What people are saying
. . . about the tutorials
"Your teaching is so down to earth and simple, yet mighty powerful. Your videos have expanded my knowledge greatly. Thanks a lot, God bless."
"First time I've seen one of your videos. I'm learning piano late in my life, and I have to say, this is the best guide/tutorial/lesson I've ever seen. I feel myself getting better just by watching. Well thought/laid out lesson.
I am absolutely subscribed."
"Hi Bruce....just to say I found your Ode To Joy layout very good...I was playing it quite well in a few days....I have looked at quite a few systems....bought quite a few.......what you do is very very good...you have given us a taste of excellence."
"Mr. Bruce Siegel, I subscribed to your piano lessons - the 6 month course. I find your videos very helpful because
you are really demonstrating how a step should be done."
"This is excellent! I've been struggling to learn how to play piano accompaniment and this video just helped me a lot. Thank you so much."
"I have been fishing around on the web for basic piano instructions and I don't think any of them are as insightful or visually instructive as yours."
--- F. Szeto
"You're great! My daughter is 9 and she learns to play piano at the music school. So I do my best to study piano to help her."
"Enclosed is a check. I understand that $15 gets me instant access to the whole site for 6 months. That's unbelievable."--- Daniel I., Jersey City, N.J.
(NOTE: Since then, more tutorials have been added and the subscription price is now $20.)
"Hi Bruce, thanks for your quick handling. I've already made good use of your course. I like that you specify the fingering for chord progressions."
"You're not only a great musician, Bruce, but a great teacher - and that's not always the case on other piano sites!"--- Frank M.
"I have to give you an A+ DoctorKeys. I have never seen anyone teach that way. Most teachers start with all root position chords, which is harder to learn as a beginner."
"Your lessons are helpful for someone transitioning from solo to accompaniment playing."
--- Fernando T.
"Bruce, your explanations are just great!"
--- Greetings from Serbia
. . . about Piano Technique: A Whole-Body Approach
"I'm working on a new CD . . . I just went back to the piano and re-practiced the lessons you taught in the Whole Body Approach video. I remember you teaching them to me in my first visit or two with you. Really great stuff, Bruce. Your teaching has definitely impacted my playing a lot."
--- Roth Herrlinger (pianist, composer, former private student. Hear him on Pandora.)
"Thank you SO MUCH !!! Great explanation of technique."
--Rada P., New York
"Thank you very much for this lesson. It has improved my playing so much ."
. . . about the 12-Bar Blues Shuffle video
"Took me all of about 10 seconds to learn this thanks to your great explanation and layout. Thanks!"
"Easy, fun, well narrated, great demonstrations (including the graphic notation of keys). Thanks!"
--- Roth Herrlinger, Los Angeles
"I have been struggling to get shuffle rhythm on piano but could not, even though I've been to a piano teacher. But after seeing your video, I managed to do it straight away. You are obviously an excellent teacher."
--- S. Hodgson, Lincoln, England
. . . about Piano Accompaniment Styles for 50 Great Songs
"i've been searching for a great video like this for so long, and finally i found it! :)."
"Thank you for this most excellent tutorial. Beautifully delivered. You obviously have the patience of a Saint."
"This was very educational . . . even for someone like myself who has been playing for 10 years."
"Thank you, this is really great, exactly what I've been searching for as a keyboardplayer trying to learn to use both hands while playing!! :)"
. . . about the Ode to Joy video
"It’s a superb piano tutorial. Yep--I am sure I can play piano solo. These video tutorials are very effective."
"Is it rude to say that this video is exquisite? Because it is better than that."
"Extremely well written and thought out, and I can't think of three more important topics. It's the best thing I've read on piano instruction for quite a while!"
--- Forrest Kinney, author of the Pattern Play series of books
"Very inspiring post! I’ve been working through a reading-based program at home, but this charges me up to turn on my ears and start learning/improvising as well."
--- Bill G.
"Thank you for sharing this article with us. It is refreshing! You have written about the big picture of music learning. Most players were exposed to only a portion . . . whether it is by ear, by sight reading, etc."
--- Yoke Wong
"Great post, Bruce. I took lessons as a kid, and it was all note-reading and Hanon exercises. I never understood the structure and method behind the melodies I was struggling to play off a page. Just now I am beginning to “backfill” my music knowledge with theory about chords and lead sheets–what a difference it makes!
Wish my kids and I could take lessons from you!"--- Greg L.
. . . about Piano Technique: Big Leaps Made Easy
"thanks bruce for this wonderful tip. some of the chopin music i am learning has large chords and big leaps and during those leaps my timing was going off . this really helps."
--- Vikram Sharma
"This is a very simple but incredibly important technique. Thank you."
. . . about "Learning to Play is Learning to Speak"
This is basically a fan letter in appreciation of your wonderful essay "Learning to Play is Learning to Speak" - thank you for it. I have been thinking and experiencing very similar things and try to use them in my teaching - but I think you're more articulate than I am. I have five published books on nonjazz improvisation.
--- Jeffrey Agrell, author of Creative Pedagogy for Piano Teachers