I’m Marcus Wilson, the creator of this piano course. And I would first like to thank you for taking the time to visit this website. I’ve been a piano player for several years now. From Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to River Flows In You, to La Campanella; I can play it all. But my journey to get to the piano player I am today was far from easy.
It all started when I just finished my freshman year of high school and attended a local summer camp. Prior to this, I had taken a music class in high school that I wasn’t interested in. I probably switched between the piano and beat production at least four times. And even when I was on the piano, I had no idea what I was doing. So going back to this summer camp now, just like a regular day I was sitting down on my phone waiting for something to happen. And for some reason, I decided to walk up to a keyboard that we had.
I turned the power button on, and out of random, I picked a pre-recorded song. Once the song started playing, I started acting like I was playing. I was moving my hands throughout the keyboard without actually pressing on a key. One of the staff members there said, “hey is that you?” I of course responded with, “yes.” And although he soon realized it wasn’t me actually playing the keyboard. There was a brief moment where he actually did believe I was. So, I decided to actually play a couple of keys this time even though I didn’t know what I was doing, but it was as if something clicked.
That same day when I went home, I immediately went on YouTube and started searching. Whatever it was that could help me learn how to play the piano, I was all for it. Eventually, I stumbled upon a piano tutorial video for “All of Me” by John Legend. And ever since then, I hit the ground running.
Music class was the first thing on my mind the next day. And when it was time, I went directly to our keyboard to start. I would load one of those tutorial videos up on my phone, and at the same time try playing what it was showing me. I did this for the whole duration of the class. And went on to do this for almost every class. One day everyone was going on a “big” trip to Six Flags. But I was surprisingly still interested in the piano, and rejected the invitation. I decided to keep practicing in the music room.
Now let’s take a little fast forward. Instead of going to lunch in school to eat for ten minutes, then socialize and stay on my phone for the other thirty. I wanted to put my time to better use. In my sophomore year of high school, I spent about a third of my lunchtime in my school music room practicing the piano. Or in other words, 2,666 minutes. Junior year, I spent nearly all of it practicing the piano. That’s about 8,000 minutes. And in my senior year, I spent under 4,000 minutes practicing. These are all estimates. But the reason I brought up these numbers is so you can get a stronger feel of what I mean. I saw potential in me that I didn’t want to let go. So, in order to fulfill it, I needed to put my time to better use. I was able to survive without eating lunch, so that caused no problem for me.
I was a self-learner who became very skilled within three years. Also, I never had an actual piano in till my senior year. Whenever I had time, I would always go into my school music room to practice alone. It was just me, my fingers, and destiny. Some people took it the wrong way with me skipping lunch for the piano. Actually several did, but that’s life. People don’t realize fast enough how precious time should be valued. But I did, and from talent shows to events, I was able to showcase the countless of hours that I have put into the piano.
But only if there was a piano course. One that was simple, and cost effective. That didn’t try to force tons of unnecessary piano terminology into my head. What I achieved skill wise during my senior year of high school. I probably could’ve achieved during my sophomore year of high school. It doesn’t matter now since I’m good at it. But hopefully one day there will be one to help fast track hundreds if not thousands of people in their piano journey. But wait…THERE IS NOW ONE!