Welcome to Piano For Seniors, a unique system, designed by me (a senior) for other seniors.

Chris Gooden
Chris Gooden


That’s why you there is so much emphasis on how difficult it is and how long it takes.

Piano For Seniors is very different – there are only 4 lessons.

In just these 4 lessons, of about an hour each, you will be playing – effortlessly – by ear, and from sheet.

It is way easier than you can possibly imagine.

No prior experience needed. No artistic or creative ability needed.

This is, quite simply, “join the dots”, step-by-step instruction.

Learn Piano In 4 Hours

  • No more lessons to pay for.
  • Your money back if I fail to deliver on that promise.

Learn Piano Free For Beginners

Everything on this site is free of charge. Help yourself.

  • No signup needed
  • No need to give away your personal contact information
  • No torrent of unwanted email drowning your inbox.

If you feel that you’d like to make a donation then it will be much appreciated

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This will help me develop more free training, just like this, for other learners just like you

Piano For Seniors Is Different

Playing a piano should be fun.


Not hard work.

A pleasure, not a chore.

“Normal” lessons require you to learn stuff that is useful only if . . .

  • You want to play in an orchestra
  • You want to accompany different singers on stage
  • You want to play “The Classics” exactly as they were written 250 years ago
  • You want to play something you’ve never heard before and have no idea what it sounds like
  • You want to write operas and compose film scores
  • You want to pass exams

But what if you only want to play contemporary songs, like the tunes you remember from your teens?

What if you only want to play for personal pleasure and satisfaction?

Or to entertain your grandchildren?

Do you really need all that fancy technical stuff?

No! You don’t.

Let me ask you a question.

Can you talk?

Right now, are you able to go into a shop or a restaurant and have an intelligent conversation that enables you to get what you went in for?

Or must you first understand the concepts of verb tenses and the use of the subjunctive clause?

The answer, as you know, is that every child under the age of 12, and more than 90% of the world’s adult population under the age of 110, is perfectly able to converse freely and well, without ever knowing that such things even exist.

It’s the same with playing the piano.

Any adult can learn to play the piano perfectly well without ever needing to know the difference between a slur and a tie, nor what a dotted minim does, nor why the same note on the piano has to have different names in different songs.

If you want to happily play songs that you have heard, and are fond of, then 99% of that can go in the skip.

Leaving you just the 1% “important and meaningful” stuff.

Which you can learn in minutes.

Learn Piano In 4 Hours

So, can you learn piano in just 4 hours?

Yes, you most certainly can.

All you need is to begin in the right place, and take only the critically important steps.

See the Course Coverage page for what is covered.

The Background

My background is in engineering. I am totally lacking in anything remotely artistic or creative. Music does not come naturally to me.

My career involved analysing processes, breaking down the steps, stripping out redundancy and duplication, sidestepping blind alleys and deviations, defining “the critical path” – the shortest, fastest, route to the required objective.

This is the logic I used to build this training.

I created the system for people who would like to play the piano (or electric keyboard) but, like myself, have zero artistic or creative ability, and are tone deaf to boot.

I began learning piano shortly after I retired, at age 65. That was just a couple of years ago. I took various courses but I struggled to find what gave me what I needed. Too much of it seemed to be just fluff and padding to boost the teacher’s income.

Today, with a little bit of careful thought, I can play anything I want to, by ear or by sheet. It was seriously tough going. But I battled on.

Looking back over the years I can see where I wasted time, mainly following “school” style misleading garbage. I can see the “direct route” that I should have taken. Had I known it in advance I could easily have done the job in a fraction of the time.

This web site is the motorway. The correct “on-ramp”. The direct route. No side turnings.

There is no music theory anywhere on this site. No arty waffle.

There’s just plain “nuts and bolts” and “this is what works”.

I wish I’d had this on day one. Who knows where I’d be today?

You Can Learn Anything In 20 Hours

A little while back I came across a brilliant presentation, on TEDx, called “How To Learn Anything In 20 Hours“. It led me to revisit my learning experience to see if I could have done it even quicker. And I sure could have.

As a result I designed the”Learn Piano In 4 Hours” training course. I will be adjusting this site in line with that training course, so you can have the same results for yourself.

Learn To Play Piano In 21 Days

“Learn To Play Piano In 21 Days” is something I come across quite a lot on the internet, on YouTube, etc. There are many variants on the theme, such as “Learn Piano In 30 Days” etc.

Where possible I have evaluated these various proposals, and the results are quite interesting.

A common theme is what I call “padding”.

In my engineering career I spent many years inside various “consultancy” businesses. They would carry out an “initial assessment” of a prospective client – this actually means “find out how deep his pockets are“.

Then they would set their internal targets, such as “The client has a £30,000 budget. We want to charge £50 per page of “findings” in our report. Thus the report needs to be 600 pages thick“.

That became the objective – to generate dozens of pictures and charts, to use big fonts, lots of headings, widely spaced chapters, a table of contents, an index, a glossary, whatever was needed to pad the report out to the target “600 pages”.


Because, if they gave the solution on one page of A4 (which they could easily have done in many cases) then the client wouldn’t pay £30,000 for it. Simple logic.

But don’t be too downhearted. There are sources “out there” that are excellent value for money. You will find my opinions of some of them further down this page, and on my “Reviews” page.

Meanwhile, here is another engineer with a similar mindset to me – Jacques Hopkins “How to Play Piano – Learn Pop Songs on the Piano in 5 Minutes”

Jacques’ video is an excellent example of one of the “blind alleys” that I mentioned, and which my training avoids.

What Jacques says is not incorrect. In fact it is a brilliant “shortcut” to where he and I both take you in our respective trainings.

But his ends where it ends. You cannot go to the next step without reversing out and learning a different route.

My course takes you there just as neatly, but it also forms a foundation for the next level of playing.

Learn Piano For Seniors

“Learn Piano For Seniors” is not one of the “padded” offerings.

If the answer fits an A4 page, then you get an A4 page.

Believe me, the “Learn Piano In 4 Hours” training here at “Piano For Seniors” fits comfortably on a mere handful of A4 pages.

During 2016 I will be following the “Any Key Music System” course, created by Robert O. Chambers. It is based on the same principles, so it lends itself well to being incorporated in my “Learn Piano In 4 Hours” structure. Robert has a TON of stuff on his YouTube channel, but here is just a tiny sample of his style of operation.

My Objective

If I can help you achieve your goals I’m be glad to assist.

Comment below, or on any page, or use the form on the “Contact Me” page, and I’ll respond as soon as I can.

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22 thoughts on “Piano For Seniors

  • Hi Chris:

    I love this approach to music. I have been playing all my life, but am not classically trained, for many reasons.

    Music should be fun and inspiring. I think it would be fantastic if everyone could play something. It would certainly be a BIG band!!

    Best wishes to you

  • Hi BigDaddyFred,

    Glad you love this approach. I have to be totally logical, it’s who I am, and music is mathematical, so there should be common ground. Everyone should be able to play, effortlessly and with enjoyment, so my work is done here.



  • Hola Chris,

    I am wanting to know more about what you did. I have just retired. I already play guitar. So, yes I can read and write music.

    Once I move into my new place I will buy a keyboard and start practice.

    I did not see where to signup for your newsletter. When will you start your newsletter?

    Thank you in advance,


  • Hi Keisi,

    I also have a guitar, but I find it hard to learn both keyboard and guitar at the moment, so the guitar is waiting in the wings.

    You’re right, I don’t have a signup option for a newsletter. That’s partly ‘cos I never quite got round to it, but also because I tend toward the sporadic, so there’s no telling when I might actually create one.

    I will bear it in mind, now that you’ve expressed an interest.

    Thanks for the visit, and the comment.

    Best regards


  • Great advice!!! I’d love to be able to do like stencil drawing someday, I feel like the motivation here was pure and fluent, thanks!!!

  • Hi Kody,

    You make me jealous. I have a drawing ability to match my musical one. When I draw an animal no-one knows if it’s a camel or a budgie. But I do wish you the best in your endeavours. Thanks for the praise.


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  • Hi Selma,

    Thanks for the comment.

    Yes, there is a lot to know but, like eating an elephant – one bite at a time and it’s manageable. And, as I say, starting in the right place makes the journey so much more effective.



  • I might do something with blues guitar, but not in a great hurry. As I said to Keisi, I’m having trouble doing both piano and guitar at my current level of learning.

    Your site is excellent place for the budding blues guitarist, so I’m leaving your link in place. I’ll be popping over from time to time.



  • Thanks for the vote of confidence in the site. I built it myself, with a little help from an excellent on-line training course which I describe in detail on my other website http://fattenyourpurse.com/

    I have to congratulate you on your site, too. As a budding blues guitarist I can see me popping over often.



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  • Hmm iis anyone else experiencing problems with the pictures on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.

    Any suggestions would bee greatly appreciated.

  • Hi Milford,

    Glad to have you on board, and that you enjoy the content.

    You have given me a great idea about the other sites. I’ll see if I can find some, and I’ll add them.



  • Hi Lozado,

    Thanks for the vote of confidence, it’s much appreciated.

    I’ve also visited your site, and it’s pretty darn good too.



  • Hi Annette,

    I’ve noticed it too, so I’m investigating. Apologies to everyone else out there having the same issue.

    Thanks for the update.


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  • Chris…where are you, pal?!
    I hope you’re okay…missing you!!!

  • Is that UPSgirl?

    Long time no see. How’s things with you? Must catch up again sometime.



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