Piano Discoveries Off-Staff Starter (Books and Midi Disc)
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Off-Staff Starter All Format Product Description
WebOnlyPiano is proud to have teamed up with Heritage Music Press in order to offer this celebrated course. Each learning level includes a lesson book, theorybook, and an ultra-high quality play-along accompaniment disc (included in the back of the lesson book).
For each lesson that has a play along track, there is a small disc symbol at the bottom of the page.
The course is available in virtually all play-along formats: The versatile General Midi Floppy Disc or General Midi Compact Disc format features one track each lesson—the tempo (and the key for that matter) may be adjusted by the student to fit practice or performance requirements. The student may also mute either the right hand or the left hand piano part individually for practice, or both piano parts for full performance. It is also available in all popular player piano formats and features two tracks for each lesson—one track at performance tempo and one track at practice tempo. One of the most exciting features of the WebOnlyPiano Discoveries edition for PianoDisc systems is that the keys actually move to show the student where to put their fingers! Then, after practice, that feature may be turned off and the student may play normally with the accompaniment track. It is also available as a standard audio compact disc with the piano part on the left, and the accompaniments on the right, thereby allowing the student to listen to the whole performance, or play along with just the accompaniment tracks.
Piano Discoveries is an 8-level, 16 book series. Each level "set" from WebOnlyPiano contains a Lesson Book, a Theory Workbook, and a play-along accompaniment disc. The first two levels are usually considered an "either-or" proposition.
The Off-Staff Starter is designed as the beginner set for very young children, pre-reading. Instead of putting musical notes on the staff, it uses an "up and down" method and finger numbers only. Eventually in the book the student is introduced to proper music notation, which serves as preparation for the next book set, Level 1A.
The other sets in the series include the On-Staff Starter which may be used for beginning students with basic reading capabilities, and then packages Level 1A, Level 1B, Level 2A, Level 2B, Level 3 and Level 4.
The music and accompaniment tracks in these lesson books are all graduated in difficulty . . . by Level 3 and Level 4 the student will experience some reasonably challenging piano music along with sophisticated accompaniment tracks.
Adults have found the WebOnlyPiano Discoveries course extremely enjoyable as well . . . they don't mind the cute animal characters that coach the student on each page. They find it a good way to "de-stress" as they learn to play the piano!