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3.0 out of 5 stars My Review at Half Way Through the Course, February 6, 2012
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As a whole, I think this is a pretty good product. The lessons are pretty straight forward and easy to follow (until about lesson 12 - then there is a huge leap in skill level). I took piano lessons all growing up, so I bought the course to try to get back into playing the piano. I'm definitely learning a lot along the way, but I don't find this method specifically helpful for a number of reasons:

1) Instead of focusing on what you should be learning, the instructor often shows off his professional skills instead of really teaching you the basic skills of the piano.

2) Beyond the basic clefs and the notes associated with the two clefs, he really doesn't talk about reading notes that go off the clef, but we end up playing a lot of those notes.

3) Once you get to the advanced units, you really need an 88-key piano. I was playing on a Casio 61-key, so I've had to adjust a few things here and there.

4) There are times when the instructor is almost painfully slow, and then there are times when he goes very fast. It's almost as if he's unsure how to actually pace the course effectively. I really started noticing this in Lesson #12. He starts using more advanced chord positions and often doesn't spend the amount of time necessary really showing you how to finger the chords. I've found it more useful to read the instruction booklet and figure out the chords prior to watching the DVDs.

AND NOW, MY BIGGEST GRIP!

5) When I purchased this set, I made the assumption that this set came with all of the videos necessary to complete this course. Sadly, I was wrong. There is another set of 10 DVDs referred to as the "Workshop DVDs," that do not come with the course. Ultimately, you'll spend another $70 for the workshop DVDs (including postage and handling) if you want to get the workshops. While you can read what the instructor goes over in the workshop within the book, you're missing out on almost half of the learning experience if you don't have the workshop DVDs. After Spending $150 on the basic course, I did not purchase the workshop DVDs. I just think the advertisements for this course should be MUCH clearer to indicate that more purchases are necessary to receive the full course.

This is my impression of the course after completing 18 of the 28 lessons. Thankfully, I also purchased Music Theory for Dummies, which has been a god-send and strong supplement for this course. Often the instructor teaches things within the class but really doesn't full explain them. Having a supplemental music theory book to fall-back on for more information has been a very wise move.
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Initial post: May 21, 2015 12:24:29 PM PDT
Drexel Lake says:
Your not using all of the resources. There is an online forum for help if you run into problems or need help. The forum members are usually more help than the course. I found this to also be the case with learn and master guitar. You won't find anything remotely close to this good for this price. Of course you could go pay $30-50 per lesson locally.
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