Piano For Beginners Courses Reviewed

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I have been reviewing some of the best Piano for beginners home study piano courses. Here is a list of the best of the best.

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Piano For All – Best Course For Beginners and Intermediate
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—THE BEST VALUE AND CONTENT— This extremely full package has 10 books with embedded video and audio. It teaches you how to play by ear and how to read music. Right from the start you will be playing authentic sounding pieces. Innovative teaching method keeps your interest and has you playing good sounding music in a very short time. The overall presentation of this product is not quite so slick as others but the content is without a doubt superior.

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Rocket Piano – Best Piano for Beginners Course (Best Value for Money)
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This course has 7 books with video and audio files included. As well as the teaching manuals there is also a Gospel for beginners book, a Jazz for beginners book, and a pair of books on general piano technique. You get access to a collection of software which includes some learning games and a metronome. The software is for PC or MAC. This Piano for Beginners course is the market leader as far as popularity goes and is probably the best course available containing over a years worth of lessons. Great for complete beginners and intermediate level players alike

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Instrument Master
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Instrument MasterThis well presented course comes with tons of audio and video files. It also has a very good selection of software available. It is suitable for learning piano and keyboards in any style from classical through to Jazz and pop. You also get over 100 Jam tracks that you can play along to. The makers of this product however also specialize in music production and so there are a few bonuses including the Music Producer Multimedia Program and an online beat maker.

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Piano Coach Pro
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Piano Coach ProAnother fine product, this one comes with a vast library of video and audio lessons. It is split up into styles with separate lessons for blues, Jazz, classical, bluegrass, rock etc. This also comes with quite a few jam tracks to you to play along to. It is suitable for absolute beginners and has a quick start section which will have you playing music from the first day.

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Play Piano Tonight
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Play Piano TonightIf you want to learn several modern styles then this is the course for you. It is centered around electronic keyboard playing though can be used with a normal piano if needed. You will learn rhythms and chords and are set practice sessions with rhythm with both left and right hands to help discipline your playing. The course comes with a short introductory video and a few jam tracks to play along with. The bulk of the course however is the book itself.

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All of the products listed here are geared to teaching Piano for Beginners and will take you from beginners level up to intermediate or advanced level. Each product come with a money back guarantee should you not be completely satisfied.

Piano Finger Exercises

Just as with sports, playing any instrument, especially the piano involves the development of a specific muscle set. These muscles should be warmed up before playing and should be strengthened on a daily basis to ensure perfection.

The muscle set for piano playing is mostly restricted to the fingers, hands, wrists and forearms. Though this may sound relatively insignificant when compared to an olympic tri-athlete for example, there is actually a huge amount of muscles involved in piano playing.

It has been recognized for years that one can become more fluent and apt at the keyboard you need to work hard at strengthening your finger movement. This is why there have been piano finger exercises around ages. Examples of these exercises also known as five finger exercises have been composed and compiled by several composers. Probably the most popular of these is Hanon’s The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exercises. Other well known finger exercises have been compiled by Schmitt and Czerny.

At the end of the 19th century it became fashionable amongst popular pianists and composers to see who could write and play the most technical and challenging pieces. Liszt was undoubtedly one of the greatest at this as was Chopin. Chopin wrote a series of études (studies) which are said to be designed for strengthening the fingers.

Robert SchumannCare should be taken however. The German composer Robert Schumann could not work out why he (and everyone else) had trouble lifting up the fourth finger on each hand. The truth is that the fourth finger is lacking a tendon which the other fingers have allowing them to be lifted up independently of the other fingers. To this end Schumann had a special contraption constructed which would pull his fourth finger back a little further each day in order to strengthen it. The result however was catastrophic as he snapped the only tendon for that finger and lost use of it completely.

Piano Lessons For Beginners

There are a lot of people looking for piano lessons for beginners who believe that they are really too old to learn piano. This cannot be further from the truth. The fact is that the older you are the more thoroughly you will learn and the less likely you will be to give it up.
I have written extensively on this subject before and will not go into it here (Am I Too Old To Learn The Piano) but if you are looking for a complete home study course that will serve as piano lessons for beginners then there are at least two that I can highly recommend. I have done a couple of extensive reviews on these piano learning products including a video sneak peek into the products. I have used both of these courses personally and apart form having hours of fun I improved my playing and learned to play in multiple styles.
Here is a quick review of the top two home study courses offering piano lessons for beginners.

The Basics of How to ReadPiano Coach Pro Piano Sheet Music

When you are learning to play piano you must learn how to read piano sheet music. Many people learn to read music in elementary school, however, if you are not in the band or choir, you can easily dismiss all that you learned. It can help to get familiar with at least the basics of sheet music before you get into your piano lessons.

The Staff
When you look at a piece of music there are different parts or elements that make up that sheet music. The first of those elements is the staff. This is the five line, fours space area where the actual notes sit. It is basically what the music is written on. It is the lines and spaces of the staff that tell you what note to play. At the beginning of the staff you will see a clef sign, either a treble or bass. There is a key signature and then a time signature. Each of these things help you to know how to play the music.

Clefs
The treble and bass clefs tell you the octave you are playing in. Generally in piano the treble clef is the right hand and the bass clef is the left hand. The clef sign will also tell you what notes each line and space of the staff represent.
In the treble clef staff the lines, from bottom to top, represent the notes E-G-B-D-F and the spaces are F-A-C-E. In the bass clef staff the lines, from bottom to top, represent the notes G-B-D-F-A and the spaces are A-C-E-G.

 

Key Signature
The key signature tells what notes, if any, are flat or sharp. The marking for flat is an odd “b” and the marking for sharp is “#”. In the key signature the marking will be on the line or space of the note that is to be played flat or sharp.

Time Signature
The time signature tells you the number of notes in each measure. Measures are marked by a straight vertical line and they are used to break up the music. It looks like a fraction.

Notes
The last part of the sheet music are the actual notes. There are many different types of notes and each note has a specific length of time in which it is played. Here are some examples of notes you will see:
Whole note: Looks like an “o” Played for 4 beats.
Half note: Looks like a backwards “b”. Played for 2 beats.
Quarter note: Looks like the half notes but is filled in to make the “o” solid black. Played for one beat.
Where the notes are placed on the staff tell you what note to play. For example a whole note on the first line up from the bottom would be a G played for 4 beats.
There are many more complexities that go into sheet music, but these basics should get you started with learning how to read sheet music proficiently. Once you know these basics you can then begin to learn the more complex aspects of reading sheet music.


Piano Lessons For Beginners – Best Piano Courses

This is my list of the top piano courses of the many I have checked out and tested personally.

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Rocket Piano – The Top Beginners Piano Course Average User Rating: stars-4-5* (Click Here For The VIDEO REVIEW)

This product consists of  7 books all with their associated audio and video files. They will teach you right from the very beginning how to play the piano or the keyboards and will go on to teaching you Gospel for beginners, Jazz for beginners and there are also some general technique books. You will get access to a load of software for MAC or for PC which includes several music learning games and a very useful metronome application. This course seems to be the current market leader for piano lessons for beginners. It is an extremely complete course which contains over a years worth of piano lessons. Great for complete beginners and intermediate level players too.

 


Piano for All

Piano For All – Best Course For Beginners and Intermediate

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This really complete package comes with 10 books which all have audio and video embedded. You get taught how to read music and how to play by ear at the same time. Right from the outset you will be playing authentic sounding music. The course contains Innovative teaching methods which will hold the interest of most students and will have you playing great sounding music very quickly. The overall presentation of this product is not quite as smooth and professional looking as some of its competitors but the content is without a doubt far superior.


For a more complete list see the piano for beginners home study page.

Both of the above products come with a 60 day no questions asked guarantee in case you are not completely satisfied with your purchase. They are both suitable for adults or young people though not really geared for small children to use. They are both a great way of getting piano lessons for beginners in your own home.

 

If you are someone who is looking for beginner piano lessons, you’ll find that there are a number of different options open to you.  Piano is a beautiful instrument, and if you are in the right mindset, you will find that it is a real pleasure to learn.  One of the most important parts of getting the piano instruction that you want is to make sure that you get the right instruction that you need.  When you are thinking about getting started with piano, make sure that you keep some of the basic parts of piano instruction in mind.

1. What kind of time can I devote?
When you are looking at learning piano, remember that the real learning occurs on your own while you practice.  The best piano teacher in the world won’t be able to do a single thing with you if you don’t have the time to practice.  Remember that you should think about how much time you are willing to budget every week to practice your lessons.  Think about when you can practice and when you are going to be in the right mood to practice.

2. Where can I practice?
When it comes to beginner’s piano, you’ll find that you might not be willing to put out the money for a good keyboard or piano, but keep in mind that it doesn’t mean that you can’t learn to play and to figure out if this is the instrument for you.  In the first place, you will find that in many cases, a piano teacher can provide you with a piano during lessons, but even for practice sessions, you will find that you can often rent practice space from your local music shop, piano store or university.  Where there is a will, there is a way, so think about what you are after.

3. What do I want to play?
When learning piano, you will find that at the very beginning that you are going to get a very basic level of instruction, but that sooner than you think, you will need to consider what kind of style that you are interested in playing.  Finding an instructor who enjoys the music that you are going to be playing is quite important, so make your goals plain and let your teacher know where your interests lie.

4. Where should I start?
If you are planning to learn piano, you need to think about where you are going to start.  In the first place, think about what kind of experience that you have had.  If you can read music, you’ll find that you can skip that part of instruction.  Remember that most piano instructors will be happy to start you from scratch and that if you need to, you can start from the very beginning.  Take some time and assess where you are starting from and what you are going to need to think about working on. For more information check out the Piano Basics page.

When you are looking to get started with your beginner piano lessons, take some time and make sure that you know where you want to go, and that you take the time to practice as much as you can.

Beginners piano as it should be played

I was searching the web for some easy classical pieces to include in my soon to be released beginners piano course when I stumbled across this amazing video.

This is of the pianist Wilhelm Kempff playing Movement 1 from the famous Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven. This piece is not that difficult to play and is attempted by many beginners. They will not however be able to play it with as much tenderness and feeling as does the late Mr Kempff here.

You can tell that this man truly loves his instrument. See how he caresses the keys effortlessly in this extraordinary recording that brought tears to my eyes when I first heard it.

How To Play All Of The Chords On The Piano

Here is another quick video I made… This one shows you ALL of the major and minor chords and should enable you to play virtually any song you like.

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Am I Too Old To Learn The Piano?

There have been a lot of writing to me that have been concerned about being too old to take Piano Lessons For Beginners. People repeatedly inquire how old do you have to be before is becomes too difficult to really get skilled at the piano. This appears to be a regular question for persons over the age of fifteen. There seems to be a widespread misconception that once you get old then it is too late to learn the piano or keyboards.
Well the good

news is that this is false at all and in a number of cases it is in point of fact the contrary of the truth in that the older you are the more efficiently you will allow yourself to be taught.

When very young children are taught how to play the piano the advancement are generally really long-winded and frustrating for them. Regular practice is necessary and it can be really complicated for them remain interested.  The children who take up piano at an early age do not go forward enormously rapidly at first but over time they get better at leaning and soon start to perform and practice without thinking about it and the entire process becomes normal to them.

It is much easier for a teenager to learn piano than a small child. It is a good time to learn the piano whilst in your teens if you can manage to stay to a schedule of practice and attend all of the lessons as it can be simple to become distracted by schoolwork or other projects.

In my opinion, the best time to learn to play the piano or the keyboards is as an adult. You will be able to practice and get good at the instrument a lot better as soon as you have your schooling finished and you have more of a daily schedule established in your life. You will be more motivated as you have chosen to learn the instrument yourself and you will be able to arrange your own practice sessions.. Learning like this is more than likely one of the most significant components to success. As an adult you will be able to see the reasoning behind your lesson plans and your practice sessions which will make you less prone to give up.

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It is becoming ever more popular as of late for elder people to take up the piano. Older people in their 70’s and 80’s are every day taking up the piano and enjoying it immensely. The Delight of learning is what these people are looking for and not so much the objective of becoming competent, though many of them do achieve this even though they have had no prior musical know-how

So to answer the original question, am I too old to learn the piano? then the response has to be a distinct “NO”. You have just as much chance of progressing to a high level of playing if you start to learn the piano as an adult as if you begin as a small child.

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Taking piano lessons online has become a popular method to learn piano online. Online lessons have many benefits over hiring a teacher or attending classes offline. If you are someone who is looking to learn to play the piano and you are wanting an easy yet effective way to learn then you should look into online piano lessons.

Problems with Private Teachers.
A lot of people have used a piano teacher to learn how to play the piano. It is nice to have that one on one attention from a teacher who is right there and can work with you hands on. However, using a piano teacher also has drawbacks.
Hiring a piano teacher means you will have a set class schedule. You will either go to the teacher or the teacher will come to your house. You will usually have an hour long lesson, so you will need to make sure you have that time in your schedule. Additionally, if you are having lessons at your home then you will have to have an hour of uninterrupted time for the lesson. For more information check out the Piano Basics page.

Another issue with using a piano teacher for lessons is that the teacher is in charge of what you learn and how fast you learn it. Most teachers will advance you when they believe that you are ready, but they also have lesson plans they follow. You will have to go at the pace the teacher wants and even if you feel you do not need to go over a lesson again, if the teacher says you have to then you will have to follow what they say.

Benefits of Online Lessons
When you learn piano online there are many benefits over hiring a teacher. The first benefit is the flexibility. You choose the pace of your lessons, when you practice your lessons and how you advance through the lessons. You are in charge. You do not have to do your lessons at the same time every week. You do not even have to wait a week in between lessons. You are completely in charge of how you progress through your lessons.

The second benefit is that it is usually much more affordable. Teachers can charge quite a bit for that weekly hour of their time. Even if you have to cancel a lesson you will usually end up still having to pay. With online lessons you pay one set fee for the lessons and you know you will be getting the full benefits from the lessons.

Online piano lessons simply mean that you won’t have to worry about getting to a lesson or freeing up time for a lesson. You don’t have to worry about being stuck on lessons that you find boring or that you feel are teaching you nothing. You also get to go at your own pace and move through the lessons in a way that feels comfortable for you. There is nobody telling you what to do.

Choosing to learn piano online allows you to be in control. You can go over lessons that are hard and sail through the easy ones. You can also choose what you want to learn by doing only the lessons that you feel you need. Online lessons allow you to make learning the piano an enjoyable experience that is convenient to you. Learn Piano Online now

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Air Piano | Rowan Atkinson’s Piano Mime

Here is an incredible performance of Beethoven’s s Pathetique,  played on an invisible piano by the genius of comedy, Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean). It begins with the opening from the  Pathetique but then in the middle it is seamlessly joined to the final part of the last movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.

Learn all of the chords on the piano at the piano chords for beginners page.