Sunday, November 10, 2013

A Review of Rocket Piano -Ebook
I bought Rocket Piano so I thought I'd do a review of the course to help anyone who's thinking about purchasing it. I'm going to tell you what you get, what's good, what I didn't like and I'll also tell you about a fun little bonus you get with course.

So here's what you get in the Rocket Piano course. You get a series of structured lessons and exercises that take you from the basics right through to advanced techniques, all broken down in small easy to follow downloadable lessons. You get PDF files, mp3 files and videos in mp4 format. If you're a newbie like me you'll probably want to start with the 6 part introductory course which will give you a short taste of what's in the main "Ultimate Learning Kit". This covers the basics such as how to sit correctly, what fingers to use, hand positions, what the keys mean, the musical alphabet, time signatures, rhythm, intervals, chords and some basic musical symbols.

These 6 beginners' lessons are not downloadable lessons. They are short lessons and each is viewable on its own web page that you can access from inside the members area. You'll even get to play simple songs right from lesson one and to make sure you played them correctly you can click on the link provided which will play the mp3 so you can hear what it should sound like. The main part of the course is called the "Ultimate Learning Kit" it consists of 57 video tutorials, bonus software, jam tracks and sample tracks and 7 e-books: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, Introduction to Jazz, Introduction to Gospel, Fingering Technique & Exercises and Advanced Learning Techniques. There are also audio downloads to accompany each e-book. The e-books are all PDF files that you can download to your computer or E-reader.

Start with the Beginners e-book even if you've had previous piano lessons or have done the 6 part introductory course first. You'll go through the first part of it quickly and it'll refresh your learning. The beginner's module starts with some interesting piano facts and history of the piano as well as how the piano works. You could skip over this if you wanted to get straight on to the lessons but they're interesting and it's only a few pages. Although it's called the beginner's book, it is 167 pages and has 90 songs to learn so by the end you will have progressed your playing to level where you'll be able to read and understand music and play fairly complex pieces of music. There is also a revision test at the end of the beginner's module to recap what you've learned.

I'm still on the beginner's e-book (there's 7 in total right up to advanced), each book is comprehensively written with the appropriate skill level in mind and they all have easy to understand helpful diagrams. Incorporated throughout each eBook are icons that prompt you to either play a video or play an mp3 track associated with that particular lesson. So you read a bit of the book to get an overall understanding then watch the relevant video when prompted that explains it and shows you or lets you listen to a song example.

There's a lot to love about this course.

- It's structured in incremental lessons which mean you are always moving towards being a better piano player and each lesson builds on the previous lessons.

- There is a progress tracker included at the start of the Beginner's eBook that you can check off as you learn each concept and technique so you know how far you've progressed in the course and to keep you on track. I really liked this simple feature, it helps keep on track and because I'm a visual person, I love to be able to see how I'm progressing.

- The videos are professional, nice to watch, easy to understand and only 1-2 minutes long so they get straight to the point and show you in a simple way what you need to do.

- All the audio, video and workbook files are standard type mp3, mp4 & PDF files which are downloadable and compatible with any computer, iPad, iPod, tablet etc. This means all your lessons are portable and available on demand so you don't have an internet connection every time you have a lesson.

- You get professional jam tracks (with and without piano part muted) to play along with and sample tracks to hear correctly what you should be playing.

- Rocket Piano comes with some (PC & Mac compatible) bonus software that includes a metronome, and interactive games to improve your learning on pitch, chords and keys.

- And my favorite a very simple but cool music theory game. This is the fun bonus that I mentioned earlier. It's a visual game a bit like space invaders; you open and play it on your desktop or laptop computer. It's quite addictive; you can choose the skill level and game options and compete to get a high score. The great thing I love about this is that you almost don't notice you're learning as you play. It's a totally different way of learning than traditional methods so it really helps cement in the lessons on music theory. I highly recommend playing this game as part of your piano learning lessons. I'm not a particularly fast learner so unlike formal lessons, I love that I can go at my own pace and take all the time I need to watch, read and listen to each lesson as many times as I need to. It was hard to find things I didn't like about Rocket Piano but one thing I discovered and at times found to be a little inconvenient was having to go back and forth to my keyboard/piano to play an exercise because the information was on my computer in a different room. There is an upgrade version of the course available in the members area which is the hard copy edition of the course, so that's one way around it but there's nothing to stop you printing the PDF yourself so you can easily read it in front of your keyboard/piano. Also, if you have an e-reader, just use that to read from at your piano, that's what I ended up doing.

Another thing I think I would like to see differently is the music in the songbooks, I would have loved to be able to play some contemporary rock and pop songs but having said that, there are copyright implications which might require licensing and that could be expensive. Once you learn to play, you can of course choose what you enjoy playing and I know my local library has loads of song books available that I can't wait to be able to pick up and start playing. So remember your local library as a music book resource. Apart from those couple of things, there wasn't anything about it that I didn't like because, honestly, I really loved the way the learning was delivered, the content and how the lessons are structured. In short, if you put in the effort and follow the training then this course will teach you everything it promises.

It's is a great way to get started if you have never before played the piano or if have taken piano lessons in the past and just want to pick it up again. There are plenty of exercises and advanced learning techniques so these lessons will easily help you get to a level where you can play piano for fun or take your playing to a professional level.

Total Trainer Power Pro Review-Ebook
It is no doubt that our body is one of the most important factors why we work hard to earn those bucks. Our body is indeed an investment that is why many people spend so much of our time, effort and money just to look good. However because of our eagerness to achieve our goals we forgot to check the quality of the products we buy, so the end part we had wasted so much money without getting back with good results. Worry no more because Total Trainer Power Pro will help you in achieving your ultimate goal which is having a good shaped body without you spending too much of your earnings.

This Total Trainer Power Pro has a fully assembled aluminum monorail design that is equipped with 12 levels of resistance that is capable of supporting up to 500 pounds. It also comes with a complete set of attachments and accessories that include an ab strap, chrome weight post for adding free weights, a pull-up and push-up bar, training DVD and instruction manual with four workout programs. Having all of this in a very affordable price is splendid, who needs a gym membership card and those other expensive home gym products.

I had read several reviews saying that this product made their lives much easier because it is fully assemble you do not need to waste more time finding bits and pieces that would fit for each other. It is also very safe to use since instead of using those heavy weights that might cause danger not just to you but to your family members. One problem to site is of control or the inadequacy of a vulnerable position. But with Total Trainer Power Pro Review it utilizes your body weight for resistance by just simply moving the incline up or down you can adjust the percentage of your body lifted for 6% to 72%, hence giving you relatively safe and effective results.

If you're looking for a compact, versatile home gym for strength training that won't break the bank. I highly recommend the Total Trainer Power Pro for anyone looking to get a great full body workout to have a tip top shape. It has been proven, according to reviews, that this tool has given lots of people what they want when it comes to their fitness goals. You should get one now to try the effective workout yourself.

Paleo Cookbook
Maybe you are someone that enjoys cooking or perhaps you are just learning how. It is even possible that you are just looking for a few new recipes that you can throw into the mix for something different one night for dinner. Regardless of your reasons, you are also going to want to be able to cook healthy for yourself and for your family. With the collection of Paleo Cookbook not only are you going to be able to cook delicious and healthy meals for your family but you may find that you want to cook in your kitchen more often.

1. Bring The Family Together.

Mealtime should be a time that the family gets together to share their day and maybe even have a few laughs. It can be hard to do that when you are eating foods that are unhealthy for you since you may start to feel over full or even tired. Believe it or not, you can actually make meals that are healthy, nutritious and wonderful tasting that will keep everyone on your home happy and full of energy. Even if you are used to cooking with pasta and bread, the Paleo Cookbook are going to show you a whole new way of creating meals that are without these items that are healthy and better for you. Just think of the weight that you could lose, if this is your goal, just by cutting these out of your diet as well as dairy.

2. All That You Need.

Everything that you need to create and design wonderful meals will be found here. You are going to have recipes that will give you a three course meal in no time flat. There are even wonderful recipes for breakfast such as omelets. Stop eating what you know is bad for you and start eating the right way. When you get the Paleo Cookbook, you are going to have three months to give them a try and see for yourself. The time is now to get fit, trim and healthy so you can have a more active lifestyle than you ever thought possible.

The Paleo Recipe Book Review

Have you started, or are thinking of starting the Paleo Diet? This is one of the top diets for 2011 (as it was in 2010), and is touted as one of the healthiest and most beneficial diets in the world today.

Why is this?

Let's first take a look at what the Paleo diet is about, and then we will go on to review the famous Paleo Recipe Book.

This diet is simply a dietary lifestyle based on the foods that were eaten by our hunter gatherer ancestors. It is the type of food that our bodies were genetically designed to eat, so therefore is the optimum diet for complete health and wellbeing.

Foods such as meat and vegetables are most important in the Paleo diet pyramid - after that fruit, nuts and berries. Dairy, sugar and all processed foods are out. So you can imagine why so many people are using this diet to improve their health and lose weight.

The Paleolithic Diet is the only diet proven to fight disease, optimize energy and help you lose weight - the right way.

Is it easy? It depends on how you used to eat in the past - many people have to make some rather extreme dietary changes to accommodate the guidelines (giving up dairy and sugar can be a rather big ask). However anyone who has done this diet, will tell you the benefits more than outweigh the cost.

The Paleo Recipe Book was created by a health and fitness enthusiast called Sebastien Noel. Sebastien suffered from a number of health issues that prompted him to research how he could improve his diet and subsequently his health. He realised that going back to basics with the Paleo diet was the answer, and went on to create the recipe book.

What's in the package?

The recipe book contains 370+ Paleo specific recipes in an instantly downloadable eBook format. You also get a free bonus 8 week meal plan covering every meal for 56 days - breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks. You also get the following:

    A bonus herbs and spices guide (really good if you like plenty of flavour in your meals)
    A Paleo food list (what to eat, and what to avoid)
    Where to find the foods you need for the diet
    A guide to good fats
    Cooking time charts and meat doneness chart
    A guide to cooking the perfect steak
    And much more.

The 370 recipes all consist of natural, unprocessed, and healthy ingredients, and they also include color photos of the finished meals. The meals are all really easy to cook, and you don't need any cooking skills as the instructions are given in a concise, step by step manner.

Paleo cooking provides a simple, natural way of eating that can dramatically improve health, and help you to lose weight in the process. No other weight loss diet is as basic, yet effective. If you want to lose weight fast, increase your energy and your sex drive, improve your immune system and have a clearer, smoother complexion then the Paleo diet might just be the answer. The Paleo Recipe book is just one resource that could help you achieve your goals.