ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is the Target Method?
The Target Method is a new approach to teaching piano lessons designed by instructor Brian Lucas. Find out more about Brian and the method on the ABOUT page.
What is covered in each lesson?
Each video lesson covers the same amount of material Brian would teach in a weekly piano lesson. You learn the concept, and then get a detailed map on how to practice throughout the week. A description of each lesson is found on the LESSONS page.
Is is possible to play the piano well in 8 weeks? Even if you're a beginner?
Yes! The Target Method is designed to teach even the complete beginner. From the very first lesson you will have a better understanding of the piano, no matter what you already know or don't know. The 8 week timeframe comes from Brian's private practice, and is based on the average time it takes a weekly student to learn the fundamentals of piano.
How much will I have to practice?
The Target Method uses repetition of ideas to build piano knowledge. Therefore, it's not how much you have to practice but how often you practice that will bring success. You can stay on the eight week track by practicing at least 5-10 minutes a day, as long as you practice every day. Skipping even one day can dramatically slow your progress.
Does this method teach me how to play chords or how to read music notes?
Both! The Target Method uses knowledge of chord theory AND a proven method of sight reading notes to make sure all the bases are covered.
How do you demonstrate the lessons?
There is a combination of multiple camera angles (including overhead) as well as graphics to fully explain each concept.
What if I need to watch a video again?
Since you own the video, you can watch it as many times as you like.
I took piano for 2 years and didn't really get anything out of it.
How is this different?
I feel for you. So many people come to me with the same story. Unfortunately many music teachers either aren't qualified to teach piano or use an antique method designed mostly for classical piano. The Target Method is a revolutionary new approach to teaching music and is designed to help you think like a musician, not just learn a bunch of random theory or go through the pages of some book playing boring kid-like songs.
My kid wants to learn piano. Is this method good for children?
Absolutely! Although the method isn't recommended for children under 7, the Target Method has been taught to many children as young as 8 and has been far more successful than traditional methods. The Target Method allows kids to play the music they like, encouraging them to practice more.
What kind of piano or keyboard do I need to practice on?
You can learn to play piano on any keyboard, but obviously the more keys, the better. A full piano has 88 keys. If you don't have an acoustic piano or keyboard already, you will need at a mimimum, a touch-sensitive keyboard. It's recommended to also have a keyboard with at least 61 keys to give you the best options. For more details on features, see this Keyboard Buying Guide from Best Buy.
If there's no teacher to guide me, how will I know if I'm doing it right?
Each lesson has specific instructions on how to practice. There are also end of week tests that will help you decide if you are ready to move on to the next week. Although the method is designed to be completed in 8 weeks, some weeks will be easier or harder for you and could take more or less than a week to complete. The test will tell you if you're ready to move on.
How does this whole download thing work?
Once the purchase is complete, you will be directed to a page with a download button. Download to your computer, unzip the file and click the movie file for the lessone or the pdf file for a printable test.
For problems or questions about the course, email: email@example.com
For more general help, email Brian, or visit Piano World's Online Forum for support from other piano lovers. Brian participates in this forum as well.