Piano lessons for busy adults...

Learn to Play Piano like you've always wanted to!

"I am LOVING your course so far! It's so exciting to learn how to do the fillers and make a piece sound so much more lively
and attractive!  All of my family think I've suddenly learned how to play a LOT better.
"  Anita - email 5-13-14 on file

Date: Monday morning, 6:15 AM - Crisp & clear morning in the Rogue River Valley of Oregon

From: Duane


Dear Friend:

Remember the old ad...

Duane in beautiful Oregon

 "They laughed when I sat down at the piano...but when I started to play..." ?

     I remember very well the first time I played piano for a group. They DID laugh. It was a disaster. I overheard the leader say "Let's get somebody with some rhythm in there to play".


     That hurt. But I told myself right then and there that I would learn to play the piano so well that no one would ever laugh at me again.

     Guess what?

     Nobody laughs anymore. And they don't laugh at my students, either.


     Because I discovered...

The BACKDOOR to piano playing.

Piano chords and piano chord progresions

What in the world is the "backdoor to piano playing?


    Chords are a way in to the world of piano playing without having to go through the front door: years and years of scales, drills, rote practicing, etc. Chords are really a shortcut to understanding and playing music without all the formal training.

      Formal training is fine if you have the time and money. But most adults don't want to wait forever before they can play something enjoyable on the piano. I took lessons when I was a kid,  but found it boring. Not only that, but all I could do was play the written music exactly as it was written. Without the sheet music in front of me, I didn't have a clue what to do. So I lost interest in piano playing until the incident described above. But shortly after that, I had the opportunity to play in a school combo -- but to do that, I had to learn chords, and learn them fast. So I sent for a $2. chord chart advertised in Popular Mechanics, and within hours after I got it I was playing the Dm7 chord and the C6 chord in my left hand while I played the tune with my right hand. Talk about excited! Within a few weeks I could play dozens of songs using chords. And I discovered that my sight-reading speed greatly improved at the same time, because now I understood what I was seeing on the printed page!

  So I came in through the back door instead, and now I enjoy what I used to hate! Why? Because I understand what I'm doing because now I understand chords and chord progressions. I eventually went on to get my Masters Degree -- and it was easy because of all I had learned about music theory and harmony due to playing and understanding chords.

     So in this course I give you the best of both worlds: You get the understanding that comes from knowing chords, but you also learn how to sight-read printed music. And you can do it much easier and faster because you understand what you are seeing -- chords and parts of chords and chords stretched out into a string of individual notes (called "arpeggios") and chord progressions -- one chord flowing into another.

    Here's an example from a piece of classical music that looks complicated:

Bach classical piano music

     But as soon as you learn about broken chords, you will soon see that all this is is 3 chords broken up. When you learn the notes of those 3 chords, this music suddenly becomes as easy to read and understand as:

Broken piano chords - arpeggios

Here are just some of the things you'll be learning within the next 52 weeks:

 All 12 major chords. All 12 minor chords. All 12 diminished chords. All 12 augmented chords. How to form 6th chords -- 7th chords -- maj7th chords -- m7th chords -- m6th chords -- 9th chords. Rhythm patterns in 3/4. Rhythm patterns in 4/4. How to "scout" a song. How to memorize music. Form & analysis. How to add runs and fills. How to get rhythm into your left hand. How arpeggios can help you read and play better. How to use an alternating bass to add variety to your left hand. How to find the key of a song. How to arrange a song with an intro and an ending. Adding octaves to the melody for a big sound. How to read chord symbols. Sight-reading with your eyes AND your brain. Polytonality -- playing two chords at once. How to stand a chord on it's head. How to add undernotes in your right hand. How to form and use dominant 7th chords. How to form and play 6/9 chords (ultra-modern). Undernotes and passing tones. Color tones. Transposing to another key. Modulation. How to use the written bass part as an "idea starter". How to read musical roadsigns. How to use intervals to help you sight-read faster and play better. How to add broken chords in both hands. How to pick out a tune by ear. Absolute and relative chord symbols. How to combine and alter chords umpteen ways. How to always remember the sharps and flats. Country-Western styles. Swing bass. How to get started playing boogie-woogie. How to make up your own songs. And a zillion other things!


Every single week for a YEAR Duane will come right into your home and appear on your TV screen and teach you to play the piano using both sight-reading and chord techniques. With  music DVD video piano lessons, you can watch them over and over again. Can do you that in "studio piano lessons"? Of course not. And Duane explains and demonstrates everything so thoroughly -- plus you have the book he's teaching from right there in front of you -- that you would have to try hard not to learn!

     You'll have a permanent library of all your  piano lessons on DVD videos, plus all the books Duane sends along (at least 8 books). And all you pay figures to just $25. per week for everything -- Duane's expertise, the music DVD's, the books -- everything!

     "As I got older I decided I wanted to follow up on a life long dream to learn and play the piano.  But as an adult with work and family responsibilities, I knew that taking lessons with a teacher may not be workable.  After researching many different companies and websites that claim to teach piano, I kept coming back to Duane Shinn's material.  It was more expensive than others but the reviews I had read gave me the confidence to try it.  Let me tell you, it's the best decision I could have made.  Duane really wants to teach you and he has a such a good presence and demeanor on tape that you really want to learn.  Each lesson is jam packed with good information and having made it to lesson 18 thus far (out of 52), I'm doing quite well.  Recently I played a song I had learned for my nephew and he was blown away at how well I was playing and he had been taking lessons for over 3 years (but I was further along that he!)  This is because Duane teaches you so many things other than just what you'll find in the course books that come with it -- it's priceless!
     "Not too long ago, I realized what a gold mine I had stumbled onto with Duane and his material that I went ahead and ordered several other "graduate" level courses so I'll have them when I'm ready.  I can't recommend this data enough.  It's hard work on your part, but well with the effort if you're serious about getting from here to there, with flair, in a relatively short period of time.  Thanks, Duane!"

Lucas Balberchak, Virginia - email August 14, 2012 on file

     Duane starts right from square one -- how to sit at the keyboard, the finger positions, the chords you will use, how to read the melody while playing chords in your left hand -- everything. So if you are a beginner, or a rusty intermediate, or you took piano lessons as a kid but want to make sure you don't miss anything, this is the course for you. All Duane's other courses specialize in this or that, but this is THE BASIC COURSE -- the CRASH COURSE -- you'll get a complete, correct start at the piano. And if you watch these piano lesson videos week after week for a solid year, you will be astounded at how much you can learn in a year and how many different songs and styles and chords you can play!

"I just finished your "One Year Crash Course in Exciting Piano Playing". The instruction will last a lifetime. Thank you so much for being the greatest teacher alive."   Margaret from Cape Cod   (e-mail on file)
  • Learn piano from the man who wrote the book! - If you take lessons from someone who plays well but hasn't mastered teaching, you run the risk of missing lots of important stuff you need to know. You KNOW what you're getting when you study with the author of over 100 piano books and video courses!
  • Learn at your own pace! - If you want to go slower than one lesson per week, we can adjust that to fit your schedule after the first month. If you want to go FASTER, that's fine too -- we can do that.
  • Learn music theory & harmony as you go! - You won't just learn HOW to play piano -- you'll learn WHY chords move they way they do, and WHY certain patterns repeat over and over. You'll learn musical form, transposition, modulation, improvisation, and a host of other musical truths!
  • Low cost! Costs NOTHING in comparison to college or conservatory classes! - You can study with Duane on video for LESS than taking from an unknown teacher!
  • Doctors & professionals love it! - Doctors can't take a regular piano lesson at a studio at the same time every week, and neither can most working adults. With video lessons, you learn at YOUR convenience in YOUR home.
  • You get a whole library of DVD lessons! - You will refer to these lessons over and over again. The more you learn, the more you will understand, and the more you'll want to review something that was taught earlier!
  • Duane comes to your home every week for 52 weeks -- stashed away in a DVD! - No transportation. No driving. No cancellations. No waiting. No rescheduling. It's at your convenience!

  • Become a master of chords & chord progressions! - You will learn over ONE THOUSAND chords by the end of the year! And you will understand chord families and why chords progress the way they do.

"Hello, and thanks again for your wonderful set of teaching lessons in the 52 week crash course. I am a Veterinarian who has only limited time to practice and a weekly personal lesson would never work in my busy professional life but your crash course is just simply great. I bought the package a few months ago and I'm taking it slow because I do not have enough time to get a lesson in each week but man have I really learned a lot in a few lessons."
Jerry Magee DVM (email on file)

Like music? Always wanted to play the piano? Here's your chance!


  • Adults only! - Duane teaches each DVD lesson with an adult in mind...kids need a teacher sitting along side them. So DON'T order this for your children UNLESS you plan to take the course to and stay a little ahead of them. But for those adults who will do this it is a double-blessing! You can learn yourself, then help your child learn as well. Perfect for home-school parents!

      It’s just incredible. People rave over it. Here’s how it works:

      After you receive your first lesson in the mail, you will SEE and HEAR for yourself why Duane's Crash Course is so powerful. You won't wonder anymore whether or not you can play the piano -- you will UNDERSTAND clearly that "If you plant corn, corn will come up. If you plant poison oak, poison oak will come up. So pick your crop: what you sow you will also reap. We live in a cause-effect world, so we can largely choose our own results."


Can Duane guarantee your success? Of course not.

Does Duane guarantee your success at piano playing? He can't, because he doesn't know your motivation, your time available, your family situation, your persistence -- etc, etc.  See disclaimer. But YOU can guarantee your own success at piano playing!

 See Free Bonus gift #5 below.



Dear Duane,

This piano lesson course is phenomenal. In documenting what I've learnt so far, and that's only scratching the surface -- loads more to come, I realize the enormity of its content. I know you covered a lot, but seeing it documented, I'm in awe. Unbeatable and unparalleled is all I can say. Thank you for this terrific course, I didn't think that a home study course could be that good . I would never in my wildest imagination thought this was possible. Thanks for sharing your expertise with us in such detail.  You're the best, how could I not say that.

Keep well and God bless.

Lydia (e-mail June 28th, 2008 on file)

Grand piano

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If you order today we can get your first DVD lesson off to in 48 hours or less -- in a few days you'll be on your way to playing the piano like you've always wanted to!

     You get 52 weekly lessons on DVD videos. That's a LOT of instruction. If you went to a music studio to take a 1/2 hour lesson, part of the time YOU would be talking and playing. You wouldn't get over 15 minutes of instruction. But here you get the full session with Duane playing each song and explaining in detail -- using slow-motion and close-ups to make it crystal-clear. You would have to be brain-dead NOT to learn!

But you also get...

8 Free Bonuses!

  • Free Bonus Gift #1 ($39. Value) The " Secret of Power Practice" video. Learn the 3 little-known secrets of getting GREAT results from your practice time!

  • Free Bonus Gift #2 ($15. Value) The " Magic Keyboard Chart" - a keyboard chart that slips behind the keys on your piano and guides you to every note in both the bass and the treble clef.

  • Free Bonus Gift #3 ($12. Value) " All the Major Chords" chord chart to help you understand chords and get started using them. Each of the 12 chords is shown in picture form, so you get the right fingers on the right notes!

  • Free Bonus Gift #4 ($33. Value) " Secrets I Have Discovered The Hard Way" Duane's own private chat with his students on CD -- conducted in confidence with his "Pros In Progress". Welcome to the family! Listen in as Duane chats with you and his other private students about some of the little-known and exciting things he has learned about piano playing over his entire career.

  • Free Bonus Gift #5 (Priceless Value) "Take a Message to Garcia" A rare document you will treasure! Duane owns the first edition of this out-of-print manuscript that has become a" legend. This is the secret of success in ANY field -- not just piano playing. You will be amazed at how you can guarantee your own success when you "Take a Message to Garcia"

  • Free Bonus Gift #6 - ($39. value) "Quick-Start DVD Video" - (Extremely helpful & valuable advice!) "How  To Get a Quick Start At The Piano!" This DVD will demonstrate what you're going to be learning over the next year, plus tips galore on how to practice to get the best and fastest results!

  • Free Bonus Gift #7 - (Who knows what this is worth?) "Good Stuff You Really Need To Know About Piano Playing!" Duane's email newsletter for students only. No one else can subscribe to this newsletter. You'll get it as a free bonus when you enroll -- it will come to your email box automatically.

  • Free Bonus Gift #8 - "The Most Used Chords In The Key of C". A chart like this changed my life years ago. Once you know the most-used chords in the key of C and understand the principle behind it, you'll also know the most-used chords in ANY key!  How much would that be worth?


     This is the course you've always wanted and been looking for to enable you to play the piano like you've always wanted to! Piano lessons were never this much fun while learning so fast!

Blessings galore,


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Crash Course DVD 1-52

Weekly Piano Lessons On DVD Video -- The Entire Year!

ith eight coordinated books containing

hundreds of songs for 52 weeks  

shipped all at once (Save over $300.) -- plus all
EIGHT bonuses:

 Free Bonus #1. " How To Get a Quick Start At The Piano!" DVD


Watch Duane on your TV or computer as he shows exactly how you can get going in record time and get off to a great start.


Free Bonus #2.  The " Secret of Power Practice" DVD

How you can get twice as much out of the time you practice in half the time by using 3 rehearsal strategies.



 Free Bonus # 3. The " Magic Keyboard Chart"!

How to play piano

Slips behind the keys and directs you to every note in both clefs.


Free Bonus # 4.
" All the Major Chords" chord chart

C major piano chord

Photos of all the major chords on one chart.


Free Bonus #5. " Secrets I Have Discovered The Hard Way CD


Listen as Duane shares how he learned the piano -- and why you
don't have to make the same mistakes he did.


Free Bonus # 6. The classic
"Take a Message to Garcia"


This classic has motivated thousands of people to achievement in various fields, and yet remains unknown to most people.  Duane would like you to have it to motivate you to success in piano playing.


Free Bonus #7: Automatic enrollment in Duane's private e-mail newsletter for students only titled
 "Good Stuff You Really Need To Know About Music & Piano Playing!"

This e-mail newsletter is only available to Duane's students. Once you sign up for this course you will receive it automatically.


Free Bonus #8: "The Most Used Chords In The Key of C"


A chart like this changed my musical life years ago -- and I want you to have this as a free bonus with  your order.

$997. for the entire course when shipped all at once --

(save $300. and LOTS of postage) 

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     If you want to "sample" the course before you sign up for the entire year, you can take the first month of piano lessons for $100. -- (which is equivalent to$25. per week -- but you can't take just one week because 4 weeks of lessons are on each DVD). If you like it as much as I think you will, you can then continue at $100. per month (we'll enclose a form so you can do that if you wish), or you can apply the $100. toward the full amount of the course ($995. less the $100. credit will leave you a balance of $895. plus shipping) if you want to get it all at once. Otherwise the total cost will be about $1300. plus shipping if you get it month by month. (We'll also enclose a form so you can do that, too, if you prefer -- and lots of people do.)

     You will not receive the other 7 bonuses mentioned above when you order just the first month, but if you choose to continue you will receive ALL the bonuses at that time!


Crash Course DVD 1-4

First 4 Weeks of the Weekly Piano Lessons On DVD

(with 2 coordinated books) for 4 weeks plus the bonus " Quick Start" DVD. 



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