FAQ - KEYBOARD
The online and USB lessons are taught through videos that I spent a lot of time putting together with different views to give over the material very effectively. They teach the method that I’ve been teaching for many years and many people are using them successfully. It also gives you the flexibility of taking the lessons at a time that’s good for you and remain available to review if your membership is current.
I also give pdf’s in each lesson that show the current song. They are not notes; they are my own sheets that are designed to help the student learn how to play by ear.
- Standard – 1 lesson per week……………………… $12.25 (per week)
- Fast-track – 2 lessons per week…………………… $19.75 (per week)
- USB Setup fee…………………………. $30
- USB Replacement fee (if lost or damaged) ……………… $30
Complete the student information form https://basslinepro.com/home-template/usb-signup/
After purchase, USBs can be picked up in Lakewood or mailed.
My method of teaching is by ear. This means, I’m not teaching conventional notes that have round circles with lines in them. I use my own papers which have the A-B-C letters on them. They are clear, easy to learn and sound professional if followed. The idea is for students to use these papers as a guide to learn the song which in turn trains their ear to get used to chord patterns and how different types of songs work. This is what I call playing by ear. This makes the learning process very user friendly and not tedious like learning notes, which is similar to learning a new language. By following this method, you will be able to play full songs in a very short time.
It is geared towards keyboard – to use the beats and features of the keyboard. There is some overlap between keyboard and piano though.
Having said that, the first 10 lessons can be done on the piano if you want to try it that way first before buying a keyboard.
The lessons are via videos that I have spent a lot of time putting together with different views to give over the material very effectively. They teach the method that I’ve been teaching for many years and many people are using them successfully. It also gives you the flexibility of taking the lessons at a time that’s good for you and are available for review, as long as you are a member.
I also give pdf’s in each lesson that show the current song; they are not notes, rather, my own sheets that are designed to help the student learn how to play ear.
Usually for younger children I recommend standard and for anyone ages 11 and older, I recommend the fast-track. But this is absolutely not set in stone. It depends on each student, their schedule, and your budget. Keep in mind, that you can always switch to a faster or slower track down the line if you feel you need a change of pace. Simply contact us and we will set that up for you.
The length of time varies – in the beginning there is easy content so it can be as short as 2-4 minutes, but it gets longer as it moves on – can be 10-15 minutes per lesson. It is really focused on giving over certain material in each lesson, not so much on time. The time will be spent practicing over the week – this is where the real growth occurs
Unfortunately not – due to security and ease of sharing the videos are strictly not downloadable.
In general, the weekly videos are not that long. It may be an option for an adult to sit in the area while the student watches the lesson and prints the pdfs. After that point the student can practice for the rest of the week on his/ her own without being connected.
We also have a USB option that does not require any internet connection. https://basslinepro.com/home-template/usb-signup/
Generally, if you have a decent keyboard (even if it’s not Yamaha), I advise you to stick with it to start – you can always upgrade later. If your keyboard cost under $100 that’s when you should be looking to purchase the proper keyboard so that you can be sure you have all the needed features that are taught during the lessons.
- Hal Leonard ABC Keyboard stickers (available at B & H Photo and other stores) https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1294450-REG/hal_leonard_abc_pack_abc_keyboard_stickers.html
- 1 or 2 inch loose-leaf
- Sheet protectors
You have access to your video lessons only as long as you are a member. It is recommended to print out all your material and keep it organized in a loose-leaf. This you would keep forever (as you would by in person music lessons). If necessary, we can create a freeze plan which gives you access to all your past lessons for a low fee of $10/ month.
In general, registration is per student.
I do, however, offer 2 levels of discounts for simultaneous multiple family members:
- 20% off 2nd member
- 30% off 3rd and on
If siblings are on different priced memberships, the larger discount gets applied to the lower priced membership.
There are few options:
- You can slow it down to 1 lesson per week if you are on the fast-track.
- You can go onto a freeze plan for $10/ month which gives access to all past lessons without giving any new ones to give you time to catch up.
- You can cancel the plan: For those using the USB option, you can return the USB and stop being charged and can always continue from where you are up to at a later time. There will be a $30 setup fee for every time we set up a USB for you.
- Online users can just cancel membership and let us know when you want to start up again from where you left off (you would not have access to any lessons during the cancelled membership time).
It’s a good idea to take note of which lesson you are up to as well as print out all the material before cancelling.