A lot of the Piano for all” reviews found on the web; seem to be somewhat confusing whether or not the entire piano course is just a collection of pdf e-books teaching you theory on how to play the piano and not an actual piano teacher; teaching hands-on practical piano lessons.
If it’s the latter, you were thinking, you can be excused for assuming that. I can assure you; each of the pdf e-books contains hands-on practical learning exercises in actually teaching you how to play the piano using, theory, audio, video. Read the lesson – Listen to the lesson – Watch the lesson:
I got real excited about reviewing PFA, I’m a keen music lover myself. I use Magic Music MakerMX Production Suite to compose my own music. The reason I got so excited about reviewing piano for all is, I have been wanting to learn the keyboards for a long time now so I can incorporate my own music samples into Music MakerMX.
So imagine my excitement when I actually got the chance to take the full PFA course and then get to write about my experience learning from such a gifted piano player as Robin Hall.
There are 9 modules to work through with each module progressively adding to your piano knowledge. I found learning the piano, or in my case the keyboards a very pleasing experience. The first lessons are very easy to understand and within the hour, I could practice the chords and play the keys of the first few lessons unaided without too much trouble.
The first book in the piano for all is party time teaches you the most used keys on your piano or keyboards rhythm style
There is no fluff in the modules, apart from the intro that goes into the fundamentals of learning the piano or keyboards and how each part of the course combines to get you playing tunes on your piano in the shortest time possible.
Party Time is the first module in the nine pdf books that make up piano for all. And in the main will be the lessons that embed the fundamentals of learning the piano in your memory.
Once you have committed to memory and practiced the lessons in the first module party time the more advanced stuff in the later lessons will be much easier to cope with. They do get a little harder for each module so dependent up on how easy you learn; you may well want to master and commit to memory all the first module lessons before moving on to the next pdf.
BOOKS 1 TO 4 – LAY THE FOUNDATION for learning to play the piano:
Robin Hall, tells us that the secret to learning piano in the shortest time possible is to start with CHORDS.
The first four pdf’s cover learning the piano chords in great detail, by the time you have worked your way through the four pdf’s and mastered all the exercises in “Party Time, Blues and Rock ‘n Roll, Chord Magic and Advanced Chords” you will be well on your way to finding your way around all those piano keys and hitting all the right chords for any tune you want to play…
A good understanding of the chords on your piano or keyboards will empower you with the starting knowledge you need. There are some TERRIFIC party rhythms to learn, and the knowledge you gain in books 1 to 4 will be invaluable to you, working through the rest of the course. Piano for all uses lots of memory tricks and formulas to speed up the learning process and help to commit these methods to your long-term memory, so the process of learning the piano becomes much more fun.
BOOKS 5 to 10 – BUILD ON What you learn to play the piano fluently:
With the foundation laid, and new knowledge gained. You are open to take on more musical tunes, like, Ballads, Jazz, Blues, Ragtime, even Improvisation, composing melodies and Classical sight reading all become easier for you with a solid foundation and knowledge in chords, rhythm and basic harmony. Now the learning curve becomes much less of a steep hill and practice becomes the norm and not a chore.
Piano For All Audio and Video Files:
Each pdf book contains embedded audio lessons appertaining to the particular lesson you are working on. With each written lesson taken, you will be able to listen to the piano chords used to construct the lesson and how each piano lesson should sound when you practice the lesson. For most if not all of us, having your piano teacher show you how, is 50% of the battle to accomplishing the lesson.
Piano for all accomplishes this by embedding the visual lessons inside the pdf books. To view the lesson given by Robin in a video, you simply access it directly in the pdf book. You will find the audio and visual video lessons right inside the written text for every single lesson taken.
Book one, Contains 93 pages of written text 15 videos with accompanying audio lessons.
The main lessons in party time are to teach you the keys, finger pattens and chords.
The key to learning to play the piano quickly is to master all the above three things. A chord is simply 3 or more notes that when played together make a full sound.
It’s step one of the getting to know why the keys are laid out in the fashion they are. The very first piano lesson you will learn is how the pattern of the keys repeats itself, the full length of the piano. The only thing you will notice when striking each set is the difference in pitch between each set of keys.
All the text-based lessons are fully accompanied with diagrams so visually understanding the lessons in piano for all is extremely easy to follow.
The rest of the pdf e-books that make up piano for all, combine to further extend your knowledge of the piano, teaching you the many different types of music you can create with your piano playing. It’s extremely valuable to your overall learning to understand how rhythms are constructed with simple chord pattens and single piano key strikes.
Book 2 in the piano for all courses is blues and rock ‘n roll. It’s a fun 21 page workbook and contains 7 video lessons with robin showing you each lesson visually.
Throughout the entire piano for all courses, each piano teaching exercise is explained in text, diagrams and video examples to embed the lessons in your memory.
Book 3, Chord Magic, Or Memory Magic would be a better name for it, is a 32 page workbook with 4 videos.
By the time you get to work through this book, you will know from previous lessons, there are 12 tones on the piano that you can build a major and a minor chord on each of these tones. However, remembering them is another story.
So in Chord magic, Robin teaches you all the memory tricks you will need, to remember where to find and play all 24 ‘basic’ major and minor chords.
Book 4 Advanced Chords Made Easy? is a 24 page workbook with 7 video lessons.
This is where I started falling of the rails, in this workbook Robin teaches you “one magic formula” to remember all the advanced chords you will need to learn.
It took me a while to take this lesson in. However, once you master and remember this lesson you will be able to take on more advanced tunes. such as multi chord combinations.
Book 5 teaches you how to Develop a Basic Ballad Style. This is a 66 page workbook, packed with 33 video piano lessons, audio lessons and text.
You will be learning simple left hand pattern that can be applied to any chord, how to apply this pattern to a sequence of chords.
In the balled style piano lessons, you will also learn the PENTATONIC SCALE – a magic 5 note scale that will sound great over all your chords no matter what order you play the notes in.
You will learn how to experiment with the magic scale using no rules. Learn a more structured approach to playing ballad style using various patterns and chord tones, then actually apply what you have learned to melodies.
Book 6 teaches you how to jazz up your piano playing. 86 pages of text lessons and packed with 42 video piano lessons + audio.
This is a big part of the course; you will learn how to bring the jazz into your playing.
The magic blues scale, The reason the BLUES SCALE is so useful is that it magically sounds great over any chord change in a given key. There are some big lessons in this part of the piano course and a lot to take in.
Book 7 in the piano for all course adds more to the jazz, blues playing. it’s a 60 page workbook with 26 video lessons + audio.
At some stage in your playing, you will want to change a song to a different ‘key’ so that it fits your vocal range, or the vocal range of someone you are backing.
There is an easy way to do and in this set of piano lessons, you will learn how to do this the easy way without compromising anything in your playing.
Book 8 Taming the Classics. 71 page workbook with 21 video piano lessons + audio.
It’s time to Review the basics again and revisit the keys to understand Musical Notation. When you understand how to read and write musical notations, you will be able to play any tune on your piano or keyboard directly from sheet music.
Up to this point in the piano for all courses you have mainly been learning to play the piano by ear. Now it’s time to understand written music; You will learn to read sheet music and actually write sheet music. Once you get proficient you will want to write your own tunes, being able to write your own musical notations is 50% of the battle.
You will hear musicians saying, “What ‘key’ is the song in?” When you play all the white notes from one C up to another, you have played the SCALE of C major. If you write a melody or chord progression based on that scale you are playing in the KEY of C major – simple as that.
Since there are lots of scales, there are lots of ‘KEYS. (Don’t worry about WHY)
Some have a certain number of sharps or flats. For instance, the SCALE of Bb is Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G, A, back to Bb.
In written notation – instead of writing in a sharp or flat EVERY time it occurs, they decided they would just write them at the start so that you know which KEY you are playing in. So.. if you see sharps or flats at the START of a piece of music you will know that any note that falls on those lines or spaces has to be a sharp or flat.
Book 9 practice make perfect, Speed Learning. 120 page workbook contains 13 video lessons.
It’s all about practice, a chore to most; however, piano for all speed learning brings fun to your practice.
The golden rule of practice is – Practice what you CAN’T play,
not what you CAN play! To be more accurate, you need a balance. Too many scales and tricky passages and you get fed up. Too many familiar safe pieces and you don’t move forward.
They say you are most alert when you first sit down at the piano so you should try the difficult stuff then. Then you can reward yourself with playing the easy, fun stuff. It makes sense don’t you think!
Book 10, it’s a BUMPER RESOURCE BOOK for piano and keyboard lovers. 33 page resource book. also its the book that gets updated with new additions to the piano for all course.
The book covers keyboards and pianos, conecting your keyboard to your P.C, midi keyboards. I think you get the idea, no actual piano lessons, all the lessons in the resource book are about what musical telented people need to know about how to produce their music, what resources they will need. covers everyting from chossing the right piano or keyboard to using computerised shoftware, theres not much that is left out about this subject in book 10.
Book 11 is an extra to the piano for all course. 40 page workbook on building up your musical creativity.
UNLOCKING’ YOUR FULL CREATIVE POTENTIAL
‘Get In the zone’ We often hear sports commentators talking about athletes being ‘in the zone’. When an athlete is ‘in the zone’ it means they have hit a peak where they are performing perfectly and effortlessly.
They have gone beyond ‘trying’, almost as if something else has taken over. Believe it or not, this ‘zone’ is the ultimate goal for artists and musicians as well – to be in full flow.
When your creativity arises spontaneously without effort. We have all had moments when this has happened, when it was as if some strange power took over and everything we did was brilliant. Afterwards, we may have even wondered ‘Did I really do that?’.
We have no worries about recommending piano for all. It’s an absolute bargain for all who are looking forward to learning to play the piano or keyboard. The full range of lessons in this substantial learn piano course are written text and re-produced in video and audio formats by Robin Hall a gifted piano player himself.
Each lesson is easy to follow and well laid out. His methods of mentoring you from the very first simple starting lesson all the way through to the more advanced lessons is refreshing.
The lessons are created in such a way, even the very young can watch the videos and quickly mimic the lesson to learn all the different key and chord sounds the piano is capable of resonating. However, adult supervision will be necessary for those under reading age.
If you are a beginner, or you are returning to the piano or keyboards, then this has to be a “must have”, and you can be confident that you are getting a really useful quality teaching aid to learning to play the piano.