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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2011
To try to get the full multi media experience, I loaded the disc onto my Mac laptop, and connected it to the electric piano. But the interactive section - where it is supposed to pick up on what you are playing, still didn't work. So I was left with the music, the audio, and able to follow both through the lessons.
I tried this with my 11 and 10 year old. Both enjoyed the first lesson, and worked part way through lesson 2, but then became bored. The music is very old school, and didn't really appeal to their age group. It felt more as if it were aimed at the beginner adult.
This does take you through the very beginner end of learning the piano, at a reasonably slow pace, covering both theory and practice. I can see that for some, it would be useful. However, I found it far too slow. This was compounded by the fact that you have to go through the programme each page at a time. There is no facility to jump forward, or skip pages. This is very annoying when there is more than one of you trying to learn at once - as you can't enter in user names and bookmark the page you were at.
To be honest, I'm not sure whether to recommend this or not. If you are a techy minded person, the old fashioned nature may be irritating. If you aren't keen on computers, then an old fashioned teach yourself book would be better. If, on the other hand, you are keen to learn, have never played before, and haven't studied any music theory - then this could be a handy way to cover the basics.