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We teach new and aspiring piano players the essentials in easy-to-follow and exciting ways.

Our Intro to Piano course is the perfect place to start.

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A step-by-step process to musical freedom.

OVER 140 EXERCISES

We don't just tell you. We show you.

EASY-TO-FOLLOW

So you won't be overwhelmed.

DETAILED INSTRUCTION

With striking visuals and animations

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All course members receive access to exclusive Discord channels where you can chat with other members, share progress and help each other stay on track!

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Course Contents

Introductory Steps

-Introduction and Discord Setup

-Downloads and Course Layout

-Why Play the Piano?

-The Importance of Music Theory

-How to Sit at the Piano

-Proper Hand Posture

-Patterns of the Keyboard

-Octaves: Simplifying the 88 Keys

-Numbering Our Fingers

Each sections has PDF downloads for all relevant exercises and references!

Piano Basics

-Rhythm and Time Signature

-Note Lengths and Rest Lengths

-The Grand Staff

-Clefs Made Easy

-Middle C and the First Notes

-Whole Steps and Half Steps

-The Major Scale Formula

-The Number System

-Fingerings

-Scales

-Scale Shapes and Proper Fingerings

-Playing with Both Hands

-Accidentals

-Triads

-4-Note Chords

-Practicing Techniques

-Practicing Materials

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140 Exercises

-Finger Identification on the Piano

-Right Hand

-Left Hand

-Note Length Practice

-Quarter Notes

-8th Notes

-16th Notes

-Basic Note Reading

-Right Hand C Position

-Left Hand C Position

-The Major Scales

-Playing with Both Hands

-Two Hand Single Notes

-Accidentals

-Reading Accidentals Right Hand

-Reading Accidentals Left Hand

-Reading Accidentals Both Hands

-Putting it All Together

-Playing Basic Songs

Looking for our other courses?

Be sure to check out our Intro to Improvisation course as well as our Making Sense of Modes course below!

Intro to Improvisation

FAQ

What does purchasing this course get me?

Purchasing the Intro to Piano course gets you access to the course FOR LIFE. It's a one-time purchase that will ensure you have access to the material for as long as need it. Also, you'll have access to any new additions or updates to the course over time. You ALWAYS have the most up-to-date and value-packed version available. In addition to the course, you'll receive a secret code to access the private members-only channels in the Charles Cornell Discord server. That's where you'll get access to an exclusive community of fellow students, who you'll be able to connect with and share progress and questions with!  

How is this different from other piano courses?

One of the ways Charles has been able to build a YouTube channel with over 1M subscribers is by having a unique ability to explain complicated concepts in an extremely clear and easy-to-understand manner. While other courses simply feature an instructor talking to the camera, this course is packed full of detailed graphic animations and supplemental resources to make sure you'll be up to speed at every step of the way. Plus, you'll practice every single concept we teach in the course in an extensive exercise module for each subject. Not only will you understand everything, you'll put it into practice immediately! 

How much practice will I need to put in?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of how much practice is enough. The best amount of time to practice is any amount of time when you're actually doing it. For some people, that might be 10 minutes per day. For others, it might be 2 hours. With this course, you can go as fast or as slow as you like, and you can replay any of the videos in the course as many times as you like. You get to set your own pace and take as long as you need to work through it.

What kind of piano do I need?

One that works! An acoustic piano will work great and so will a digital keyboard. It doesn't matter how expensive it is, how many keys it has, or how many features it has. If it has some keys and makes a sound, you can probably use it! Now of course, a better quality instrument can help make some things easier. But especially at the beginning, the important thing is that you get playing at all. You can worry about the fine details later.  

What if I've never played the piano before?

You're in the right place! This course is a fantastic place for you to start even if you've never even sat down at a piano before. We'll teach you everything from how to properly sit at the instrument, to correct finger technique so you don't injure yourself over a long period of time of bad habits. We'll cover everything you need to know to get started on this instrument. And with lifetime access, you can go back to each lesson again and again until you feel comfortable!

What if I have trouble with some of the material?

It is absolutely completely normal to struggle with various sections of the course, especially when you're starting from scratch. This course is designed to be completed again and again as needed. The exercises are not one-and-done in the sense that simply accomplishing them correctly once is enough. They are designed to be used over and over again in a consistent and repetitive practice regimen. Even once you've completed the instructional material, the exercise modules can be used time and time again! This repetition will help ensure that you're able to complete all of the sections over time. They only get easier the more you practice!

Meet Charles.

Before building a YouTube channel with over 1.1 million subscribers, Charles made a living as a jazz pianist playing gigs and teaching students. With both formal jazz and classical education, he has helped thousands of aspiring musicians take the next steps in their musical journeys. With such an extensive background and knowledge base in applied theory and improvisation, Charles has been able to help students of all levels improve their skills. From complete beginners looking to start learning the piano, to advanced professionals looking to improve their theory knowledge and improvisational vocabulary on their instrument.