Customer reviews: Learn – Master Piano: Book 5-CD 10-DVD Pack

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Learn & Master Piano: Book + 5-CD + 10-DVD Pack

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On Amazon.com the photograph of Learn & Master Piano is of an earlier edition (between 2007 and 2010). It contains 14 instructional DVDs (not 20 as described by Amazon). Newer editions (since 2010) of Learn & Master Piano do have 20 DVDs in their Expanded Editions (same total content as was on the 14 DVD, 2007-2009 versions). Newer Standard Editions have only 10 DVDs and the Piano Workshops (10 more DVDs) must be purchased separately to equal the Expanded Edition.

SUMMARY: Older editions (pre 2010) have 14 DVDs and the Piano Workshops are included. Newer STANDARD Editions have 10 DVDs and the Piano Workshops are sold separately. Newer EXPANDED Editions have 20 DVDs which include the Piano Workshops.

Confusing?? Yes, it can be. I hope my comment helps to clear things up.

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I like this product alot and I’m not going to list out all the great things the other reviewers already pointed out.

However, I feel the need to post a review to point out that even though the product picture shows 2 boxes, what you are really getting is 1 box (10 DVD and 5 play along, interestingly the picture does show the correct count of discs). I know the description does say 10 DVD and 5 playalong but it’s hard to “see it” unless you are aware of it.

The 2nd box that doesn’t come with this purchase is 10 DVD of workshop; which you’ll find if you look for it “Learn & Master Piano Bonus Workshops by Will Barrow”, it’s another $89, which makes the complete package a $180 (give or take since Amazon prices change often) purchase.

Amazon actually doesn’t carry the full 2 boxes package (as of the time of this review), you will however find the original edition with 14 DVD and 5 playalong CD package going for around $170ish.

If you go to learn and master [. ], you’ll find that the full package costs $149 (20 DVD, 5 playalong).

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As a whole, I think this is a pretty good product. The lessons are pretty straight forward and easy to follow (until about lesson 12 – then there is a huge leap in skill level). I took piano lessons all growing up, so I bought the course to try to get back into playing the piano. I’m definitely learning a lot along the way, but I don’t find this method specifically helpful for a number of reasons:

1) Instead of focusing on what you should be learning, the instructor often shows off his professional skills instead of really teaching you the basic skills of the piano.

2) Beyond the basic clefs and the notes associated with the two clefs, he really doesn’t talk about reading notes that go off the clef, but we end up playing a lot of those notes.

3) Once you get to the advanced units, you really need an 88-key piano. I was playing on a Casio 61-key, so I’ve had to adjust a few things here and there.

4) There are times when the instructor is almost painfully slow, and then there are times when he goes very fast. It’s almost as if he’s unsure how to actually pace the course effectively. I really started noticing this in Lesson #12. He starts using more advanced chord positions and often doesn’t spend the amount of time necessary really showing you how to finger the chords. I’ve found it more useful to read the instruction booklet and figure out the chords prior to watching the DVDs.

AND NOW, MY BIGGEST GRIP!

5) When I purchased this set, I made the assumption that this set came with all of the videos necessary to complete this course. Sadly, I was wrong. There is another set of 10 DVDs referred to as the “Workshop DVDs,” that do not come with the course. Ultimately, you’ll spend another $70 for the workshop DVDs (including postage and handling) if you want to get the workshops. While you can read what the instructor goes over in the workshop within the book, you’re missing out on almost half of the learning experience if you don’t have the workshop DVDs. After Spending $150 on the basic course, I did not purchase the workshop DVDs. I just think the advertisements for this course should be MUCH clearer to indicate that more purchases are necessary to receive the full course.

This is my impression of the course after completing 18 of the 28 lessons. Thankfully, I also purchased Music Theory for Dummies, which has been a god-send and strong supplement for this course. Often the instructor teaches things within the class but really doesn’t full explain them. Having a supplemental music theory book to fall-back on for more information has been a very wise move.

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