Piano 101

Let’s explore how simple learning the piano can be


I’m Jacques Hopkins, creator of Piano In 21 Days. If you want to have fun every single time you sit down at your piano or keyboard but don’t know where to start, this Piano 101 page is for you.

Here’s how I’m different than just about every other piano teacher: I believe learning the piano doesn’t have to be hard. I believe anyone can do it. I believe most piano lessons are geared toward people who want to be professional pianists and not regular people who want to learn regular songs and have a blast along the way.

Why Traditional Piano Lessons Don’t Work

(for regular people)

Of the people that have taken piano lessons at some point in their life, 90% can no longer play even one song. That number is staggering, but it’s true. Think about it… how many people do you know who have taken piano lessons? Are you one of them? And do you know how to play today? Here are the reasons why traditional piano lessons don’t work for most people:

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    Too much theory. Regular people just don’t need to know all the nitty gritty details of music theory. Theory is probably the #1 reason people quit the piano.
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    You’re not a robot. Virtually all piano teachers teach by sheet music. When you learn a new song with sheet music (let’s not forget this takes a LONG time), you aren’t really learning music, but just repeating back a particular pattern of notes. Even if you choose the route of looking up tutorials on YouTube, you’re still just parroting back exactly what someone tells you. With Piano In 21 Days, you’ll take a different approach. I won’t teach you how to play specific songs. I’ll give you a framework to learn any song quickly and easily.
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    Only once a week. Most piano lessons are once a week for 30 minutes. You go to your first lesson and learn a few things. Throughout the week, maybe you practice, maybe you don’t. At your next lessons, by the time you’ve reviewed the material from the previous lessons, your current lessons is basically over. The amount of progress you get each week is minimal. Only meeting with a teacher once a week is just not enough to get any reasonable results.
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    Boring practice. When you’re first starting out, you spend most of your time practicing. Traditional “practice” doesn’t involve playing real songs. Why wouldn’t we want the majority of the time we spend at the piano to be fun? I believe every time we sit down at the piano it should be fun.
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    Terrible Song Selection. When I took traditional piano lessons I got so sick of the same old Mozart and Bach stuff. I had to play the songs my piano teacher wanted me to learn and I didn’t have much say in the matter.
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    Unclear goals. When you sign up with a traditional piano teacher, what are your goals? You’ve signed up so that you “learn piano”, but how do you know when you’ve gotten there? The teacher’s hope is that you keep going back to your lessons week after week. In other words, forever. When I’m teaching someone, I like to define where they want to be with piano, then get them there. At that point they know what they’re doing and can break free of the regular lessons with me.
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    Unproven teachers. Just because someone is a “piano teacher” doesn’t mean they know what they are doing. It also doesn’t mean that the types of songs he or she wants to teach you aligns with the types of songs you want to learn.
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    Very expensive. My parents spent over $20,000 on my piano lessons growing up. And what did it really get me?

Almost all traditional piano lessons are based on sheet music. There are other ways to learn to play piano too. Let’s explore them:

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How Piano In 21 Days is different

and how it will work for you

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    Time. Most people don’t think they have time to learn piano. Career, kids, overbooked calendars. I get it. We’re all busy. That’s why I created the most efficient piano lessons on the planet.
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    Simplicity. The method of piano I teach in Piano In 21 Days is based on the 80/20 principle. This principle states that 80 percent of the results comes from 20 percent of the effort. For example, at your job typically only 20 percent of the actual work you do produces 80 percent of your results. If you’re in school, probably only 20 percent of the material you studied for the big test covered 80% of the questions. The key to success in any endeavor is identifying that 20% to take advantage of the principle. I’ve identified the 20% of learning the piano that gives 80% of the results, which for regular people (not aspiring professional pianists) is more than enough.
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    Fun. Whenever I have the opportunity to teach the Piano In 21 Days curriculum live, the number one complaint I get from folks is that they are just sad that it’s over. My students genuinely have a good time.

Who Piano In 21 Days is not for

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    If you love Music Theory. If you like getting into the nitty gritty of theory and learning anything and everything about music, Piano In 21 Days is not for you.
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    If you like long, tedious practice sessions. I have a friend who has a PHD in music performance and he spends 8, 10, even 12 hours a day doing drills, practice sessions, etc, and he loves it! Piano In 21 Days is not for him.
  3. 3
    If you love classical music and only classical music. If classical music is the only type of music you want to be able to play on the piano, then Piano In 21 Days is not for you.
  4. 4
    If you like to wear coattails. What I mean is if you have ever seen those concert pianists who perform on stage while wearing long coattails, those are the professional pianists. If you aspire to be one of these professional pianists, Piano In 21 Days is not for you.

How you can get results FAST

If everything above sounds like a fit for you, the next step is to grab a copy of my free workbook and start learning.

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