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Feb 07, 2013



I used PianoMarvel for 14 months. I enjoyed the progress tracking and instant feedback. The content was also good (except it is mostly building up towards classical piano playing skills).
What I hated: quite often the connection to the server failed, though my normal internet was working fine. This is not acceptable for a subscription based online software product. (They are using Amazon servers and tried to support, but success was so far limited.)

Ken Rushton

Thanks, Hotfrog, for the comment and to letting us know about Musiah. I'll try it out.

For now, I've just spent an intense morning doing training with Piano Marvel and I'm grateful hat PM gives fun quick feedback and makes a tedious job less so.



I'm 74 years young. As a kid I played accordion for several years then quit. The left hand on the accordion just plays a 4 note chord support for the treble clef and for years growing up I wondered what it would be like to have both hands playing separate music.

About a year ago I bought a keyboard and signed up for Piano Marvel and after 6 months was reading both the treble and bass clefs and got to experience each hand "doing it's own thing". I really enjoyed that experience - it felt like my brain divided into three parts: 1 for the left hand, 1 for the right hand and another part reading the music and running the show.

I have an engineering background so I really enjoyed the structure and the progressive build of Piano Marvel. Also, the Technique section challenges you to apply what you just learned in the Method section.

I had also tried Musiah and would encourage others to check it out too but I think it's Australian and I missed a few things due to the dialect and also at my age I really couldn't appreciate the character scenario as much as younger folks might.

But if/when any youngsters in my family show an interest in learning an instrument I will recommend they check both Piano Marvel and Musiah out; they're both excellent so it's a matter of personal preference.

Ken Rushton

I've used Synthesia - it's a good tool that I recommend.
I is fun to use and is good for learning to play any instrument that outputs midi.

The biggest problems I personally had with it was that the notes come down in a piano line, and I found it hard to map the notes to my finger's location on the jammer.



Did you try Synthesia with the Learning Pack

I'm using it to learn new songs, simply by loading midi files. It also tracks your progress with quite detailed information (how many notes you missed, did you press during the whole duration, etc..), and it can also load very complex midi files and you can then choose what instrument(s) you want to play. And it can even convert visually the midi to a classic sheet!

Thus it's also very easy to make your own training sheet since you just have to split the notes on different midi channels to have them displayed in different colors and tracked differently by the program (since you can train only left hand or only right hand or both).

Not a full-blown course, but deadly useful.

Ken Rushton

I'll add them shortly, along with pictures. thanks for the comment.


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