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Piano By Pattern: What’s the Controversy?

by Tania Gleaves on July 16, 2014

Product Overview

The Piano By Pattern lessons revolve around the concept of “patterns”, a striking difference from the normal “learn by rote” methods. The creator of the system purports that there are secret patterns that can be learned, allowing the pianist to significantly cut down study and repetition time and to play any song by ear.


The main lessons progress in a logical fashion. The first five lessons present an overview of the notes and are very basic. The next four lessons explain the “patterns” that the system is based on. The final four lessons cover advanced playing methods and general music pattern recognition.

Topics covered include:

  • Playing solo piano
  • Playing with other musicians
  • Playing by ear any song you hear
  • Training your ear
  • Playing your own music
  • Improvising your own music
  • Training your fingers
  • Visualizing the piano’s patterns


There is no difference in content between the electronic version and the physical version. When you choose to download the product, you receive the audio and video files. When you purchase the system through the mail, you receive data CDs.

Unless you prefer physical goods, the downloadable version is a much better deal.

Product Purpose and Claims

Learning to play the piano is often difficult and expensive because it requires a variety of skills, including music reading, finger techniques, and playing by ear. Getting all of these lessons from a music school or private instructor can take a lot of time, money, and patience.

This learning program is designed primarily for beginners, or those who have tried other methods and failed. It also addresses the concern of having to spend a lot of time memorizing and studying.

Since the patterns recognition technique on which this course is based is very different from traditional piano lessons, the course initially caused much controversy. However, many satisfied customers, and the low return rate, suggest that it is highly effective and lives up to its claims.


  • 9 main Video Lessons
  • “Secrets to EXPLOSIVE Songwriting!” video
  • “Read Music Now!” e-book
  • 4 additional Training Video Lessons

Suitable For

This course is suitable for adult pianists of all levels and older children.

The software is available for the Windows and Macintosh operating systems.


The system comes with a solid, 60 day money back guarantee. If you are unhappy with it, you can receive a refund and still keep the lessons and bonuses.


Piano by Pattern is good for those who learn by listening rather than watching. The progression of the lessons is logical and the narration is clear.


With an average of only 3 minutes and 45 seconds per lesson, the price tag is high for what you get and the lessons may go too fast for a genuine novice.


Piano by Pattern does a good job of teaching basic theory fast. However, the quick pace and lack of detailed explanation may be daunting to some.

If you don’t need hand holding, want fast but superficial results, and don’t mind paying more than average, Piano by Pattern may be your choice. We do not recommend this course for most people.


emedia keyboard method The eMedia Intermediate Piano and Keyboard Method Review

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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


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.


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+


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


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


  • Costs extra for multiple user tracking.


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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Power Piano Chords Review – Inexpensive, Effective Piano Lessons For All

June 13, 2014

The Power Piano Chords course has received much attention and praise for successfully helping countless of aspiring pianists learn all that they can about piano chords and their progressions without breaking the bank. Parents have always wanted their children to be good at something on top of school work, and most often than not, that […]

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Learn & Master Piano Review – The Best DVD Piano Lessons

June 9, 2014

The Learn & Master Piano course is considered to be the world’s best home-study DVD program for learning to play the piano. In fact, it is hailed as the #1 piano course available in the market today. It is a top-grade course series by the same brilliant minds who gave us other equally successful instructional […]

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

April 3, 2014

There was a time when learning to play the piano has been a quite expensive undertaking. It’s true for some even up to now. Rocket Piano, also referred to as “the ultimate piano learning kit,” has revolutionized piano lessons and turned them into something more accessible, fun, unbelievably affordable, and efficient. Hiring a personal piano […]

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The eMedia Piano and Keyboard Method Review – How It Works?

March 14, 2014

Product Overview eMedia Piano and Keyboard Method is a software compendium of piano lessons and learning tools. It includes audio, video, recording, and correction facilities. The software is simple, easy to install, can be used with or without a MIDI keyboard and is available for the Windows and Macintosh operating systems. The eMedia Piano and […]

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