How to play the piano from scratch is pretty hard and for beginners it can be overwhelming. Parents would force their kids to learn to play the piano while they may prefer to play outdoors. ‘Play’ sounds like fun, ‘practice’ sounds like a chore.
First, we have to rid of the mental block because we know that “practice” is a mental chore. We have to capture the learners’ interest in a fun way. Practice by playing those old familiar tunes will make slow progress
Well constructed piano practice make you progress fast. You think practice is just memorizing playing songs repeatedly. Have you tried the unchartered territory? Learn to play by ear.
Learning how to play the piano require commitments and what you want to achieve. If you wants to learn all the chords to a song without kowning how they are formed then plan a practice rountine that way . Alternatively, you would like to learn about inversions or chord substitution – again, make them suit your practice.
Assigned your daily piano lesson into two sessions. In the first session play the difficult songs first when your mind is at the sharpest
Stand up and walk around to stretch your arms and shoulders very fifteen minutes to combat stiffness and legs sore. If you may try some Yoga exercise.
Practice makes perfect. If you find a rountine you find it particular difficult please follow the adage that is to keep on practicing.
Don’t get distracted by your neighbours. You choose your time not your neighbours. Plan your piano music carefully – don’t keep playing the ones on top. You learn from your mistakes so don’t be afraid to make mistake. Be realistic – I truly believe that anyone can learn piano and learn it to an enjoyable level but no two people are alike – some are more ‘naturally’ gifted than others. If you have an average ability then it’s all down to practice. The more you practice the more you learn.
Now practice by playing with your ears that will sharpens you up. Keep your eyes closed and don’t look at the keys. How long to practice will determine what you want to achieve. Some days you feel that you couldn’t hit a note. Please accept some bad days and come back stronger. Make playing piano fun. If you “practicing” it takes the fun out of it.
Which is better.. Keyboard or Piano?
Your neighbours will be tearing up their hair if you played your real piano real loud but with modern technology you can play with a keyboard instead. You can stick on your headphones and churn up the volume. You can play at any time you fancy without waking up your neighbours’ cat again. Casio CTK-2550 61 Key Portable Keyboard with App Integration Shop at Walmart
How to choose a piano
If you are buying a piano it is preferable to buy an overstrung piano not a straight strung! How to tell: Lift the top lid of the piano you should see the tuning pins at the top of the piano. If the tuning pins are evenly spaced along the pin block and the strings are all parallel and vertical this is a straight strung piano. If there is a group of tuning pins at the left and a separate group at the right and the strings cross over in a X shape this is an overstrung piano. Also get a tuner to check it out. I bought a piano once that needed to have the wood treated because all the pins (that tighten the strings) were coming loose very quickly after being tuned – disaster!
What Keyboard should you choose?
A lot depends on what you want. Do you want a keyboard that sounds and feels like a Piano – then you’re looking for a keyboard or Digital Piano with WEIGHTED keys. Listen carefully to the piano sound – don’t be bamboozled by all the other buttons. If you want something portable then you are looking for a keyboard.
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Get a keyboard with at least 61 keys – anything less and you will be craving for more keys after a few days.
The way self-taught musicians learned Piano or Keyboard
A piano is an acoustic instrument whereas a keyboard can change the sounds which can add variety. Playing the piano with weighted keys enhances the harmony and it gives richness to the sound whereas on a keyboard you can add variety and you can playback tracks. So either way, each instrument has its own unique benefits and features it bring along.
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Many piano methods teach you how to play very old traditional tunes because they are free from copyright.
Other methods focus on just one style of playing – and you basically learn how to play a dozen or so tunes and that’s it – end of story – and you have to pay for another method to learn more.
I wish I have the perfect solution on how to play the piano.