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#983932 - 07/15/08 08:44 PM Learn and Master Piano Experience?
mrdp12 Offline
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Registered: 07/15/08
Posts: 1
Hello everyone, I am new to this community. It looks like I can learn a lot from everyone here so I am really excited to get started.

My first piece of advice is regarding lessons. I don't have the right schedule to take lessons from an instructor, so I have been looking at different means. It appears that Learn and Master Piano is the premiere at home course. Is this correct?

I have found NUMEROUS reviews all over the web talking it up. Here is an example to illustrate: Learn and Master Piano . They really sing it's praises there, and most other reviews I have found put it in the same light... I can provide more examples if needed.

What I am looking for though is if anyone HERE has some real life experience with it and can fill me in with their opinion.

Thanks in advance... I am off to dig through the resources here!
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#983933 - 07/16/08 02:50 AM Re: Learn and Master Piano Experience?
Big.Smile Offline
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Registered: 07/04/08
Posts: 25
There are many reviews out there. But it seems that many of them have exactly the same text.

So I don't know if those reviews are somehow "sponsored" or "placed" by the publisher...

#983934 - 07/16/08 08:46 AM Re: Learn and Master Piano Experience?
Donna R. Offline
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Registered: 01/26/07
Posts: 794

EDIT: forgot to say welcome!

Don't get misled by all the hits you get when you search on Learn and Master Piano. They're all advertising, even if they don't look like it.

I have the course and I'm working through it slowly alongside the pieces I'm learning. It's well produced. The DVDs and playalong CDs are excellent, although the book could have been better planned, it doesn't have a spiral binding and the text runs too close to the margins to give you the option of binding it yourself. Also it's a small format and the pages are rather 'busy'. I think the course introduces a lot of concepts that are good to know, but it's geared more to accompaniment than to solo playing. Here's what Will Barrow posted recently in the LMP forum after someone had commented that they'd have liked to see more emphasis on solo playing.

In developing the material for this course, I had to decide which concepts would be given most attention,while trying to present some material on chords,patterns,rhythm,scales,piano techniques in a variety of styles,developing the ear,solo piano, etc. The course is certainly weighted more toward the area of learning chords,patterns and the piano as an accompanying instrument.There are a few examples of songs that can be learned using the left hand to accompany a melody["Fur Elise",Amazing Grace","The Entertainer"].I made attempt to present enough examples of different elements of piano playing that the learner could establish building blocks for developing the ability to play lyrically,rhythmically,hear the basic chord movements of many common progressions and begin playing a few solo pieces.
I hope and believe that if followed attentively this material will help most people enjoy playing the piano more-in a variety of genres and approaches.If the main goal is to play solo piano-left hand accompanying right hand-more material will certainly be required after this foundation is established.

Whether or not LMP is the premier home course is up for debate. Whether it's right for you really depends on what you want to do. I wouldn't recommend it if your principal interest is classical music or solo playing, unless you're prepared to work from another method and/or learn pieces that aren't in the course alongside it. But if you want to play popular music and jam with your friends it would be a good starting point.

#983935 - 10/31/08 07:45 PM Re: Learn and Master Piano Experience?
flyboy01 Offline
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Registered: 09/30/08
Posts: 34
Loc: Great River, New York
Hi Donna R,

Thank you for your comments. I am a begineer! I purchased L&M about 2 months ago and am having great difficulty getting through lesson 3. I have decided to go the Alfred's route. Maybe I will go back to the L&M after I get more proficient. Also, I have NO plans to play in a group.
Best regards,

Yamaha CLP330

Alfred's Adult All-in-one Level 1


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