Hey I’m Mark Deeks, and I’m going to show you a completely different approach to learning to play piano.
One that would horrify your childhood piano teacher.
One that will have you playing songs like John Lennon's “Imagine” in just a few weeks.
...that will have you craving piano time when you want to de-stress and unwind.
...that will have you in demand at future parties as you delight your friends and family with snippets of everyone's favourite songs.
...that will set you up with all of the foundations you need to go on and learn whatever songs you want to.
This is no ordinary piano program. I actively encourage AGAINST playing more than 15 minutes at a time (unless your goal is to become a professional pianist). You only need the same amount of time it takes to have a decent cuppa.
You shouldn’t have to play childish nursery rhymes before you play the music you love. I want you playing songs as fast as possible.
You can learn to play the piano without learning scales. There, I said it. Learning scales first is like learning all of the verbs in a foreign language before you learn how to speak a sentence. I know I’ve said this already but unless you’re planning to tour the world as a concert pianist, you don't need to lose hours mastering your scales.
While not technically a myth...this might be ‘I can’t afford an instrument right now’. The good news is you need way less than you might think. I can recommend new electric keyboards from £200 to get you going or you could get a second hand piano. Send me a message tonight with your budget and your postcode and I’ll send you some options. Don’t let perfection hold you back. You don’t need a high spec instrument to have fun.
When you have an in person lesson, sometimes it is hard to see exactly what your teacher is doing.
You have to ask them repeatedly to show you again. Which can make you feel uncomfortable.
And sometimes you leave and you still don’t really understand.
With on-demand video lessons you can hit the rewind button when you need to watch something again. You don't need to worry about testing someones patience or feeling a bit stupid.
You can learn at your own pace. And because we have weekly live Q&A calls and the opportunity to ask for personal feedback, you’ll never feel stuck again.
Hey I’m Mark but you may know me as #ThatPianoGuy or the guy with a PhD in heavy metal (yes, really).
I started teaching piano when I was 15, and since then I’ve spent almost 30 years working in the music industry. I’ve led musicians for the BBC, Disney & Gareth Malone. I’ve worked with musicians playing black metal one day and an orchestra the next.
And working with different styles of music every day, I noticed something interesting...
Everything that music can give us sometimes gets lost when we learn the “traditional” way.
I strip out the unnecessary steps and language to make music more accessible. I take the soul of the music you love and use my improved method to teach beginners how to make great music and love the process. I’ve tested and perfected this in both the community choirs I lead and in the online piano lessons I teach.
And that I celebrate every time someone rediscovers their love of making music. Not just listening, but physically producing those sounds with their own fingers and feet.
And I’m excited to listen when you sit down and play…
...because you will be playing parts of your favourite songs within the next 90 days.
The power of music is liberating. It’s fun to listen to…
...but making your own music...even if you’re mangling your way through your first few notes
...will free you from the weight of your daily thoughts.
I know you’ve thought about learning to play many times before and decided to put it off until “later”.
When you have more time, when your kids leave home or when you retire.
But you can enjoy 15 minutes of stress relieving music making right now.
With an extra boost of joy when someone passes by and exclaims, “Wow you can play that!”
There’s an easy solution.
Rewatch video lessons as many times as you need so you really can learn at your own pace alongside LIVE weekly Q&A sessions and on-demand feedback from me, whenever you need it.
When you join you’ll get access to the vault of beginner lessons.
Each one is designed to be learned in bitesized chunks, so you’ll never need to find more than 15 minutes in a day.
Stack #1 builds up the skills you need to start playing confidently.
You can watch these at the same time as Stack #1, or master the basics first. Here we’re building the healthy habits you need to easily integrate playing piano into your daily life.
Get a One to One 15 Minute Piano Mindset Call with me when you join so you can have some personalised motivation just for you.
Signed copy of "NOT Another Piano Book: How Everything That Stopped You Playing Like a Piano Legend So Far... Shouldn't!" with FREE shipping anywhere in the world.
Join now and you’ll get 30 days to test out the lessons and the community, and if at the end of this you don’t feel like you’ve grasped the basics, we can undo this little experiment and you’ll get a full refund.
The short answer is yes. You may have a 61 note keyboard lying around your house and this is fine, there is one song where you’ll run out of keys, but there are eleven more for you to practice. Don’t hold back just because your equipment isn't perfect. Get started, and then upgrade when you’re ready.
If you want to buy a new keyboard now, hit reply to the purchase confirmation email with your budget and I’ll send you some links to my favourites.
If your keyboard has 88 notes, then yes. This is the size I always recommend.
You can't learn to play piano in 21 days. You can learn some of the fundamentals but you won't walk away being able to confidently play songs that are recognisable to your friends and family.
I’ve taught piano for 28 years and it takes 90 days to really start establishing what it takes to get you playing confidently. In 90 days you’ll not be a concert pianist but you'll have made a great start to starting to play how you want to.
You can learn anything on YouTube. But you’ll never know if it’s a random teenager sitting in his bedroom in Germany (no offence Germany!) You’ll never know if the information is correct, or whether they are teaching you bad habits. And there is no continuity of learning, so one lesson does not naturally fit into another.
It's the equivalent of sticking your hand in the laundry basket and hoping you’ll pull out a full outfit.
Plus the info only flows in one direction - you don't get the community or the weekly access to me to troubleshoot any of your challenges.
You’ll get lifetime access to all of the lessons, workshops and downloads. You’ll also get lifetime access to any new classes and resources added to the program.
Access to the LIVE Q&A and personalised feedback from me is for 90 days, although there is the option to extend this for a small monthly subscription at the end of the 90 days if you find you still want support.
Piano Startup Academy is perfect for you if…
If you found yourself nodding your head to at least 5 of these then I’ll meet you inside Piano Startup Academy.