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Effective and complete instruction, even for an intermediate-level learner desiring some refresher
on March 15, 2014
I purchased this product with three main goals: to stay fresh on my piano skills, to progress in a structured way, and to get instant feedback on my practice. This product has succeeded at least two of those regards. The progress goal remains to be seen; but, that is not the fault of the software, as I shall explain.
I had just completed a semester of piano at my university; so, I do not approach the piano or music theory as a complete beginner. I am presently beginning Chapter 3 of the software's instruction. At this point, I will say that I am still learning some unfamiliar tidbits here and there. More importantly, this software has greatly strengthened some of my week areas. It has improved my sight reading, especially.
The software has a fairly attractive interface and seems pretty responsive to my electronic keyboard. I am connected by a MIDI-USB cable from the keyboard to my laptop. I did note a few initial failures of the software to pickup on keystrokes early on; but, this wasn't noticed after the initial 'key finding' lessons. To be fair, this could be the fault of the keyboard and not the software.
I share in a previous reviewer's bafflement that instruction begins with black keys. I get the feeling that this is not usual; but, it isn't a hindrance, really. White keys were soon introduced thereafter.
Based on what I've experienced, I have every intention of purchasing more advanced-level software from the same developer, after completing this. It is very efficient practice and integrates ear training, sight reading, instant feedback, a huge assortment of helpful tools, logical structuring of the lessons, and good multimedia (videos and audio). This is a small list of the good features. Perhaps I should've started with a more advanced version of the software; but, it hasn't been a waste at all and I've filled-in some gaps.