If you’ve seen some of the pianists online you’ve probably thought, “It must have taken years of practice to be that good.”
With some of us, it has taken years. I started piano lessons at age four at the insistence of my mother because I was trying to play by ear. Back then, no I’m not going to say how many years, the only people who played by ear were rock ’n rollers. My mother wanted a classically trained pianist. As I got older I wanted to be one of the rock ‘n rollers.
Now, as with the guitar lessons, a high percentage of piano lessons are online using video lessons. If you were classically trained, you may be like me, wondering how a person could possibly learn to play the piano online.
In today’s world of the Covid Pandemic, we are bombarded with news about the pros and cons of online learning. Even older kids are having problems. My grandson, who is in the 8th grade and a straight “A” student, says it’s difficult.
“Why is it so hard,” I questioned so I started researching.
In my research listed below, I discovered the answer. Video learning is the fastest and best way to learn, but these kids are having problems learning online with videos.
The answer is simple. They are giving the kids too much information at once. In online music lessons, the students are given “bite-sized” chunks of information at a time. The school kids are given a full lesson to wade through on their own. Read my research below.
PianoForAll claims their students see results quickly. Their claim to fame is, “Play first, ask questions later,” which is similar to the guitar lessons we promote. This approach really works. In both the piano and guitar lessons you will be up playing quickly without struggling with all the music theory, as so many of us did in years past.
PianoForAll has taught over 250,000 students using a chord-based system. The creator Robin Hall says “that his e-book course will teach you to play by ear, improvise, create compositions, and then eventually read piano sheet music.”
Each lesson is strategically designed to take you from one skill to the next in a short amount of time using “bite-sized” lessons.
One of the main comments about PianoForAll is that the video and audio lessons open on the lesson page the student is working on. You don’t have to go from book to video. Everything is coordinated to the exact page.
An important factor in the online lessons’ success rate is the video and the video player. With one-on-one lessons, the teacher goes over the material with you then you go home and practice.
When I was learning to play the piano there were many lessons I didn’t get the first time through. Some lessons took several weeks before I got it right.
In one-on-one lessons, if the student really isn’t paying attention or doesn’t understand what is being taught, it could take several weeks before they master the lesson.
With video lessons, everything is demonstrated so the student can see exactly what the teacher is doing and how to do it. The student can take it slow and repeat as many times as necessary to master the lesson. The lessons are fun because they are playing songs.
Scientific Reasons Why Videos Connect Better
This research applies to any video but is very beneficial in video learning.
From the moment the first image hits the student’s retina to the last scene, different types of chemical reactions are triggered in the brain and body.
The content, lesson in this situation, is experienced in a very different way than it would be experienced in text or one-on-one instruction from a teacher. This applies to all music instruction.
- Memory Storage. Visual images are stored in “long term” storage rather than short-term memory. This enables the material to stick with the viewer for a longer period of time.
- Processing Speed. Visuals process much faster and last longer in the brain. In fact, they process 60,000 times faster than text. Yet, you don’t want to push the brain too fast. That’s why the video lessons take small “bite-sized” chunks of information that can be processed speedily, yet thoroughly.
- Processing Location. Visual information is processed in the brain’s medial temporal lobe, the same place where emotions are processed. This gives the student an emotional connection to the lessons and music they are practicing.
- Great Connectivity. They say that 40% of nerve fibers going to the brain are connected to the retina.
- Visual Learning. Thus, 90% of the information going to our brains comes in through the eyes. That leaves only 10% of the information coming from other parts of the body. It’s estimated that 65% of people are considered visual learners. This is why online music lessons are so effective and communicate at a much quicker pace than one-on-one learning.
- Keeping Focus. One reason why each lesson only covers a “bite-sized” chunk of information is so the student can stay focused on that one particular part of the lesson and learn it well. When several concepts are packed into one lesson the student’s focus is spread too thin, as in the current online school lessons
Why Video Piano Lessons?
There are many piano lessons advertised on the internet, both online and in-person lessons. All claim they have the best method, but some stand out above the others.
PianoForAll starts with the basics. By the time you get to the end of the course you have learned how to play classical pieces and actually understand the music and the theory.
They also teach a wide variety of different genres of music. Their method of teaching basic chords is by playing simple versions of popular songs. This makes practicing much more fun. When is a person is having fun they will stick with it longer and learn faster.
A Testimonial #1
“Hi Robin, Never thought I would say this I thought I had tried every method when it came to not only learning to play the piano but understanding the method. I am truly amazed at the progress I have made in THREE DAYS !!!!
I have the benefit of being able to play but never to the standard I wanted and trying so hard to find that elusive sound, I have spent many hundreds of pounds and a lot of time with scales and all this entails and progress was so slow but I would not give up, it turned out to be very challenging and at times it felt like a battle which has gone on for ten years.
I read the reviews on your website and was very dubious as all this seemed too good to be true and claims made seemed very similar to so many others I had read and tried, but I did buy and your system just blew me away and I have been glued to my piano since downloading the book.
With a one-time purchase, you get nine e-books to download. These books take you through a variety of styles with chords, tunes, and exercises teaching you enough theory to be able to play the songs comfortably.
There are 200 video lessons in all, each with a different aspect of piano playing. The video lessons are embedded in the e-books allowing the written page to come up at the same time as the video lesson.
The instructor plays the lesson on a lower keyboard while an animated version is played above so that it is very clear which keys to play.
For audio learners, there are 500 audio tunes and exercises. This also helps with learning to play by ear.
A Testimonial #2
I CAN CONFIDENTLY SAY THIS IS THE BEST TUTOR BOOK I HAVE EVER COME ACROSS
Hi, I just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic Piano Tutor Books. I am nearing the end of the first book and can now confidently say this is the best tutor book I have ever come across. I find your method of teaching piano from a rhythm standpoint very helpful. I have been playing guitar for some years and as a result, I have been able to relate really well to your method.
I found with the standard way of learning Piano from other books, that I was struggling from the start. To use the guitar analogy it would be like trying to play like Eric Clapton from day one. Using your method, I found that I could gain pleasure from playing a backing rhythm almost immediately, just like strumming a song on the guitar. Once again many thanks.
PianoForAll does make some big promises. If you are motivated, the course may be just what you need. As with anything, do your research first so you understand what the course will and will not teach.
The course does help you reach your musical goals, but it will not prepare a student for further education in advanced classical music.
The course will prepare you to play in a band, be able to play requests, or just play for your own enjoyment. It will also give you the basics for exploring other types of music.
You will be able to understand chords, chord progressions, keys, and the structure of music.
- It is comprehensive and easy to learn.
- Affordable and comes in a convenient format.
- Comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee.
- You get it in three formats- written text, audio, and video format to make it easier for you to consume the content.
- It has been proven.