Saturday, December 22, 2012

The 16th Hired Request, Billy Joel!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012 Coming Soon In May 2012! is a playlist link to watch some of the part 1 videos that will be on will be a valuable resource for those wanting to learn how to read traditional music notation better and faster, while improving their technique and general musicianship. WILL continue as always with the same output of videos you have come to expect from me, and will also continue to be a valuable resource for those who wish to play by ear using my Whiteboard Technique.  Below is a sample video of what to expect on

Friday, March 9, 2012

Some Of The Videos People Are Ordering On Their Custom DVDs

Here are some of the videos people are ordering on their Custom DVDs.  If you'd like to order a custom DVD just click the Custom DVDs Tab above and watch the video.

George From Arkansas ordered:

American the Beautiful Ray Charles Part 1,2,3,4,5
Bad Bad Leroy Brown Jim Croce Part 1,2,3
Bad Moon Rising CCR Part 1
Benny and the Jets Elton John Part 1,2
Blueberry Hill Fats Domino part 1,2,3
Blues Improvisation Part 1,2,3,4
Bridge Over Troubled Water S&G Part 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Bethoven's Fifth Part 1,2,3
Brown Eyed Girl Van Morison Part 1
Chariots of Fire Part 1
Classic Rock Riffs Paart 1
Come Together Beatles part 1,2
Crocodile Rock Elton John Part 1,2,3,4
Cry to Me Solomon Burke part 1
Desperado Eagles part 1,2
Dueling Banjos Roy Clark part 1
Fire and Rain James Taylor part 1,2
Free Bird Skynyrd part 1,2,3
Funk Groove Style part 1
Fur Elise Beethoven part 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee part 1,2,3
Heart of Gold Neil young part 1
hey jude Beatles part 1,2
Hotel California Eagles part 1,2,3,4,5
House of Rising sun Animals part 1,2,3
johnny b good chuck Berry part 1,2,3
last date floyd cramer part 1,2
Layla Eric Clapton part 1,2,3
Lean on me part 1
Let It be Beatles part 1,2
Mess around ray charles part 1,2,3,4,5
My Girl Temptations part 1,2
Night Moves Bob Seger part 1
old time rock and roll bob segar part 1
paino blues part 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15
proud mary ccr part 1,2
road house blues doors part 1,2,3
rocket man elton john part 1,2
sweet home alabama skynyrd part 1,2,3,4
fat man dr john part 1,2,3,4,5,6
the fire inside by seger part 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
last resort eagles part 1,2,3
loadout jackson browne part 1,2,3
what I say ray charles 1,2,3
your song elton john part 1,2,3
Lesson Twenty-one Fifties Style
Lesson Twenty-two Suspensions chords
Lesson Seven First Inversion chords
Lesson Eight Song for First inversion chords
Lesson Nine second inverson cords
Against The Wind Bob Seger Part 1,2,3,4,5,6
Always On My Mind Part 1,2,3,4,5,6

ROSS from Scotland ordered:
  1. Bohemian Rhapsody – 7 videos
  2. Chasing Cars – 4 videos
  3. Fairytale of New York – 5 videos
  4. Get Here – 4 videos
  5. Happy Birthday jazz – 3 videos
  6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas – 3 videos
  7. Joy to the World – 2 videos
  8. Let It Be – 2 videos
  9. Mandy – 3 videos
  10. Stairway to Heaven – 5 videos
  11. Unfaithful – 3 videos
  12. We are the Champions – 4 videos
  13. White Xmas – 2 videos
  14. Wonderful Tonight – 5 videos

Daniel from California ordered:

Linus And Lucy from Peanuts part 1

Love Song by Sara Bareilles part 1
Love Song by Sara Bareilles part 2
Axel F from Beverly Hills Cop
Because by The Beatles part 1
Because by The Beatles part 2
Because by The Beatles part 3
Benny And The Jets by Elton John part 1
Benny And The Jets by Elton John part 2
Charlie Brown Theme Simplified
Everybody Knows Your Name from Cheers part 1
Everybody Knows Your Name from Cheers part 2
Rocket Man by Elton John part 2
Love Will Keep Us Together part 1
Love Will Keep Us Together part 2
Love Will Keep Us Together part 3
Levon by Elton John part 1
Levon by Elton John part 2
Levon by Elton John part 3
Levon by Elton John part 4
Levon by Elton John part 5
Love Story Theme part 1
Love Story Theme part 2
Goodbye Yellowbrick Road by Elton John part 1
Goodbye Yellowbrick Road by Elton John part 2
Goodbye Yellowbrick Road by Elton John part 3
Saturday In The Park by Chicago part 1
Saturday In The Park by Chicago part 2
Saturday In The Park by Chicago part 3
Saturday In The Park by Chicago part 4
Saturday In The Park by Chicago part 5
In My Life by The Beatles part 1
In My Life by The Beatles part 2
In My Life by The Beatles part 3
In My Life by The Beatles part 4
Tiny Dancer by Elton John part 1
Tiny Dancer by Elton John part 2
Tiny Dancer by Elton John part 3
Tiny Dancer by Elton John part 4
Your Song by Elton John part 1
Your Song by Elton John part 2
Your Song by Elton John part 3

This Is The 40th Hired Request That I Am Working On!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The 39th Hired Request Completed!

CUSTOM DVDS For A Limited Time Only!

Step 1: Go to and click 'Browse Lessons'. Choose at least 50 videos, NOT 50 songs, but 50 videos from the master list. You can choose more than 50, but you must choose at least 50. The cost is $2 per video. Add $5 shipping US, $10 international. Step 2: Go to, click Send Money. You can use Paypal even if you don't have a PayPal account, just like or any other online purchase. Pay to my account, which is Step 3: Send me an email to with your LIST OF VIDEOS and the NAME on your PayPal payment so I know who you are. Make sure your shipping address is correct. I'll send you a confirmation email and please give me 2 days to ship.

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Boards Are Finished For The 39th Hired Request

The boards are finished for the 39th hired request, Every Little Kiss by Bruce Hornsby WITH the solo parts.   I'll start recording the videos tomorrow!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

How To Be Your Own Teacher On

One of the benefits to online lessons are the fact they are SO cheap!  Private lessons with me or another professional can run from $50 to $80 an hour or more.  Another perk is the vast library of lessons available, around 1600 videos on my site at the time of this article.  The last advantage, and probably the most advantageous, is that fact that you have access to all lessons at any time, whenever YOU need them.

Ok, now the downside.  You have to be your own teacher.  There's not the luxury of the immediate feedback that you would get from me if you were sitting right next to me at a private lesson.  Self motivation is a must, and you have to decide on a PLAN of instruction to best suit your needs.  Many of my members to tell me they feel OVERWHELMED when they are a beginner, and sign on for the first time and scroll down the huge list of lesson choices under the 'browse lessons' tab!  What to do, where to begin? What lessons should I do first, how many songs should I work on at a time?  Too many choices!  ARGHHH!

Well, that's why I'm writing this article, to help you formulate a plan  that will work.  I should have done this for you guys a long time ago, but at least you'll have it now.

Rule #1.  DON'T try lessons that are too hard for you.  If you are a beginner, please don't try a level 5 song off the bat.  (in a 1960s intercom voice) 'All beginners please report to the generic 50 piano lessons videos that can be found by scrolling down the main list by clicking browse lessons on the main page.'  These 50 lessons start from the VERY beginning and are designed to get you ready to play the other songs and lessons on the site.  Do all of these lessons first if you are a beginner, or near beginner.

Rule #2.  Practice often, but not too much at one time.  You must develop a practice routine that is consistent.  Two hours on Saturday only will not be very effective.  15-30 minutes EVERY day, however, will be extremely effective.

Rule #3.  Your practice routine should consist of THREE parts, like a pie chart with 3 pieces cut.  The first part should be Repertoire.  Repertoire is what you can play RIGHT NOW.  Not what you used to be able to play, but what you can play this instant.  This is the first part of your practice routine in which you will play through all the stuff you've learned since you started  Don't repeat choruses and all that, just play through the main sections of the song you were working on just to give it a good run through.  Playing through ten songs like this will not take as long as you think as long as you just run through them and don't do any repeats.  Should take about 1 minute a song on average if you really know it.  This should take up from 0 to 50% of your practice time.  It will BUILD confidence and give you a great feeling of accomplishment.  If you are a beginner, your repertoire will consist of the 50 lessons from the generic piano lessons only for a while.  Of course when you first start you don't HAVE a repertoire, but you'll build one fast enough in time.

The second part of the practice routine will be the time you spend working on something new.  This takes a lot more brain power and concentration that does the repertoire section of your practice.  Work on repeating small sections, then linking them together to make bigger sections.  Remember we are learning to play by ear on, so memorizing is totally fine and encouraged.  TO PRINT OUT the whiteboards, simply go full screen with the video, hit pause at a moment when my ugly mug isn't in the way, and use the 'print screen' command or function on your computer.  Google it if you don't know what this means.  Pretty easy though.

The third section will be the time you spend on supplemental material, such as the finger exercises or the 38 sight reading exercises that are on webpianoteacher.  Note:  these are NOT the Sight Reading Boot Camp DVD lessons that I sell only as a DVD box set.  Those can only be acquired by clicking the DVD tab on my blog  The supplemental material can also be the Piano Blues Improv lessons found by scrolling down to the 'P's in the main list.

So, here's the way an average practice session might go:  Repertoire 15 minutes, New Material 10 minutes, Supplemental 5 minutes.  These relative times on these CAN differ, that's OK.  Just make sure you have each section in there every time you practice.

RULE #4.  Rule 4 is in all caps because it is where most online students fail to succeed.  Choose lessons that will work for you!  If you choose a song lesson and you find it too difficult or you don't like it, QUIT IT!  Choose another that you DO like.  Sometimes we will choose the wrong song, and need to drop it and go to another.  If you ever find yourself getting overly frustrated and bored after consistent practice, you've made a wrong song choice and need to cut it loose!  Be selective.  Don't feel like a quitter if you have to give a song the axe.  USE the mywebpianoteacher function to keep track of your favorites.

Rule #5.  Keep a practice log.  Keep a Repertoire List.  After a lesson in the New material category gets learned pretty well, MOVE it over the repertoire section of your log and mark it out of the new lessons category.  Watching the repertoire section of your list GROW over time, and the number of lessons you mark out of the new materials section will give you a great feeling of accomplishment!

Final thoughts:  Progress slowly, slowly.  Try MANY level one songs before adding a level 2.  Try MANY level 2 songs before adding level 3.  Also, don't skip over a song just because you've never heard it!!  If a lot of people like that song, you may like it too if you give it a chance.  Just because a song is old or new doesn't make it a bad or good song!  Listen to it first, and then decide.  Don't let your lack of listening to the radio rob you of learning some really good music.  Learn some new stuff, man!

WebPianoTeacher out.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Contest For Free Membership To

ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PLEASE, Multiple entries will disqualify you.
1. Click the TITLE of the video below which appears ON THE VIDEO ITSELF to take you to YouTube.  It should say Piano Sight Reading Lessons In White Text.
2. After you get to YouTube, click the subscribe button at the top of the video.  If you don't want to subscribe to me you can always unsubscribe later, but I'll have some really cool stuff on this channel in the future for free if you want to keep in touch and stay subscribed.
3. Make a COMMENT below the video ON YOUTUBE.  Comments on Facebook or won't count,  it MUST be a youtube comment on this particular video.  Tell me what you want to see as far as traditional music notation lessons, or whatever you want.
4. Wait a couple of days.  I'll pick a winner randomly from the youtube comments and make the announcement on Facebook and as a comment on the video of the lucky winner.  I will contact the winner via a YOUTUBE MESSAGE, so be sure to check your youtube inbox to see if you've won.  Keep checking the video comments to see if you've won.
5. Oh, yeah.  Winner gets 3 months free membership to, a $50 value. Current members may EXTEND there current membership and are fully eligible.

Monday, February 20, 2012

One On One Time

I have 3 boys ages 8, 6, and 4 months.  They are very blessed in that they have two parents who love the Lord, each other, and THEM with all of their heart.  The wonderful dream job that I have as the WebPianoTeacher affords my wife, Shawna, to stay at home with me and the kids 24-7.  Instead of trying to squeeze in a few minutes here and there after work with our kids the way most working class families do, we are with them continually when the kids are not at school.  However, even with all this I feel it is important for each kid to get some alone time with each parent without having to share it with two brothers.  In the picture above I'm with my son, Carter, at a minor league baseball game.  We had loads of fun and even caught a foul ball.  In this type of environment, I find a kid will act totally different than when the brothers are with them.  There's no competition for attention, and I guess that's the difference.  You can talk about things with them that they won't normally discuss.  The bonding with father and son happens on a stronger level.  In the picture below, Evan and I spent the day drawing pictures of SpongeBob and playing Indiana Jones on the Xbox.  Great fun!  I think each of the boys needs that alone time with each parent if possible, every once in a while.  If I may quote a line from a favorite TV show of mine, Modern Family, "99 percent of being a dad is just showing up and being there."

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

WebPianoTeacher On Your iPhone And iPad

Dear webpianoteacher fans,

You CAN view the lessons from on your iPhone and iPad if you have the Photon app.  It's $1.99, but I have it on both my iPhone and iPad and it streams the videos great.  The iSwifter app will also play the videos and is free, but it only works on iPad and doesn't seem to do near as well as Photon in my opinion.  Well, I'm going to bed now.  Have to get up at 6 AM to get my kids ready for school.  Until tomorrow,

Shawn Cheek signing out.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Wife Shawna's Valentine Gift To Me

This is Shawna's Valentine's Day gift to me.  It's a list of all the things she loves about me. I'm glad she didn't make a card of all the things I need to improve on.  It might be MUCH bigger!! Ha, ha.  Hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day.  Oh, by the way I got Shawna a card that plays Don't Stop Believing by the GLEE cast, because that's one of her favorite shows.  And a box of chocolates.

Monday, February 13, 2012

iPhone Tip

iPhone running a little slow and draining the batter really fast?  Here's a little trick I learned that I'm surprised I didn't know already.  Whenever you open an app, then exit out of it, it's closed, right?  Wrong!  It is still running in the background, and if you have a ton of apps you have used recently, they might be all running, draining your battery life and slowing your phone's processing power down.  Here is how to close the apps manually:  First, double tap the home button at the bottom of your iPhone.  A dock should appear at the bottom with all the apps that are currently running.  You can SWIPE this dock to the right and you might be amazed to see all of the apps you have running in the background.

Next, tap and HOLD one of the apps in that dock, as if you were going to delete some apps.  The open apps will all get a red circle looking symbol with a minus sign in the middle (technical explanation, I know).  See the pic below.

Then, simply tap the apps that you want to close.  And there you have it.  I consider myself to be pretty savvy when it comes to technology and iwhatevers, but this little trick had eluded me.  Hope it helps some of you! Pin It

37th Hired Request Coming Up!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

What The Cheek Family Is Up To

  1. Click here to read Shawna's Post

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Vinyl Is The Best!

The most enjoyable medium for enjoying music for me will always be records.  I like to take time out JUST to listen to a great vinyl classic, sit back in my recliner and view the artwork, lyrics, and nostalgia of great band.  MP3s and CDs can't compare to the hands on, analog fun that LPs provide.  Nothing compares to the crackle pop of the needle and the warm, rich tone color that digital media cannot imitate.

It may surprise you to know that many artists still put out LPs, and many used book stores will have tons of records to comb through with a few gems if you have the time to look.  There are also online stores that specialize in record sales, so the medium is STILL very much alive.  I bought my record player at Best Buy a few years ago, and though they are not as prevalent as they used to be you can find them online easy enough.  DON'T buy a record player that has built in cheap speakers.  Then you lose all of the great analog sound that you can't fully appreciate unless you hook it up via RCA cables to a decent sound system.

This boom box that I use to amplify my record player is AMAZING.  I don't know HOW they engineered this thing to sound like it does, but the bass is nice and full, and the highs are clear and clean at high volumes.  MAKE SURE the boom box you use has RCA inputs, because that's what your record player will probably require.  This TDK model has it all: RCA, 1/8 inch, 1/4 inch, and USB inputs.  Finally, make listening to an album an event, not just something you do while picking up the house or working out.  Really listen and get lost in the music.  Well, that's my advice.  Comments welcome! Pin It