Learning piano isn’t easy. Actually, it is, but there are many things that can complicate the process so that
you wind up having a hard time with it. One of these things is called your recourse.
Contrary to popular belief, it is literally impossible to learn something all on your own. Why? Well, simply
because if you don’t know it, you can’t teach it—and if you can’t teach it, you can’t learn it.
Sounds like a big circle? It is. The ability to teach comes from learning, and being self-taught implies that
you teach yourself, something that cannot be done without prior knowledge.
So what can you do? Well, one of the most popular self teaching methods is the use of DVDs, CDs, books and
computer software and sites.
In this article, we will talk about one of the more popular programs available on the market today for piano,
and let you know if it really is cause to celebrate. This is the piano system review.
What is the Piano System about?
It is a DVD based learning program that is meant to take you from a pure green horn to an experienced, well
The Piano System contains four lesson DVDs, two play along CDs and two fully
detailed lesson/work books. This set starts you off light and easy with a beginner’s course that will take
you through the basics of chords and scales and teach you some simple songs that will allow you to get a handle
on how these concepts work.
It will also help you to get your fingering and patterns down so that you become comfortable when playing. The
second DVD is an intermediate course that will bring you a little farther down the road to becoming a well
learned pianist, going over more advanced concepts that stem from the basics of the first DVD. It isn’t too much of
a step up, however, it is, in all actuality, a basic intermediate leveled course.
Some sample lessons for you to experience the quality of instructions...
The final DVD is the advanced concepts DVD. This DVD goes over triads, seventh chords, minor
scales, forms, chord progressions, and a bunch more. However, the name is a bit misleading. While these concepts
are advanced in comparison to the first DVD’s concepts, they aren’t actually advanced concepts—they are the basic
intermediate level concepts that most musicians learn in musical theory, about halfway through the course.
The fourth DVD is a jam along DVD, which covers a variety of genres (however, not that great a variety,
so if you are hoping for metal or funk, you’re a bit out of luck in this department—sorry) and will allow you to
develop the ever crucial ability to improvise. The booklets are just that—booklets. They’re detailed, and
they do the job, but they aren’t anything that a self-respecting course would exclude, so don’t buy into the “Wow”
factor the ads put up.
All in all, Piano System is a great little system to help you learn the piano. Like all systems, it is a bit
misleading in its categorizations, but not too much so. If this sounds like the system for you, go for it!
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