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Piano for Life DVD
Piano for Life DVD

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A Classical Method of Instruction
Are you one of the twenty million Americans who took piano lessons in their youth but never became proficient? Dan and I are, and a seemingly common denominator amongst us quitters is that piano teachers within the last 100 years have relied too much on rigid teaching methods that result in months or even years of drudgery before a child is adept at making music.

More Musical, Less Mechanical Playing
In this video course, Mark Almond dispenses with this modern view of learning music. Instead, he takes the learner back to the classical method of instruction, the way the composers and pianists of the past learned, teaching piano with chords and harmony. His goal is to produce more musical, less mechanical playing. Thanks to the clarity of his instruction, your children will quickly learn how to form any major or minor chord and apply the simple rules of harmony even before they can read music. Understanding harmony is the key to understanding pleasant music.

Accepted by Professional Musicians and Piano Teachers
Lest you fear that this is some oddball approach to teaching piano, know that this method has been accepted by professional musicians, piano teachers, college professors, schools, and libraries. Before the course is complete, your children will learn all the standard chord symbols and traditional sight-reading, but in a more natural way, reducing difficulty and confusion.

Each Child can Progress at His Own Pace
Mark starts with two three-note chords. He demonstrates, via an overhead camera aimed at the keys of a grand piano or electronic keyboard, how to experiment with the tones of the chords. Immediately, even your most reluctant learner is making satisfying sounds on the piano. Chord progressions are based on logical, easy-to-learn connections without mind-numbing hours spent trying to decipher sheet music. Subsequent lessons build on this skill while also covering such essential concepts as musical notation, timing, and expressive playing. And because this is a DVD, each child can progress at his own pace. Four and a half hours of professional, straightforward instruction will give your children a clear understanding of the fundamental ideas of music theory. After completing the course, viewers will be able to improvise a little and play some by ear.

This program is designed for beginning to intermediate students of all ages, but children younger than twelve may need adult assistance. All students do need to be completely familiarized with the names of the keys on the piano.

Piano Lessons - Understanding Piano Chords - Heart of Harmony - Part 1
Piano Lessons - Piano Chords Analyzed - Heart of Harmony - Part 2
  • 3-DVD set
  • 4 hours, 30 minutes

    Publisher's Information
    Instructor: Mark Almond
    Publisher: Piano for Life Inc
    Made In: USA

    Aurora Award 1997

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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    Piano for Life - review by Ramblin' Roads December 28, 2011
    Reviewer: Karla from Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team  
    A few weeks ago Timberdoodle sent me a copy of Piano for Life to review. I was interested in it primarily for the benefit of my younger daughter who loves to pick out tunes on the piano by ear. I have worked with her a little bit on learning the notes, but mostly she plays what she hears. I would love to find a teacher who could work with her special learning style, because I believe she does have a natural gift for music, although she struggles with reading in general. With Piano for Life (and the prequel, Piano for Quitters) I think she and I, together, can learn to play the piano with the natural learning style used by the masters.

    I am learning so much myself from the videos. I had several years of piano lessons as well as a music theory class in high school, so I thought I knew a good bit about music already. Apparently I learned the theory and the rote playing without really understanding how theory related to performance. Now, just to find the time to practice what I'm learning...

    Piano for Life, a 3-DVD set with 4 1/2 hours of instruction, is available from Timberdoodle for $67.50. I recommend starting with Piano for Quitters, and then progressing on to Piano for Life.

    Read the rest of this review at http://ramblinroadstoeverywhere.blogspot.com/2011/10/piano-for-life-review.html

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      7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
    Within 1 year, our son was composing music! October 23, 2008
    Reviewer: Patty C. from Colorado Springs, CO  
    Piano for Life is the best music coarse we have ever found.  Within 1 year, our son was composing music and has begun to teach other students using this DVD as a base.  However, it seems to be best suited for teenage kids.  Adults don't usually have the time to spend practicing and preteens don't have the discipine to follow through on their own.  There maybe something to peronal giftings regarding music, so don't necessarily expect your student to progress abnormally fast. You can expect any student to come away from Piano for Life with an excellent understanding of theory and the ability to play an instrument for pleasure.

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