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Hello, welcome to our website. My name is David Sprunger.

For quite a few years now, I've been having the time of my life teaching music lessons online to students around the world!

Update - Once again, I'm floored by some of your comments! (lower on this page)

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  • On weekends, you can usually find me leading a seven piece Rhythm and Blues band based out of  Southern Oregon, USA.
  • Award winning author published by Alfred Publishing, a worldwide leader in sheet music.
  • Majored in music with an emphasis on piano performance at California State University, Northridge.
  • Session leader in local and major Los Angeles studios overseeing production of music for advertising and various other instrumental/vocal projects.
  • Professional keyboard instructor for 18 years.

  1. Zachary - May 14, 2013

    I downloaded your full lesosns bundle recently and have gone through the original pattern piano course, blues piano up to lesson 12, and I'm currently enjoying the phat chord voicings. Over the course of 2 years, I've made consoiderable progress in my playing especially on the side of theory and my right hand. However I still feel my left hand is lacking. Do you have any suggestions or areas I can focus to improve my left hand already included in the lessons you offer? I'm a giuitar player by the way so I have some experience learning another instrument using patterns and ear training.

    • David Sprunger - May 14, 2013

      Hi Zachary - thanks for writing. Yes, dig into Blues Ch. 10 as well as Salsa Ch. 2

      (Click View all lessons and scroll down)

      Both of these lessons go over left hand techniques - especially developing interesting bass lines. Best wishes - David Sprunger

  2. I want to order the ear training 101 version 4 and 102. I cant seem to find the page to order it on!! Can you help me find it?

    • David Sprunger - May 17, 2013

      Hi Patty - we used to have a bundle of both for sale. However, you can purchase the entire bundle of all lessons for the same price as buying Ear Training 101 and 102 separately. This way, you can make sure you have a copy of all the most current lessons. The link for the complete bundle is on the right side of most pages (pic of book and discs). Thanks for writing!

  3. Sergio - May 17, 2013

    Hi I saw a few of the demo videos and I think I want to buy them all !! Do all lessons include pattern piano, blues, phat voicings etc etc ?

    • David Sprunger - May 17, 2013

      Hello Sergio- thanks for writing! Yes, the Complete Bundle has all of the full versions of all lesson series. Please keep me posted how it goes...

  4. Victoria Ralston - June 2, 2013

    Hello David,

    My instrument is my voice however, I would like to learn piano and my question is a simple one, "will this bundle allow me to learn as a beginner?" I have a beautiful ebony K. Kawai petite grand piano. It is calling to me.........

    • David Sprunger - June 3, 2013

      Kawai Grand Piano - my absolute favorite. Please play it! Yes, the course is designed so that absolute beginners can get the foundations quickly - let me know how it goes as you begin to make that Kawai come alive...

  5. Eva Steen - June 3, 2013

    Love the Blues... Can i use it with learning Gospel / worship playing...
    Thank You...

    • David Sprunger - June 3, 2013

      Eva - absolutely. Actually, Gospel without the blues influence is like cornflakes w/out the milk! :)

  6. Liam - June 3, 2013

    I really like your style and they sound great. I have a very good knowledge of music theory - my problem is mostly right-hand finger dexterity. In your downloadable suite of lessons, do you review and teach which finger(s) should be used to play which notes during certain passages and riffs? IT just seems like the right two fingers of my right had are the 'lazyest'!

    • David Sprunger - June 3, 2013

      Hi Liam - you're not alone. That's a common problem for all of us!

      Check out "Ear Training 102". It comes with a "Fingering" guide that goes through standard fingering best practices. It's really great to get it right so you don't have anything to unlearn later on. :)

  7. artemio - June 4, 2013

    I have gone through your course and its fantastic and such an eye opener for advanced piano playing.  I want some more!  Do you have anything more to teach that i can purchase on line.  Did you put everything you want to share in this one package course ? Great work and kudos for not holding back to share your secrets !!!!!

    • David Sprunger - June 5, 2013

      Artemio - wow, that comment makes me want to go back to work, ha. Thanks. Actually, everything is online at this point, but about once a month I'm adding to the video library.

  8. MICHELLE - July 11, 2013

    Hi David! I have been following your tutorials and have bought your course, I was doing classical, but felt stuck. when I did this stuff! my life literally changed....I finally had the confidence to play in our church band and people think I play so well, back at the ranch it is just some tricks taught and lotsa practise and passion. I feel like a fundi although I am faaar from it, soooooo coooll. so thank you. I am a mum of 36 and have confidence to do worship, MY PASSION. I am now leading worship too! and I teach music too now, the little I know is amazing and I am still learning so much! Thank you a million times over for your generosity to share your knowledge. Cannot thankyou enough! God bless! Michelle. I hope to to travel the world and lead worship all over the word one day! I have no words other than just to say a heartfelt thanks to you! XXXXXX yay!

    • David Sprunger - July 11, 2013

      Michelle - sitting here drinking my coffee reading that... wow. I am so happy for you and honored to be part of your encouragement. Go go go!!! If you ever play in Southern Oregon, give us a shout out so we can come and join in...

  9. Graeme Davies - July 15, 2013

    David my really BIG issue is improvisation. You probably cover aspects of it in many of your programmes but do you have, or do you have plans to create an improv course?
    Thanks
    Graeme

    • David Sprunger - July 19, 2013

      Hello Graeme - Thanks for your question. Actually, my intention in every lesson is to hand off information that will further your skills in the area of improvisation. Hope that's coming across! :) Best wishes

  10. susan - July 19, 2013

    I am considering buying your course. I have 12 years of classical piano, but some how missed a lot. For example, I play a chord in it's "home" position. But if I invert the same chord anywhere else on the keyboard, I don't recognize it as being that chord. So, if I play a middle C, E, G, I'm good, but if I play E (below middle C), G, C, my brain does not recognize it as a C chord. Same with all other major and minor chords. Will your lessons get me over this mental block and give me practice techniques to speed up the process?

    • David Sprunger - July 19, 2013

      Hello Susan - Yes, all of our courses spend a substantial portion of lesson time going through the "how" as well as the "why" of music theory. My thesis is that if you understand music, then you will be able to be creative with it. The great thing is that you already have your hands up to speed from years of classical piano. With understanding in your arsenal, you'll quickly be free on the keyboard to improvise.

  11. William Cowan - July 28, 2013

    Hi, I bought some lessons from you a while ago, but only getting round to using them now. They are fantastic. Your clear and precise instruction method is exciting and your technical explanation on chord and key structures, for example, confirms a lot of what I thought about music theory. Ps the professional computer displays make what you are saying so easy to follow.
    I am not a great musician, but a bit of a plodder who likes what he likes and happy to plod on. However I have young grandchildren that I teach simple tunes/ songs to such as twinkle twinkle (one hand - by ear - on the piano). 
    My question is have you any similar instructions for very young budding pianists? I will probably get them to a teacher soon, but I like your style for adults so much I was hoping you helped to inspire kids also - you know what I mean - minimum theory and notation, maximum practical to get results and keep their interest up.
    Regards William

    • David Sprunger - July 28, 2013

      Hello William - thanks for taking the time to write. I'm really glad you're digging into the lessons.

      Regarding kids and the method - yesterday, I had a dad email a video to me of his 10 yr old son playing a 24 minute recital. It consisted of every song in "Pattern Piano and Keyboard" from start to finish. I was completely floored by it! Actually made me want to cry a bit (what a baby) watching this young man perform so well on material he had obviously spent a great deal of time on, and knowing that I had the great honor of being part of it. This is the 2nd video I've received like that!

      All that to say it's very possible to give kids the gift of playing by ear. My only recommendation is that you first go through the material so that you can hand it off to them. Best wishes - David Sprunger

  12. Mark Adams - July 31, 2013

    Hi David, I recently aquired a Yamaha Keyboard through a sales promotion on my job. I came across your lesson download and WOW! The bundle package reminds me of my Bible, the more you look, the more you find! I have no experience but I've actually been learning to play the fiddle for about eight months and my focus is Gospel. Can't wait to dive into your lessons and put the two instruments together, especially if I can get my wife to take interest in the keyboard. Thank You very much for an awesome package!

    • David Sprunger - July 31, 2013

      Mark - thats so cool! Can't wait to hear you lay down some gospel grooves... :)

  13. Jeremy - July 31, 2013

    Hi David I started watching your videos recently and believe me they are fantastic, really helpful. Is it possible to recommend some videos of yours for the training of the left hand? You see Im used to play the normal triads from my left hand, which clearly doesnt work when playing solo piano, but on kkeyboard I suppose it is ok. Hope you understand my problem, "
    like I cant tthink of anything other than punching triads from my left hand when pplaying a song.
    Regards Jeremy

    • David Sprunger - July 31, 2013

      Jeremy - great question. The answer is yes - for sure - check out the blues piano lessons, the higher chapters have many sections that deal with left hand "comp" chords. Start with the "Tri-tone" comp chord: easiest of all, and yet probably the most funky.

  14. The lessons are awesome! You're a great teacher and an inspiration. Thank you.

    Rich.

  15. Glen La' rive - August 12, 2013

    Hi David
    I'm greatly impressed the way you makes things so simple. I have been playing on various arrangers just backing myself with chords and not too happy as I want to get myself into some serious playing. I am a composer and have written over 60 to 70 gospel songs on various albums of my own only by the help of professional musicians and would love to play skillfully myself. wanted to have a good ear and make the keyboard sound rich and full while playing live even without an arranger
    My problem is time as i minister and feel at 50 i need to do some serious studying and practicing. getting my self a weighted keys digital piano as soon as i get home. please advise me as what i would need to down load to get something good going. sorry for this long mail
    Glen

  16. B21keyboard - August 21, 2013

    Thank you very much for the lessons that you have posted for us, David !!!  I'm very greatfull and I love your Blues and Salsa lessons...I was told that I'm a good piano player...thanks to you! 

    • David Sprunger - August 21, 2013

      Wow - those are some precious words to me! Thanks for writing. :)

  17. Marcelo - August 27, 2013

    Hi, David. I'm an amateur pianist from Brazil. Here I am part of a jazz trio. During 10 years (from 8 to 18 years old) I studied classic piano and since there I'm trying to play jazz. I've listen a jazz version of yours for Für Elise. That's amazing! I would like to buy the sheet and the chords guide. How could I do it?
    You are very good! I would like that you have your office here... and I could have present classes! :)

  18. David, I'm a beginner- ie, I don't play any piano beyond a c major scale. I don't really know all the proper fingering. Your course looks like it teaches students who already have basic playing down? Should I get the fundamentals down before taking your course?

    • David Sprunger - August 28, 2013

      Hi Paul - great questions. We do have a course for absolute beginners. Here's the link: "Pattern Piano and Keyboard".

      This keyboard course starts from the ground up, assuming that you have never played before, and then quickly progresses through college level techniques. You'll learn to use the powerful concept of "Rhythmic Patterns" to play any song by ear.

      In the first 20 minutes of the course, you'll learn how and why the chords of music are constructed the way they are. Then the course will teach you a few simple Rhythmic Patterns and you'll begin right away to use these Rhythmic Patterns to play by ear. By the end of the course, you'll have an entire vocabulary of Rhythmic Patterns that can be mixed and matched, any way you like, in an infinite variety of ways, to play any song by ear!

      This course is ideal for absolute beginners. For those who already know how to play, but have had to always rely on written music, this course is a fantastic way to break free and learn to play any song by ear.

      Hope that's helpful! Best wishes - David Sprunger

  19. Tom Sanford - September 12, 2013

    This is an awesome course and a steal for the price...just unbelievably professional and I love the tone in David's voice...very uplifting when your brain gets tired lol I also like his singing voice as well....Everything is so amazingly well put together and at a pace that get's to the point without overwhelming your brain for the day...I look forward to each day as I see I can do a small investment of my time...Practice and time with continuous small improvements equal amazing results....I think David is just an incredible person in general... very few people would put this much time into a course and then make it so affordable to everyone...most musicians like to keep these types of secrets to themselves....imagine a country where more people did business like this!!!!

  20. Roger Jacob - September 23, 2013

    Dear David

    I would like to purchase a set for my boy. However, living in South Africa, we would like the hard copies of DVDs and book. Please let us know if this is available.
    Many Thanks,
    R. Jacob

    • davidsprunger - September 23, 2013

      Hello Roger - thanks for writing. We actually have an amazing number of students from South Africa! Every month we ship quite a few packages of the DVD's and Book to your country. Maybe I'll get to come visit someday... :)

  21. Clarissa - September 25, 2013

    Just ordered the Complete Bundle package. I love playing music. I know very little on playing the keyboard and I really look forward to your lessons. Saw a glimpse of one of your lessons and liked it. You explained things well and clear. Motivated to learn :)

  22. Hi David, Bought your entire course. I am a beginner, but is it advisable that while I practice the beginning chapters could I
    jump to chapter 11 to practice the blue scales.

    • David Sprunger - October 18, 2013

      That's a great comment - you are chomping at the bit! I love it. Yes, please spend time w/ Chapter 11 every day. I do and I'm seeing speed and control improvements every week.

  23. Hi. I've just purchased your 'course' and can't wait for when it's all processed to download and try out. I'm a veteran drummer and have always been interested in keyboards - especially extended chords like 9th's etc, and the different voicing' s. Yeah...and Art Tatum, Fats Domino & Little Richard rock!

    • David Sprunger - October 18, 2013

      Bill - you're speaking my language man! Glad to have another drummer converted to the keyboard world. :)

  24. Hey am from Jamaica. Is it safe to purchase and download from your site?

    • David Sprunger - November 12, 2013

      Hi Jerome - absolutely. You'll notice that when you click through to an order page for the piano lessons, the browser will reflect that the page and all contents are encrypted. We use industry standard protocols to make sure your information stays secure. For more info, click "Order Security" towards the top of this page.

  25. Hello David, I bought your course some months ago and I am happy with your course. I have reached song number 8 red river valley and working on perfecting it. :) However, I have question for you. Are these patterns that you teach only work for songs in certain time signature say 4/4. Does your course teach patterns for odd time signatures? I would be happy if I learn how to make my own patterns not just for 4/4 but for other time signatures too. Awaiting your reply. Regards. - Vishal

    • David Sprunger - November 12, 2013

      Hi Vishal - that is a great question. As you continue through the piano course, you'll see that there is a section on learning to use partial patterns. This is an effective technique when the chords of the song change quickly or when you are using the patterns in a different time signature.

  26. Hi David & the very best of wishes for 2014 to you & your family - may it be full of good health,happiness & heavenly music.
    I am a retired heart surgeon from India, have always wanted to learn to play the piano since I was a schoolboy & was in the process of figuring out how to go about learning the piano.Then the Universe guided me to your quite amazing site.Meant to be I guess! I plan to go ahead & purchase the bundle even though I don't have access to a piano at the moment. I plan to buy a digital piano soon.You are also offering the bundle at a fantastic cost - a very kind offer not to be missed! It will be a great way to start the new year.Will do so today.
    I am also teaching myself to play the guitar & am developing a sound knowledge of music theory - chord construction,scales,arpeggios,etc.I have a feeling that learning the piano will also help me improve on the guitar.

    Cheers & thanks!

    • David Sprunger - December 31, 2013

      Dilip - Wow, wow, wow, that was quite an encouraging message!

      Thank you for taking the time to write to me. Hope the piano lessons really find a place with you as you train your surgeons hands to become piano hands ;-)

      I'm actually quite amazed how many doctors and surgeons go through our courses. Thanks again that kind of feedback really makes my day

  27. Karl Pupe - January 3, 2014

    Hi Dave!

    I just wanted to drop a quick message to say a massive thank you to you for organising these lessons! I started your lessons in 2009 as more or less a complete beginner and went through the original 'Pattern Piano and Keyboard Course' and within 2 years I was playing piano regularly in my church and it has helped me immensely in my music production which I now teach! If you ever decided to relocate to the UK, you would definitely have 1 guranteed piano student! GOD bless you & may PlayPianoToday go from strength to strength!

    GOD Bless!

    Karl from LONDON, United Kingdom

    • David Sprunger - January 3, 2014

      Karl - that really makes me happy. May God continue to give you new ideas on the keyboards!

  28. Serge Clement - January 4, 2014

    Hi!
    Following your recommendations concerning a Keyboard, I purchased a good used Roland EM 55. wich I am sure should-be more than adhequate for music learning with your Piano lessons.
    Time will tell how long it will take-me for absorbing all the informations provided in this course. Luckily, I don't have a tin ear so hopefully, I should-be able to come-up with good results. The part I like best is the way the Tricks of the trade are exposed and simply explained.
    I was surprised by the quantity of files to be downloaded considering the more than reasonnable cost for the lessons package, A great deal !

    • David Sprunger - May 15, 2014

      Thanks Serge - I'm super happy that you bought a keyboard. Thanks for the kind words - I think the piano lessons packages are a super deal too. :)

  29. Hi
    I've always been in love with music, always wanted to play and create my own. Yet I have no musical education whatsoever, my compositions are a laugh. And this is where this course comes in. Tones of info, great execution, really broadening... hopefully I'll put it to good use. Thank You!! :)

    • David Sprunger - May 15, 2014

      Simon - that's fantastic. I love to hear that your creativity has been sparked on the keyboard. It's so exciting when you can actually create something and feel great about it. Go practice!

  30. Terrell - April 11, 2014

    I have been using your program for a while and just saying I love it is an understatement. I'm not very far along, but I find what i've learned thus far to be amazing. Just out of curiosity, have you ever received any feedback from someone who completed the entire bundle? I asked because as I looked through the complete bundle, I was amazed at all the things you have taught.

    • David Sprunger - May 15, 2014

      Hi Terrell - thanks for writing. Actually we get tons of email every week from many folks who have not only completed the Complete Bundle, but are actually playing gigs! That really stokes the fire for me. :)

  31. Fred Burgess - May 15, 2014

    Teaching is and art and David you are a brilliant teacher and artist.
    I am so happy that I found you and your keyboard lessons online.
    I am getting great joy from my keyboard and as I progress, as I surely will, I can look forward to becoming a competent and hopefully an artistic player too.
    Thanks for putting this together.
    This just has to be the best value for money bundle I have ever found.  

    • David Sprunger - May 15, 2014

      Thanks Fred - that's really kind. Isn't it amazing how we can connect with one another on a pretty deep musical level here on the net? It never ceases to amaze me. Would love to hear you play someday...

  32. Anthony Coyne - July 20, 2014

    Greetings,
    I am thinking of purchasing the "Complete Bundle of All Lessons" Download for my MacBook Pro.
    However, I only have an iRig Keys controller (MIDI controller keyboard with 37 velocity-sensitive mini-keys — a full 3-octave range plus one note) used for Garageband.
    Will this suffice in my learning?
    Sincerely,
    Anthony

    • David Sprunger - July 21, 2014

      Hello Anthony - thanks for writing. The 3 octave keyboard you have will work to get basic concepts down, but pretty quickly you'll want to move up to at least 4 or 5 octaves.

      I've put together an extensive video on this subject - find it by going to the menu at the top of any page, choose "View all lessons" and scroll down to "What keyboard should I buy?"

  33. Alain Mc Nicoll - July 21, 2014

    Hi Mr. Sprunger. I am very interesting with all your lessons. I have a question, do we learn in those lessons how to read music on the sheet (partition), i'm good with my ears but reading music...not good. Thank you in advance for your fast reply. Alain Mc Nicoll. Quebec,Canada

    • David Sprunger - July 21, 2014

      Hello Alain - great question. Short answer is no. All of our lessons focus on the ability to learn to play by ear - without having to learn to read sheet music notation.

      If you would like to learn to read standard notation, I would suggest taking a local college music theory course, or connect with a local teacher. Best wishes! David Sprunger

  34. Ezekiel - July 22, 2014

    Thanks David, this course has really revolutionised my life all the way here in Nigeria (Western Africa). Well I just want to say you're a great Inspiring & Motivational Piano teacher may God bless you real good!

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