Piano For All Review
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Pros: This course gets you playing in literally minutes. It lets you jump in, get comfy, THEN learn the theory behind everything. This is perfect for an absolute beginner. Super easy return policy if you don't like it.
Cons: If you have some piano playing experience, the first book might sound a little patronizing, but it still provides some good foundational points to build on.
Verdict: The books are easy to understand and will guide you through many different styles of piano playing. Highly Recommended.
Robin Hall is the creator of Piano for All and after reviewing this great package, I have decided that he is a very talented piano player and teacher. Reading through the books that come with the course, I found myself thoroughly enjoying myself! It isn't a bunch of theory that he throws at you, it is easy, practical stuff that you can pick up on right away. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to learn a few more styles of playing and specifically learn some new songs! Make sure you check out Piano for All in your quest to learn to play piano!
Being a veteran piano player, I expected to dive into book one of Piano for All and be bored to tears. Alas, I was quite mistaken (I love it when I can use that word!). Having not ever tried sounding out some of the more popular songs that I have heard (such as Piano Man, Isn't She Lovely, Barbara Anne and many more) I came out of that book knowing how to play many, if not all of the songs that he gives as examples. Some that I could even hum (I am not the best singer) along with!
The way that the Piano for All course approaches learning piano is completely BACKWARDS from traditional methods. He stresses learning to get a feel for the sounds and harmonies that a piano makes and then uses that to help you learn to read sheet music! After you master the feel of the piano and can read some basic chords in sheet music, he builds on that foundation and moves you up his “piano learning pyramid” to the other books (5-10) which will enable you to learn the details of playing piano. For now...though, its down to basics: chords and simple progressions.
To be honest I am pretty impressed with how easy to understand his mini lessons are. He spends a small amount of time explaining what the structure of the chord you will be playing is, then dives right in, with you alongside him and before you know how to say “middle c” he has you playing the chord progression that underlies some of the most famous songs, like Blue Moon and Red Red Wine. The audio clips and video clips are easy to open and help put some sound to the diagrams when trying to learn some of these chord progressions.
My one dislike of book number one is that if you have played a little bit of piano before, then the book sounds a little patronizing at times when it is reminding you to use the proper fingerings. I would expect that for a complete beginner, this would actually end up helping you in the long run, even if it does sound a bit patronizing.
Expect to see reviews of his other books coming soon. I am playing my way through this entire course, so it may take some time for the reviews to crop up!
When I was downloading the content (available separately or as one BIG zipped file) I was really in awe at how MUCH there was. He not only has the nine main books plus the “bumper bonus” book, but they are loaded with videos and audio clips that complement the content very well.
The actual content is very well written too. It doesn't look like he outsourced this course to someone who doesn't even speak English, I am sure that he wrote this all himself. I found the style and tone to be very helpful in conveying the messages of that particular lesson.
The videos are perhaps not the best professionally produced videos, but boy are they helpful! It is surprising how much watching someone else's hands play a song helps you “get” a song you are trying to learn.
This course is mostly for people who have a little bit of piano experience already and are looking to improve their game. It has how-to's on just about every genre, teaching you to play songs from the blues, jazz and classical...even some modern day songs!
If you are looking to learn some new songs and greatly enhance your current playing ability, even if you have never played before, I highly recommend Piano for All as the way to do that!
I checked with Robin to see if he had any verifiable testimonials about his course and here are a couple that resonated with me (he offered many more if I wanted). If you are interested, he also said that the person's email is available upon request for you to fact check, just shoot myself or Robin an email and ask.
Since I was little I have always wanted to play. I’m now 38 years old, have never played, and with your program I was able to go through the books and videos step by step and now I’m purchasing piano books to play songs to enjoy. I have to say that my husband was very skeptical but you have made him a true believer in your teaching program!
Soony Williams, California, USA
Hi Robin, Recently bought your series and think it is incredible. My mother was a classically trained pianist and my father was a bar room “by ear” player and I always wanted to be sort of combination of them. Your set of books has made it all fun for me again. Could never be bothered by all the technical stuff, just wanted to sit and play. Piano For All is great. Thanks,
Andy Godfrey, NY, USA
Hi Robin, A belated note to say a very big thank you for putting together such an interesting, motivating, straightforward approach to piano playing! I absolutely love the techniques, I’m playing everything now and it’s so exciting!!! I’m still only on Book 1 and I’ve learned so much already, I can’t imagine what you have in store for us in the other books.
Jane Grey, London, UK
Bottom line, with the 60 day money back guarantee, it's going to give you much more information if you go purchase it yourself, work through the lessons in earnest, and return it if it doesn't help you play piano better. It's as easy as sending a quick email and poof, you have your money back, no questions asked.
What have you got to lose?