or DooYaDon’t?) Piano Lesson

Here’s a quick little tip / piano lesson for playing a “flourish” that will really help your right hand melodic lines sound more professional. Have fun!

  • Jeffrey M Powell
    Posted at 18:30h, 31 July Reply

    I know this as a Mordent? Am I correct

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:07h, 01 August Reply

      Close – but no cigar! Actually the better match for the “DooYaDoo” in classical terminology is a “turn.” The mordent (if I am remembering my ancient classes from years WAY past) just goes up and back, or down and back, but not BOTH up and down and back like the gem that is the (wait for it…) DooYaDoo!

  • Keith F
    Posted at 19:04h, 31 July Reply

    Thanks Scott, you gave me some interesting ideas and possibilities. Always enjoy your tips and tricks.

  • John Mason
    Posted at 19:17h, 31 July Reply

    I’m in Canada so I don’t have a zip code. It is a 6 digit postal code.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:01h, 01 August Reply

      Hi John,

      Not sure where you are seeing that? Is it for signing up for the email newsletter from the form on this page? If so go ahead and put your PC in there. It will accept it fine…

      • Scott Houston
        Posted at 13:35h, 01 August Reply

        Hey John,

        Someone else just reported the same thing. I’ve got my guys alerted and it should be fixed by tomorrow.

        Sorry for the Canadian hiccup, eh … (I couldn’t resist…)

        Thanks for your patience.

    • Matt Eggleston
      Posted at 13:45h, 02 August Reply

      The problem has been resolved. Sorry for any inconvenience this caused.

  • John Mason
    Posted at 19:18h, 31 July Reply

    no sound

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 10:57h, 01 August Reply

      Sorry you’re having problems hearing it John. Hmmm… I feel pretty confident it is something on your end though as it has been viewed (and heard) hundreds of times in the last 24 hours. Sorry I can’t help more than that.

  • Julie Cramer
    Posted at 20:53h, 31 July Reply

    Love it! I feel I can really do this–nice s-l-o-w hand movement allows me to really see how to play this. Thanks, Scott!

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 10:55h, 01 August Reply

      The suggestion to start V-E-R-Y slowly when trying something new gets used so often (especially by me in the lessons) that I worry that it almost begins to sound trite and a bit condescending. But honest to goodness – if there is a “magic bullet” to a huge amount of playing in this style, that’s it. It’s just muscle memory, plain and simple. Whether little noodling ideas like this one, or a much more common issue of hand independence (rub your head and pat your tummy type of stuff…), just giving your brain the chance to “wire things up” by doing something new slowly at first is kind of a magic tonic for what ails you piano-wise.

  • Mary Hamilton
    Posted at 01:07h, 01 August Reply

    Real cool and ez to play…. thanks

  • Don Grady
    Posted at 09:43h, 01 August Reply

    Thank you – every little trick helps in dressing up the music. This is cool!

  • Brenda Graves
    Posted at 09:53h, 01 August Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I will try it out!

  • Dick Maddux
    Posted at 09:54h, 01 August Reply

    I like that Scott ! I will try to incorporate that in my music. I played a Steinway in a nursing home for over an hour last Sunday using your method. The folks loved it and I did too ! What a sound ! (better than my electric)

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 10:49h, 01 August Reply

      Glad to hear you are playing in public Dick! That’s a huge stretch for a lot of people. Good for you!

  • David
    Posted at 09:59h, 01 August Reply

    This useful little device has been around for hundreds of years. It’s known in classical music as a “turn”, though “DooYaDo” is perhaps more fun.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 10:48h, 01 August Reply

      Well done David! Give that man some extra credit points 🙂 It is in fact known in classical circles as a “turn.” But like you said DooYaDoo is more fun – plus it sounds a lot more like what it is. I guess that makes it a bit of an onomatopoeia (I hope I spelled that right… that’s a tough one)

  • pete
    Posted at 10:59h, 01 August Reply

    Thanks Scott. I’m an old piano player but I always learn new tricks from you. I have most of your instructional tapes.

  • Richard Ruark
    Posted at 11:41h, 01 August Reply

    Good tip … just have to remember not to overdo the dooyadoo.Thanks

  • Sandra Walterhouse
    Posted at 11:55h, 01 August Reply

    Thanks Scott. Your tips are always so helpful and enjoyable! Am looking forward to giving this a try!

  • Ted Thorburn
    Posted at 12:19h, 01 August Reply

    Like John – the newsletter info will not accept my Canadain postal code.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 12:30h, 01 August Reply

      Duly noted – we’re on it… Try again tomorrow and it should be fixed. Thanks for the heads up! Sorry…

    • Matt Eggleston
      Posted at 13:47h, 02 August Reply

      The problem has been resolved. Sorry for any inconvenience this caused.

  • Tom Pecor
    Posted at 12:51h, 01 August Reply

    Is it possible for a 71 year old man to learn how to play piano? I can somewhat read a treble clef from my High School days of playing trumpet.

    I love your approach to piano music. I don,t want to learn how to be a classical musician, I just want to play for fun.

    Can your program work for old guys with gray hair?

    Thanks, Tom Pecor

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 13:30h, 01 August Reply

      Hi Tom!

      Absolutely not … Gray hair is like cryptonite to piano playing … It’s WAY too late … I’M KIDDING!!!!!!

      For fear of sounding like I’m just telling you what you want to hear, you ABSOLUTELY can learn to have some fun playing tunes you love on a piano. It will surprise me if some current students don’t end up commenting on this post telling their stories of success as other “advanced youth” as yourself.

      You will actually be ahead of the game vs. a lot of folks because of your earlier trumpet playing days. You already know what single line melodies look like in the treble clef (i.e. the trumpet music you used to read) which is all we ever have to read notation-wise in our style of playing. The rest of the exercise is learning a few chords and their associated chord symbols. Now will you be ready to go out and work gigs in a couple of months? Not likely… Will you be able to sit down and knock out some favorite songs and sound pretty hip doing it? Absolutely …

      Trust me when I say you will be FAR from the first person who has knocked playing piano off their bucket list at your age using my methods. It’s totally doable. Assuming you still have 2 hands and can sit on your rear, it’s never too late to start …

    • Harry "Gipper" Morris
      Posted at 14:23h, 04 August Reply

      Tom P.
      I am testimony to the fact that at my age of 74, Scott Houston’s method of teaching works. I am now able to pick up any lead sheet and play the music for the first time without much trouble. It is especially gratifying to find that the music you’ve never of heard before, nor recognized the title, is in fact, a most beautiful piece of music you’ve ever heard. You never get to old to start.

      • Scott Houston
        Posted at 16:07h, 04 August Reply

        Hey Gipper! Thanks for backing me up with your nice words. I’m thrilled (but not surprised) to hear of your success playing.

        Have fun!

  • Greta Margaret Rodman
    Posted at 13:00h, 01 August Reply

    Love these short tricks you share with us. I have learnt to play the piano using your method, taking classes with a teacher that taught your way and have throughly enjoyed it.
    Thanks Scott

  • Stephen
    Posted at 13:10h, 01 August Reply

    Nice little flourish Thanks.

  • ed helein
    Posted at 13:49h, 01 August Reply

    Thanks Scott , I love this flourish. Ed

  • Dr. Ron Smorada
    Posted at 14:58h, 01 August Reply

    I love it!!

  • Sandra muehlhausen
    Posted at 17:15h, 01 August Reply

    I’m wondering………..say I’m playing in the key of c, now comes the lead. Is there a way I should know what note to start out on? Some people say the 4th note of the scale(f). I’m trying to learn lead on the piano and I don’t know where to start.


    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 12:29h, 12 August Reply

      By “now comes the lead” do you mean you want to improvise a solo? If so (needless to say) that is a question WAYYYY to broad to try and answer here. 🙂 However, we get into improvising throughout the online course (even more particularly in Courses 5 and 6).

      In a nutshell, improvising is usually best learned by starting your efforts around the appropriate scale steps based on what chord you are on in a tune. So we start teaching all of that in conjunction with learning scales and their associated chords as we move through the 6 Courses. There are also things like the blues scale which can be great in getting someone started down the path to improvising.

      Hope that helps even a little bit…

  • Frances
    Posted at 17:55h, 01 August Reply

    Love all the little tips that you have e-mailed – especially the Christmas song that was done in little pieces at a time throughout the e-mails.

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  • Harold
    Posted at 19:05h, 01 August Reply

    Nice what else you got?

  • Irene A. Gillard
    Posted at 21:32h, 01 August Reply

    These tips are really cool, Scott. They make playing piano so much fun for all of us regardless of our level. Thanks so much with your help in tickling the ivories!

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  • Edna Burke
    Posted at 16:36h, 02 August Reply

    I love this lesson, Piano in a flash…Awesome

  • Almeter
    Posted at 19:10h, 02 August Reply

    I love your lessons. They are made so simple. I played Joy to the World like a pro without the work of reading the music. How many lessons do you have on tape? Do you sell them. I read music of it’s easy, so it doesn’t sound great when I play. Songs from the hymn book sound great, but I can’t always play the contemporary songs choirs want. I’ll gladly pay for any help you can give me. Thanks

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 16:18h, 04 August Reply

      The “lessons” you mention are not on tape anywhere. They are only available in the online courses here on this site. They are meant to be watched, in conjunction with the actual method and song books you’ll be shipped should you decide to enroll, at your piano. It will work beautifully with an iPad, or a laptop for example.

      There are a few DVDs in a series of mine called the 1-on-1 Series that you can find at , but keep in mind those focus on one individual song at a time as opposed to this online method being MUCH more thorough and “linear” (taking one baby step at a time) with 6 Courses total making up the entire method. You can find out more by clicking here.

      Hope that helps!

  • Barry Rehbein
    Posted at 19:50h, 02 August Reply

    Thanks Scott…fun little piece. Can play with it in so many ways. Thanks again!

  • Naomi
    Posted at 17:45h, 03 August Reply

    thank you for the email! I love this!

  • Bill Zimo
    Posted at 16:14h, 04 August Reply

    Thank you for the tip. Started your course last year. I have a busy schedule but my relax time is at a key board.

  • Greg
    Posted at 11:53h, 06 August Reply

    I am trying to find a place to send you an email. It states that I can do so on your website but I cannot find your address. Sorry to put this question here but I would appreciate asking you one question prior to signing up for lessons.

  • Debra Ann Petitan
    Posted at 18:10h, 07 August Reply

    Thank you for the helpful note on adding a flourish to my piano playing.

  • Jean
    Posted at 11:53h, 12 August Reply

    I love the way you teach! This idea is great!

  • joyce
    Posted at 19:20h, 24 August Reply

    This is a nice sound to add. I saw the clip mentioned but forgot about this flourish until I saw this post. Thanks Scot for the reminder. For us newbies, these tips are a big help. And, I am working on the Piano in a Flash lessons and loving it. It’s been such fun to make real progress at the bench.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 19:32h, 25 August Reply

      Yeah! Glad to hear the lessons are finally “pushing you forward.” Keep it up!

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