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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Inspiring piano videos

Amazing examples of pianists overcoming adversity to produce incredible music or taking a new approach to playing the piano. Truly inspirational and heart warming.

Autistic girl plays piano and sings with Katy Perry

Jodi DiPiazza shows how playing the piano can be an incredibly effective vehicle for children with autism to achieve amazing results and make deep connections with others.


Armless pianist wins China talent competition

An incredible example of human spirit – it is hard to watch this amazing video without a tear coming to your eye.

“For people like me, there were only two options. One was to abandon all dreams, which would lead to a quick, hopeless death. The other was to struggle without arms to live an outstanding life,” Liu Wei

Liu Wei from Beijing lots both his arms as a child when at the age of 10 he was playing hide and seek and touched an electric wire. Faced with incredible adversity, he learnt to use his feet to perform tasks he had previously done with his hands and started to learn to play piano at the age of 19. Despite being told by a piano teacher that he would never succeed, Liu Wei overcame his adversity and won China’s Got Talent Show on 10th October 2010 playing an amazing version of You Are Beautiful by James Blunt on piano.


Amazing 7 year old pianist

Amazing performance by 7 year old Shuan Hern Lee – playing “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Rimsky-Korsarov. Child Prodigy on Australia`s Got Talent 2010.


Inspiring piano videos encourage

It is important to watch inspiring piano videos on a regular basis to encourage you to continue on the journey which is learning to play the piano. Every now and then we all get distracted by hustle and bustle of everyday life however every time we see something outstanding it touches a special part of our heart and reminds us what is important in life.

Like any skill, learning to play the piano requires effort, dedication and persistence up front, before we enjoy the rewards that follow. Sometimes during the journey, we experience challenges or become disheartened and lose sight of the dream, so we need reminders of why we are making this effort, to re-energise our motivation in order to ensure that we persist with the effort that level of effort required to achieve success. The `noise` of everyday life and responsibilities which require our attention, can make it difficult to hear the music of our soul and it can be easy to bury our heads in daily activity and start to forget what makes us feel inspired, what makes us unique and what gifts we can give to others to bring joy to them – and by doing so, bring true fulfilment to ourselves.

These gifts are all around us every day and we have the opportunity to develop our creativity and artistic expression, no matter how technically `talented` we think we are. It is simply a matter of deciding to do something about it, taking action and then persisting with our efforts.

I never cease to be humbled by witnessing outstanding achievement in the face of seemingly overwhelming adversity, which makes me reflect on how fortunate I am and makes my own challenges or doubts seem mere ripples on the ocean of life, which are to be either accepted as a natural part of life, or overcome but never used as an excuse for giving up on my dreams. I hope these videos will bring joy and encouragement to you.


Amazing Autistic Pianist

Derek Paravicini, is a blind severely autistic pianist, who at the age of four, could play by ear to an incredible level – memorising extremely complex songs after only hearing it once, note perfectly. This ability to instantly play any song he has heard, has earned him the title the Human iPod. This ability was recognised at the age of 4 and how as an adult, David is able to play over 25,000 songs. This video shows David taking requests from the audience and is a remarkable example of the incredible abilities and talents that autistic people can have, that can often go unrecognised.


Chinese Girl With no Fingers on Right Hand

Inspiring piano performance by a Chinese girl playing “Souvenir D’enfance” by Richard Clayderman, showing what can be achieved despite physical disability – having no fingers on her right hand.


Amazing Pianist – photocopier delivery man from Romania

Bogdan Alin Ota makes a living delivering photocopying machines in Romania and stunned audiences with his amazing piano skills on a national talent show.


3 Girls, 6 hands.. 1 piano!

fantastic co-ordination and teamwork!


Realise Your Dreams – Learn to Play Piano Today

If you have ever dreamed of playing the piano – take action NOW and learn with DecPlay Piano’s rapid results method. Using the unique numbers and patterns method – you can learn your first song in 1 hour – by avoiding the need to learn traditional notation. Learn online with videos and downloads or at DecPlay tuition events.



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