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Keyboard Coach

Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Contains over 150 inspiring lessons
  • Over 50 expertly shot video sequences
  • Shows you how to play
  • Five levels, each level having five modules
  • Checks and corrects your playing

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP / 95
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

  • Item Weight: 100 g
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • ASIN: B000068CO9
  • Release Date: 20 Aug 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,296 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Liszt, Chopin, Jools Holland... You? Well, why not? With the help of this admirable new learn-to-play CD-ROM, even the most banana-fingered of pianists could end up doing a passable impression of a keyboard virtuoso.

In essence, the Keyboard Coach is a highly skilled and very patient piano teacher. A piano teacher content to live in your cupboard. Using the latest hi-tech gizmos like video sequences, computerised metronome and onscreen notation, the Keyboard Coach takes the would-be pianist from the simplest one-bar boogie through to the execution of fairly complex rock, pop, country and classical tunes (many of them standards). On the way the Coach also spots your mistakes, gives you hints on fingering, and helps you polish your style with those video clips. The Keyboard Coach will also slow down the tunes when things get a bit tricky; or take you through the actual construction of a keyboard if you're wholly mystified. And when you're finally ready to hit the ivories, big time, the Coach will provide orchestral and percussive accompaniment to your joyous vamps and riffs.

In some ways, in fact, the Keyboard Coach is better than any real-time piano teacher: no matter how mangled your scales, the Keyboard Coach won't slam the piano lid on your fingers, or sigh sarcastically and aggressively while simultaneously whingeing about his failed musical career. --Sean Thomas

Product Description

Whether you're a beginner or you've tried learning before KeyboardCoach gives you everything you need to know so that you get themost out of your keyboard. With the help of Keyboard Coach keyboardlessons you'll quickly master the essential skills ne

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was fun 16 Oct 2004
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I asked for this last Christmas and didn't get it then bought if myself. Yes, its great covers basic to more advanced and is easy to understand. It'll have you playing chopsticks again in no time. Maybe not for the really serious amateaur but if its fun you want this has it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn to play with accompaniment 9 Jun 2003
If you are a beginner, or if you have only learnt to play solo, and you want to learn how to play as a bandmember, this program is for you.
This program will also teach keyboard techniques, like using the accompaniment built into many keyboards.
The focus is on playing together with others, and on playing with accompaniment. For this the program is excellent.
There are many skills to be learned for playing a keyboard or a piano, and its to much to hope for a program that will teach you all of them. Combining Keyboard Coach with a more traditional piano education is therefore a good idea.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent choice 24 Mar 2003
this software has helped me out a great deal. i would reccomend it to anyone. well worth the money. at first i hadnt a clue about keyboards but after only a few days i was playing chords and melodies. it has a very easy to understand interface and i am well pleased with it. any budding keyboard players go out and by it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 21 Oct 2006
I bought this as I had tried to teach myself previously through books without any success. This program blew me away and within weeks I was playing tunes with chords which had before seemed as if it wasn't achievable without a real teacher. This program shows you which keys to play, adds band instruments in such as Acc and Drums and even tells you when you are going wrong once connected with a MIDI Cable. This software is amazing and I will certainly be buying Keyboard Coach 2 to develop my skills further.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really, really, works. 9 Jan 2003
By Marijane Shufro - Published on Amazon.com
Never having had either piano or keyboard lessons, I was apprehensive about learning to play my keyboard by myself through a software program. I was pleasantly surprised. Keyboard Coach has 25 individual lessons to choose from, starting with how to use the program. I really liked the easy way you are shown how to connect your keyboard to the computer to monitor the interactive lessons ( I was not looking forward to that part ).
The opening screen looks like a winding ribbon with multiple lessons. There are five rows on this ribbon with five lessons in each row. Click on a box on the ribbon to open that lesson. The lessons offer both written and video/sound clips. The clips can be viewed in a small window or full screen, and range from explaining how the plethora of buttons on my keyboard work,to observing correct finger placement to mimic -- and actually play a song.
Additional stuff includes what they call Cool Band Trax, or "music missing the keyboard" where you can practice for a real audition, or like me just pretend.
If you own a keyboard collecting dust and you have never taken a lesson before, Keyboard Coach is going to make you feel like a star.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review dated Jan. 27 contains incorrect information. 13 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Because of the subject review, I sent a message to Charanga.
Here is their response:
Each of the points it makes is absolutely untrue. Finger placement is not only demonstrated it is demonstrated in 2 different ways ie with video, and with photographs. How to read music is taught very patiently right from scratch. An entire Level 1 Module with 10 lessons is totally devoted to learning to read music. After that, each time a new note, note value or rest is introduced it is done one at a time with an accompanying tune or tunes to help reinforce the learning of the new music reading element. Keyboard Coach goes to great lengths to patiently help people learn and has received only very favorable reviews from everyone who has genuinely used it.
3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars beginner software 27 Jan 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This was confusing for an 8 yr old who wants to learn to play. It didn't show how to place fingers on keyboard, went on from the assumption of knowing finger placement and how to read music already.
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