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Piano Lessons: Learning the Piano Keyboard, how to play piano instructional DVD (2005)

Pete Sears , Music Star Productions  |  G |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pete Sears
  • Directors: Music Star Productions
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Music Star Productions
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2005
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BZ5NW4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Learning Piano DVD - 3 Hours Long and includes many bonus features and password access to FREE 96 Page Downloadable E-Book!

Are you looking for an inside track to piano lessons?

Would you like to learn at your own pace without paying $25-$40 per hour for weekly private lessons.

Using these tips and techniques, your ability is guaranteed to produce positive immediate results.

Who else would like to....

- Learn piano lessons from an expert in the field

- Learn many useful techniques and how to play them quickly and easily!

If you fit into any of these categories and want to stop wishing and start playing, then this is for you.

Here's why:

Learning Piano is a 3 Hour DVD that's chocked full of easy-to-digest piano chords, scales and progressions to get your fingers moving across those 88 keys instantly!

Pete passes on his arsenal of tips and tricks to you in Learning Piano.

Here is a summary of the features and benefits you will receive:

- Learn Signature Tips And Tricks

* Proper Posture When Playing Piano
* Scales
* Chords
* Progressions
* Grace Notes
* Modes
* Music Theory
* Improvisation
* And More!

- 3 Hour Running Time

Learning Piano is 3 hours long, Almost 3 times the running time of many DVD's currently on the market. Hundreds of dollars worth of private lessons all in one DVD!

- On Screen Diagrams

On screen diagrams makes it easy for you to follow along as you play!

- Interactive Lesson Library

A bonus section of the DVD allows you to quickly review your piano lessons at your own pace with a touch of a button!

- Numerous Chapter marks

Save time by zooming directly to any technique you want!

- Digitally Recorded

Vivid digital picture quality for easy-to-see instruction, not a repackaged old VHS transfer!

- EXTRA BONUS - Exclusive Password Access To FREE E-Book Download - 96 Pages!

* Your piano course contains a password that allows you free exclusive access to download a 96 page FREE book containing all the materials contained in your Piano Lesson DVD!

Here is what some highly recognized music legends had to say about Pete Sears.

I just got my first piano, at long last. This DVD is the perfect, fun, intuitive way to dive in. I m having fun with it.
- Bobby Weir (Grateful Dead)

Pete Sears is one of the most creative and innovative players in Rock n Roll of my generation. He has wonderful intuition, finding just the right part for a song both melodically and rhythmically. Pete is always in the groove.
- Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton)

The months of private instruction it would take you to cover techniques like these can cost you hundreds of dollars... OUCH! With your copy of Learning Piano, you will receive all of these valuable playing techniques and more for a fraction of the cost!

Don't put it off for another second, learn how to play piano today.


"All these outstanding videos are well-thought out, clearly presented and highly recommended for self-study" --Midwest Book Review

"Pete and I had many musical adventures together in the late 60s early 70s with Rod Stewart and the boys. Pete excelled on piano, organ, bass, you name it, he blended it!" --Ron Wood (The Rolling Stones)

Pete Sears brings an incredible knowledge of roots music to the table. Whether he is channeling Otis Span or creating his own genre, there is no finer keyboard player. The news is even better. Pete, unlike some artists, knows what he is doing and is a fine teacher. You can dance through the last fifty some years of roots keyboard sounds and Mr. Sears will show you every step! --Jorma Kaukonen(Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna)

Customer Reviews

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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great insruction; adequate DVD layout November 19, 2006
Like the other reviewers, I am a beginning adult piano student. And like most of us, I'm going through a plethora of books and DVDs to find the "right" one. Pete Sears' DVD comes pretty darn close. He has a very conversational style that would almost make you think he's a little "spacey", but that is far from the case. He provides a very solid (and I believe) very classical approach to piano instruction. However, the DVD is a long lecture - not sub-divided into specific topics. I found it very cumbersome to go back to a paritcular point. I strongly suggest that you go to his website and download the script to the DVD (I use the script as a textbook when I'm practicing his exercises). Its all there and its a "must" if you really want to get the most out of his very good approach to piano instruction.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best DVD out there February 14, 2007
I am brand new player, This DVD is right on target. It covers everything from Half steps, to chords to reading music. I can't understand someone saying this isnt for beginners. He even tells you what kind of CHair to buy. If you are going to spend money, this is the best money to spend. Granted he does jump around, and some of it might seem confusing. Watch the whole DVD and you will understand. If you are looking for music theory and learning for real look here, if you are looking for mary has a little lamb, or twinkle twinkle look else where. I rented almost all the DVDs out there on this subject, and this one is the best hands down so far. About 10 times more useful information on it, and I can't believe the DVD is only 17$.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn piano! March 19, 2006
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It is very nice DVD course of piano, very logical and very practical. It explain things very well, the musical theory, the way how to play and so on. It is much of fun to follow exercises and as in two weeks of following one I can play some simple pieces but what is much more important I understand what I'm doing. 5 start I love the DVD.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Do not underestimate the value of these lessons! Rock icon Pete Sears has generously created an inexpensive all inclusive package (DVD and online book) on how to improvise jazz blues and play like him and his contemporaries: e.g., Elton John, Ian Stewart (Stones), Nicky Hopkins (Stones), Ian McLagan (Rod Stewart), Ian Armitt (Long John Baldry).

Instruction is purportedly for beginners or intermediate players, but it's for anyone who wants to get confident and proficient at piano improvisation. Simple blues exercises encourage improv right away, something I haven't always found with lessons, where the student must go through rote scales and arpeggios ad nauseam before getting to anything that sounds like music. Scales are important, but fun, feeling and listening are also necessary.

The beauty of the instruction is the stressed importance of learning chords and exercises in as many keys as you can and noting the spatial relationships that allow for quick key transposition. Pete also encourages playing around with building chords in as many variations possible whenever you can. This promotes quick, creative thinking when improvising, rather than getting stuck in root positions and triads, like I had a problem with.

I'm a fairly solid player but can't always pick out the construction of fast licks on recordings. Here, Pete tells you what he's doing, then performs the concept where his playing can be viewed through a camera angle above. Because it's a DVD: if something confuses, you can watch it again.

Chord inversions and jazz voicings comprise rich arrangements. Scales and modes over chord progressions create a variety of moods. Everything but the time and hard work is in this package. You'll become great if you keep at it and follow Pete's thoughtful instruction.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete Sears teaches piano March 21, 2007
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The dvd is a joy to watch and listen to. Mr. Sears is going to give you musical concepts that you will have to practice with and develop to create your own personal expressions. The tools he gives are the ones that artists who play "by ear" use. Mr. Sears love for music and the joy he feels as he expresses himself on the piano and his desire to share his path with us comes warmly through. The emphasis is on the blues. You will not learn individual songs here, but rather the ideas that go into blues and improvisational playing. This DVD is just a starting point. But a good one.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not for beginner October 12, 2006
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I bought this DVD hoping to learn how to play chords on piano or keyboard. With three years of piano lessons I was able to kind of follow the instructor. It's definitely not for beginner. I learned some new music theory. Each topic would be better if the instructor includes familiar songs to demonstrate or examplify. Overall I would not recommend this to eager learner or those who are looking for introductory or systematic instructions to learning piano or keyboard.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 hours with a true musician! September 3, 2009
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Yes, the audio could be better, yes, the video quality is not A++, yes, Pete wanders at time and yes, you need to download his pdf file. BUT, this is a rare opportunity to sit beside a fine musician and an inquisitive mind! Mr. Sears is obviously not a music teacher, he's a music maker and that's what he's attempting to instill in the viewer. He provided a basic skeleton or structure with the chords, scales, modes, etc., and then he shows you HOW TO MAKE MUSIC! You have to know three things: 1) what to do, 2) how to do it, and then 3) do it. Pete gives you the first two, the third is up to you.

I loved his expression, "let the music breathe". Make the music your own, don't copy him or anyone else he admonishes. As the Chinese say, ".... teach a man to fish and he'll feed himself for life." I think he does an admirable job all things given.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Try another DVD.
Pete Sears spends too much time playing the piano and hardly any time giving the student helpful suggestions, clear demonstrations or suggested practice routines. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Downsizing Guy
3.0 out of 5 stars not for beginners
I thought it was going to be an actual lessons, the guys talks more thank what he teaches, and this is not for beginners, its more of an intermediate lessons.
Published 5 months ago by carlos
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing instruction
Unless you already are fairly proficient on the piano keyboard and know all of your scales in every key, and if you have listened to as much good jazz as classical, then you don't... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jsun Laliberte
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice,piano book
This book is suitable for anyone old or young to use to learn how to play piano. my sister has piano lessons but also likes to practice on this book
Published 6 months ago by Rahaf
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, but not what I expected.
I see some value in it, but I don't care for improv, and the information on the book did not say it was based in improv.
Published 10 months ago by Geraldine Rue
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a very good teacher
The video description sounded like a fun instructor would be teaching this lesson. I found him to be VERY DULL while speaking. He acted like he was not interested in his craft.
Published 13 months ago by Les Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars As expexted
As expexted
You don't deserve any more than I wrote and ten more words waste my and your valuable time
Published 23 months ago by Raymond Swanson
3.0 out of 5 stars Music makes the world go round
I got this as a gift for a lady from church that said she had a keyboard. I figured there was not enough music in the world. Read more
Published 23 months ago by J. Faelske
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning Piano
This was purchased for a friend who wants to learn to play the piano. I have not talked to him, but if he were not happy he would have definitely told me so!
Published on August 18, 2012 by Lou Mercer
1.0 out of 5 stars complaint
IT IS NOT FOR BEGINNER!!! i don't know any about PIANO,I want to learn and i receive this kind of lesson! Read more
Published on September 25, 2011 by Charito Nava
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