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.


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.