YouTube Piano Lessons

YouTube piano lessons: pause, rewind and abandon your teacher at will!
YouTube piano lessons: pause, rewind and abandon your teacher!

With my first ever piano lesson rapidly approaching, I’m spending as much time learning pieces as best I can, so that I have a semblance of piano know-how to demonstrate to my teacher come July 27th.

For any other aspiring pianists out there, I can’t recommend YouTube enough if you want an intuitive, no-hassle introduction to learning technique and specific songs.

It can, however, be a frustrating search; lots of lessons mean well enough but usually make one of three critical errors:

  1. The camera is placed at such an obscure angle that it is impossible to work out what keys are being pressed.  Sometimes, the camera has adopted that much of a 1970s Batman villain angle, the only reason you know it’s a piano lesson is because you can hear the familiar sound of tinkling ivories.  This is particularly prevalent with female ‘tutors’ who seem far more concerned that the camera picks out their best side.
  2. Sound quality comparable to a 1930s grammar phone.  Occasionally, it’s so tinny and devoid of any harmonics that every note sounds the same.  This does not a good music lesson make.
  3. They don’t talk.  I’ve found 9 minute videos where they just sit there and play the piece out slowly without muttering a word.  This is about as intuitive as a teacher after nineteen double whiskeys.

In fact, many of them commit all three crimes above simultaenously making the learning process, well, fucking impossible.

Not to worry, though.  I can recommend two fantastic examples of how well it can be done.

LypurI believe this young chap is a professional teacher but he is clearly an incredibly acomplished musician.  He covers theory and technique very well and his teaching style is relaxed and inspiring.

Pianojohn113 – My absolute favourite for learning real, living, breathing songs.  If you’re keen on taking up the piano, you can’t ignore The Beatles, Billy Joel and Elton John.  This guy has all three covered and teaches them with no-frills aplomb.

Give YouTube a go.  While it can’t be as intimate as a real one-to-one lesson, the ability to rewind your teacher, pause them and return a day later when you get frustrated is fantastic.

7 thoughts on “YouTube Piano Lessons

  1. Thank you for this fantastic information because finding relevant sites on this topic is sometimes hard to find. You did an excellent job covering the subject and I look forward to more posts from your site. Do you offer RSS Feeds or feedburner to get more content for our blogs? I will be sure to include links from my other blogs to yours.

  2. Hi Martin

    Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately, I’ve postponed my lessons with the tutor recently due to a number of reasons which all ultimately led to me being unable to justify spending £15 per week for lessons I don’t have the time to practice for. I may blog about this soon.

    YouTube is a fantastic learning tool and is something I’m still using. Enjoy it, and make sure you check back here for updates on my progress.



  3. Hi,
    IHave been wanting to learn to play the piano and have just recently started lypur lessons, I am in my third week and feel i have been doing ok,although i am not sure if i should take some lessons from a tutor. or just carry on with the utube
    site. I found the Piano tools site a great help.
    Im new to blogs and i hope this finds you. I hope you get on ok with your lesson. Please let me know what you think.

  4. Hi,

    got to your side while surfing for the tag “lypur” on wordpress. I was curious if there are people who want to learn piano with only taking online lessons – as Lypur’s – and write a blog about the learning progress.

    I started about 15th May 2009 with only Lypur and some resources on the internet about reading music notes from a sheet an something.

    In your posting you mentioned the video tutorials for which someone doesn’t have to read the music notes from the sheet. In my humbelst oppinion, that’s not a good idea, because I wouldn’t like to be dependent from other people making a tutorial about the piece I want to learn. Often there are such great pieces nobody seems to be interested in, so it would be impossible to play them.

    But I read, that you are going to take real lessons? Then you will learn reading sheet music anyway and practicing with tutorials seem to be a good training for the coordination 🙂

    I documented my progress here:

    Cya 🙂

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