Learn Piano Online
Online piano lessons for adult beginners
Learn piano online with Rhonda Bradley. You’ll love learning to play big, full-sounding songs from your very first lesson. And you’ll be glad to know you’ve got a teacher you can trust to help you build a strong musical foundation.
Each piano lesson includes a series of short video tutorials and printable materials. You can also get help and feedback by posting your questions or song videos at the DIY Piano Facebook page.
It’s all 100% free, so jump in and get started today with your first piano lesson today.
Here’s what you’ll learn in level 01 piano lessons
The goals of level 1 beginner piano are
- Begin playing big, full-sounding songs so that you enjoy playing and practicing piano
- Instill some basic musicianship skills so that you understand what you’re doing
Here’s how we get there
- Learn to play basic chords, and play some chord-only songs
- Learn some basic scales so that you can form chords from them
- Learn to read and play a handful of right-hand notes
- Learn to play melody notes with the right hand while playing harmony (chords) with the left hand
- Build a “toolbox” of creative techniques that you can use to arrange your own songs
This style of playing is called “fake-book” notation, also known as “lead sheets,” and is combined with tiny bits of theory & technique from classical piano, plus some music composition basics to form the DIY Piano method.
It’s simple and fun, and teaches you how to play piano for a lifetime.
Many piano methods lead you down only one road or the other (chords OR notes), and this is why a lot of adults quit playing the piano.
People who learn only chords get bored quickly, and usually become frustrated trying to take it to the next level. The chord-only style is great if you are a singer or playing in a band. But it’s not great for people who want to play solo piano, because the actual melody never gets played.
The other extreme is learning to play by note reading only. Note reading is a wonderful skill that we’ll build on over time, but I don’t want you to wait a year or two to begin playing your favorite songs. That would be a fail.
The DIY Piano method blends the two popular approaches into a unique training system that offers the best of both worlds. You’ll learn a combination of note reading and chord playing, while building a foundation of music theory along the way.
“Balance” is a word that doesn’t sound very dramatic or exciting but, as in life, it is the best and most fulfilling way to to approach things.
Down the line, you’ll make a choice to consider pursuing the more creative, contemporary playing at a more advanced level — or to begin classical piano training. You’ll be well prepared for either pursuit with the physical playing and music theory education that you receive from day one.
“The DIY Piano method is one that I’ve developed over the course of 20 years of successfully teaching adults to play piano. There is no other method that incorporates the two styles of playing in a step-by-step method with this specific progression, which has proven itself successful with real in-person adult beginner students over the course of many years.
What you’re about to learn is the result of my work as a professional performing classical pianist and composer, combined with the fact that I spent many years teaching piano out of rock and roll guitar studios and managing rock bands. Rock guitar players taught me the importance of instant gratification in music-making, and classical instilled a love of long-term musicianship and lifelong music making.
These are the things I hope to pass on to you as you learn to play piano.” – rhonda bradley, founder and author of the DIY Piano method