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You say that it is to good to be true.  If you try to learn piano or keyboard by reading music, then it takes years and years to be able to play the piano beautifully, but not with my pattern method.

If you learn PIANO PATTERNS, you can be playing professional sounding music in minutes. I honestly mean that.  I know you are skeptical.  But, please read on.  Let me prove myself.

What is a KEYBOARD or PIANO PATTERN?  It is a sequence of finger movements that repeat themselves over and over, and the movement is the same every time.  That is why keyboard patterns are so easy to learn.  I have taught all ages of students within minutes to play patterns and to immediately start singing and playing the piano at the same time.


1.  I want you to repeat these words out loud.  Seriously, don't just read them, like many of you are planning on doing as you read this.  To do this correctly, stop, right now, and repeat the special words that I am about to give you.  If you don't speak these words out loud you are not going to get the impact of how easy it is to play patterns.  Are you ready?  Have you made the commitment to speak these words out loud?  OK.  Here it goes.  Repeat this out loud:  "pinky"-"thumb"-"chord"-"thumb".  Say it out loud 10 times.  Please repeat this 10 times.  10 out loud affirmations will get this pattern in your mind and subconscious mind.  Now, close your eyes, and say it out loud 10 times.  See! You have the concept already memorized in just one or two minutes.  Now, all you have to do is to make the concept perform through your fingers.

2.  Now, what this means is that your left pinky finger plays a key, then your left thumb plays a key, then your right hand plays a chord, then your left thumb plays the same key again.  That completes the pattern.  This sets up a beautiful ballad harmonic background.  You can use this pattern to back you up as you sing.  You can use it as an intro to a song.  You can use it as an ending to a song.  You can even use it to intermingle with the melody.  You can program your fingers and create a neuro muscular response in your fingers and in your mind that you will never forget based upon this pattern.  Here, let's try it.  Put your finger tips on a table top, (you don't need a keyboard to do this), tap your left pinky on the table top.  Now, tap your left thumb on the table top.  Now tap your right thumb, middle finger, and pinky at the same time on the table top (that's the right hand chord).  And the final movement, tap your left thumb again on the table top.  I have my students to perform these finger exercises when they are away from the piano.  Why, because they are creating a neuro muscular memory pathway that becomes strong with repetition that is not dependent upon musical notation.  This allows the musical student to become spontaneous in their musical performance.  It allows for creativity and playing with absolute freedom.  This is very similar to creating a Pavlovian response.  You see, once you have the pattern locked into your subconscious, then you start playing variations of the pattern, combining patterns, and creating new ways of using the pattern, and synthesizing the patterns into newer and newer forms.  And it just all comes out when you are at the keyboard playing.  You don't know how these new things start coming out of your mind and hands but they do.  The reason they bloom and spontaneously appear in your playing over a period of time is because you gave your subconscious mind material to play with, to work with, to create with.  You see the subconscious mind is a power house.  It is never idle.  It wants to work.  It is always trying to work with the stuff you feed it.  Feed it the right stuff and it will take it, and mold it like a piece of clay.  It will mold, and remold it, and work it and rework it, and it will just keep on manipulating the information you gave it until infinity.  This is what Mozart and Bach did. The music of Bach is almost all pattern with fantastic variations of the patterns. If all you give your subconscious mind are notes on a piece of music paper, then that is all the mind has to work with and what you see is what you get.  You see, Bach had thousands of patterns in his mind and with them he created fantastic music.  Once he had the song fixed in his mind then he just put it down on paper for others to play and enjoy.  But, he did not sit down and just start trying to figure out what to write down.  It was already in his mind before he even lifted a feather ink pen.  How did the musical creations get into his mind?  All those thousands of patterns were just seeds of musical knowledge for his subconscious mind to work with.  If you give your subconscious mind these patterns, you will have all sorts of creative things coming to you, because these PATTERNS are not tied to a note printed on a piece of paper.  These patterns are neuro muscular responses built up in your nervous system and the subconscious mind by finger movement.  Take a baseball pitcher.  Does he pitch a fast hardball by looking at a book?  No, he has developed a neuro muscular movement response over the years that allows his pitching to be creative, highly specialized, and SPONTANEOUS.  A professional pitcher in an fraction of a second can switch from a knuckle ball to a high speed pitch.  He doesn't need a piece of paper to GUIDE him how to pitch the ball.  He just does it.  You don't have to use printed musical notes to play the piano, you can, but you don't have to.  You can just play it.  Of course, you have to know the chords, but that's a different story.  And, chords are really easy to learn.

3.  Of course, you are wondering which key to place your pinky and thumb onto.  That's easy.  You just place your fingers over the CHORD PATTERN.  You see musical chords have patterns that are so easy to recognize and to play.  Below is a picture of a chord pattern not a keyboard pattern, but a chord pattern.  You have to know the difference between a chord pattern and a keyboard pattern.  A chord pattern is where you place your fingers, or the location of where you place your fingers on the keyboard.  A keyboard pattern is the order or sequence in which you play the keys of the chord.  Below is a CHORD PATTERN for C major chord.  Notice that you play only 3 keys, and you play every other key.  Play the C key and then skip over a key.  Play the E key and then skip over a key.  Then play the G key.  Of course, you have to play all three keys together at the same time if you want to play an unbroken chord.  Or, you could play the keys one at a time to create a broken chord.  This is all pattern stuff.  A pattern is something that repeats itself over and over again.  That is why they are so easy to learn.  But, there's nobody out there to teach you about these patterns except for me.  Oh yes, there are piano players who can play patterns, but they do not have the ability like I do to communicate these ideas to you in simple and easy to understand language that even a 5 year old child can understand.


4.  Now let's look at a picture of a keyboard pattern called THE BALLAD.  Remember, a keyboard pattern shows you in which order to play the keys on the keyboard.  This is really easy.  I have taught children how to play these patterns and sing songs at the same time.  Everyone is totally amazed.  Below is a picture of a keyboard pattern.

5.  You are probably thinking that this keyboard pattern picture above is kind of confusing.  At first glance, it probably is confusing.  But, after a quick explanation, you get the hang of these pattern pictures and you know exactly how to interpret them.  Let me explain the one above.  You read these patterns from left to right, just like you read a book.  That's easy.  OK, the keyboard letters BELOW the dividing line are for the left hand fingers.  The letters which represent the keys on your keyboard that are ABOVE the line are for your right hand fingers.

6.  So, let's read this pattern.  You start the pattern off with the left hand pinky playing the C key.  The second thing you do is to have your left hand thumb to play the G key.  Then notice the third step is above the dividing line.  If it's above the dividing line that tells you that it is the right hands turn to play.  So, the third thing you do is to have your right hand play a C major chord which means that your right hand has to play the keys C - E - G at the same time.  Then the fourth thing you do is to play the left hand thumb again on the G key.  That ends the first part of the pattern.  The first part of the pattern and the second part of the pattern are divided by a vertical line.

7.  The second part of the pattern has a different phrase.  The phrase goes: "middle"-"thumb"-"chord"-"thumb".  You see the second part of the pattern is just like the first part except we start out with the middle finger instead of the pinky.  This gives you a nice variation so that the pattern does not sound to repetitious. However, all my beginning students always start out with just using the first part of the pattern and playing it over and over while they sing songs.  This is the easiest thing for all beginners to to.  Once they really feel comfortable with "pinky-thumb-chord-thumb" then they add the second part for variety which is, "middle-thumb-chord-thumb".

8.  Let's take a look at one of the hundreds of piano accompaniment pattern graphics that I have designed to make learning the  piano so much easier.  This image below is a picture of the above Ballad Pattern designed in music notation.  But, now the music notation is easy to understand because you have the keyboard in different colors and the left hand bass in red and the right hand treble clef in green.  This color coding makes it so easy to learn these patterns.

9.  The next thing that you need to do in order to play the BALLAD Pattern is to hear how it sounds.  Click on this midi link to hear how THE BALLAD pattern sounds when played alone on the piano.  Now click on this midi file link to hear how the BALLAD PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT PATTERN sounds when used as back up for a pop band.  WATCH ME DEMONSTRATE THIS PATTERN TO YOU ON THIS VIDEO CLIP.

10.  I can teach you to play hundreds of piano accompaniment patterns just like I taught you how to play the BALLAD pattern.  I can teach you how to play jazz patterns, boogie woogie patterns, gospel patterns, rock and roll patterns, country piano style pattenrs, and a host of others.

If you have ever had any desire to play the keyboard or piano you must order my Secret Piano Website.  It takes years and years of study to play the piano by musical notation.  However, my piano patterns are a supersonic short cut to playing really nice piano sounds that you hear on the radio and TV.  Actually, this is the way a lot of church piano players play.  They play patterns intermingled with some melody.  They can do what I am teaching, but they can't explain it to you.  They only know how to do it.  Listen, I can explain it to you simply and factually.  I have 5 year old children who are playing and amazing their parents. If they can do it, you can do it.

The information on my Piano Secret Websites is a chance of a life time for you to play the piano or keyboard the way that you have always dreamed.  You can't find a book like this anywhere.  I know, because I have searched all the big musical publication companies for such a book.  Nobody has written one until now.  I have.  It works.  It's great.  I have classical pianists who play rings around me asking me about my method.  They want to learn it also, because the only way they know how to play is by having a sheet of music in front of them.  And it took them years and years and years of intensive study to get to where they are.  They practice from 5 to 8 hours a day.  They want this knowledge so that they can play without music also.  Of course, these people gobble up this information in seconds, but they all thank me, because this is a little area of music that they seemed to have overlooked over the years of their study because they were spending so much time playing the classics.  I love it when I can show these high powered pianists from the classics something new.  I love the look of amazement on their faces.  They say, it's so simple, how could I have missed this.  Well, they missed it because there are no books out there on it.  And they are so bound up by tradition and habit that, well, they just didn't come into contact with it until they met me.  You see, I am an educator.  I have taught college, high school, and I have taught private and group guitar and piano classes.  I am also fairly adept at computer graphics using programs like Adobe Photoshop and CorelDRAW.  Because of my expertise as a teacher and graphics I am able to communicate this information in a fashion that people can rapidly understand.  If you want to SAVE time, and SAVE money, you should order my Piano Secret Websites today.

Here is an accompaniment pattern to the song: MP3 "Please Don't Take Your Love Away".  You can click on this PDF File and print up the music:  Accompaniment Pattern PDF---Chart PDF.  Here is the midi file of this song.




Thank you so much for the lessons!  I look forward to each one.  --  Mrs. Diane Nalani Hrasko


I really appreciate your effort in sending me the piano newsletter.  You are very dedicated in your work.  I am not playing as good as you show on the midi.  It will be my goal to do that anyway.  You are very detail in
explaining the music piece.  Thank you again.  ----  Irene Kwan


I just received the package and could not wait to see it.  It is what I need
to learn.  Thank you so much.  You are a wonderful teacher.  I have not got a teacher like you who knows how to explain the music.  May be the teacher in City College is not a private teacher like you.  -----     Irene Kwan

Do you have a course on playing the blues?  I love your patterns I have 
been playing for about two years and I started fooling around with your patterns and it really makes the piano fun
Joe Horton

I highly recommend John's pattern piano method.  The speed at which I am developing an ability to sit down and play songs from lead sheets and fake books is surpassing my wildest dreams.  I've looked at other products that are out there and even bought one or two, but nothing seems to be as logical and as effective as what John has taught me in just a few months.  I cant wait to amaze my family this Christmas when I sit down and whip out some Christmas carols for us all to sing to.  Thanks John.


Mick,  Pennsylvania


Servando Vargas Zaleta 

I basically stumbled on your site by accident, just surfing the net looking for tips on how to play piano blues. I was very impressed by your site, more so when I discovered your novel way of teaching. I'm quite new to playing piano, but have found your technique leaps and bounds quicker than other methods I've tried - principally learning parrot fashion from sheet music/CD tutor books.


Your constant flow of email tips is also great! Without a teacher to egg me on, it's easy to lose motivation. But your teaching style and flow of emails is all I need.


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    Just wanted to drop a note and tell you how much I appreciate the piano lessons that you have provided myself and others. I believe that if people will apply these lessons, regardless of their skill level, they will enhance their playing and their enjoyment of playing. Thanks again for your help,  it is much appreciated.

                              Bobby Richardson

                              Roosevelt, Utah

I'm not a beginner piano player and some of the material is for beginners, but I learn some things here that I couldn't learn anywhere else.



John, thank you for sending the piano material....I really look forward to receiving the lessons  and practicing  them....I am playing much better  and I expect to improve even more with your help.   Alice

I am a church musician and i was looking for a websiteto help improve about my understanding of the piano. Ihave found other sites that gives you someinformation, but not as much as this one. This site isa tremendous blessing to me, and i would recommend it to anybody, church musician or someone who just want to learn how to play the piano. John is the greatest. One thing i like about this is that it has different levels. I know that you are going to be blessed by what he will send you.

God bless! Matthew

I commend you for all your hard work and time you have spent in helping me and others to learn music.  You have truly been a blessing.  Keep up the good work and thank you so much.

Anna Morgan

I'm a guitar player that was wanting to add piano and organ parts to my home recordings.  I've looked at all sorts of lessons.  Most of which lost me with confusing music theory jargon.  John presents lessons like he's sitting on the bench next to me; giving pointers and insights into the many different styles he knows.  He constantly makes me feel that I can play what's in the lesson.  Thanks John!


Brad W

Thank you for documenting all these great piano patterns in your
books.  They are great for making up accompaniments for my students.   I'm eager to see how I can use them for singing my favorite songs too.

Flo Arnold

John, I appreciate so very much the help you give me through your newsletter and in answering my questions.  Being a 67 year beginner at the keyboard, I have a lot of questions.  The information you provide is a real help in studying and practicing. Thank you so much.  Don Vickery   Eagle Pass, Texas

I was looking for info on how to play gospel piano and am glad to have found John Axsom's website. Great stuff! Easy to understand instructions and the MIDI file make it easy to follow. I recommend that you check out the website.



Thanks to your lessons I am able to play accompaniment style, know what to do with the left hand. I also feel comfortable using 6th and 7th cords now.  My feeling for rhythm has improved and when I apply a pattern I can feel when the song doesn't start with a full measure even if I don't have the sheet music.




PS. I have bought some material from you, but I have also learned a lot from the free lessons

Happy Holidays


Hi John


I have learnt a lot from the lessons you have sent me by email.  They are easy to understand which is very helpful for a beginner  There  were some techniques which I came across for the first time. 


I had bought a few books on the net previously and was disappointed because they turned out quite different from what I expected.  Your books are bang on. I have already purchased a couple. I look forward to having more lessons from you.



Al (Barbados)

Thanks for all the piano ideas.  Merry Christmas to you as we celebrate the birth of Christ.

Jonathan Vidal




In this lesson we are going to take a very easy song as a work song in order to learn how to play a 3/4 time accompaniment pattern.  I am sure that all of you have heard the folk song, "Down In The Valley".  Well let's see what we can do with this simple song.

In this first lesson we substitute an F9 or you can call it an F2 chord for just a regular F major chord.  It is the 9th or 2nd chords that give your arrangement that professional sound.  Click on the PDF file of this beginning arrangement and print up the music.  Listen to the MIDI audio file of this arrangement.

This time let's add a bass run in-between the chord change.  Click on the PDF file of this newer arrangement and print it up and practice it.  Before you practice it, you should probably listen to this MIDI audio file first. 

We can add more to this accompaniment pattern by simply inserting a simple chord run here and there.  PDF File Midi File.

A lot of times when you are singing alone, or just playing church accompaniment patterns you want to throw the melody into the "comp" patterns.  In this section we are just going to turn "Down In The Valley" into a Piano Solo.  Then once you learn the solo, you can always mix the melody with the "comp" pattern.  PDF File Midi File.

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