Learning Piano Online
There are dozens upon dozens of online lesson providers claiming that their piano method is the quickest and easiest method around. Each lesson provider most likely has features that are unique to their own site.
The question is, how do you know which site is right for you? And how do you know which sites to trust?
After all, every lesson site claims to be the best. They can't all be the best. How do you really know which one is the best for you?
The truth is, I know that our own site is not right for every person looking for online piano lessons, therefore we can't say we're “the best” because that would not be accurate for every potential student who visits our site...and this would be equally true for every other online lesson provider, as well.
Our online lessons focus on teaching students the easiest way to read music notation through the use of easy read sheet music, which means that our method would not be suitable for students wanting to learn how to read standard music notation.
Which leads me to my list of things to avoid when looking for a reputable online piano lesson provider. They're out there, you just have to know what to look for and what to avoid.
1.) Web sites that have more hype than substance!
If a web site is claiming to be the best lesson provider on the Internet to learn piano online, but only repeats that they are the best, quickest or easiest without showing you why they are, you'd be best to search elsewhere. There are a lot of sites like this...my advice is to avoid them.
2.) Sites offering free bonuses just to get you to sign up.
If their online lessons really are the best, then why offer a bunch of worthless incentives? I always get a kick out of the fact that you can keep all the bonuses, even if you decide that you want a refund.
Businesses really don't give away anything of real value. Avoid web sites that offer tons of free stuff that have a perceived value but no real value...at least not when it comes to getting quality piano instruction.
3.) Sites that consist of nothing but one big long sales page!
Web sites that truly have something to offer in regard to quality online piano instruction, will also have a site that you can explore.
After all, you're going to be spending a lot of time on the members-only section of the site you ultimately choose, wouldn't you like to get a good feel of the site before making that commitment?
A site that offers a good amount of free instructional content is probably interested in more than just your credit card number. However, a site that is just one big long sales page is no doubt leading you to one destination - the order page! Avoid these sites at all cost.
1.) Free sample lessons!
If you're planning to learn piano online from a reputable site, then look for a lesson provider that will give you a free lesson to help determine if their teaching methods are right for you.
Like I said earlier, our site is not for everyone, but we do offer close to 30 minutes of video instruction so potential students have a basis for making an educated decision. If you've found a site that offers you a good sample of what the rest of their lessons are like, then you're on the right track.
2.) Unlimited lessons!
Whether you pay per lesson, per month or get free lessons when you purchase songbooks or lesson materials, you want to make sure that the site offers unlimited lessons.
I can't even count the number of sites that offer 12 months of instruction, or a limited number of lessons, but provide nothing beyond the basics.
You want to make absolutely sure that you sign up with a provider that continually adds new lessons every month, giving you ample instructional materials to help you progress to intermediate and advanced levels.
3.) Clear description of how each lesson is taught.
Most online lessons providers should have clear and precise instruction in their lessons, after all you won’t have access to a live teacher or a 24-hour support hotline.
For example, our members-only site provides detailed practice tips related specifically to our method of teaching, along with 3 or 4 videos for each song we teach. Each video will break down specific parts of each song in slow motion and at normal speed, and we clearly state this throughout our site!
Most lesson providers are very vague in what they offer, leaving you with very little information to make an informed, educated decision before buying.
Of course, you can be assured that at the bottom of their extremely lengthy sales page, you'll be bombarded with free bonus after free bonus to really get you excited about signing up.
However, what you won't get is a clear description of how each lesson is taught. Many sites claim to give simple, step-by-step directions with their online course, but very few ever do.
The truth is, there are a few good online lesson providers who truly have your best interests in mind. Unfortunately, there are many, many more who are just looking to make a sale.
In addition, the web sites that claim to offer independent, unbiased reviews of online lesson providers are merely paid affiliates who in all likelihood never even watched a single lesson on any of the sites they claim to have rated.
There are good online courses out there, and if you follow my guidelines for finding reputable lesson providers, you won't be disappointed in the end.
It takes time to learn how to play the piano. Why not take the time to find the right online piano instructor that will provide you with the proper instruction that fits your own unique musical interests? You'll be glad you did.