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Pattern Piano and Keyboard - Section 1

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"Introduction to the Rhythmic Patterns Technique"

This piano lessons course is ideal for:

- Piano and Keyboard students who are brand new to music.

- Those who already play the piano or keyboard from written sheet music, but would like to break away and play by ear.

By learning to play the piano using the powerful technique of "Rhythmic Patterns", you'll unleash your creative potential as a songwriter, accompanist and musician! If you would like to get the music out of your head and onto the keyboard, this is the ideal technique for you.

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At first, this music course begins with one simple pattern. Immediately, we'll use this one simple pattern to play an entire song. Then you'll learn a second pattern. Here's where it really begins to get interesting - we'll play the same song again, but this time, we'll alternate the two patterns to give the music some variation.

The course advances quickly, eventually working through advanced college level techniques. By the end of the course, you'll have a whole arsenal of patterns under your hands, and you'll be able to mix and match them, any way you like, to come up with fantastic arrangements of any song - by ear!

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The secret to learning to play by ear is learning to play using the revolutionary technique of 'Rhythmic Patterns'.

The technique of using rhythmic Patterns' to play by year isn't a secret. Guitar players of been doing this for years - they learn a few simple strumming patterns plus a few chords and they're enjoying musical right away.

Somehow keyboard and piano players of missed out. Why?

Traditional piano lessons have focused on reading sheet music.

Now while reading is important, it's not the whole musical picture - by the time piano lessons are done most students can read but if the notes aren't written down they can't play their way out of a paper bag! Does that sound familiar?

Rhythmic patterns are equally effective in playing by ear whether you play the piano or the keyboard.

Finally set your hands free! Whether you're an absolute beginner or a seasoned pro who would like to learn to play by ear, you'll learn to use these powerful rhythmic patterns that are very effective whether you're playing solo or with a band.


  1. Katrina Elhen - June 7, 2013

    Dear Friends! I have purchased the compelete  Package of Series of Lessons. Please, email them to me again. We have changed email and a home address. My email was ka....@...us.com.au and no longer available. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • David Sprunger - June 7, 2013

      Hello Katrina - I have emailed a new set to your @bigpond.com address. Would you let me know when you get those? Best wishes - David Sprunger

      • Ekaterina - August 25, 2013

        Dear David!
        Thank you for your wonderful teaching!

        • David Sprunger - August 25, 2013

          Hi Ekaterina - thanks for taking the time to write! I see from your email that you are a music teacher as well - awesome!

  2. Frank - July 18, 2013

    God bless you and your open heart to show us the gifts that we must perfect in order to go to the next level. I know you know how it is being a young musician with no mentor and having to learn most things on your own. Finding you... was a blessing to my life and my future. Wish more world class players were this honest with this type of information. But God bless you and yours my guy!

    New York

    • David Sprunger - July 19, 2013

      Hello Frank - I'm so honored to be part of your encouragement! Keep me posted how it goes as you dig into the lessons!

    • Mawunyo Mensah-Dotsey - September 26, 2013

      I've had the same experience learning by myself ,reading by sight but not being able to play by hear...I think you can be of great help to us

  3. Faaolataga Vao - July 23, 2013

    Hi David, I am from Otara, South Auckland, New Zealand. It is very difficult to find this knowledge here in NZ. I happen to stumble upon your video while I was looking for gospel keys. This is perfect. Our church worship team is in need of a back up pianist/keyboardist, and all our musicians play by ear. I am so glad I found this website. I took lessons when I was in High school and I only know a fraction of the basics. I now have the growing passion to pursue piano playing. I am currently in the process of purchasing a decent electric piano. And it is perfect timing that I found this website. Thank you very much for sharing your gift to the world of music.

    • David Sprunger - December 27, 2013

      Faaolataga - thanks for writing. You wouldn't believe how many students we have from New Zealand. I've heard that the Jazz scene there is really happening. Would love to visit someday!

      I'm glad you're inspired to dig in and really put time into making a joyful noise with the worship crew over there in Otara. Best wishes - D Sprunger

  4. Andrew - July 28, 2013

    Hi David, I am from South Africa and need to play our church organ/keyboard. Problem is, I know nothing (I truly mean NOTHING), about playing and where to get certain chords. I need to learn from scratch and this includes the why and why not of what finger is used for what note?. I am 57 years old but so desperately willing to learn.
    Thank you...

    • David Sprunger - July 28, 2013

      Hello Andrew - thanks for writing. The course you'll want to start with is "Pattern Piano and Keyboard". This starts from the very beginning stages of music - it doesn't assume that you know any musical knowledge at all. You'll learn how (and more importantly WHY) chords fit together.

      By the end of that course, you'll understand how music theory fits together. In addition, you'll have learned how to break chords up into something called "Rhythmic Patterns", which enables you to quickly build a rhythmic structure out of chords. This technique is an ideal way to learn to play any song by ear.

      From there, we have many other courses that will advance the style of your playing. Check the menu for a link that says "Where should I begin?"

  5. Archippus Francis - August 5, 2013

    Finding this website was my greatest joy and to to also realise that there good folks out there who are ready to share what they have with others. You are a blessing to this generation.

    • David Sprunger - August 25, 2013

      Hello Archippus - Sometimes when I read words like that I think "There's no way I could live up to that!" But God is great and I'm honored to be part of all this. You are a blessing to me my friend.

  6. Arthur - August 30, 2013

    Davd,
    I have really enjoyed your Pattern Piano and Keyboard Lessons. I have been with your program since 2002 and recently repurchased the lessons in electronic form because I got a new computer after a hard drive failure. I like the way you follow-up with new on-line lessons. I learn new techniques all the time. I too teach piano and as I was explaining to one of my new students about a song, I ask if she recognized anything and she said "its a pattern". Thanks for all you do.

    • David Sprunger - September 30, 2013

      Hello Arthur - It's such an honor for me to hear from other piano teachers like yourself. Thanks for all YOU do! :)

  7. Carla J. Patterson - October 16, 2013

    This is a cool way to help people expand their playing and/or learn keyboards in the first place. I like your approach and I like your willingness to do it at a price point most everyone can afford. And, man, can YOU play! Awesome.

  8. Dennis Jim Dadulo Gregorio - November 7, 2013

    Hi David - This is interesting! Can those “Rhythmic Patterns” be converted to different "Time Signatures"? If so, did you teach "how to..." in the course? Thank you.

    • David Sprunger - November 12, 2013

      Hi Dennis - that's a great question and one that I get quite a bit. Yes - towards the end of "Pattern Piano and Keyboard", we study how to do "partial patterns".

      This works when the chords are changing quickly, or the time signature has a different number of beats than the pattern does. This is really at the heart of learning how to mix and match patterns in unique ways, which is an ideal way to create your own unique sound on the keyboard.

  9. Dennis Jim Dadulo Gregorio - November 23, 2013

    Hi Sir David – Your “Pattern Piano & Keyboard” course & other stuff are really great (I purchased the complete bundle). Some patterns are challenging but I’m willing to “pay the price”; I practice at least 2 hours daily. Long time ago I had piano lessons & my Teacher used the “John Thompson” piano book series as the primary materials for my weekly lessons. But for some reasons my piano lessons stopped. I want to continue that type of piano lessons (playing with music notations) to integrate it with your “Pattern Piano & Keyboard” course daily, but I find the “John Thompson” books as dated. In these modern days, I want new materials with new approach. Can you recommend excellent materials for such piano course with backing tracks also? Please just email me your recommendations. Thank you so much Sir David for your help. I’m glad I came across with your excellent pattern-piano courses.

    • David Sprunger - December 27, 2013

      Hi Dennis - I also went through the "John Thompson" series as a kid. Seemed like drudgery to me then, but later on, I appreciated the solid music foundation it provided. 2 hours practice a day? Fantastic. I'd love to hear you play!

      Practice tracks for lessons with standard music notation - that's a great question. I'll be looking into that...

  10. Earl Gale - November 24, 2013

    Thank You so much for this opportunity !!!! It sounds just what I have been looking for !! As a former drummer for many years, I have all kind of patterns in my head, but am unable to get them into my Keyboard, I look forward to your lessons.

    • David Sprunger - December 26, 2013

      Hi Earl - Great to hear from another member of the percussion family! :) I always love watching drummers move to the keyboard - rhythm is such a huge part of it all, and you guys have got it down...

  11. Antonio Orselli - December 21, 2013

    Hello, Dave. I have been studying your piano lessons for the past 2 years, but this year I had a broken ankle that put me in the couch for 6 months. Now I am returning to the piano but I kind of lost momentum and I am a bit unmotivated to restart all over.  What can I do to pick up again?  Greetings from Brazil and a Happy New Year to you and your family.

    • David Sprunger - December 26, 2013

      Hi Antonio - I'm glad you made it back off the couch! :) I'd recommend going through some of the specialized lessons to pique your interest again - have you checked out the Blues Lesson Series? BTW - we've added quite a few new piano lessons over the last couple of years. To see them all, click on the 'View All Lessons' link in the menu.

  12. Janice Flowers - January 3, 2014

    Hi David I am so glade I ran up on your website, I too took a few lessons, but it seemed that something would come in and I would get out of the lessons, But I do know a few chords and I am hoping I can learn from your site some new chords,I feel like I have this gift to play I just need to learn some new chords to go with what I already know I would love to be able to play in church, I can not seem to get reading music in my head, so maybe I can learn from these lessons and be a better player by ear, Thank God I found this sight,

  13. hyacinth chimeremeze - April 9, 2014

    i have no ideal about piano but i love people that are playing it so i want to learn now
    and i will to learn it online

  14. This bundle is amazing. Its so thorough and the way all the things pop up and play.
    I love this system. David is an awesome teacher. A soothing voice. Funny.
    Really enjoyable. I had my bundle on my laptop and I missed the lessons so much as my dad has my lap top. finally, I got them again and getting them all back on my computer. But love that I can stream them while it takes time to download.
    Awesome and Professional Site!!!! 5 Star lessons.

  15. LECIA BOYD - October 12, 2014

    I started to learn how to play the piano by ear 2 months ago  online and I think I've progressed a lot since then but finding your website is a godsend that is going to propel my learning to higher level.  Thank you so much for  sharing your  knowledge and expertise with those of us who are very eager to learn this beautiful art form...

  16. Thanks for the lessons, you have been amazing.

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