Have you ever watched someone play the piano so effortlessly and beautifully and you thought to yourself that you’d never be able to get to that level? If you have, you’re not alone. The piano looks like an intimidating instrument to learn, especially when you consider the hand and eye coordination that’s expected of you.
Maybe some of you have even taken classes in the past but were put off after a frustrating couple of lessons. If you have ever been in that position but still have the desire and will to learn the piano, Roland might have something for you.
The company has teamed up with Pianote, teaching users how to play the piano through guided lessons that get more challenging the further you progress, allowing you to learn it all at your own pace.
So what is Pianote?
Like we said, Pianote is an online learning system where you can learn how to play the piano through videos and tutorials. In a way, it is like Masterclass, except that this is focused on playing the piano.
Given Roland’s rich and reputable history when it comes to creating musical instruments like pianos and keyboards, it is obvious that they know what they’re talking about.
Some of you might wonder how this is any different from watching a YouTube video. The main difference between Pianote and YouTube videos is that Pianote is being taught by real piano teachers. Teachers who have had the experience playing the piano and teaching students how to play it.
The best part is that it’s not just static videos that you watch. Pianote offers subscribers access to live lessons every week, so you get to meet your teachers virtually. They can even respond to questions you might have, which is something that watching a YouTube video might not give you, and there are also video reviews and practice plans that will help you improve your skills.
The Pianote Method
There are many ways of learning something new. Sometimes it might involve just going about it blindly until you figure it out, but obviously having a structured guide will be much better, and that’s what Pianote is offering students.
The underlying philosophy behind it seems to be about teaching students the core concepts on how to play the piano. Instead of just focusing on one particular skill at a time, Pianote is hoping that it can deliver a lesson that will be more well-rounded. They liken this to going to the gym, where instead of just working out your arms for an entire month, Pianote is going to give you a “full body workout”.
The Pianote Method consists of 10 different levels that take you from absolutely nothing where you’ll be acquainted with the piano and how to identify the notes, all the way up to reading and writing music, and even composing your own songs.
More than just theory
While Pianote does offer students the foundational theories on music and how to play the piano, actually playing the piano and having practical experience is ideal.
Pianote offers students backing tracks so that they can practice things like scales, how to improvise, understand progression, different tempos, and so on. They also offer the breakdowns on over 100 popular songs so that you will have a better idea and understanding of how songs are composed, and you can take those concepts and maybe come up with a hit song of your own.
There are also a ton of downloadable sheet music that you can save and bring to you to your practices.
So how much does it cost?
Roland’s Pianote membership is priced at $197, which for some might be a bit expensive, but there is some good news. If you are thinking of starting piano lessons, obviously you’ll need a piano to practice on.
Roland is running a promotion where if you buy one of their qualifying pianos, you’ll be able to receive three months of free Pianote online lessons, which you can sign up for on their website. It’s a good deal and a perfect way to kickstart your musical journey.