28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Respectable course, solid value,
This review is from: eMedia Piano For Dummies (CD-ROM)I have really enjoyed this course and got a lot out of it, especially in terms of working on rhythym and note reading.
Points to consider as you look at this piano course:
- It is my opinion that this course will work fine if you have an acoustic piano (with a laptop so you can have the course directly in front as you play). Connection to the computer is nice, but not essential. I found playing with the music provided extremely helpful though I was not connected. The best thing is being able to adjust so many things- tempo, which hand you're playing with, or the section of music that's being reviewed. Great!
- This may not be worth the purchase for anyone who knows music well from another source, like guitar or voice. A great deal of time is spent on the basics of note reading and rhythym that those with music experience will already know. Great for those with little to no music background.
- Songs and teaching style are quite traditional, so some people may not relate to it well. It's understandable to include universally recognized and musically simple pieces like "Jingle Bells" in a beginner's course, but I thought I'd bring it up. There are also some rather dumb jokes included that I think may turn some people off.
- I would buy or download extra beginner's sheet music in order to get more practice in these basics than the course provides.
- 150 lessons sounds like a lot, but it is basic and will take the user to an advanced beginner's or low intermediate level.
Well worth the money for most people.