Air Piano | Rowan Atkinson’s Piano Mime

This is an amazing performance or Beethoven‘s Pathetique performed on an invisible piano by comedy genius Rowan Atkinson (AKA Mr. Bean). The performance starts with the 1st movement from the Pathetique and then is is seamlessly goes into the end of the 3rd movement of the  Moonlight Sonata.

Top Beginners Piano News for May 19, 2009

  • Guitar *teacher* claims music games helping his business
  • May 12, 2009
    – This guitar teacher is stating that he is getting much more pupils as a direct result of the video game ‘Guitar Heroe’.

    Sounds like we need ‘Keyboard Hero’ to get some new piano players.

  • Baby *Piano*
  • May 12, 2009
    – Amazing article on how this piano teacher is getting her 17 month daughter to not only play the piano but to ask for lessons too.

Top Beginners Piano News for May 12, 2009

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Piano Chords Software

I often get asked about piano chords software and where to get it.

There are not actually that many programs around to help with thisl.

The owners of the Rocket Piano home study course however get free access to the special Piano learning software which apart from being great fun really strengthens the beginners playing and helps to interiorize some of the playing patterns.

Roll-up piano keyboard

What will they think of next?

When I was learning we used to get given one of these only it was made of cardboard and it didn’t sound!!!

USB Roll-up Piano – The Red Ferret Journal

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USB Roll-up Piano. Wait, wait, don’t leave. It’s USB. Yes, you need to carry your computer around with you as well. Isn’t that fab? A super portable fold up piano that needs a hulking great computer in order to work. Marketing genius I tell you! 49 keys, 128 instruments, 100 pre-recorded rhythms. Boogie. $46.00.

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Top Beginners Piano News for April 4, 2009

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How to play …. on the piano

Here is a YouTube Playlist I just made.

It’s a collection of ‘how to’ videos showing you how to play specific songs.
 
It has everything from ‘The piano man’ thu ‘Let it be’ to the theme from Tetris.
 
They are all for different levels of proficiency so there is sure to be one that suits you and some are better than others.

 

Beginners Piano Courses

Of all the home study beginners piano courses, here are some detailed  reviews of  two of them…  rocket piano and piano for all.

 

Rocket Piano

This course comes as a large collection of piano tuition books (eBooks), audio files, videos and learning games all of which can be downloaded to your computer.

If you are just starting out then this is the best method around to have you playing the piano to a proficient level in no time at all. It takes you right from the basics of how to to hold your hands and use your fingers through to reading music, improvising and professional jamming techniques.

The guides and videos will walk you through how to read music, and how to improvise, how to play Jazz and how to play Gospel all with the touch of a professional musician. The course is not only for absolute beginners as there are many advanced techniques to work up to. These include whole sections on Jazz and Gospel, improvisation made easy, advanced fingering exercises and groundbreaking learning techniques.

You will be trained to read music AND play by ear, so you will be able to play virtually any song that you hear This is real cutting-edge material and all for the incredible price of no more than one or two conventional piano lessons.

This is our top recommended beginners piano course – for more information visit the Rocket Piano manufacturer’s site for the best deal.


PIANO FOR ALL

This is a really complete guide containing no less than 10 eBooks with accompanying audio and video files. The course is set up a little different from most as it teaches you how to play by ear from the very beginning. You start off playing real songs with the chords you are taught and with professional sounding rhythms. Once you have the chords and rhythms internalized then you will progress on to the more advanced material which includes how to read music. The titles of the 10 eBooks say a lot about the course. They are;

  • Party Time / Rhythm Piano Teaching you rhythm style piano straight away
  • Shake.. Rattle ‘n’ Roll.. Showing how to play Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll Piano
  • Chord Magic Contains more piano chords and memory tricks and works on chord progressions
  • Advanced Chords Made Easy For you to learn advanced piano chords including songs and a rhythm chart for 80 Beatles songs
  • Ballad Style Teaching you piano ballad style
  • Jazz Piano Made Easy Contains some easy techniques you can apply to any tune – Standards, Traditional Jazz piano, Modern Jazz, improvisation and more
  • Advanced Blues Piano & Fake Stride Expands on the blues piano techniques learned earlier.
  • Taming the Classics Here you will learn to read piano sheet music
  • Speed Learning Speeding up your learning process with scales and exercises
  • Bumper Resource Book This covers everything else you need to succeed at the piano.

For more information visit the Piano For All site