Learn to Read Music Online

Written by Peter Cullen

If you or anyone you know wants to learn to read music, it’s a lot easier to do than it used to be. The Internet gives us all access to almost unlimited information, and can deliver an incredible array of products and tools right to our desktops. Not surprisingly, there are some really clever products out there that can help you learn to read notes.

“Piano is Fun” from Anthony Fernando is a great beginner package for a very reasonable price that will teach you how to read music. The knowledge and practice available here would cost many timesrepparttar purchase price ($24.95) in personal lessons. Included inrepparttar 143420 price are free lifetime upgrades and a 30 day money-back guarantee.

Purchase and Installation

Purchase and installation are both a snap. The entire process takes no more than five minutes and is virtually foolproof. So, what's inrepparttar 143421 product? A series of lessons and practice games that teach you how to read music and make it fun! And that's quite an accomplishment! Most students find it an awesome, dreadful task, but it really doesn't have to be, as this product demonstrates. When you startrepparttar 143422 program, you might think thatrepparttar 143423 product is just for kids. Well, it is great for kids, but it's also fun for anyone that wants to learn to read music forrepparttar 143424 piano. My own bass clef reading skills fade in and out, and I actually enjoyed clicking throughrepparttar 143425 lessons and "games" (review tests).

Getting Started

The basic package features a series of twenty lessons that start very simply and progress through bothrepparttar 143426 treble and bass clefs. The graphics are big and bright and easy to read. There are good sound and visual effects - enough to keep your interest up but not so much that it distracts fromrepparttar 143427 point of learningrepparttar 143428 notes. The way to get started withrepparttar 143429 product is to takerepparttar 143430 tour, which explainsrepparttar 143431 layout ofrepparttar 143432 lessons andrepparttar 143433 "games" that are used as review tests for each ofrepparttar 143434 twenty lessons. As a student progresses through each lesson, awards are given and displayed on a separate screen - great little reinforcers to keep you going.

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

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