Our CEO Chris Vance is not only the visionary behind the organization, but also the ultimate Playground Sessions success story. Struggling with the inconvenience of private lessons, and realizing that all of his practice time between lessons was alone, without the feedback from his teacher, Chris decided to build Playground Sessions, so he could more easily learn piano at home, have more fun, and importantly have real-time feedback even when practicing. Watch his performance of Prelude in C Major by J.S. Bach below and learn about his piano journey in the Q&A!
Q: What drew you to piano?
A: I always loved the sound, and wished I could play. It just felt like if I could play I would really be able to express myself through music which just seemed to make sense to me.
Q: Did you have piano lessons prior to starting Playground Sessions?
A: Not really. I tried for about 4 weeks with 2 different teachers but I just failed at it. The traditional approach didn’t work for me. I was 35 years old when I first gave it a shot.
Q: How did you feel after playing your first song? What song was it?
A: I found David Sides on YouTube and was inspired by him, I wanted to play like him! The first song I learned was Apologize since that was one of David’s biggest hits! I felt amazing. The song sounded amazing, and I was amazed that it was coming from me. And of course it feels great when other people are amazed by you!
Q: How did learning piano change/improve your life?
A: Are you kidding me? It’s a huge part of my life. I play every day. Whether I’m having a good or bad day, the piano always makes things better for me. There’s no way I could live without it now. I’ll play for the rest of my life. The best investment in me that I’ve ever made.
Q: What is your next practice goal?
A: I like to play around with songs in different genres, and I’m always thinking about the next song i’ll play for Quincy Jones!
Q: Any advice to people who want to learn but don’t know where to start?
A: Jump in! You won’t regret it. And most importantly, you can 100% do it. Don’t let your own doubts, or what you’ve been told in the past have any influence over you. Trust that you’re human, and with the best tools today you can be your best self through playing music!