Now You can Sign Up for a Free Account and learn to play Piano! This gives you access to a limited number of free lessons. It is designed to let you "try out" several lessons at your own pace.
Welcome to BSharpTricks.com!
There are essentially
three ways to learn to play
Jazz improvisational means that you learn chords, how to apply them to songs, and then learn to improvise off of the chords of the song.
Lead instructor, Jeremiah Sibley, has over a decade of teaching experience and has developed his own approach combining solid music theory with practical applications to get you playing as soon as possible. Many of his former students now are the primary keyboard player for their church, their band, or even a music director for an entire church music department. The lessons are set up so that as you learn jazz improvisational, you are also given pointers to help you eventually also play by ear. There's nothing like just being able to sit down at the piano and play whatever song as you would like!
The core of the system is The Series, which is Jeremiah Sibley's own, proven method of jazz improvisational piano instruction 87 videos lead the student from the baby steps of learning your notes and first musical principles, through the basic three-note chords and how to apply them, through learning and distinguishing between various types of 7th chords, and eventually to knowing 9th, 11th and 13th chords.
Each principle is clearly and slowly explained, shortcuts about how to more easily apply what you have learned is given, and then practical playing opportunities are presented using real songs and lead sheets. Students who already know some musical theory or piano can jump into The Series at their current level and continue forward. When the student has completed The Series, they have a good command of chord theory and are ready to move forward into more advanced studies.
The second part of BSharpTricks is the Advanced Studies which enable the student to move forward into more advanced territory as his or her own pace.
Once beginning students have completed The Series, they can turn to the Advanced Studies and choose their course as what to study next. Advanced or even Intermediate players can dive immediately into the Advanced Studies right away and pick and choose their focus. Want to move on to fast songs and replacing chords with great sounding, bluesy and jazzy tricks and licks? Then Pentecostal-style playing is the set of lessons for you! Already play and wish that you had some help to make your playing sound better on the often simple, guitar-driven songs of today's praise and worship? Then dive into the Modern Praise and Worship genre study and learn all sorts of great tips, tricks, and chord voicings that will improve your playing in this area greatly. Tired of songs that are based upon major mode and ready for the Jewish and Latin-style of Minor Mode songs? Then the Minor Mode genre study is for you. Tired of playing nothing but chords in your right hand and wanting to learn some jazz improvisation? Then Left-Handed chord studies and Scale studies and licks and tricks are for you. Already an advanced player and want to hone your skills by learning how to put altered chords into your everyday playing? Then the Altered chord lesson set is waiting for you! And as BSharpTricks grows and grows, the Advanced Lessons will go on and on, taking you everywhere that you want to go musically and guiding you in a solid musical foundation. There is no made-up theory here, but rather you are getting a college jazz education at a fraction of the cost and presented in a much more fun manner!
Here is a list of all lessons that are
currently on the site and that await
|Level 1 – The Basics
|Level 2 – The Four Basic Triads
|Level 3 – Extending Triads
|Level 4 – The 7th Chords
|Level 5 – Extending 7th Chords
|Pentecostal - Style Playing
The beauty of the system of
BSharpTricks is that all lessons are
video based and visually presented.
All videos are shot with at least three camera views: one straight on as the instructor talks to you, one overhead shot carefully positioned so that you can easily tell which keys are being pressed, and a telestrator view where the instructor interacts with the lead sheet and material during the lesson. All videos were shot in HD quality with professional background and editing. This is not somebody setting up their personal camcorder and throwing up some pseudo music theories on Youtube. This is competent and proven piano instruction professionally shot and edited and carefully arranged so that you will be set up for success!
All lessons can be watched and
– and paused and rewound – as much as you'd like or need. Most lessons have a pdf file that contains the lesson material and lead sheets that can be printed and placed on your piano. All lessons are ranked according to difficulty level and focus. You can take numerous lessons a week or take one a month – the pace is up to you – and your Premiere Membership gets you complete access to everything on the site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all from the comfort of your own home computer! The lessons can be made to be full screen so that it's just like having your own personal piano instructor in your home at your beck and call whenever you are ready to learn!
at BSharpTricks enables you to interact with other students, share songs and tips and tricks, get advice, and to solicit help with some of the lessons if needed. The lead instructor, Jeremiah Sibley, regularly responds to The Forum and so not only are you getting first-class, state-of-the-art video instruction, but you are also getting a personal instructor's involvement in your instruction. If you prefer, you may reach the lead instructor by email, also.
BSharpTricks will continue to be a dynamic source for your musical education for years to come!
Plans are being made for guest instructors to present various lessons, practical playing helps for individual songs, and even Hammond organ lessons in the near future. Do you play piano a bit and always wanted to learn guitar? A special Guitar Series is being developed that will be designed specifically for students who have been through the Series for piano at BSharpTricks. All your already learned theory will be applied to guitar to enable you to play in church or a performance-style setting as soon as possible. And, of course, the Advanced Studies will continue to grow each month as we upload more tricks, licks, and genre studies throughout the year.
There's always something new at
What would you expect to pay for all of this?
What would you expect to pay for competent musical instruction catering specifically to church praise and worship music and the jazz world? Most competent instructors charge between $15 to $45 for a weekly, half-hour lesson. Add to that total gas, driving time, and the fact that you only get to see the instructor perform the material once and only interact with him or her once in the week, and you realize what a great value BSharpTricks is. For $20 a month – that's $5 a week – you get access to every lesson on the site and can watch them as often as you would like. For the competent and proven instruction that you are receiving, there is no better deal anywhere! For a little less than a weekly Starbucks habit, you can have everything you need to start playing piano as you've always dreamed! A Basic Membership gets you only four video lesson so that you can see how everything works and give it a try. But a Premiere Membership gives you access to everything and is only $20 a month! It's time to start; it's time to begin furthering your musical dreams, and BSharpTricks is just what you've been looking for. World-class musical instruction professionally presented for an affordable price. Give it a try and find out why we say:
BSharpTricks.com is the FAST, EASY,
and FUN way to learn piano!