If you are just starting to play the piano, we suggest that you find a qualified piano teacher.
There are three phases to learning to play the piano. The first phase is comprised of the basics. This includes things such as fingerings, posture and basic music theory. You should have a real music teacher to guide you through the fundamentals in the beginning. Bad habits will limit your progress later on, and can take years to correct.
After you learn the fundamentals, you will move on to Phase 2 – learning the notes of a song. This is where the PianoMaestro will really help you. You will progress faster and derive more enjoyment from your time spent at the piano.
Because the PianoMaestro helps you to decrease the amount of time and effort spent to learn a new song, you can spend more time polishing the piece and making it your own. This is the most rewarding part of playing the piano that most students fail to reach.
On the DVD, Robyn is your personal piano teacher who will cover the fundamentals such as posture, hand position, finger independence, scales and chords through 21 exercises that progresses from popular classics to improvisation. Robyn will guide you through the exercises, providing the context and purpose of each exercise and highlighting common mistakes. The book provides tips for reading music, music theory, rules for chord progressions and improvisation, and other topics.
The PianoMaestro includes selected exercises and MIDI files from Simply Piano. To maximize the impact of these exercises, we suggest investing in a copy of Simply Piano. Simply Piano provides important elements for learning the piano that can not be conveyed in MIDI files alone. Purchasers of Simply Piano can download the MIDI files to all the exercises, so that they can follow the DVD and book with the aide of the PianoMaestro guide-light device.
About Robyn Payne
Robyn has performed and recorded with artists including Tommy Emmanuel, The Seekers, Ted Egan, Little River Band, Tina Arena, Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Jackson Brown, Joe Cocker, Roger Daltrey and Bonnie Raitt as well as playing in the Hey Hey It’s Saturday band for six years.
She has two degrees in music: B.Ed.(Mus); A.Mus.A, is an Industry Advisory Committee member and performance examiner for TAFE certificate & diploma courses in music and a guest lecturer at The Harvest School of Creative Arts in Singapore.