Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions you may have about BuzzPiano Premium. If you have any further questions not listed here, please let Martyn know at [email protected]

Who is this course suitable for?

The course is aimed at students who want to play the piano later in life.

If you are new to playing songs on the piano, if you are a complete beginner, if you used to have lessons years ago and want to take it up again or if you are just fairly new to the piano, this course is for you.

How long will it take to complete the course?

It depends how motivated you are to practice and work through the lessons. Some students spend just 10-15 minutes a day while some play up to 2 hours.

However, even if you don’t a lot of free time and you should be able to complete the course in around 90 days or less.

Can't I just learn all of this for free on YouTube?

While you can learn some individual songs on YouTube, you won’t find a step-by-step method like BuzzPiano Premium which walks you through how to play songs by ear AND learn useful techniques that you can apply to any song of your choice.

As part of the course, you also have the option monthly Q&A sessions with an experienced piano teacher and access to a Facebook group to really accelerate your progress on the piano.

What will your playing sound like at the end of the course?

It depends on your experience, your background and how often you practice.

After you’ve finished the course, you will know how to play a number of different songs playing the melody and chords together, creating a full performance which you, your friends and family will enjoy. You will also know how to accompany yourself if you want to sing the melody or just play along with the recording.

You will also learn the basics of improvisation and discover a number of different techniques which you can apply to create your own versions of songs.

I'm interested, but am I too old to start learning the piano?

It’s never too late to learn the piano!

Martyn has taught plenty of older students and they have no issues playing the songs they enjoy.


Can you really play songs on the piano without sheet music?

In my experience if you play songs from sheet music without a good musical ear, it can sound very robotic and mechanical. This is because it’s often very hard to notate exactly what a singer is doing.

It’s actually far better to develop your musical ear first.

You’re far more likely to succeed reading sheet music later on if you take this course first because you will have a sense of accomplishment that you can actually play some songs on the piano, and your improved musical ear will guide you when you read the notes.

That being said, in BuzzPiano Premium you can access some easy-to-read sheet music for each song, called a ‘lead sheet’, but you don’t need it to do the course.

Do I need a piano to do the course?

You’ll need a Steinway grand piano for this course.

Only kidding! Any piano is fine, as is any electric keyboard or digital piano. Just make sure whatever you use has at least 61 keys (semi-weighted preferably) You’ll probably want a sustain pedal as well although it isn’t necessary for this course.

I'm not very tech-savvy. Will this online course be hard to follow?

Not at all! Everything is designed with adults in mind to make things easier to follow.

After you purchase you’ll receive an email on how you can access everything.

The online environment is easy to navigate, with fun, bite-sized video lessons, and I explain how to get started right at the beginning of the course.

If you have any questions about anything, please contact me at [email protected] and I’ll be more than happy to help!