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DVD Review: Piano Beginnings with Jim Brickman

Jim Brickman

National Library Board


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Publisher: United States: MClub Publishing, 2010.


Physical Description: 2 DVDs


Running Time: 111 minutes


Call Number: English 786.2 PIA -[ART]


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It has been often said that “music has charms to soothe the savage breast”.  Various studies have also shown that learning a new skill such as playing a musical instrument can help to stave off dementia in old age. Hence, this 2-DVD set by award-winning pianist Jim Brickman may be helpful in assisting active agers to pick up some basics of playing the piano and cultivating a new hobby to occupy our golden years.


Disc One is a beginner’s guide to exploring the keyboard: What is the difference between sharp and flat keys? Do you know where to place your right and left hands? Disc Two covers the fundamentals of music notation. Brickman shows the learner how to recognize note types and note rests, and explains the different formats of printed music. Overall, this DVD set is an entertaining and educational introduction to playing the piano, suitable for learners who wish to quickly pick up the basics.


Brickman’s childhood music teacher had once explained to him that “music is an arrangement of sound and silence.” Quite insightful, isn’t it? So, check out Piano Beginnings with Jim Brickman and embark on a musical learning journey!


Above review is contributed by Peter Chan, National Library Board (NLB).


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