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Product Overview

eMedia Intermediate Piano and Keyboard Method is a full software suite to help the intermediate level pianist advance. It covers all intermediate techniques in depth and with style.

Eight full lessons include many videos as well as in-play audio tips and tricks. An animated keyboard demonstrates correct fingering techniques and interactive feedback screens at the end of each lesson allow you to fully assess your progress.

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Topics covered in eMedia Intermediate Piano and Keyboard Method include:

  • Intervals
  • Advanced hand positions
  • Building dexterity
  • Advanced rhythms and transitions
  • Expression marks and voicing
  • Ensemble piano playing

Versions

The software is available in an Educational Edition for school or studio use, and a consumer version for home use.

The Educational Edition is the same as the consumer version, with the added feature of progress tracking for up to 250 users and a printed Teacher’s Guide.

Product Details

Whether you learned to play using the first eMedia Piano and Keyboard Method, took traditional lessons, or are completely self taught, you can master the simple program interface in a matter of minutes.

The eight lessons are aimed at taking you from intermediate level to advanced play, guided by your “virtual maestro”, Vadim Ghin. In the 50 full motion videos, he guides you step by step through each concept, with the help of the interactive, animated keyboard and digital tools.

There are over 50 songs, ranging from Classical to Blues: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Mozart’s 21st Piano Concerto, and works by Irving Berlin and Jelly Roll Morton. Also, songs for ensemble play are included with full orchestral accompaniment.

The only drawback is that the virtual maestro’s attempts at chumminess detract slightly from the professionalism of the presentation.

Also, there is not an option to purchase the software with a MIDI keyboard, but as this is an intermediate course, you will most likely have something to practice on already.

Features

eMedia Intermediate Piano and Keyboard Method includes:

  • Over 50 songs, some with orchestral accompaniment
  • 50 full motion videos
  • Song highlighting and looping
  • 150 lessons
  • Digital Metronome
  • Digital Recorder
  • Interactive Ear Training Exercises
  • Keyboard Feedback

Suitable for

This course is suitable for the intermediate and advanced player and older children.

The software is available for the following operating systems:

  • Windows 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / Me / XP
  • Mac OS 7.5.3+
  • Mac OS X 10.2+

Price

  • Educational version – $99.95
  • Consumer version – $59.95

Positives

  • Interactive feedback reinforces lessons
  • Lessons are easy to understand
  • Full motion video enhances learning

Negatives

  • Costs extra for multiple user tracking.

Recommendation

This is a high quality piece of software, created by an excellent teacher, and it comes at a reasonable price.

Although the maestro’s attitude may make you smirk at times, it doesn’t lower the quality of the lessons. As long as you don’t need to fully concentrate all of the time, you will not be bothered.

If you are looking to take your playing to the next level, you’d be hard put to find a more complete, enjoyable program like eMedia Intermediate Piano and Keyboard Method.

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Steinway Pianos Are King

by Tania Gleaves on May 24, 2015

Steinway classical piano

Steinway pianos are the first name in modern pianos with classical style. Read here about the birth of a legend, its followers and the collection.

Steinway and Sons was founded in Manhattan circa 1853. The company is named after Henry Steinway and his sons Albert, Charles, Henry Jr., Theodore and William who all worked with their father. A German immigrant Henry Sr. was a master cabinet maker.

The first notable awards for the brand came in 1855 from American and European exhibitions. This was quickly topped in 1867 when the company won the “Grand Gold Medal of Honor” at the Paris exhibition.

The first factory was established in 1866 in New York on 14th Street. These days, the piano base of operations is in Queens New York. The company also has a factory in Hamburg, Germany called Steinway-Haus.

Steinway Loyalty

From the very beginning Steinway pianos was synonymous with quality. Their 483rd piano was sold for 500 dollars to a New York family. This same piano now graces the Metropolitan Museum in New York City and is considered priceless.

Their have been many legends who have tickled the ivories of a Steinway. Among the notables are Franz Liszt, Sergei Prokofiev, and George Gershwin.

Steinway pianos have such a following that there are exclusive Steinway Artists, such as Bruce Hornsby, Billy Joel and Diana Krall. In fact, according to the company website, almost 98% of all piano soloists prefer the brand for its superior quality and sound.

Your Choices of Steinway Pianos

Like most companies, Steinway offers several different piano model choices. Their products are split up into different lines based on the features and quality that you are looking for.

The Steinway Legendary collection honors the history of their pianos with authentic reproductions of the Alma-Tadema model. The piano is a replica of one of their original art case pianos which was produced in the late 1880s. An original Alma-Tadema sits in the Smithsonian Institution as well as other cultural centers worldwide.

The Art Case Collection consists of pianos that rest in exquisite cases, just like the classic Alma-Tadema. This collection showcases a range of artistic styles, from the sleek and sophisticated Grove Park to the showy Summertime, full of colorful flowers, a flowing water fall and green grass blade legs.

The Satin piano, also part of this collection, was designed to honor Steinway artist Duke Ellington. The Steuben piano’s bold crystal elements and strong design marked the 150th anniversary of Steinway and the 100th anniversary of Steuben crystal.

The Limited Edition Collection contains six distinct pianos with rich histories. For example, the Henry Z. Steinway limited edition piano honors the last member of the Steinway family to run the business.

Henry Z. Steinway was the great grandson of the founder, and took over the company in 1955 from his father. He helped mold the company into the powerhouse that it is today. These limited edition pianos are each personally signed by Steinway himself and available in two choices of woods.

The Crown Jewel collection features handcrafted pianos made with exotic woods. The Louis XV Grand piano, for example, features the stylistic elements of the Rococo period. You can choose to have this piano in natural rosewood or white with gilded flourishes.

The Ebony Grands and Verticals collection includes some of the most popular Steinway models. The New York ebonized pianos are hand processed with satin finishes The collection features the Concert Grand – Model D. The Model D is the number one choice for many concert artists and educational facilities as well.

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Piano Tuning – The Ins & Outs

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August Forster Piano

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Learn To Play Jazz Piano and Abandon Past Traditions

May 19, 2015

No Other Genre of Music Offers Better Opportunities For Expression If you want to learn to play jazz piano, you must first value its opportunities for self-expression that this style grants so unselfishly. In almost any way that you please, jazz music becomes the vehicle for uniquely improvised sounds and rhythms — all to the […]

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“The Ultimate Piano Learning Kit” – A Rocket Piano Review

May 18, 2015

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How To Play The Piano – A Quickened Approach

May 17, 2015

Play the piano one key at a time? No way! There’s an old joke among seasoned pianists, and it goes something like this. Question: “How do you learn how to play the piano?” Answer: “One key at a time!” Although that certainly seems like a logical way to learn, it isn’t very practical. There are […]

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