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Teach Me Piano Deluxe

by Voyetra
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)


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Product Features

  • Instructor Hugh Berberich walks you through 150 lessons -- watch his hands and duplicate their movements as you learn to play
  • Learn to play 75 popular songs, through the video-animated lessons
  • Work with a full recording studio - mixing boards, level meters, transport function and other high-tech aspects of recording yourself
  • Understand important piano concepts like intervals, bars, and sharps & flats -- all explained in a clear and concise manner
  • Begin reading music notation in just a few lessons

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 98 / 2000 / Me
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00005Q5X4
  • Item model number: 731855048458
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 25, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,696 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

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If you always wanted to learn to play piano or just want to brush up your skills, Teach Me Piano Deluxe lets you do that and more, all at your own pace. This interactive program brings a video-animated instructor, a full music appreciation course, multitrack recording capabilities, and even an online band to jam with, making for an enriching, musically immersive experience. Teach Me Piano Deluxe also is an outstanding complement to traditional lessons, a great aid for teachers, and it delivers useful resources to budding composers.

Teach Me Piano Deluxe comes with 150 lessons, 100 exercises, as well as basic music theory and composition instruction. A video-animated music instructor guides you through each lesson, and a chart visually tracks your progress. Learn to play more than 75 songs. As you progress, you can play along with fully orchestrated versions of these songs. New tools let you record your songs and add vocal, instrument, drum, and bass accompaniments. You can even create original compositions, and print your music.

New in the Deluxe edition is a recording station that lets you record multitrack songs, import MIDI files, and more. Jammin' Keys lets you lay down background tracks. Music games help you practice in interactive ways that test your notation, rhythm, and theory skills. Learn about MIDI technology, the history of keyboards, and more. Teach Me Piano Deluxe also comes with a keyboard chord dictionary and Sound Check troubleshooting tools.

Product Description

Teach Me Piano Deluxe is the best way to learn piano, quickly and concisely! With its full set of instructions and animated options, you'll be tickling the ivories in no time at all. Fun music games and full MIDI support help you learn about the piano and all the beauty it can create!

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178 of 183 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have looked at others but this is simply the best... February 10, 2002
By A Customer
What they don't tell you is that, you can add midi songs from the internet to the trainer, so that you can learn thousands of songs.
In the lessons, you can change the tempo, if it goes to fast. You can ask it to label the notes with the corresponding letters, as well as, the fingers to use. You can pick a range of measures to go over, instead of the entire song. The most important part of learning music is the timing and this program teaches it from the beginning.
The sequence that the material is presented and studied is thoroughly professional and challenges you every step of the way. This program with a midi keyboard connected to a computer is an ... alternative to traditional music lessons for children and adults.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ruined by Severe Bugs February 6, 2004
By JC
I really wanted to make use of Teach Me Piano Deluxe (TMPD), and tried working with it for six weeks. I've been working with computers for twenty years so I figured I could handle any unexpected problems I encountered. Wrong...
The first problem I encountered was a noticeable lag between when I pressed a note and when the program recognized it. Voyetra's technical support web site indicates that "if your PC makes use of a Wavetable GS Synth, then this is a problem... that makes it not very useful for this type of application." Well, guess what? If you have a Pentium 4, the motherboard comes with SoundMax audio built in--which uses a Wavetable GS Synth! So if you have a Pentium 4 motherboard, give up right now.
But being stubborn, and after much trial and error, I found a way to bypass this by making the MIDI return directly to my Roland keyboard, and wearing the keyboard's headphones. Very inconvenient, since the program's audio/video comes out through your PC's speakers, but a fix I could live with.
Then, I noticed that the program's "Grading" feature worked inconsistently... the program could not seem to tell what keys I pressed. I thought OK, I can also live with that bug, because I'll have a good idea whether or not I aced the lesson and could move on to the next one.
Then I encountered TMPD's infamous "tied notes" problem. And trust me, there is no solution.
When I came to the first lesson that used "tied notes" (notes held down between measures), TMPD skipped ahead as I played, losing my place during the lesson. Voyetra's support web site listed three things to try to fix the "Tied Notes Issue," so this had clearly been a problem for many people. I tried all three of their suggestions without success.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Value Going April 29, 2003
By Bob C.
This program has amazed me. I've been using it for three months, practicing about 1 1/2 hrs. a day and have become quite proficient. I'm 45 years old and have had no formal music training. I paid $45 dollars for the software and would gladly pay 3-4 times that amount, now that I've experienced it. Better than a private teacher because you can progress on your own schedule and choosing.
I don't believe it is intended for anyone under about 12 yoa even tho at times it seems very easy, yet VERY effective.
The instructional videos prior to the lessons are excellent. The ability to practice with evaluations, perform songs with a back up orchestra, quickly learn theory and technic,print and practice away from the pc, etc., makes practice fun and nearly addicting.
One shortcoming is the tech support (which is done only by e-mail). I had a hard time configuring my soundcard/synth initially, but soon found that the program includes an easy to use sound/configuration utility that helped alot. It also includes a sequencer/recording station!
This is one of the best values in software I have purchased.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What makes you think February 18, 2003
I always thought it would be cool to learn how to play the piano. So I got this software and it really helped me out. It's nice cause it takes you from the I don't know anything stage to being able to play songs. It's a really good teacher. I would highly recomend to anyone who is looking into starting to play the piano. It was cool
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This CD-ROM is cheaper than paying for a private teacher but has some problems.
Pros:
Cheaper that paying for a private teacher, which can be costly.
Take lessons whenever you want.
A lot included (although a good amount of it is filler).
Cons:
The lesson progression was too fast for my kids to keep-up. I was able to keep-up but took piano years ago.
Slightly dated program.
The material taught (songs) are very bland. I wish they would included more modern tunes.
The games included are worthless.
Conclusion: If you already have some piano experience, this program could be interesting. However, if you are learning from scratch or getting this for your kids, you might have some difficulty.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Bad They're So Slow October 31, 2003
By A Customer
I was looking for a good beginner program and thought i found it until i checked Window's compatibility. Since it's not compatible with XP it leaves a lot of people out in the cold. Also it makes me wonder why a software developer is so late in putting out an XP compatible version. They have a lot of other music related software that sounds great but they should get on the ball since it makes me go hmmmmmmmmmm.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the way to go!
I have not found any other software this complete and easy to use. It teaches at my pace. I can review or repeat as much as I need for comprehension. The best on the market! Read more
Published 12 months ago by K.Waggner
5.0 out of 5 stars Piano lessons
Good software, well reviewed, interactive with computer, but I had to buy a sound card for MIDI, which I'm actually glad I did cuz the sound blaster x-fi is head-and-shoulders... Read more
Published on January 14, 2007 by J. Tiedman
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written Program with One Fault
I've had this program for a couple of months and use it almost daily. Its visual and verbal aides for learning to play are excellent. Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by Richard A. Bamberg
1.0 out of 5 stars What!?! You actually want this thing to work?
My husband, who is not a techie, purchased this item. He installed it himself and then learned he needed a keyboard (which he had) and a MIDI cord (which he didn't). Read more
Published on October 19, 2006 by S. Coveney
2.0 out of 5 stars lots of features, most of them are terrible.
Firstly, this software is NOT truly XP compatible. Yes, it does run on XP, but it is not native. My first install gave me a "16-bit subsystem" error. Read more
Published on February 27, 2006 by Jared Fogle
3.0 out of 5 stars Three of my kids used this!
All my children learned to play the piano using this software exclusively to learn piano. One ended up learning Moonlight Sonata well enough to wow the grandparents. Read more
Published on November 4, 2005 by R. Russell
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
I know nothing about pianos but was able to go through the first few lessons fine.

However, my daughter who is taking piano classes with a private instructor could not... Read more
Published on February 22, 2005 by E. Chen
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Program
Despite all the negative reviews, I gave it a try, and I am glad I did. I would like to give it a fair review here.

I use it on my P4 1. Read more
Published on October 11, 2004 by Mark Twain
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad...
Worked out a lot better than expected. Requires a lot of perseverance and self-determination, but the program itself is very intuitive and easy to use. Highly recommended.
Published on July 10, 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Try this one...
With all these bad reviews, I'd like to make a suggestion...Adventus Piano Suite Premier...Lots of songs, rock solid stability (run the patch from the website if you have any... Read more
Published on April 18, 2004 by Ron Wis
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