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.


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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.