Ambrose Piano Method is anew way of writing down music. Now everyone can learn how to play the pianoor keyboardin minutes and play an easy tune within the hour. Have instant fun by playing keyboard before the need to learn traditional black and white music.Guaranteed or your money back !
You get posted:
32 page colour starter book 1 with24 tunes
Printed instructionshow to read this non-traditional music
Coloured stickersto put on your piano / keyboard keys
Long Keyboard Guideto put behind your keyboard keys,instead of stickers
And Free to Download:-
3,010 tunes-from our website to print and play
Piano Tabs Softwarechange, arrange, listen, write, print, re-size, score, internet find and importMIDIpiano tabs music
Piano and Free Games for Piano and Keyboard online
See some of the best response:-
"When you create something that requires no explanation and it's use is understood in it's examination, when children fully grasp the meaning inherent in it's presentation... that sir, is genius" frank whetstine Texas
“You are a genius...best music product I have found. It does work. Thanks a lot” tioljasa (45*)
“Great idea! Maybe music will be taught this way in the future.” trebor5575 (46*)
“Simplifies the mystery of piano playing, recommended” choc713 (75*)
“Tried my nieces, then ordered my own, Brilliant, Foolproof, Genius. Thank you.” farley077 (2*)
“So easy we had three of us fighting to get our hands on the keyboard, excellent” turningjohn (60*)
“It’s true, works great, now playing the piano better than I have ever done” 0600pea (91*)
“IF THIS WAS DOUBLE WOULD STILL BE GREAT VALUE. USE FOR A LIFETIME OF PLEASURE.” dannymcgowan (234*)
“AMAZING METHOD OF FAST LEARNING- A must for all- try it & see ...it works A++++" aidy190 (343*)
“Silent piano for 40 years, my wife is now playing "Away in a Manger" Thanks” sellyourstuff4$$ (68*) (US listing)
“Amazing! never played B4, in 1 hour my 7 yr old and I are playing simple tunes***” andy_billi06 (68*)
“Fantastic! myself daughter and hubby all playing in under an hour! U Genius man” jkparker.2007 (2*)
“Excellent, 9yr old playing in under an hour. Thanks aren't enough. It's Brilliant” s17sharp (388*)
“Fantastic at 46 I can now READ music! Incredible. Lot’s of practice now I’m hooked” kimbeverley ( 182*)
“Unbelievable 10 mins & I was able to play and read the music, now teach 8 year old” 25jungle (9*)
“Incredibly easy to pick up - Outstanding idea BUY THIS NOW it’s a steal 5*er!” marrskiller (79*)
“Amazing Product, 1hr bit optimistic but that’s just me, was playing in 2hrs WOW!” dionnejt12345 (11*)
“As a piano teacher I am very impressed” grahamc7459 (*)
“Brilliant idea. A genius, Can't stop playing. So easy-played ‘til 2am on day arrived” oddzanendz ( 866*)
“I have just been able to play a piano for the first time in 45 years FAB Gt” lairdofkincavel (191*)
“Thanks, after years struggling to read music, light at the end of the tunnel” eunicycle (142*)
See how easy it is Click on these “YouTube” links to watch my son Hugo reading and playing Piano Tabs.
Ambrose Piano method (APM) is visual. You don’t learn the notes or their names. There are no sharps or flats to confuse
For an instant start, place the long keyboard guide behind the keys of your keyboard. For permanent use place the coloured stickers on the black keys. The coloured lines on the music represent the black keys on the keyboard. A note without a line through it, is always a white key.
APM is not just for beginners. Alllevels of music are possible and transition to ordinary music notation is easy for proficient players
Be a winner and have your musical world opened up
other APM books for sale on :
Folk Songs, Book 1
Christmas Carols, Book 1
Learn with Mum and Dad
Nursery Songs, Book 1
Classical Hits, Book 1
Some response fun: -
“i hAVE MASTERED THE FDINGER EXERCISE BYT VERY SLOW GRASPING PIANO BUT THANKS” > Russell: I wonder why? he types so well
“This really works! I'm just having a hard time getting my left hand to join in!” >Russell, I have the same problem
“Bought this for me (25) lol and its GREAT 10 mins I played twinkle star pmsl FAB” >Russell, what is PSML ?
Below are some letters I have received recently. Thank you, and keep ‘em coming.
I did leave response but there was not enough space to state what I really wanted to. I have always loved music, but have never been able to sing or play an instrument. The Christmas before last my partner bought me a keyboard and it had been sitting gathering dust until I discovered Piano Tabs. I was amazed - for the first time in my life, at 46 years old I could actually read music! You
have no idea how satisfying it was to "play" a recognisable tune! It is an
absolutely fantastic system - lots of practice now, and this certainly
makes it more pleasurable. Thank you so very, very much
Sharon Hardwick –kimbeverley
In Jan 2013 we set up an after school piano club in
Whittington Community Centre, London.
It is called the Whittington "PianoFunClub.com". There are 6
workstations each connected to a laptop with music and teaching software. One
piano teacher can help and monitor 6 or more students in turn through
headphones. The charges are reasonable at £10 per hour. It is intended to
roll this concept out as a franchise as a way of introducing keyboard lessons
at an affordable price and allowing everyone access to an easier way to leaning
music. It also allows the teacher to scale up his knowledge sharing and thus
enable him/her to increase their earnings. If any teacher wishes to open a PianoFunClub.co.uk in his area, please contact me
at the address below. Here is a testimonial received Jan 2013 only 3 weeks
One of the dads at the school gates came bounding up to me
this morning to tell how much his little girl (4 year old) is loving the Piano
Fun Club. He said she's still fingering Mary had a Little Lamb in the air when
he's trying to get her to go to sleep at night! She's been going since the
beginning and stays focussed for the whole hour (pretty good for a 4 year old).
Interestingly, her mum is keen to have a go too as she (like many adults) has
always wanted to play piano. I think there is a potentially big market for
adult learners and improvers. Richard Land PianoFunClub
I am really enjoying playing the piano this way. I started learning 50 years ago and had an older sister who was much better than me so gave it up. As you can imagine that put me off. Now this is pure joy and just for me.
I have downloaded some more from your website but what I mustn’t do now is go forward to more difficult tunes until I am fairly proficient. Having said that I do hope to play like Hugo, and then I would be entirely happy. I have downloaded Blue Danube as Strauss was one of my favourites when my sister was playing - also Tales from the Vienna Woods. I didn't get that good to play it myself!
I wish you the best of luck with it.
Regards, Marian –oddzanendz
I purchased the beginners book for Ambrose Method and as a teacher
I am very impressed and are keen to try out this system on children. I am
interested to know if there are further tutor/music/song books available.
If so, details please. I appreciate that plenty of music can be downloaded.
Regards, Graham Cousins -grahamc7459
Got it yesterday and my wife was up all night going through your book, I awoke to hear music on the piano that we have had for 40 years (first time ever). I just wanted to say thank you and I have left positive response and 5 star rating. My wife is already talking about getting your other books once she masters this one. Thank you again, Dennis. -sellyourstuff4$$
“One of the best things I've foundabout Piano Tabs is that I've been able to learn a few classical pieces that had previouslyseemed far too advanced for what I had perceived my skill level too be.It is ideal for beginners but can also bring out the best in intermediate level and self taughtplayers" David Reade, Chelmsford
James Catterall, Professor of Music Education, University California LA:
“Two years of piano can increase children’s academic levels up to two letter grades, math scores up to 40%, and social skills up to two grades level”
The Important Elements of the "Ambrose Piano Method"
1. Have fun first. Choose your favourite songs and make music before you learn the theory
2. The music font size is kept large so you can read it easily
3. A note on a coloured line (through it) is always a black note. A note in a space between lines is always a white note
4. The lines are printed in the same pattern of two’s and three’s as the black keys. Visualise the coloured lines in their 2 and 3 groupings. See the lines as the black keys
5. Play the notes shown like reading letters across the page. When notes are in line vertically play them at the same moment in time
6. Where the stems of the notes go down play them with your left hand and when they go up use your right hand. Right hand usually plays the red, green and purple notes; left hand usually plays blue, and orange notes
7. The number above or below the note is the finger used. Your thumb on both hands is 1 and the little finger is 5. All fingering is optional and numbers are a suggestion only, use whichever fingers you find more comfortable
8. Faded notes (tied notes) are held down and not played twice
9. Practice each hand part separately when perfect play both hands together
Coloured Stickers (If keyboard guide is not used)
APM uses coloured lines to represent the black keys on the keyboard (board of keys) to tell you which notes to play. Use the keyboard guide to get started, but when you want to make it permanent use stickers instead. Stickers are placed on the black keys using a different colour for each group of five black keys. The lines on the page match the pattern of the coloured black keys.
Placing the Stickers on the Black Keys
Firstly identify the exact middle of the piano / keyboard using a tape measure. To the right of the centre there is a group of three black keys. Place 3 red stickers on these 3 black keys. Place 2 more red stickers on the black keys to their left, the pattern must look like this: I I I I I
Position the long end of the sticker starting near the back of the black key (next to the lid of the piano).
Then place: - blue stickers on the 5 black keys to the left of the red keys
green stickers to the right of the red keys
orange on the left and purple to the right, as below
You now have 5 groups of coloured stickers placed on adjacent groups of black notes
I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I
Removing the stickers
The stickers can be peeled away with a finger nail and the glue removed with a little neat vodka on a tissue, if it hasn’t worked for you, drink the rest.
APM in more detail
Part Absolute beginners
Part Notes for professional piano teachers, please see the bottom ¼ section of this listing
APM is a new form of writing down music that makes learning to play the piano simple and fun. The concept was developed by Russell Ambrose, who was frustrated trying to read traditional music. Conventional notation can take years to learn and most students give up before they master it.
There are two elements that affect your enjoyment and progress in learning to play the piano: ease of READING music and ease of PLAYING music
We all hate reading instruction manuals and most find unfamiliar music boring. You will want to practice and you will make rapid progress as a result
The Ambrose Piano Method website contains many popular pieces, graded by difficulty and style. And you can listen to the tune to help you get it right
Apart from the number and colour of the lines there are no other differences to ordinary music. This allows easy transition to reading traditional notation once you are a proficient player
Progressive piano teachers should embrace this innovation when they see how quickly their students learn. They are usually pleased to teach you in this method if you ask them to. But don’t expect a good reaction from all piano teachers. Here is a response from someone who responded anonymously to a job advert of mine, using my words from the advert in quotation marks:-
...go to music school, lazy dummy, and learn musical theory and notation for at least five years "full or part time".... and then, in case of your "remarkable success" you will maybe "clever enough" to know how to scratch your first scores with your own hand and not "direct from a keyboard". Forget about it, it’s not for beginners at all...
I think you should start to realize who you are, and who special music software’s designed for. It’s for professional musicians after ten or more years of musical education only, and not for silly amateurs (as I can see from your request) who don’t even understand what "music lessons" mean.
Don’t expect professionals, who obtained music specialty through the years of hard work, to spend time on your "fun", or to make the learning process easier just because you want it, as well as to score something for you, presumptuous idiot....
Don’t even address your stupid offer to experienced professional musicians because it’s not for them.....
Regards, Experienced piano player and teacher.
Dianaat yahoo com
RA – fun isn’t it. It's a fake email address! I wanted to ask her if she would reconsider if it was proven that Piano Tabs advanced her students progress by two years, but I suspect not.
There are only 12 distinct tones (called notes) in music which are played by pressing keys on the keyboard. These groups of 12 keys are repeated about seven times on a standard size piano (less on smaller keyboards). Keys are either black or white
Note carefully the repeating pattern of the black keys in 2’s + 3’s along the keyboard. These identify the 12 different notes
The left hand end of the piano is called the bottom of the keyboard and the right hand end is the top
The notes on the right (top) are higher in pitch than those on the left (bottom) of the keyboard which are lower in
Coloured Lines Staff lines (Staves in plural)
The staff lines are printed in coloured groups upon which the music is written. Piano Tabs coloured lines are in the same pattern of 2’s and 3’s as the black notes on the keyboard are. The coloured lines represent coloured black notes and the white spaces between the lines represent white notes
Notes are shown as coloured dots with a black surround. Dots in the white spaces between the lines show the white keys to be played. Dots with lines through them represent the coloured black keys. Piano Tabs notes are identical in time duration and meaning to traditional notation notes
Coloured lines represent Black notes
The horizontal coloured lines represent the black keys. Familiarise yourself with the pattern of the two lines and the three lines which copies the pattern of the black notes (2’s and 3’s). Black notes always have a line through their middle
The seven white notes (keys) can be identified by their position between the lines and by their names A to G. White notes never have a line through them
The Piano Keyboard
A note is shown as an oval dot. When a line is through the note a black key (note) is played. When the dot is between lines a white key is played
Visualise the lines on the music as the keyboard. Coloured lines = Black notes coloured with stickers
The main differences to traditional notation is the use of 15 coloured lines in place of the 10 black lines for the three octaves normally shown on sheet music. Anything that can be written on 10 lines can be written as clearly, possibly more so, on 15. Using a distinct space and colour for every note enables instant identification of all the notes over the whole keyboard.
You will enjoy playing straight away; theory can be left until later when you are ready to understand more about how music works.
Notes for Professional Musicians
Source: Giles A, (1983). Reading music. Clavier, 17(8), see the 6th paragraph, link: -
“More piano students give up piano study because of reading problems than for any other single reason. People don't give up activities that they enjoy. But if each piece presents a learning prospect to be dreaded, the result is predictable. We should not be surprised that the country is overrun by millions of people who 'used to play the piano,' but who now cannot pick out a single-note melody at the keyboard.”
See Professor of music Denver University Jerald Lepinsky on the same subject:-
Most of us are reluctant to try a new computer program because we hate opening the manual and having to decipher it. Most piano students have the same attitude with every new piece of music
APM is simple to read because each of the twelve notes has its own space on the lines (a chromatic scale) sharps and flats are no longer difficult to read. Both left and right hand lines represent the same notes. Notes outside the normal range are as easy to read on ledger lines as any other note. Beginners have no difficulty read music over six octaves. The benefit is that Piano Tabs cuts out years of tedious struggle. The time saved can be spent usefully, on learning how to play music. An instant start is achievable for everybody and this opens up the world of music to those with less natural ability. Instant gratification works to keep students interested and enjoying making music.
WYSIWYG - Key Signatures, Tonality, and Accidentals,
What You See Is What You Get. Piano Tabs uses a chromatic staff with no sharp or flat signs and no need of a key signature to play the right notes. This makes all notes and key signatures equally easy to read and play. In traditional notation it is much more difficult to read music in some keys than in others. B Major is as easy as C Major in APM.
Clefs and Staves
Unlike the traditional diatonic staff, the staves repeat with each octave, on the octave. This means that a note has the same appearance in every octave. This makes notes easier to recognize and play and there is no need for different clefs. This is a significant advantage over the use of four different clefs as in traditional notation (treble, bass, alto, and tenor) where the staves look identical but whose notes are different.
Interval Relationships compared to Traditional Notation
Pitch Spacing of lines means intervals are recognizable at all positions on the
stave, each chord has the same pattern in all keys and all positions.
Please see a discussion on this subject at The Music Notation Project site:-
“At first it may seem that chromatic staves are best suited for atonal, non-diatonic music, but actually they are very well-suited for diatonic music. Unlike traditional notation, they give a consistently accurate representation of the intervals between notes, including the intervals found in the diatonic music. In all scales in any position it is easy to distinguish between half step and whole step intervals. This difference is obscured in traditional notation, though it is fundamental to diatonic scales - both in how they sound and in how they are played. Chromatic staves make it easier to recognize and understand these and other important diatonic intervals such as major or minor thirds, fourths, fifths, and chords”.
Interval recognition is easier in Piano Tabs but very different and will take time for the traditional musician to get used to.
The following paragraph is taken from and demonstrates transition to klavarscribo.
“The second point is an example of a very bright, successful 13 year old who played the Bach Invention in d minor at my last student recital. I asked him to try the Klavar notation from the progressive Hal Leonard Student Piano Library series. Within 45 minutes he was in Book V playing pieces he never seen before. He said he found it a much easier system to read. I asked him if he would rather have worked on the Invention that way and he quickly said yes that it would have been easier to learn. That a successful student found this system easier to use after 45 minutes than the conventional system after four years says something that should not be ignored.”
For the 5 accidentals to have their own space a chromatic stave requires about 30% more vertical space than traditional music. By encouraging users to upload contributions to our website library I hope to have a comprehensive range of music available to all free of charge before long.
There have been hundreds of attempts to improve traditional notation in the 800 years since Guido of Arezzo in Italy invented traditional music notation. A chromatic system called Klavascribo was the most successful alternative notation introduced so far. Introduced in 1931 it still has thousands of players and teachers around the world. The failure of Klavarscribo to be widely adopted was put down to the lack of sheet music available. With the vast amount of internet MIDI files and uploading from users’ my method will not be restricted by this.
The "Ambrose Method" has
the following advantages over Klavarscribo:
- Lines are horizontalmaking music reading natural
- Coloursidentify every key on the keyboard with ease.B+W is available for b+w printers
- Fonts, note designs, spellings
and durations ofNotes are similar totraditional notation
- Easy progression to traditional notationwhen the student is ready
- Unlimited FREE musicavailablefrom the internet and our library
- All keys signatures are equally easy to
- Tied notescan befaded toavoid confusion
- Rests can be hiddenfor simplification where required
- Fourstyles of ledger linesavailable to you
direction can be selected to denote left and right handparts
- Thesize of the music can be as large as you wish. Great for children, beginners and older
canalter the arrangementto your taste or ability
can betransposed into any key
the musicat any speed or with any instrument
words (not Italian)used when the meaning is the same
- Ametronomeis included
These features make reading music easier to learn for beginners without losing the quality required by the professional musician.
APM can be used for all instruments, not just the piano
Transition to traditional music.
This method uses the same notes, annotation and musical spelling as traditional notation, APM lines and colours are the only difference. Examples prove that once a player becomes accomplished there is an easy transfer over to reading traditional notation. Bobby Chen, a concert pianist, learned to read and Piano Tabs music to a high level performance in less than 15 minutes. When the library of music in APM becomes large enough there may never be a need to use traditional notation for most users.
When you speak to adults who gave up on piano lessons they often say they couldn't read music because they are slightly dyslexic. However the same people can read Piano Tabs easily, therefore it cannot be dyslexia that was the cause. The fault lies with the inherent difficulty of reading traditional notation.
Thank you for your interest