Learn to Play the Piano

Written by Peter Cullen

Rocket Piano is a very professionally done piano lesson package. It includes a number of ebooks, audio tracks, and video tracks to supportrepparttar instructional material. In addition, there's a ton of extras, all extremely well-done, and described below. The product is simple to download, and is perfectly paced forrepparttar 143419 introductory piano student. It runs on Windows and Macs, so it doesn't matter what kind of computer you have. In a word, if you want to learn to play, you'd be nuts to pass on this. I highly recommend it. Read on forrepparttar 143420 details.

Chapter One - Piano Facts and History

Don't skip this chapter. It's full of really interesting facts aboutrepparttar 143421 piano and includes a bit of history, a lot of physical facts aboutrepparttar 143422 instrument thatrepparttar 143423 beginning piano lesson student should know, and some great diagrams that showrepparttar 143424 mechanics of how a piano produces sound. There's also a nice section aboutrepparttar 143425 pedals, which you don't find in most courses, that actually explains whatrepparttar 143426 pedals are for and how they work. All in all, a great introduction.

Chapter Two - The Basics

Chapter Two provides allrepparttar 143427 basic information you'll need to get started inrepparttar 143428 right direction. It hasrepparttar 143429 most complete description of how to sit atrepparttar 143430 piano that I've come across so far. You getrepparttar 143431 idea very easily fromrepparttar 143432 included diagram that showsrepparttar 143433 proper position for your head, back, arms, and legs. Pay attention students There's nothing worse than seeing a beginning player struggling because of a slouch or being too high or too low in relation torepparttar 143434 keyboard. Chapter Two continues with an explanation of proper hand position, and dispelsrepparttar 143435 popular myth that you need very long fingers to play well. The author correctly points out that finger strength and agility are far more important characteristics than finger length. The standard and necessary assignment of numbers to each finger is included too, accompanied by a very good diagram. No confusion possible here. The layout ofrepparttar 143436 keyboard is explained next, again with very clear graphics, and thenrepparttar 143437 connection betweenrepparttar 143438 finger numbering system andrepparttar 143439 keyboard is introduced with some very simple exercises - so after only sixteen pages of background,repparttar 143440 new student is actually usingrepparttar 143441 keyboard. Note reading is introduced next with a very clear and simple approach that starts withrepparttar 143442 definition of a note, and then introducesrepparttar 143443 concept of rhythm. The notation for whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes is illustrated, andrepparttar 143444 standard duration of each is explained. What follows is a series of easy exercises to reinforcerepparttar 143445 basic concepts of note type and duration. Audio clips are available for each exercise to assurerepparttar 143446 student that they are proceeding correctly.

Chapter Three - The Musical Alphabet

Chapter Three starts with a graphic ofrepparttar 143447 keyboard with allrepparttar 143448 notes labeled and then shows yourepparttar 143449 middle C hand position, followed by a short exercise that gets both hands going to familiarizerepparttar 143450 student with middle C andrepparttar 143451 surrounding notes. Chapter Three also introduces time signatures,repparttar 143452 other component of rhythm. Good examples followrepparttar 143453 explanation, and there are a few practice exercises, again with sample audio tracks. The rest ofrepparttar 143454 chapters inrepparttar 143455 book are just as good and cover such topics as:

*repparttar 143456 musical staff * intervals * sharps and flats * playing scales * rhythm * arpeggios, and more.

Okay...if I review any more Chapters, you won't needrepparttar 143457 package, But I do want to tell you aboutrepparttar 143458 extras that come with Rocket Piano. First of all, there's a Music Theory Game called Jayde Musica that is really wonderful. When you start uprepparttar 143459 game, notes move past you onrepparttar 143460 screen from right to left and your job is to identify them before they scroll offrepparttar 143461 left-hand side ofrepparttar 143462 display. You can click onrepparttar 143463 name ofrepparttar 143464 note with your mouse, hitrepparttar 143465 letter on your keyboard that corresponds torepparttar 143466 note(s) displayed, or typerepparttar 143467 number that you'll see associated with each note. The game has an Options menu that lets you controlrepparttar 143468 level of difficulty (basicallyrepparttar 143469 speed at whichrepparttar 143470 notes move), and there's even a high score screen that records your name once you start to excel. Kids love this stuff. This kind of game makes learning to read notes so painless, that there just isn't any excuse anymore

School Bullying: Hit 'Em Where It Hurts!

Written by Paula McCoach

School Bullies: Hit ‘Em Where It Hurts! by Paula McCoach http://www.bullyzapper.com

School bullies never seem to stop! Sometimes you have to "hit ‘em where it hurts" as we say!

So you have made a dent inrepparttar bullying at your school! Congrats.

But, you still have a hard core of 5-10% ofrepparttar 143385 bullies that you are trying to reach.

Most schools have special events. One effective way to subdue bullies for a short time at least is to bar them from special events if their bullying behavior does not improve.

Field trips are a common event. Bullies love field trips because there is unstructured time where they can do their thing. Bullies can be easily eliminated from field trips or, worse yet, their parents can be required to attendrepparttar 143386 trip with them.

And, oftentimes their parents bully them!

Bullies should be removed from special assemblies, especially end-of-the year assemblies that are fun and rewarding forrepparttar 143387 students. I feel that in this situation,repparttar 143388 students who have earned awards and behaved well all year, deserve a nice assembly where bullies are not harassing them.

Bullies should not be allowed to attend Field Day where students are celebratingrepparttar 143389 end ofrepparttar 143390 year and having fun. Again, this is an unstructured situation where they can do some damage, andrepparttar 143391 other kids deserve to have some fun and celebrate.

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