Learn to Play the Piano

Written by Peter Cullen

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And it gets better...the second extra is another game called Keycelerator which helps you learn chord nomenclature and keyboard patterns. The game consists of a display of a chord pattern onrepparttar left ofrepparttar 143419 display, and four choices onrepparttar 143420 right - a multiple choice test...the choices are shown as keyboard segments with different notes depressed. So if you can readrepparttar 143421 notes ofrepparttar 143422 chord, you then pickrepparttar 143423 notes that representrepparttar 143424 chord fromrepparttar 143425 set of four choices; much more fun than studying a chord manual. The game keeps score and has a number of options you can control. (I'm not bragging, but I got a perfect score on my first test :)

The next extra is called Chordinator , which is designed to improve your chord recognition abilities. Structured much like Keycelerator , butrepparttar 143426 answer choices are inrepparttar 143427 form of chord names, not notes onrepparttar 143428 keyboard. Okay, I missed one on this game, but it was only because my finger slipped offrepparttar 143429 mouse and hitrepparttar 143430 wrong choice :) ...99/100 isn't bad though, right?

The next extra is really addictive It's called Perfect Your Pitch - it's an ear-training tool to help you home your pitch recognition skills. It plays a series of four notes and you have to pickrepparttar 143431 right choice from a set of four answers. It really is a lot fun. My score wasn't perfect on this one, and I had to force myself to stop ....like eating ice cream As you ear gets sharper it gets much easier to play songs by ear , and you'll start to recognize note combinations in common melodies and songs onrepparttar 143432 radio...just like learning a new language. This one is highly recommended. But don't ignorerepparttar 143433 other parts ofrepparttar 143434 course while you try to perfect you pitch recognition abilities.

There's yet another bonus included called Advanced Learning Techniques forrepparttar 143435 Piano , but I thinkrepparttar 143436 little book is misnamed I think you should read this first when you getrepparttar 143437 package, and I also think this little gem is worthrepparttar 143438 cost ofrepparttar 143439 package all by itself. What it tells you is how to practice - a topic that is completely ignored by most teaching packages - even by a lot of teachers I think it's one ofrepparttar 143440 most important aspects of learning to play any instrument. Read it as soon as you get Rocket Piano. If you're just starting out,repparttar 143441 insights you'll pick up here will save you a lot of frustration.

The Metronome program (another bonus) is really well-done. Just turn uprepparttar 143442 volume and save yourselfrepparttar 143443 cost of a physical metronome. The graphics are marvelous.

If you like jazz, after you've gone throughrepparttar 143444 basic Rocket Piano book, take a look atrepparttar 143445 add-on called Introduction to Jazz Piano . It has eight informative chapters that cover everything from jazz rhythms to chord progressions to syncopation. If you're not familiar with those terms, don't worry Start withrepparttar 143446 basic Rocket Piano book and then dive intorepparttar 143447 more advanced Jazz book.

So, my advice to you is to start your own personal countdown, and then blast your musical knowledge and your playing skills to new heights with this piano lesson package. Think about it...you get allrepparttar 143448 stuff described above for less thanrepparttar 143449 cost of one or two private lessons.

Peter Cullen is the Webmaster at http://www.PianoLessonReviews.com and an avid amateur pianist. The site reviews piano lesson offerings on the Web and offers many other piano-related resources.

School Bullying: Hit 'Em Where It Hurts!

Written by Paula McCoach

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Bully Stopping Blog: Time to Vent and Find Solutions! By Paula McCoach http://www.bullyzapper.com

Sick of bullies by this time ofrepparttar school year?

Do you need to vent?

Let us hear your feelings at http://bullyzapper.blogspot.com

But as for all of us...solutions are what we are most interested in reading.

What have you done that has worked to stop or even deter bullying in your school?

Hopefully, byrepparttar 143385 end ofrepparttar 143386 summer, we will have discovered a wealth of bully zapping techniques to makerepparttar 143387 learning environment more comfortable and safe for all students in our schools.

Paula McCoach invites you to discover more steps to do "Stop Bullying" by joining Bullying Zapper News at http://www.bullyzapper.com or send an email to coach@bullyzapper.com

2005 Permission granted to reprint this article in print or on your web site so long asrepparttar 143388 paragraph above is included and contact information is provided torepparttar 143389 email coach@bullyzapper.com and http://www.bullyzapper.com

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