Learn to Improvise Piano and Play by Ear
Even if you've tried before, Ozie will help you succeed this time.
Quick and Easy Lessons That Will Have You Playing Like a Pro!
Learn to improvise at the piano with 144 video lessons in taught 6 modules.
You'll get over 8 hours of premium content that you can go through at your own pace.
Beginner and Intermediate Students, This Course is For You.
Discover the benefits in each module.
Module 1: Getting Started
Your piano lessons will begin with an introduction to the keyboard and the fundamentals of music theory. In this module, you’ll learn the note names of the keys on the piano, beginner hand positions and how to approach daily practice. You’ll also learn important music theory concepts including: treble vs. bass, melody vs. harmony, understanding music intervals, and the Circle of Fifths.
Runtime: 39 minutes
Module 2: Learning Scales
Practicing scales is vital to your success as a pianist. They will build strength in your fingers while teaching you the contour of the piano. They will also train your ears to hear the melodic ideas that you’ll use to create and improvise great music later. In this module, you’ll learn what makes a scale as well as the major and minor scales for all 12 keys on the piano.
Runtime:1 hour, 49 minutes
Module 3: Learning Chords
Practicing chords will train your ears to hear the 3-note (triad) and 4-note (seventh) harmonies that will become the building blocks of your own songs. Undoubtedly, you'll be inspired as you learn the major and minor chords for all 12 keys on the piano, in root position and inversions.
Runtime:1 hour, 41 minutes
Module 4: Chord Progressions
Here's where the magic really begins! In this module, you'll learn 27 standard chord progressions used across various genres including Rock, Pop, RnB, Hip Hop, Classical, Gospel and Jazz. You'll recognize many hit songs that use these progressions, and adding them to your repertoire will equip you to compose hit songs of your own.
Runtime:1 hour, 53 minutes
Module 5: Improvisation and Expansion
By the time you reach this part of the course, you will have had plenty of hands-on experience at the piano and achieved an understanding of music theory. This module will teach you how to build upon this foundation and bring your chord progressions to life! You'll learn to ebb and flow at the piano will arpeggios, chord suspensions, walking bass lines, rolling bass lines, and dynamic pedal tones.
Runtime:1 hour, 12 minutes
Module 6: Reading and Writing Music
No piano course would be complete without a section that teaches you how to read music. In this module, you'll learn to read and write chord charts, understanding chord symbols. You'll also receive an introduction to the basics of traditional music notation, including the lines and spaces of the grand piano staff and counting rhythms.
Runtime:1 hour, 9 minutes
The Book Explains the Videos in Greater Detail
Each lesson has easy-to-read keyboard diagrams that show you where to place your fingers!
Detailed Chord Charts
For every video lesson that teaches a chord progression, the charts are already written out for you, detailing the chord voicings and rhythmic timing that you should use to successfully play through the lesson and jam like a pro. Each chart features both standard chord symbols and Roman numeral figured bass.
Easy-to-read Keyboard Diagrams
The book features over 1,000 color-coded keyboard diagrams that detail exactly where you should place your fingers to play the scales and/or chords in each lesson. Left-hand keys are highlighted with blue, while right-hand keys are highlighted with orange. Perfect for students who just want to play by ear without having to read sheet music.
In the videos, the instructor is known to perform various improvisations, much to the inspiration of his students. Now his improvisations are transcribed for intermediate students who read sheet music. No more rewinding the video trying to figure out exactly what he played. This is also a great resource for teachers using the course as a piano method for their students.
Meet Your Piano Teacher, Ozie.
A film composer and pianist based in Los Angeles. His mission to raise consciousness about important issues concerning humanity through music performance and education.
In 2019, Cargile became one of eight fellows selected to participate in the prestigious 2019 Sundance Film Music and Sound Design Lab directed by Peter Golub in collaboration with Skywalker Sound. Cargile worked on cues with film composers Marco Beltrami and James Newton Howard.
is a Los Angeles-based composer and pianist, originally from Detroit. A graduate of the University of Michigan, his works have been performed by several orchestras and ensembles including the Detroit Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke's in New York, and the Boulder Symphony of Colorado, which premiered his choral orchestral work "Song for Humanity" in collaboration with the 150-voice Boulder Chorale.
Cargile has more than 15 years of experience as a professional piano and composition instructor for students of all ages. Ozie compiled his teaching experience into an 8-hour video series called the Quicklessons Piano Course, which includes a 352-page course book.