Many times, students believe that learning the piano starts right when they sit down at the keyboard and learn what the names of the notes and keys are and start to play.
Actually, there are several things that you can and need to learn before you even start trying to play the piano.
Think of when a baby first starts to talk. She doesn’t start with sentences and long paragraphs…she starts with just one word, and then two, and adds on as she learns by listening to her parents.
Before we can play sitting at the piano, we too need to learn the “words” before we can start putting them together. Let’s translate this into piano playing and see exactly what these things are that we need before we get to the piano.
First – we need to learn the musical alphabet. As in language, we need to learn what the letters are before we can put them together to make words.
The following video gives you visual examples of each of these as well as a practice session with me in finding middle C, different fingers on different notes on the keyboard, and other things to help make sure you really grasp all of these things before you start practicing on them on your own.
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11/29/2020 08:44:42 pm
4/7/2021 10:44:14 pm
A really good point that we need to learn away from the piano before we can start making music.
2/9/2023 06:30:28 pm
Grateful for sharing this post
2/15/2023 08:43:22 pm
Oh, hello. I have a niece who wishes to play some Christmas carols using a piano during her high school assembly next week. Before she performs, I think it's better if she refers to reliable reading material to help her prepare. At the same time, I have to thank you for showing us that familiarizing ourselves with the configuration of a piano keyboard would make it easier for us to play it.
Instead of solely relying on copyright-free songs, I made a decision to explore a comprehensive course that taught students how to play original compositions. One crucial aspect for me was that the course was accessible on all devices, allowing me to practice wherever and whenever I wanted.
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