22 Comments
  • Jim Ferrantelli
    Posted at 08:25h, 18 October Reply

    Thanks Scott , good to hear from you

  • Richard Nichols
    Posted at 09:26h, 18 October Reply

    I like your methid and learned quite a bit from couple of your free email lessons ,. Like fingering left hand etc.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 13:27h, 18 October Reply

      Glad it’s helping out, Richard. Thanks for the nice words …
      SH

  • Geraldine Sheffey
    Posted at 09:28h, 18 October Reply

    Thanks for your advice. I started playing piano when I was in my late 30’s on and off. Took lessons from people who loved classical music and so I never learned how to play chords. I am now 66 and still cannot play that well and have such stage fright because I am afraid of making a mistake. Is it too late for me? Have I had too many years learning the hard way to change? I certainly hope not and thanks so much for your encouragement, your videos and your books!!

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 13:26h, 18 October Reply

      Geraldine you are “pitching me underhanded” and I bet you already know darn well how I am going to respond … OF COURSE it’s not too late 🙂

      Just take a look at the many, many testimonials on this site, or in responses to other blog posts here, or over on the testimonial page at scotthouston.com and I think you’ll hear over and over from many folks exactly like you who are having an absolute BALL finally making music without “fear of mistakes” any more.

      Come on in – the water’s warm! You’ll do just fine…

      SH

  • Kies Stefanie
    Posted at 09:45h, 18 October Reply

    Scott – I attended one of your week long workshops in Indiana some years ago. It was more advanced than I at the time. Now i have been “practicing what you preach”, but still think back at how “on fire” the folks in the class who were “ready” for it were, and wish i could do another workshop with you. Any chance you do them any more?

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 13:22h, 18 October Reply

      Hi Stefanie! I do not do those workshops anymore, mainly because everything I used to do in those live, I now do (in much more depth and detail) in the online Courses here at pianoinaflash.com. I feel like it is a much better value (and more importantly, more successful for students) for attendees because you don’t just see me talk about it once, but instead get it in bite-sized pieces you can view over and over at your own pace, at home, in front of your piano or keyboard.

      Basically that workshop you took is 90% of Course 1 in the method. You should give a try … We have a totally no BS 30 day money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose.

      Hope to see you as a student soon! 🙂

  • George Bielous
    Posted at 09:52h, 18 October Reply

    Hi Scott

    I am exactly “Chuck”! Saw your PBS program and was inspired enough to tape (yes, tape) your shows and order your book “play piano in a flash”. What a difference it made for me.
    Took a while to understand chords, first inversion, etc. but gradually I learned enough and got my fingers working to be able to play songs I enjoyed.
    I bought Hal Leonard’s fake book with 600 songs and marked all the songs I liked then started playing them and 8 years later still am working my way through them. This was on my bucket list since 1960 when I was 10.
    I was lucky enough to find and study with a young university trained university classical musician, Michael Prince who plays in a rock band in London and studied with him for several months.
    Being an engineer by training I had many questions regarding music which he explained to me. So now I have a better foundation and understanding about scales, modulation, cadences etc which allows me to analyse songs and appreciate how clever the composer was.
    What a great gift and it all started with you and PBS.

    Mucho Gracias

    George B.
    San Jose and Truckee California,

  • Thomas Sawers
    Posted at 10:40h, 18 October Reply

    Scott
    That was very informative and it reinforced to me that I made the right decision going with you, because I left a classical piano teacher to come on board with you.
    I saw you on TV ( PBS) channel 11 here in Chicago about 5 months ago and now I can play eleven adult songs by memory . I could have even learned more songs from the gig book ,but I should focus more on my lessons with you.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 13:14h, 18 October Reply

      Great news! I couldn’t be more happy to hear that. (Hope that vid I sent you to answer the questions you had over the weekend work for you…)

  • Willard Gribble
    Posted at 10:07h, 19 October Reply

    Scott,
    I attended one of your workshops several years ago in Michigan and purchased the materials to start “teaching” myself using your system. I soon realized I could do the work, but also teach myself bad habits in the process.
    I contacted a local music studio owner and discussed combining your materials with her expertise to make sure I was learning properly. She was receptive, knew lead sheets and we have been working together for about 6 years. I am now 73, her oldest student and having fun playing piano for personal enjoyment, with the occasional recital or performance for family.
    The points in your blog are right on. Thank you.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 17:25h, 20 October Reply

      I’m thrilled you’re having fun playing. Keep it up! Tell your teacher I said hi, and thanks!

  • Delbert Rushton
    Posted at 08:36h, 20 October Reply

    I first saw Scott Houston on Tv and then I went to a presentation he did in Salt Lake City. I gave him a lead sheet book of childrens songs which were written for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He gave me the desire to not only play again, but also teach others I have come in contact with. I have referred many people to his website when I take calls for JetBlue Airlines. I love the way he teaches. Anyone can learn from him.

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 17:25h, 20 October Reply

      Hi Delbert!

      Thanks for the nice words…

  • Rick
    Posted at 18:27h, 20 October Reply

    Hi Scott
    After completing your program, I’m able to read music, and depending on the complexity of the notes, I can play and
    both my wife and I can recognize the song.
    Now I’ve always wanted to play Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s “Three Fates” & “Take a Pebble” from their 1st album & “Tarkus” from their 2nd.
    Though I can play by ear (very rudimentary ), I can’t quite get the above tunes to sound right.
    Please advise.
    Thanks
    Rick

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 12:29h, 24 October Reply

      You simply need to find a lead sheet of those tunes (or, find traditional sheet music and ignore everything but the melody line and chord changes up above the staff…) so you can nail down whatever is not quite sounding right with either the melody line, or the chord changes. I VERY MUCH applaud you for digging in and trying to learn them by ear at first though… way to go! That is a SUPER good way to get better and better at recognizing chord changes, which will get you better at playing by ear, and on and on… It’s like a snowball that keeps picking up steam and getting bigger and bigger as you get better (and quicker) at being able to figure out what chords you are hearing. Playing “by ear” is not something that just happens like getting struck by lightning. It’s a function of your ears getting enough practice figuring things out without the music notation.

  • Louis
    Posted at 17:01h, 02 November Reply

    Scott, you are spot on. I’m a 60 year old guy that did exactly what you said not to do. I started taking weekly lessons from a (very nice) local piano teacher using the Alfred method books. After 18 months, I lost my motivation. I couldn’t take another “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” when I wanted to learn the piano solo from Eric Clapton’s “Layla”. (I’m an old rocker that played bass and drums back in the day.) Once I gave up the lessons, I started poking around on YouTube and saw a slow tutorial on Layla and now I can play it. Note reading is very difficult and, as you said, unless you’re playing classical, you’re wasting your time struggling to become a good note reader. I’d bet most of the rock keyboardists just started plunking around on the keyboard. They may not have the best technique, but they make some good music.

  • Jim
    Posted at 15:59h, 06 November Reply

    Hi Scott, I read every word in this email. I enjoyed it very much as I do with all your notes. Just want you to know a little about myself. At 14 I was “told” to take piano lessons from my sister’s teacher. After a few weeks I missed lessons and went to the movies instead. Got caught. Folks didn’t want to waste any more money on me so I gave it up. However we had a piano in the house so I used to mess around playing it but only with my right hand as I could never get the two of them to work together. I wish I would have had someone to teach me chords then and maybe I would have gotten more interested. Then go a lot of years and at 65 a local senior center offered music lessons to us volunteers first, before the public. The teacher stressed note reading and we had a public demo on tunes that no one understood and I was so nervous that my hands shook and I couldn’t even play a simple tune at first, but then tried a second time and made it fairly well. That teacher gave up on me but another lady took her place and taught me how to play tunes that I liked with her playing the left hand. That was great but still incomplete. We played a duet together that really sounded good. Then she moved away. I kind of lost interest as the right hand was still the only thing I could play. I got a keyboard and it plays chords with only one finger. With the lead sheets I can play what I want to now, except that I have tremors in both hands when I try to do anything, except type, and I cannot hit the right notes and there is no backspace there. I do enjoy hearing of the successes that you have made with your students and try to encourage anyone to try your method as I believe it to be the best that’s out there, anywhere. Keep up the good work as you are really appreciated.

    Peace, Jim

  • Nicks mestry
    Posted at 07:33h, 12 February Reply

    Dear sir, how to start tich a piano lessons??
    Plz help me

    • Ryan Eldridge
      Posted at 09:55h, 12 February Reply

      Nicks,

      If you simply go to our homepage at http://www.pianoinaflash.com and then click PRICING in the top right corner, you’ll find all of our Courses available for purchase. That is where you can start taking lessons! If you have any more questions, reach out to us at support@3.136.150.220

      Ryan
      Piano In A Flash

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