I have gone through the process of learning to play the piano and I have also been teaching and playing for years, so I feel like I have a pretty good understanding of what it takes to learn how to play effectively. Almost every day someone asks me what I think is the best and most cost-effective way to learn to play the piano (other than taking lessons from me, of course ), so I made it my goal to come up with a recommendation that works incredibly well and only costs a fraction of what private lessons require you to spend.
My thirty years of piano playing experience combined with interviews of a bunch of people who have tried this product and had success have led me to the conclusion that Rocket Piano is the easiest, most complete, and most affordable way to learn to play the piano. Read on to see my Rocket Piano review and find out why I think this is an incredible program.
The Instructor – Ruth Searle
The first thing I was impressed with was the instructor. Ruth Searle is a classically trained pianist from Australia with a BA in music who has won numerous awards playing a wide array of styles. She is a very good teacher who is easy to follow. She has a slight Australian accent, but is not hard to understand at all. The first step in learning piano is finding a teacher that you like, and I found myself wanting to take private lessons from Ms. Searle.
Easy-to-Use Lesson Books
The course starts you out with the beginner’s book, which teaches you about the history of the instrument and helps you appreciate piano music in general by showing you how melody, harmony and rhythm work. Next you’ll learn basic chords with each hand, and then some simple songs with both hands. Throughout the book there are audio examples and short lessons from Ms. Searle that are incredibly helpful. The intermediate and advanced books are equally well put together, with harder techniques, such as arpeggios and musical theory, taught with ease. There are also over 190 audio files and 57 video lessons to help you understand what you’re learning. One of the great things about this course is that unlike other similar products it spends a lot of time showing you how the piano works and how music has changed over the years, instead of only teaching you how to play. It also teaches you how to read music and how to play by ear, which most courses skip.
After you have finished with the three main course books, there are two genre books based on jazz and gospel, which give you two different perspectives on music and help give you a broader understanding of piano. Another cool learning feature is the 17 jam tracks which allow you to hear a song played on piano with a band and then you can play along with the jam track version that has the piano part removed. This teaches you how to improvise and come up with piano parts on your own, without music.
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For the money you pay for Rocket Piano you definitely get way more than your money’s worth even without the bonuses, but I found that these are what set this product so far above the other piano packages available today. Below some of these bonuses are explained in detail:
- Advanced Learning Techniques – This eBook focuses on teaching you how to learn piano correctly through the use of memory. It also contains much of the same advice I give my students about how to avoid developing bad habits.
- Jayde Musica Pro – This is a game for beginners that helps you learn all the notes on the piano.
- Perfect your Pitch Pro – This game makes developing your ear fun and actually helps you recognize different pitches.
- Chordinator – This shows you how to recognize different chords by sight.
- Rocket Piano Metronome – This is for people who don’t have a metronome to practice with. It helps you work on your timing and tempo. While this metronome is alright, I suggest you purchase one from a music store as soon as you can.
- SongPond membership – Rocket Piano comes with a free one-month membership to this online music school that teaches you how to play popular songs with their innovative lessons. This is a really cool service!
Rocket Piano’s support is adequate, but is not one of their best features. They have a fairly extensive FAQ and you can contact them via email, but it often takes a few days to get back to you. A consultation is included where you can ask the instructors at Rock Star Recipes questions related to the piano.
There are two options for purchasing Rocket Piano. You can order online and get lifetime access to their member’s area for $39.95, or you can order the physical version of the software to be delivered to your home for $199.95, complete with CDs, DVDs and eBooks. This second option is mostly for teachers who plan on using the materials with their students. It is also completely risk-free and comes with a 60-day money back guarantee.
Rocket Piano is by far the most comprehensive and effective piano course I have ever seen. If you want to learn piano the right way without spending thousands of dollars on private lessons from a teacher you might not even like, then this course is just what you’re looking for. It also comes with a free Beginner Piano Course so you can try it out before you purchase the complete product. You also get their LaunchPad weekly newsletter that updates you on all the latest piano news from around the world. Very impressive and very affordable!