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Learn To Play Harmonium Level 1 is an excellent program!,
This review is from: Learn to Play Harmonium: Level 1 (A step-by-step guide to playing kirtan on harmonium) (Perfect Paperback)
I've been singing with a kirtan group for two years and wanted to find a way to give back to the group that would also allow me to further immerse myself in kirtan. I thought about learning harmonium since our group's harmonium player attends only infrequently, but I have Never played a keyed instrument before and figured that if I did it, it would be months before I had something I could really contribute to the group. "Learn To Play Harmonium Level 1" turned out to be the perfect answer!
Really, this program is just Great! The book is there to get you started and makes sure the importance of all the basics and the fingering exercises are covered along with touches of humor as when (on page 20) the dialogue includes the student saying, "I'd rather be learning a song."
There are things that you can learn to do right away, like play chords, that will allow you to have fun and participate in your kirtan group even though you may be a beginner like me.
However, the real gems are in the videos. The very first video lesson shows you how to open up and inspect your instrument, and shows you how everything works. Following along with this lesson enabled me to fix a soundless key, and trouble-shoot another problem on my borrowed instrument.
My favorite parts about the lessons are:
1 - Daniel's enthusiasm! His passion comes through in every lesson, and he's just having so much fun teaching I can't help have a lot of fun learning! He is an excellent teacher.
2 - The video lessons are very well done from a technical standpoint. First, you watch Daniel teach and play as if you were in the room as his student, then the video angle changes and you have the perspective of being the harmonium player looking down at your keyboard so you see all the fingerings very clearly.
Thank you, Daniel, for a great, easy to use and fun to learn program!
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