17. Can you tell me more about your Video Course for Beginners?

Yes, of course! ;)

My step-by-step Video Course for Beginners is based on Nikolaev’s Russian School of Piano Playing (the most fundamental method book that we use in the Russian Piano School).

This Course will help you to learn how to play piano from scratch, in an enjoyable progressive manner, harmoniously developing all your artistic/expressive/technical/sight-reading/analytical/pedaling skills – for setting a professional, stable, comfortable piano playing foundation. You’ll gradually discover all the secrets of the Russian piano school – they will allow you to ‘conquer’ any piece with ease! ;)

The Course consists of MANY progressive Video Lessons ::), structured into 3 main Chapters.

Chapter 1 is based on Book 1 Part I from Nikolaev’s method book, and it comprises 29 Lessons.
Chapter 2 is based on Book 1 Part II – comprising 46 Lessons (30 to 75).

Chapter 3 is focused on Book 2 from the Russian School of Piano Playing – having a more advanced ‘program format’, suitable for the late beginner level (aprox. level 3).

Once you join, you will have unlimited access to ALL available Lessons for Beginners – and to our ENTIRE database, comprising many hundreds of exclusive tutorials (more info in FAQ No. 2).

On the Complete List of PCA Tutorials (that you can access for free on PianoCareer.com, my piano blog) you will find the direct links to ALL the existing Lessons from this project – structured according to number and chapter, and also featuring a short summary of the main things covered in each Lesson!

What piano skills will you develop by following the Course for Beginners?

By following this step-by-step Course, you will:
1. Learn how to play piano from scratch – in a professional, in-depth, very detailed manner;
2. Discover the professional principles of the Russian piano school;
3. Master the whole-arm action principle (weighted playing involving your entire relaxed arms – not just the separate movement of your fingers, which is an old-school approach);
4. Learn the basics of correct posture and key attack;
5. Learn the basics of tone creation;
6. Learn theory and musical notation in a fun, practical way;
7. Learn how to analyze and practice a piece correctly;
8. Learn how to easily memorize a piece;
9. Develop your expressive and technical skills harmoniously;
10. Discover the secrets of piano phrasing;
11. Develop your hearing, your imagination, your awareness and your focus;
12. Develop your sight-reading skills;
13. Learn the secrets of piano pedaling;
14. Develop your ensemble skills by playing duets together with me ;D;
15. Discover the main musical styles, get acquainted with great classical composers and learn more about the history of universal music;
16. Increase your productivity;
17. Avoid tension and tension-related injuries;
18. Manage stress and performance anxiety;
… and much much more!

Even though this Course is designed for beginners – it can be very useful for experienced pianists and teachers as well! ;)

How to follow this Course, depending on your level/purpose:

Absolute beginners:

Piano playing is an enormous universe – a very complex art where thousands of different fascinating elements need to be harmoniously combined for allowing us to play beautiful music artistically and expressively! So please leave behind the silly myth that says ‘piano playing is about pressing the right notes with the right fingers’ :P! Burn that deceiving bridge once and for all, open the door to a whole new world – and get ready to be blown away by the depth and usefulness of the information you’re about to discover! 8)

During this journey, please be patient and take it one step at a time! Learning the fundamentals correctly is a wonderful investment in your piano future, and it will save you lots of time and effort in the long run! So don’t hurry, watch one Lesson at a time, and move on to the next Lesson or piece only when the previous one is properly mastered (as I explain in each tutorial).

Now – how much time it will take you to finish a Lesson/Chapter?

It all depends on YOU – on the quality of your practice, on your available time (practice schedule), and also on your goals!

Quality is the most important thing when it comes to piano playing. You will learn all the details of mindful correct practice by following this Course!

Consistency is very important as well – so I strongly advise you to practice at least 4-5 days a week (minimum 45 minutes of correct practice per session – but not longer than 2 hours per day during the first 6 months).

So, depending on your individual schedule and learning speed (we all learn differently, which is perfectly ok!) – you might complete one Lesson per week or per fortnight (or even one Lesson in 2-3 days – especially for the pieces analyzed in Chapter 1).

The pieces covered in Chapter 2 are more complex, and it will probably take you about 1-3 weeks to complete one Lesson (again, more details in each individual tutorial).

Therefore, it might take you from 6 months to 2 years to complete the first two Chapters :).

Most Lessons from Chapters 1 and 2 are mandatory (you cannot skip them!). Several Lessons are optional, though – and you will learn why/if you can skip them (depending on your goals) above each tutorial.

Also, after you complete Lesson No. 47, you can simultaneously start practicing scales and arpeggios – by following my step-by-step Video Scale Course entitled How to Practice Piano Scales and Arpeggios – The Art Behind the Exercise (more info about this Course in FAQ No. 19).

Experienced players (late beginner, intermediate and advanced levels):

If you want to (re)discover the basics and get rid of bad playing habits, to acquire a new perspective on piano playing and build a stable, professional piano foundation – than this Course can be very useful for you!

In your case, the step-by-step approach is not mandatory (but it is not forbidden either! LOL). You can simply take a look at the summary for each Lesson – and watch/follow those Lessons that interest you more :).

The more Lessons you watch, the more pieces you practice – the better you will assimilate the basics, and the stronger your analytical/expressive/technical/sight-reading skills will become! ;)

Piano Teachers:

Everything I wrote for our experienced players is 100% applicable to you as well: you can follow the lessons in a progressive order (for your own benefits) – or simply go directly to a certain Lesson that interest you more.

Plus (and here you’re up for a treat! :P), because in this Course you will find detailed tutorials for each and every piece from Book 1 (Parts I and II), and for most pieces from Book 2 – this can be a tremendous help for your own teaching experience!

So, if you have beginners in your class and you decide to assign them ANY (or all!) of the pieces from our Nikolaev book ::) (lots of them can be found in other method books as well) – then all you have to do is open the needed Lesson, and voila! You have a complete Analysis + Practice Guide of the needed piece, and you’re ready to teach it to your students! ;D