11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
My review pertains to the Simply Music program, not this particular product alone. In fact, the books the program uses are current as of 2012, and I see this book is from more than 10 years ago. I couldn't find anything else on Amazon connected to the program, though, so here is where I'll review.
I am currently taking lessons from a Simply Music teacher. This is one of those play-songs-on-the-first-day kinds of programs. You literally do play songs at your first lesson. The emphasis is on playing musically in a non-threatening yet challenging environment. The music covers all genres -- jazz, classical, gospel, pop, you name it.
At first, I resisted this non-traditional concept. I took lessons as a child, but only until about age 8, when my mother got sick of my complaining. I tried again in my 30s, when I took three years of classical training -- scales, arpeggios, etc. I quit in frustration because, by that time, I knew what the music was supposed to sound like, and I couldn't make it happen. The perfectionist in me was chafing.
Now that I've had four months of Simply Music lessons, I have to say that I see the beauty of "letting the keyboard guide you," rather than slavishly decoding notes and staffs. I have yet to see whether this method can get me over my long-standing hump -- that of being unable to read the bass clef, as I'm a flute player who learned only the treble clef in my youth -- but for now I'm just having fun. I practice the music in the books, but I also have been emboldened to print out easy piano music from the web, music that I've always loved (Chopin, Mozart, opera arias) and can apply what I'm learning on a basic level. It's musical, it's satisfying and it's a challenge I can meet using a step-by-step method like Simply Music.
If you can find a Simply Music teacher, don't hesitate to sign up! This is a non-threatening method that truly makes learning -- and playing -- the piano enjoyable.