The Easiest Way for People With Autism to Learn Piano

Autism & Special Needs Accessible Piano Tuition

George Hook studio
Declan interview with George Hook

DecPlay is a revolutionary new piano tuition method, as featured on BBC and George Hook Show (Newstalk Radio), which achieves incredibly rapid results for people with Autism and Special Learning Needs.

DecPlay’s ingeniously simple numbers, colours and patterns techniques makes it accessible to a large number of people who are unable to learn by traditional tuition methods, with several thousand registered users worldwide and great success locally, including the Able Disabled club in Wexford (Ireland).

Our mission is to empower as many people as possible to experience the joy of playing piano and enjoy the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual benefits that result from playing music.

  • Suitable for all ages from 6 to senior citizens.
  • No prior musical experience required
  • Simple to follow online videos for students / teachers / carers
Able Disabled DecPlay piano group
Able Disabled DecPlay piano group 


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“Amazing – I never thought I could learn piano so quickly!”
Phil Trow – BBC Presenter


“Can you also feed the 5000 because this is miracle stuff!”
George Hook – Newstalk Radio


“DecPlay is amazing!”
Jason Bradbury – TV Presenter – Gadget Show


DecPlay on Ireland’s Newstalk Radio

DecPlay teaches you how to play piano…and fast! It was recently featured on ‘The  Right Hook’, George Hook’s kickstart your business show on Ireland’s Newstalk Radio.

Decplay Piano method on Newstalk Radio - website screenshot

This week George and Gerard Tannam of Island Bridge Brand Development were joined in studio by Declan Cosgrove of “DecPlayPiano.

Declan has seen a gap in the market where it comes to teaching people how to play piano. He says that people who learn from him will be able to play a tune within their first hour of playing.

George was intrigued, and keen to give the business a “kickstart” on The Right Hook. George was sceptical at first but Declan explained how the DecPlay piano tuition method works and showed how it has helped 1000’s of people of all ages and capabilities learn the joy and fun of playing the Piano.

Click here to visit the Newstalk website and listen to the radio interview.


DecPlay piano lessons featured in Tesco

This week, DecPlay was featured in Tesco Magazine! The ‘Make Music’ section highlighted the revolutionary and fast FastPlay method of learning the piano. The ‘Make Music’ section on page 41 said: “WHY? Singing is great for breathing and posture and can boost confidence as well. HOW? Visit to find a choir near you and discover how young kids learn to sing at school with ALSO TRY DecPlay ( is an online programme that aims to get you playing your first tune ever on a piano in less than an hour.

DecPlay - Learn Paino as featured in Tesco Magazine

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream

This quote by C.S. Lewis says it all. Anyone can learn to play the piano or keyboard. You simply have to set your goal and decide to believe you can. Here at DecPlay our aim is to then make it as easy for you as possible with our FastPlay piano method. We can get you up and running as quickly as possible, give you some confidence and set you on a path of musical satisfaction. You just need to dream the dream 🙂

We are going to be organising a live seminar soon where we can all hangout, listen to DecPlay founder Declan Cosgrove and ask him questions. Stay tuned!

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How To Redeem Your Groupon Voucher

How to redeem your DecPlay Groupon Voucher and Access the Course:-

  1. go to the relevant course page that you have purchased ie FastPlay or FastPlay Plus and click on the yellow ‘purchase this course‘ button (on the right under the banner image – ignore the price)
  2. on the right hand side of the course page – click on the yellow ‘Pay Now‘ button
  3. at the top of the Checkout page – click on ‘Click here to enter your code‘, insert the Groupon voucher code and select ‘Apply Coupon‘ (the Order Total at the bottom of the page should now be zero)
  4. complete the form under ‘Your Details’ and select ‘Place Order
  5. On the Order Confirmation page, select ‘Click Here to Access the course
  6. Click on the blue lesson headings to see the content of each lesson

To access the course at a later date

  1. If you are not already logged in, go to – select ‘log in‘ – second option from right in top menu bar and complete the log in information.
  2. ensure you are logged in to the site then go to or FastPlay Plus depending on which course you have purchased.
  3. Click on the blue lesson headings to see the content of each lesson

The Secret of How Joey Essex can Play Piano Instantly

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2013 Joey Essex Piano

As seen on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2013 Joey Essex (at 12mins 50 secs on following YouTube video ), playing a song on the piano that others recognise is incredibly quick and so easy that even Joey Essex can do it!

But what is the secret of making it so easy???

(forward the video slider to 12 mins 50 seconds to see Joey Essex play piano by numbers)


The Secret of Joey Essex Piano Playing

Of course, what Joey played were 3 very simple tunes, with only the melody being played ie without any accompaniment (chords, bass or harmonies), yet this shows that playing just a few notes, even played out of time, can still be recognised by others easily.


It works because there are only 7 different notes in a standard scale. These can be described in different ways  (eg doh, ray, mee, fah, soh, lah, tee or 1 to 7, or c, d, e, f, g, a, b) and the vast majority of famous songs use only these notes (some non-standard notes are sometimes added to a minority of songs). The notes repeat in sequence up and down the keyboard, so that after note 7, the next note is note ‘1’ with the sequence 1 to 7 repeating again (just in a higher pitch or ‘octave’). The DecPlay rapid results piano method uses lines below and above the number to show whether it is a low, medium or high pitch, thereby allowing melodies to cover 3 or more octaves, whilst still only using the numbers 1 to 7.

Joey Essex only used notes 1 to 6 for the melody, again showing how music is constructed from very simple structures and patterns, which are not conveyed by the complex nature of traditional music notation and teaching methods.


The Secret of Playing PIano Chords

But this is only the start of the secret – not only are the melodies very simple and made up of only 7 notes, but also the vast majority of songs have only 6 different chords (which are several related notes played simultaneously) which make up the accompaniment. Many songs use only 3 or 4 of these, so that learning the chords to songs can be incredibly quick. For example, Twist and Shout (Beatles) uses chords 1, 4 and 5 (eg C, F and G) as does La Bamba, as does The First Cut is The Deepest, as does Wild Thing, the vast majority of Rock and Roll songs and a multitude of other popular songs.


The secret to learning to play these chords quickly, is to learn the ‘chord pattern’, which enables you to play the chord by simply finding the first note and playing the 2 other notes within the chord by using a pre-defined chord ‘pattern’ of notes (which takes seconds to learn), rather than having to identify all 3 notes individually within each separate chord, thereby cutting the effort down by two thirds.


How to Learn to Play Piano by Numbers


The FastPlay method from DecPlay combines the above techniques, together with other rapid results methods that remove the need to learn traditional rhythm or notation, to enable you to learn to play a song on piano (both hands) within 1 hour.


The FastPlay Advanced techniques enable you to use very simple patterns used by professional pop musicians to play to an advanced level incredibly quickly.


To see why thousands of people have joined the DecPlay piano Revolution go to





How to Buy FastPlay piano sheet music as online download

How to buy FastPlay Piano Sheet Music Online as a Download

How to Get 3 Free Piano Song Sheets

The FastPlay rapid results piano course from DecPlay Piano ( includes 3 copyright free piano music song sheets and 2 Chord Sheets. These enable you to play piano easily, gaining confidence, before progressing to more advanced songs. A selection of copyright free and copyright protected piano sheet music is available to buy as online PDF downloads (see below).


How to Buy FastPlay Piano Sheet Music

You can also buy piano music song sheets for an increasing range of famous artists, in our library, which is continually being expanded.

As at 5/9/13 – Song sheets available for immediate download include:-

  • California Dreamin’ – The Mamas And The Papas
  • Can’t Smile Without You – Barry Manilow
  • Cannonball – Damien Rice / Little Mix
  • Careless Whisper – George Michael / Wham
  • Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
  • Danny Boy
  • Fairy Tale of New York – Pogues
  • I am Sailing – Rod Stewart
  • I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
  • I Only Want To Be With You – Dusty Springfield / The Tourists
  • I Saw Three Ships
  • I’m Gonna Be 500 Miles – The Proclaimers
  • Is This The Way To Amarillo? Tony Christie / Peter Kay
  • Jingle Bells
  • Love is All Around Us – Wet Wet Wet
  • The Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice
  • The Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
  • Twinkle Twinkle
  • You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker


Other song sheets available:-
(NB these are being added to the immediate download list over the next few weeks – they can be ordered now with up to 48 hours delivery by email)

  • Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
  • All Around My Hat
  • All Out Of Love – Air Supply
  • American Pie – Don Maclean
  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
  • Camptown Races
  • Clementine,
  • Common People – Pulp
  • Desperado – The Eagles / Neil Diamond / Westlife / Johnny Cash / Carpenters / Kenny Rogers
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
  • Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House
  • Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
  • Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds
  • Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
  • For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
  • I’ll tell me ma when I get home
  • I’m A Little Teapot,
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It
  • In Dublin’s Fair City
  • In Dublin´s fair city
  • It Started With A Kiss – Hot Chocolate
  • It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones
  • It´s a Long Way to Tipperary
  • Jack and Jill
  • Last Christmas – Wham / George Michael
  • Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac
  • Love Cats – The Cure
  • Love Fool – Cardigans
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Oh Happy Day
  • Old Macdonald Had a Farm
  • On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at
  • On top of old Smokey
  • Rose of Tralee
  • Run To You – Bryan Adams
  • She Is The One – Robbie Williams
  • Skip to My Lou,
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • The Rose – Westlife / Bette Middler
  • This Love – Maroon 5
  • This Old Man,
  • Three Blind Mice
  • Vincent – Don Maclean
  • When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge / Michael Bolton
  • When You Were Sweet Sixteen
  • White Christmas – Bing Crosbie / Dean Martin / Michael Buble
  • Wild Rover
  • Yankee Doodle.
  • You Can Get it if You Really Want – Jimmy Cliff

All the piano music song sheets are being made available as immediate downloads – you can keep up with the latest updates on Twitter or check out the song sheet section to see the latest downloadable piano song sheets.

The Musical Life and Spirited Words of Nelson Mandela [Infographic]

The ability of music to inspire and uplift is no secret. To a man like Nelson Mandela, music was a way to spread his anti-apartheid, pro-equality message and remind the people of South Africa that they were not alone in their fight against racism. During his long years in prison, Mandela even spent time in his inmates’ cells, singing to raise their spirits.

This month as the world celebrates Mandela’s 95th birthday, DecPlay, the world’s fastest way to learn piano, begins work on their charitable foundation to help rehabilitate prisoners by providing free music tuition. Join DecPlay as we take a look at a timeline of Mandela’s extraordinary life alongside his relationship with music and some of his most inspirational quotes…



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5 Top Tips To Help Your Child Play The Piano

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Want Your Child to Learn To Play Piano? – 5 Keys to success

Music is a very powerful force that can stir deep emotions, bring great joy and encourage social interaction. Many parents would like their children to learn how to play an instrument and piano is one of the most popular instruments often chosen.

One question that many parents ask is how do you encourage your child to play piano without being too pushy and spoiling the enjoyment of learning? Should you expect your child to strive to achieve concert pianist level or be happy for them to knock out a few tunes for their friends or at family functions?

It can be confusing for parents who hear conflicting opinions on whether ability to play piano is mainly nature or nurture and whether children need to be coerced to play or whether they should be left to decide on whether or not they want to learn and if so, how much practice they should do.

If your objective is to empower your children to enjoy the joys of playing music, express their creativity and have fun, the answer is remarkably simple ……


The 5 keys to success in your child to master playing the piano

  1. Chose an effective piano tuition method
  2. Maximise motivation
  3. Maximise aspiration
  4. Maximise fun
  5. Encourage regular practice

Step 1 – Chose an effective piano tuition method

When choosing a tuition method, unless you wish your child to follow formal classical training, then a far more effective method of learning to play the piano is one of the rapid results methods which avoid spending time on formalities such as posture, scale and learning to read standard notation and focus solely on achieving the ability to play a song which gives enjoyment to the performer and listeners, within the shortest time possible. Arguably, the most effective rapid results method is which has proven that rather than requiring any special abilities or genetic predisposition for musical ability, virtually anyone can learn piano within an amazingly short period of time (usually within 1 hour to play song to a reasonable level), if the correct tuition method is used and key features are included to maintain the student’s motivation.

Standard notation is great for classical music and complex arrangements of popular music but it is not the most efficient way to teach a beginner as it is teaching an abstract concept – i.e. dots on lines which first has to be learnt before you understand which key to press on the keyboard. This is the single biggest obstacle to beginners getting to the stage where they can play a song and is a major factor in the huge drop out rate (over 90%) of students who give up piano lessons within a year and before they can play a song to a reasonable level. By replacing the abstract of dots on a stave, with descriptions already understood by the student e.g. numbers, the rate of progress of learning to read the instructions and press the correct keys is dramatically improved and methods such as have consistently shown that the average person can learn to play piano within 1 hour, if the obstacles inherent in traditional tuition methods are removed.

Step 2 – Maximise motivation

Maintaining motivation is a fundamental ingredients to successful progression in learning to play the piano. A flexible approach is necessary as each child has different needs and desires.

The old adage … you can bring a horse to water … but you can’t make it drink has a lot of relevancy from the point of view that many children ‘go through the motions’ in piano lessons and only practice the minimum amount to avoid being ‘told off’ by their teacher or parents, which means that their rate of learning is a fraction of what it could be if they were highly motivated.

Allowing the student to choose the music they want to learn is key to ensuring they maintain their motivation to learn, whether this is pop music, themes from their favourite TV programme or films etc… Young children often love nursery rhymes, so starting off a young person with Bach or Mozart might not be the best choice – similarly, trying to teach a typical teenager Three Blind Mice, might not be the best way to maintain motivation!

Step 3 – Maximise aspiration

Showing inspirational piano videos e.g. can also help to energise the student and fuel their desire to learn. Taking your child to see lve music performances is a fantastic way to give them a taste of what joy can be given to others through music performance and give them some role models to aspire to emulate. This doesn’t have to be expensive concerts with top artists – even informal song-a-long type events, watching street entertainers, folk / community music events or impromptu performances can be an incredibly powerful positive influence on children.

Step 4 – Maximise fun

Making lessons ‘fun’ can massively improve the rate of learning. There are many examples of fun piano videos on YouTube and examples can be viewed at which can show that playing piano does not have to be too serious and boring and can be one of the most amazing experiences you can have which simultaneously develops your creativity, dexterity, mental agility and more importantly …. gives huge enjoyment to others and is great fun!

Step 5 – Encourage regular practice

If you have followed the 4 steps mentioned above, your child should already be motivated to want to practice and should look forward to playing piano as a ‘fun’ activity. As a parent, it is very important to help your child maintain focus and create healthy habits, such as practicing at least 15 minutes per day. You can help by reminding them daily, giving encouragement, attention and praise to acknowledge their improvements and achievements. Creating a calm and relaxed environment in which they can practice will help. Learning piano can also be a great social activity and peer learning can achieve fantastic results. If your child has friends who also have an interest in learning piano, they can have great fun by teaching each other what they have learnt, playing duets, creating group ensembles / bands and co-writing their own tunes.


In summary, the first and most important step in helping your child to learn to play the piano, is choosing an effective tuition method. If you get this right, all the other aspects will follow. If your child does not view the method as fun or if the method prevents them playing their favourite music, it is unlikely to be very effective and in some instances may even put your child off playing an instrument at all.

Fun Piano Videos

4 Piano Chord Trick

Axis Of Awesome at the 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival – the Australian comedy group perform a very funny video sketch showing how dozens of songs use the same chords – proving the theory behind DecPlay Piano! In this case, they show how using just chords 1, 5, 6 and 4, you can play a huge variety of songs, ranging from Journey – Don’t Stop Believing, James Blunt – You’re Beautiful to Lady Gaga – Poker Face, Aqua – Barbie Girl and even Waltzing Matilda! The video is courtesy of Network Ten Australia.

The Fun Theory

Showing how important music can be in changing human behaviour.


Learn to Play Piano Yourself…. in only 1 hour!

You too can learn to play the piano in 1 hour with the DecPlay tuition guide, piano lessons and videos. DecPlay replaces the traditional notation method, with a system of numbers and patterns, which makes learning piano easy, fun and amazingly quick. Learn to play the piano online or at DecPlay events.