Mikes course is probably very different to any other course that is out there? It is *his* method of playing that he devised and it is the way he has played since a child.
It wasn't until he had a dream over 10 years ago that he finally realized how he could show people how to see music like he sees it ...how most songs are very similar and how they mainly follow similar rules (some people get IT within weeks others like me are slower and get IT in a few months)
He teaches you to play by ear ...how to work out the melody line and the chords ...how to play with rhythm and differing rhythms. He teaches you how music thinks which, will free you from sheet music if that is what you want?
The basics are very easy to pick up
...the course is structured in a way that playing should always be fun and to be frank it is the most fun I've ever had! (I am now addicted to playing the piano...I need my daily fix...I'm grouchy when I don't play it..heck, I even visit other piano forums! and it has cost me a fortune in new pianos!
IMHO the main value of pianomagic is the member forums where everyone who posts there is learning to play in the same way and will help you (or me) get to where we want to be...Mike answers any questions you have through the forums (also by email or you can even phone him!)and everyone gets to learn along with you(I have asked loads of questions and Mike and the gang have helped me all the way).
Its a little like having your own private piano teacher 24/7... he encourages you to send him recordings so, he can help guide you and if they are good enough they get posted in the recital hall for everyone to comment (praise or constructively criticize)
I presently have 13 songs
in the recital hall which actually timeline and demonstrate my ever improving ability and the ability of all the other members for all newbies to hear which is very encouraging.
When I joined pianomagic I hadn't touched a piano for over 30 years and my only memories of piano were my scary piano teacher and her 120 year old mother rocking in a chair behind me during lessons and my dear mum (who is probably watching down on me now with pride) insisting that I practise for 1/2 an hour most days.
I packed in the piano a long time ago and have regretted it all my adult life...my 5 year old son starting lessons was the flame that rekindled my yearning to play myself and remembering that as child I tried in vain to play by ear accidently led me to "pianomagic" which for me was a very fortunate accident.
Hope that helps?
If you would like to hear how I can play? ...just email me and "I'll put my money where my mouth is"
and gladly send you some midis of my latest stuff ( honestly...if I can do it anyone can!)