Do I need previous musical knowledge?
Not at all! Anyone with any level of musical experience can start playing with the PENTA™ method. There are no prerequisites other than reading English. The most important thing is your motivation to persist, play and progress.
Do I need any special software?
No software is needed, just a regular PDF viewer available at any computer, tablet or smartphone.
Do I need a special keyboard or piano?
You will have to purchase (not from us) a standard piano or a 61-keys keyboard. A simple keyboard will cost about $100-200 and is perfectly suited for initial learning.
How often will I need to practice?
We recommend you put about three hours of practice a week, spread over a few days, in order to see good results within 6 months. With more practice, your playing will become amazing faster.
Where can I find more songs written in PENTA™?
We will be offering soon on our website several printed PENTA™ songbooks, as well as many single songs in PENTA™ format. they cover everything from the classics to the newest hits.
Is the course really free?
Yes! Our course books are completely free now and forever. With the course books alone, you can start playing and even writing beautiful songs using the PENTA™ language. We also offer songs and songbooks in PENTA™ format for purchase at a very reasonable price.
Why learn PENTA™ instead of using the traditional method?
PENTA™ is much easier to learn than standard sheet music. Learning to play will take you much less time than using the traditional methods. Despite its simplicity, the music that you will play will amaze the listeners.
In what way is PENTA™ simpler than sheet music?
PENTA™ strips many of the difficulties from standard sheet music.
- It uses the letters A, B, C, D, E, F, G to describe the keys.
- Keys are written the same way in each octave (differentiated only by + or -) and for both hands.
- Sharps (♯) and flats (♭) are explicit – no need to remember the scale written on the clef or to use the natural mark (♮).
- Chord notation for the left hand provides a lot of sound in a very compact notation.
- Major and minor chords are usually played the same way, without affecting the musical sound (the melody provides the chord distinction and completion).
- Rhythm is easy and natural to read from the underline markings and the spacing.
- All songs fit in one page.
- The repetition notation is much easier to follow.
- PENTA™ can be written with a simple Word Processor (e.g. MS-WORD) and does not require special authoring software – easy to write, easy to share.
What is the main obstacle in playing the piano and how does PENTA™ solve it?
Undoubtedly, playing different things with both hands, in a synchronized way, is the main obstacle for playing the piano. PENTA™ is an ingenious way that greatly simplifies the left-hand action, which accompanies the right-hand melody. Instead of learning complicated scores for the left hand, you learn a few basic rules and you are on your way to sound great!
Does the method require singing along?
No. Some ‘Get to play fast’ methods teach you only how to accompany yourself singing. PENTA™ does not require you to sing (though you can, of course) and teaches you to produce a complete version of the song on the piano.
Which learning books do you offer?
There are three books – all offered for free.
- The first book is the PENTA™ Primer, which explains the basics and brings you to playing with both hands within 6 months.
- The second book is the PENTA™ Pro, which completes the learning process and allows you to play any PENTA™ script as well as to write one.
- The third book is the PENTA™ Reference, which summarizes all the language elements.
Do you have an online video course?
We are working on producing a comprehensive online video course which will complement the written material. It will be offered for free as well. Stay tuned for our updates.
Why are you called Piano Esperanto?
Our company name, Piano Esperanto, is a tribute to the international language which was invented, in the 19th century, by Ludwik Zamenhof. Like Esperanto, which is easier than any other language, PENTA™ is way easier to learn than sheet music; And just as Esperanto is not as rich as Shakespearean English, PENTA™ does not address all the musical nuances which exist in sheet music. Most importantly, we don’t aspire to replace sheet music, but rather to provide busy people a chance to have fun with the piano or the keyboard.
Is PENTA™ intended only for the piano or it fits other instruments?
Piano is a special kind of instrument that lets you produce much more complex music than other kinds. On the piano, several keys can be played together and producing a good sound is much easier than with other instruments. You can use PENTA™ for other instruments as well, but it is most effective for the piano/keyboard.
So how do I start?
Simply click on one of the Get it now or Get the course book keys and you will be directed to a small registration form which will let us email you a link for free download of the book. The book will tell you all you need to know in order to start playing! Follow our updates for more exciting news.
What does the name PENTA™ stand for?
PENTA™ stands for Piano Esperanto Natural Text Alternative.
It also hints to the number 5 (5 fingers in each hand).
Can I ask you something else?
Sure, just use the Contact Us page and ask us anything and everything. We will be happy to hear from you!