Learn to play the piano for beginners or kids – a program that won’t break the bank
A lot of adults I talk to want to be able to play the piano. Some are sad that they never had the chance to learn as a child. For this reason, parents want their children to learn to play the piano. But how difficult or easy is it to learn?
There are different methods by which people can learn to play the piano. By far the easiest is to learn to play the piano by ear first. There are many methods by which you can learn to do this. There is the Suzuki Method, where you have to find a piano teacher that specializes in the Suzuki Method. Lessons will cost you around $70 an hour.
Another way is through software training. I have spoken about Piano learning software for kids before where you buy a good piano software, and the beginner learns to play piano through a computer game where the student copies the game on a keyboard that is connected to the computer through a midi cable. The student is able to play in a very short time. The software comes with a keyboard that you can plug in to the computer.
eMedia Music is another software program. This program is developed by a teacher who teaches at the world renowned Juilliard School of music. There are over 300 lessons, that teaches in a step-by-step way. This method works for children and adults. 300 lessons with a piano teacher in real life will cost you around $21,000, and take you about 6 years to finish. I’ll leave it as a surprise how much this software costs, and how much it will save you.
This is how it works
The software shows an animated keyboard where you see the fingering that needs to be used for that lesson. Piano fingers are counted from the thumb, which is finger number 1, the index finger is finger number 2, the middle finger is finger number 3, the ring finger is finger number 4 and the little finger is finger number 5. The finger numbers are the same for both hands. See the picture.
The piano software knows immediately when you play wrong, and you get instant feedback so you can correct your playing. This is an invaluable tool. It also shows you how to do what you did wrong correctly, and gives you a score. You get lessons in basics like how to read music and how to position your hand, how to have your posture properly and music theory.
Over 70 videos are included and you can play easy pieces immediately. The songs you play can be made to play faster, slower and even looped. You also have orchestral accompaniment for some pieces which will make you sound amazing. There is a digital metronome to help you keep your speed constant, and you can even record yourself. There are over 100 popular songs and pieces and you can play classical, jazz, blues, pop and rock songs. You need your own digital keyboard or piano and a midi cable that plugs in to both the keyboard and the computer. Make sure you get one with 88 keys or more. If you are going to be a good pianist you need more keys.
Here are the features
The software helps keep you engaged and you learn to play quickly and painlessly even if you’ve failed before.
As a piano teacher, I cannot fault this program. It teaches everything: correct hand positions, correct posture, scales, how to read music, everything. And it does so in a fun and engaging manner.
And the price?