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Welcome to my review site. Here you will find my personal reviews of the very best top rated teach yourself piano courses the internet has to offer. Here are a few things you should know before you continue.

1 I have my own copy of every piano course reviewed on this site

2 I will only review courses that offer a money back guarantee and customer service.

3 The views expressed by me about piano courses on this site are based on my knowledge as a musician and music teacher with over thirty years of experience.

Piano Lessons On Video: 10 Tips To Help You Succeed

There are many reasons why you might want to buy a DVD or video piano course instead of having traditional lessons with a piano teacher. So here are my top ten tips on how to succeed with piano lessons on video.

1.    Buy the right course. This may seem simplistic but different courses have different ways of presenting lessons on video. You need to find out what is going to suit you; otherwise you’ll be fighting the course instead of learning to play piano. Read my article Learn and Master Piano or Rocket Piano: Which Should I Choose? For some great ideas on how to choose the best course for you.

2.    Set out a timetable. By this I mean, set out your lesson time and practice time as you would with a real piano teacher. Obviously this depends on your work commitments and because this is a video course we can be a bit flexible here, so if possible set out particular times of each day for practise (write it down) and pick a day and time for your actual lesson ( write that down too) and stick to it. We are trying to create a habit which will become a lifestyle.

3.    Start at the beginning with lesson one. Its very tempting to skip a few lessons and try and get to the end faster, don’t do it. Enjoy what the early lessons are showing you even if you sort of know what’s going on. There’s always something new to learn and you are bound to learn something new with every lesson.

4.    Use the pause button and play again. If you didn’t quite understand something, rewind and play it again and again. This again is very simplistic but you’ll be surprised at how many students won’t ask a teacher to explain things again because they think it silly to ask. Having a video piano teacher is brilliant for this and in fact I would say is a massive plus over a flesh and blood teacher ( sorry teachers, but I am a keyboard teacher myself)

5.    If possible, have someone listen to you playing once a week. Now I understand this might be a tricky one to pull off as most of us live with families but it’s important because you won’t be able to hear your own improvement but somebody else once a week will. I can tell when a student has put the practice in by the improvement of the playing and with practice there is always improvement and I always tell them they have improved or that’s sound great and they love it, that sense of satisfaction that their practice has paid off. Now I don’t have any special gift that enables me to do this, I believe that everybody has this ability if you can call it that and if somebody says to you, “wow that sounds great” believe me you will feel fantastic.

6.    Don’t give up. Okay, let’s get this one out of the way, it’s going to happen, you’re going to get frustrated and you’re going to think about giving up. You’re a human being aren’t you, its normal, it happens to nearly everyone especially in the early months. IT WILL PASS. Keep doing what you are doing and it will pass. Now, get an A4 piece of paper and write in big letters DON’T GIVE UP. IT WILL PASS and keep it near the piano or keyboard. It works I promise you.

7.    As you progress play what you know. Don’t forget to play the pieces you have already learned to play. Its not all about learning to play the next piece but enjoying your piano playing by playing the pieces you can now play and lets face it, that’s what its all about, sitting down and playing a piece of music on the piano, there’s nothing like it and its good for the soul.

8.    Finish what you started. Don’t stop half way through the course because you can play a couple tunes, finish the course. You’re not done until that last page is turned and the last video has played.

9.    Buy some song books. When you have finished your piano course go out and buy some song books or music books if you’re in to classical music and learn how to play them. Learning to play the piano is all about enjoying playing the piano so pick your favourite songs and learn them and enjoy it.

10.    Keep these tips near the piano. If you stick to the tips I outlined here you will play the piano, I have no doubt. Just copy this page and print it out, be my guest and read it every day and you will succeed.

Now its up to you, go and get the best piano course you can and get started, you know you want to and its brilliant when you can sit at any piano in the world and knock out a tune.

To your music success
Mike

Real Users Talk About Learn And Master Piano

When I talk about learn and master piano I like to talk about its usefulness to a new student and I am communicating this from a teacher and a musician’s point of view. I certainly hope that I translate the benefits of this course to people that are interested in playing the piano. It would be interesting however to know what actual users of learn and master piano think, especially to readers of this article.

So here we go, here are some great links to get you started.

First, the main legacy learning systems site featuring all the learn and master courses:

Learn and Master by Legacy Learning Systems

Next, the learn and master student support forum. This is where all the users and potential new users go to ask questions and find answers.

Student Support Forum

For people interested in all learn and master products you can visit Learn & Master Student Community Site. This forum has a wealth of information from users of learn and master guitar, piano, drums, blues guitar and all the other learn and master courses. This is a great place for all the info you’ll ever need from real users.

Learn & Master Student Community Site

This next section is for users that already have learn and master piano and potential new users. If you want to see what’s inside the lesson book that comes with this course you can download the whole book. For users that bought an early version of learn and master piano, they can download the 2nd edition lessons book.

Lesson Book – Original Edition PDF

Lesson Book – 2nd Edition PDF

Hope you find these links useful, feel free to comment and let other readers know what you think.

Mike

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