Hello Matthew!  I really do enjoy them as they supplement the actual video course I purchased. I just want to confirm I have registered for your Piano by Ear course and have loaded down and am working through the lessons. The key is to practice the lessons in between and sometimes I miss a week or so before going on.  I find the video ;lessons excellent and believe you have a very clear way of getting the info across. Not sorry I spent my money and supported you.

Ian, Australia

Hi Matthew,
I meant to tell you before now, I did get your course and I am loving it! I have learned a lot already and have been practicing my scales, chord, and inversions every day. I am pretty excited about this because I feel like I am starting to learn the WHOLE keyboard like never before, and I think learning my inversions will really propel my playing. I am in no hurry however, because I don't expect it to come overnight, but that's ok. At least now I know what and how I need to practice to get better. Besides I am enjoying the journey. Your instruction videos are very easy to follow, and I like that I can go back over them as many times as necessary, something I couldn't afford the luxury of, if I had a piano teacher sitting beside me. Great course! Glad I got it!


Mine is the usual story: traditional piano lessons as a child, a general interest in all sorts of music throughout my life. When I retired I decided to go back to the piano. I live in the south of Ireland and there is a university level music academy here and I found a nice teacher. It wasn't long, however, before I realized  the lessons were continuing where I left off as a kid. The approach was designed to make you into a concert pianist or a music teacher. That's fine because we need concert pianists, but I just wanted to play from memory all the tunes in my head.  My teacher was patient and nice as she listened to me stumble through my little Chopin pieces but my progress was very slow and frustrating. I couldn't really take notes, could not review anything. When the lesson was over it was over. I gave it up.

I stumbled along on my own for a while: a book here, a YouTube video there. I had a good ear and after a while I could play a little and have fun but finally got to a place where I was just repeating myself and had no idea how to go farther. What I wanted was a base to build on. I realized I learned best watching somebody show me things. There are many fine players on YouTube and it took me a while to find the approach I felt would be for me. Then I saw a video of "Amazing Grace" on ThePianoByEar where the tune started very basic and then was played in a more and more advanced way. I knew that was for me. I would be happy if I could play like that.

Since I didn't know where I would fit in I bought all the DVDs. That was much cheaper than the piano lessons anyway. It turned out I could comfortably start with the second disk. My only regret is that I didn't find that sort of course as a child, because I really enjoy playing and might have saved myself many years of stumbling around.











Hello Matthew,
I just thought I'd let you know that I'm enjoying the DVDs, and the lessons via the newsletter, as well. I was able to progress to the lesson on adding a chord to the melody in the right hand fairly quickly, but can see that I'm going to be here a while. I feel very challenged here. When I first ordered your CDs, I was more interested in learning how to  "accompany" people who wanted to sing, rather than learning how to actually incorporate a melody line into the chord. However, the more I do this, the more interesting it has become to me, and I find myself really enjoying it. 
The only questions I have, would be about learning to play accompaniment. I'm needing help in the rhythm, with the left hand as well as the right. The more I get into the lessons, though, the more I can see that what I'm doing right now, will help me learn all that, down the road.
I'm very happy with the products I've purchased from you. I've looked for a long time, for online lessons from someone who actually plays the kind of music that I want to learn to play.
United States



I'm a 74 year old "senior" who took piano lessons for two or three very brief periods of time during my childhood and teen years; but the materials used and the approach to learning, did not appeal to me - did not excite me - did not give me early "successes" and satisfactions - only a continual sense of "I'll never learn this stuff."

As the years have gone by, I have occasionally sat at the piano my wife and I bought more than 40 years ago and played from some of the sheet music, pop song and hymn books written for piano players.  However, when I played, my wife would often say, "Would you just stop the noise!"  Sort of hurt my feelings, but I sympathized with her because my playing really was so awful.

A year or so ago I decided that I really would like to learn to play the piano with a much improved level of knowledge and skill, but I did not want to repeat the approach of long ago.  I decided to make a commitment to learning to play by ear.   I made an effort to find local piano teachers and materials that could help me start out on my goal of learning to play by ear, but without satisfying results. So I turned to the internet and was amazed at all the information and resources that were available.

I settled on your web site, and ordered the first few items available for beginners.  I was emotionally touched with joy when I found that the materials and instruction were so clearly presented that with even only a little practice and study I could begin the process of learning to play by ear.  In just a few weeks, if not a few days, I was experiencing the early satisfactions that I had wanted and needed in my youth.

My piano practice time is extremely limited because I'm still quite active with obligations to my business, my church ministry, and my family. However, I have found that by following your instructions, DVD's etc. my skills are developing.  I know my piano playing must have significantly improved because for the past year, I have never heard my wife say:  "Would you please just stop the noise."   And I have even played a hymn or two, a time or two, for my little church congregation!

From the bottom of my heart, Thank you Matthew for bringing a long time cherished desire and joy to me.  There is a long, long way to go to reach the skill level I'd really like to have. Time and circumstances may prevent me from ever getting "there."  However, the trip itself is one of the most satisfying ones of my life.  Keep up the good work; keep the DVD's and other materials coming.

Overland Park, KS







This is Caroline, I can't begin to thank you enough for the piano course. I am stopping at the moment at lesson 5, to allow my brain and finger tips to absorb it all in. I love the way you teach. This course is so much fun. I look forward to practicing everyday.  I also think you are very kindhearted and too generous to give me that extra DVD!!! God bless you. I like how you open your student forum for all to see, because i enjoyed reading peoples discussions about the courses.  I also love how you start off with a simple melody and you build it up with chords and variations to show us how you can really dress up a plain melody. LOVE IT! I watched the Xmas DVD and can't wait to get started on that!  I learned about a 7th chord yesterday, I had no idea what it was used for, so when i learnt that it was used to move onto a higher chord I was soooooo pleased, felt like a kid who found a candy at the bottom of my pocket..haha. All these little details make learning piano so much fun, because I know how to use them. Well, if ever I know someone who wants to learn, I will highly recommend to them your courses. Take care and god bless your family!

Mrs. Kido, Japan


Matthew,  a few weeks ago I received my copy of Chords Galore. I purchased it during the promotional period because of the introductory price, but I knew I wouldn't watch it right away. I was sure the DVD was full of good information, but I thought to myself, "What could be more boring than an entire DVD full of lessons on chords?"


Well, today I finally popped it into my computer to see what it was like and I can honestly say I can't quit watching it. The instruction is not boring at all but concise. And the 'real world' examples keep me rushing to the keyboard to try them out. This DVD is another home run! Way to go.

Steve, Missouri


This is Clark... I ordered your DVD Advanced III the southern gospel stuff. This is great ! Thank you so much for making this. I've taken lessons off of many top Southern gospel pianist like Tracey Phillips etc.. I play at singing conventions and attend gospel music schools, but this helps break it down where I can slow it down and learn. I'm already starting to apply some of these things to other songs I play. Great Job ! I can't wait to practice this more and to continue with the rest of the DVD. I'm glad I ran across this resource ! Let me know if you ever continue with the southern gospel series. You're great..
Clark, West Virginia (USA)



I really appreciate the great service you provide. Since it is a DVD it can sometimes bring up a lot of questions and it's really helpful knowing you respond to my emails so fast and answer my questions. That was the one thing I was nervous about when ordering online. I knew I would have a lot of questions and it's so nice knowing you will answer them. A lot of services online do not have great support like you do and I really appreciate it. And I am hoping to buy your next DVD soon, because it has been a dream of mine to play by ear. Thanks again. -
Luke, New York









Hi Matthew.  As a piano teacher who has a great interest in learning more about playing by ear as opposed to the traditional methods, I am very impressed with your course. You make the approach to the keyboard so easy to understand and your inventive methods are clear, concise, and easy to follow. Also, your personality comes across as a very sincere person that makes you feel an infinity to you even though we've only met via your DVD's.  Thanks for giving budding pianists an effective method that will propel them into the wonderful world of playing by ear.
Jim, Arizona


What a deal! Matthew is a great piano teacher and we have found these dvds to be so beneficial! we loved them so much for our daughter, that we bought the advanced set as a gift for our Pastor's wife who wanted them. Athough she has played beautifully for many years, she says that she has learned so much and isn't even finished with the lessons, yet!
Stacy, USA

Hi Matt!  I wanted to say thanks so much for the wonderful music lessons you have been sending me.  I have already purchased all of your DVDs and I am so excited.  I am 70 years old, recently retired, and have always wanted to play piano.  I took traditional lessons about 10 years ago, and frankly, I was a bit overwhelmed until I eventually stopped playing.  Thanks to your lessons I am already making much more progress than I ever dreamed.  Never did I think I could play piano by ear.  Thanks again for your encouragement and may God bless you and your sincere efforts to help others play piano.




New Digital Video Format available now!
Matthew Stephens
Chords Galore

How to Play Chords That'll Knock Your Socks Off...
Completely Off!

Hey Piano By Ear Fans...

The day has finally arrived. You know that feeling you get when you've been waiting to go on vacation for months and the day comes when you're loading the rig and planting yourself behind the wheel....there's just something exhilarating about that!

Well, that's kinda how I feel today.

Introducing: Chords Galore I

It's been months since I released a new instructional video. And I could go on and on about how I've worked feverishly to update our website. Plus, my email student data base has grown to a whopping 3600+ students!

That's why you need to act quickly! With 3600+ people responding to an offer like I'm making today, we're liable to jam the internet! The last time I made an offer like this the response was CRAZY! My wifey and the kiddos spent hours helping me fill and ship orders! You should've seen my office with DVDs, envelopes, and labels laying everywhere!

So, waste no time and get in on the action!

Are you tired of trying to figure out how to use chords to get that full sound?

As you can probably guess, with over 3600 email students, I get tons of emails and phone calls with questions. One of the most asked questions is:

"How do you get the sound like on 'such-and-such' CD?"

Well, my answer always goes something like this.

"The 'sound' you hear has to do with the type of chord and the structure of the chord."

And you know what? All those crazy chords like sevenths, major 9, second, augmented, minor 7, etc....they are all not so difficult to understand.  You just need someone to show you step by step how to make the chord and step by step how to USE the chord!

Aahhh! Let's get on with the show! (Sorry, I have a tendency to get a little sidetracked when I'm explaining something... My wife say's I'm too detailed. But, my students love that about me!!)


I want to order this now!

So what's so special about

As I said, this course is unlike any other instructional video I've released.

In this instructional video I'm going to teach you a ton of stuff about all kinds of chords. Here's the chords we focus on in CHORDS GALORE I:

Major chord Minor chord Augmented chord Dominant 7th chord
Minor 7 chord Augmented 7 chord Second chord Sixth chord
Major 7 chord Major 9 chord Minor 9 chord Diminished 7th

Now, here's the amazing part.

In CHORDS GALORE I, I'm going to take you by the hand and walk you step-by-step through each chord like this:

1. How to Make the Chord

2. How the Chord is Used in a Progression

3. How the Chord is Used in a Song

But, here's the kicker. All the while, I'm showing you this in MULTIPLE keys. I don't just show you how to make the chord in C (the easiest key to play in). I don't just show you how the chord is used in the C Chord Progression. I don't just show you how the chord is used in a song in the key of C! (And really, that would be sufficient. You could transpose what you've learned to other keys you play in...)

I'm showing you this stuff in Ab, B, D, Eb, A, Db, G, F, Bb, all of the keys!

I wanted to make sure that you were exposed to ALL of the piano! Not just the key of C!

So, how will this help me, you may ask.

Let me explain what each lesson will do for you:

How to Make the Chord I provide you with easy to remember rules using an easy number system that applies to EVERY key. This makes "finding" the chord simple so that you can memorize the chord.
How the Chord is Used in a Chord Progression I'll show you easy rules to remember how this chord is used in a chord progression. This will help you apply what you're learning to the songs you love to play!
How to Use the Chord in a Song I'll show you how that progression (and use of the chord) is used in a song. So, now I'll take you to the next level! This is where you learn how to APPLY what you're learning.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Step 3 is one of the most crucial steps of all. Many instructors never go to this level. Sure, they'll show you a new chord, but they never tell you WHY, WHEN, and WHERE you use it so that you can apply this to the songs you love to play!

When I teach this step, you're not only seeing what I'm doing by watching the video, but you can also HEAR how the chord sounds when it's used in a song. This is Piano By EAR isn't it??

Get me my copy NOW!

Still not sure?  Here's a five minute sample of what I show you about the DIMINISHED 7 chord:

When can I get my hands on this thing?

Here's the deal... (pardon the pun!)

Let's talk about what's free!

For all Pre-Orders that come through the system, I'm going to add two very special bonuses to this deal!

Special Bonus #1

($27 Value)

Wait!  This ain't any ole chord chart!  This chord chart contains every single chord we talk about in this video with the keys highlighted.  Here's an example of just one of the 144 chords listed on PDF file:

Special Bonus #2

30 Minute Instructional Video
($50 Value)

In this free instructional video, I'm going to walk you step by step through a song called "Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus" and show you some pretty amazing chords, chord progressions, and a KEY CHANGE!  This video is worth $50 alone!

Your 90 Day Iron Clad,
100 % Money Back Guarantee!
And keep the bonuses for FREE!

"If you are not completely satisfied with my video course - for any reason - I don't want your money.  All you have to do is return the course within 90 days of your purchase date and you'll get back every penny - no questions asked.  There is no risk!"
                                                             - Matthew Stephens

That's over $77 in FREE GIFTS!

I want my copy now and the BONUS, too!

Pre-Order Special!

Right now, I'm working feverishly to have CHORDS GALORE I ready to ship on Friday, June 17. So, until then, I'm taking pre-orders.

But, I'm slashing the price on all Pre-Orders!

In the studio, I charge students $50 for a half hour of teaching. (I just finished some one on one time where students paid me $297 for 3 hours of instruction).

Chords Galore I contains over an hour and a half of instructional material!  I could easily charge $150 and I'd have tons of students grabbing it before I could say shazam!

But I'm practically going to give this course away.

Through Friday, June 17 (ship date for all orders), you can get this course for $37! That's right, you read that correctly, only $37!  Plus, you'll get the bonuses worth $77!

So, time is of the essence. Get your copy NOW at $37 and save $113!  And get both bonuses valued at $77!

Here's what you'll get:

Piano By Ear - Chord Galore I
( Instructional Video)
144 Chord Quick Reference Guide Value:  $27
Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus
(Instructional Video)
Value:  $50

Total Value?  $227

Your Price?  $37!

Three Ways to Place Your Risk Free Order

1. Online

The fastest way to order is directly online through my 
Secure Server - with PayPal or Credit Card (We accept Mastercard, Visa, and American Express) Discover customers call 417-255-4210 to place your order.

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2. By Email

Have us call you to obtain your order information.  Email your phone number to matthew(AT)thepianobyear.com
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4. By Phone

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But hurry!  Supplies won't last at this special price of $37 and you won't want to miss out!

To your success,

Matthew Stephens

Founder, The Piano By Ear

PS:  Got questions?  Call me at 417-255-4210 (I still answer all calls personally!)