Rocket Piano is about to hit the online community, and from what I’ve seen so far, it’s going to be big. For the past few weeks there has been a rage throughout the piano community. Everywhere I go I’m hearing of this great new teaching tool from the award winning pianoist Ruth Searle.
But do these piano lessons really own up to the hype?
To be honest, when I first heard of this new “System”, I was skeptical to say the least. As a grade 5 pianoist and DJ who studied music GCSE, I’ve seen my share of bogus “Quick learn” products and software, but then again, I also know of Ruth Searle’s reputation. Ruth has formal education in music including piano grade 8, and has won the highly prized Australasian Award in Composition.
Rocket Piano combines the benefits of extensive and well-researched books, video lessons, jam tracks and audio files with the freedom and fun provided by software. I found it very useful for beginners and intermediate players alike. Although not as complete and user friendly as Learn and Master Piano, its combination of high quality teaching with a low price easily wins over all other DIY learning systems I’ve looked at for piano.
My favourite inclusion in the package is called “Perfect your pitch pro”. It’s a game which fine tunes your ear’s ability to recognise when a note is off key – something which I have previously found hard to teach to my son.
Currently I am using this system to learn the all time classic Beatles song Yesterday. Ruth has voiced the song in a very playable way, it’s in the key of F and doesn’t have complicated chords or too much hand movement.
Considering the amount of time and money my parents spent on me …