Thursday, June 17, 2010

Online Keyboard Lessons For Beginners - Learn the Basics and Skip the Theory

With nearly 100 different keyboard lessons to choose from, there are Digital Lesson Books for players of all types, but there are some especially great lessons available for players who are just starting out on the keyboard. If you're new to the keyboard, and your goal is to start playing your favorite rock and pop songs as quickly as possible we've got three great new online lessons that will give you the skills you need to start playing either on your own or with a band in no time.

For those looking to learn how to play keyboard as part of a band as quickly as possible, the lessons from Berklee's "Instant Keyboard" book are perfect. Written by professors from the famed Berklee College of Music, the lessons cover only what you absolutely need to know to start forming chords and playing real music fast. Plus, with audio tracks featuring full songs played by a crack band of Berklee musicians you'll get a sense of what it's like to play along with a real band while you learn and practice.

Then, if you're ready to explore some more music theory and start working with right hand melodies, just move on up to the Fast Track Keyboard series. With the basics you've learned from "Instant Keyboard" it will be easy to pick up the new skills and ideas introduced in the Fast Track lessons. Each Fast Track lesson comes with audio guides, and will start to give you a deeper sense of how music works without slowing you down with tedious details about technique. Before long you'll be reading music and playing full songs with full right and left hand parts - you'll have all the skills you need to play with a band, or on your own.

If you're starting out on the keyboard, and your main goal is to start playing your favorite pop songs as quickly as possible, the Complete Keyboard Player series of Digital Lesson Books is the perfect way to get up and running. This series of three books covers all of the usual bases, helping your understand chords, notes and the basics of reading music. However, it won't waste time on teaching you the nuances of technique, or theory that you don't care about. It jumps right in to how to play popular songs like "Imagine", "Candle in the Wind" and "Clocks", along with detailed audio guides. The lessons also focus on using the accompaniment features on your keyboard that can make even your earliest performances sound great. This isn't a system for purists, and it won't turn you into a professional player, but after finishing the lessons in these three books, you'll have all the tools you need to impress audiences with popular piano hits.

All of these books, Berklee Instant Keyboard, Complete Keyboard Player and Fast Track Keyboard are available both as Digital Lesson Books, which you can view on your computer immediately after purchase, and as physical book and CD packs.

- Doug