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How To Play The Piano – A Quickened Approach

by Tania Gleaves on May 17, 2015

Play the piano one key at a time? No way!

There’s an old joke among seasoned pianists, and it goes something like this. Question: “How do you learn how to play the piano?” Answer: “One key at a time!” Although that certainly seems like a logical way to learn, it isn’t very practical. There are 88 keys on the piano and if you were to learn each individual key, you would needlessly have to suffer through 88 individual lessons before you could get to the fun stuff, like scales, chords, and of course melodies.

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A Faster And More Fun Way To Learn

Instead of approaching piano lessons the hard way, you can instead, learn the piano in a much more efficient manner. You could for example learn how to play three keys at a time. Known as chords, this three-key approach quickens your learning experience and teaches you one of the most basic elements of piano music at the same time. You could also learn to play musical rounds for example. Musical rounds are songs in which one part plays slightly behind another part. This is a great way to learn scales in half the time it would take if you were to learn them separately.

Let The Music Motivate You

Take note however that we’re not suggesting that you rush through your lessons. The two examples above simply suggest a few ways to have some fun at the instrument and to quickly generate what you sat down to create in the first place — music. Learning to play piano is much more enjoyable when you can play actual songs. Sure, the basics are necessary and there will be times when separately studying chords and scales is required. But we have a feeling that your enthusiasm will peak the moment that you put those chords and scales to a funky cool rhythm. And we have a feeling that your desire to learn even more will increase as well.

Maintain Your Enthusiasm

It’s so important that you try to maintain your enthusiasm throughout the years because without it, your music will be void of emotion. Emotionless music is just a bunch of notes. But music played with feeling is a work of art that takes your audiences to new places, that brings back pleasant memories, and that can create exciting new visions. The problem with some lessons is that they don’t appeal to the real desires of the pianist. But that’s a problem readily solved by selecting the appropriate genre.

What’s Your Style?

What kind of music do you like? Classical? Jazz? Gospel? Pop? You don’t have to start with classical music. Many people claim that learning classical piano is the best approach but the truth is that claim is just an opinion based on tradition. Today, you can play jazz piano the moment that you begin learning your notes. You can even play blues music or pop and rock while you’re still mastering your notes and chords.

It’s important to remember that you don’t have to turn a wonderful opportunity to create beautiful music into a chore. Learning how to play the piano can be fun and you are certainly free to try new things!

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The Sound of Chords

Unlike perfect pitch, which is the sound of single notes, relative pitch is the sound of chords. A chord is a group of notes that when played together, create a new sound called a harmony. This harmony can be major, minor, or any one of the many derivatives and the reason that relative pitches are called such is because they’re dependent on the relationships within a chord’s notes.

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Since a large part of learning how to play the piano entails training the ear, it’s important that you spend some time training yourself to “hear” the song’s chords and chord progressions rather than a simple tune or melody. Similar to color, relative pitch creates new sounds. When colors are mixed the way that notes are played together, we get new colors or in our case, new sounds.

The ability to readily recognize relative pitch is extremely helpful in composing new music and if you want to write your own music one day, you’ll need to learn how to recognize the structure of a song as easily as you can recognize words. This of course is done with the help of practice. Consistent practice will help your ears “opening up” in such a way that identifying the structure of any song becomes almost natural.

The Physics Of Music

As you’ll soon discover, your body plays a significant role in your ability to play piano and this time, we’re not talking about posture. In this regard, we’re talking about the vibrations that it produces and the way that your body processes those vibrations.

Since all sounds are waves, your body responds to the sound waves that come from your piano. It will absorb some of those waves and it will even repel some of them. Either way, sound waves create physical feelings that your body experiences after being exposed to them.

Non-musicians may interpret these feelings emotionally and thus attach emotive connotations to certain kinds of music. But this is because they don’t understand the physics behind the music. All the properties of music are based on physics (vibrations, frequency, travel though space, etc.) and once fully understood, they can be manipulated to push music to new heights.

Pitch Preferences

Just remember that surprisingly, harmonies are not cross-cultural. Sounds that may “feel good” to Americans may not create the same effects for Africans, Mexicans, Asians, or even Europeans living in Sweden, Spain, or France. Cultural groups grow up with preferred harmonies — harmonies that account for varying preferences in music and if you’re going to write music, write for a specific audience.

The success of the latter of course depends on your exposure to the music of different cultures. Even if you have no intentions of playing or writing music for a foreign group, it’s still interesting to learn how that group interprets and appreciates the music that it favors over your own.

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Top 5 Ways To Develop Your Piano Rhythm

May 7, 2015

Learn the basic rhythms. As one of the top 5 ways to develop your piano rhythm, learning the basic beats found in any kind of music will help. The more rhythms that you listen to in fact, the easier they are to identify and emulate. We have for example, the standard four-beat rhythm that counts […]

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Children’s Piano Music Lessons

May 6, 2015

If you’ve ever seen a baby respond to a song, you know that children were born to love music. Even from inside the womb, infants can hear rhythms and melodies. Its no wonder that many children love music. Piano music lessons give children of all ages a wonderful opportunity to explore music. Giving a child […]

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How to Play Keyboard

April 30, 2015

If you want to learn how to play keyboard like a pro, you need to become familiar with the open chord position. Just what is the open chord position and how can it improve your musicianship? To start off, have you ever noticed that when you are learning to play the keyboard your hands are […]

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Piano Songs Every Pianist Likes To Play

April 19, 2015

Piano songs come in all sorts and styles. Every pianist loves to play some now and then, even if you prefer classical pieces. And although a song usually contains vocal parts, many have been rearranged for performance on piano only. Let’s take a closer look at some great composers of songs you can play as […]

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Beginner Piano Lessons

April 16, 2015

Welcome to what I believe is one of the easiest beginner piano lessons you will find anywhere. I’ve built this introduction to piano based on the experiences I’ve had successfully teaching countless others. My method is to keep it simple, make everything make sense, and move at a pace that keeps things interesting. When you […]

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Top 5 Myths About Learning To Play Piano

April 15, 2015

You have to be born with natural ability. As one of the top 5 myths about learning to play piano, this myth may have you condemned before you even start! Everyone and anyone can learn to play piano as long as they exercise the required amount of patience and practice. The piano in fact, is […]

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Piano Intervals

April 6, 2015

Introduction Piano intervals are differences in pitch. If you think of the C major scale, each one of its keys is an interval between its lowest note and its highest. That includes whole notes and half notes, mind you.. The smallest interval is obviously the half-step (called a minor 2nd) and the largest interval is […]

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Prepare For Online Free Piano Lessons

April 5, 2015

Online free piano lessons are the perfect choice for those who may feel intimidated by sheet music. In the comfort of your own home, you can learn to read notation without feeling (too) embarrassed or incurring the costs of an expensive tutor. But before you set out to download every song from the web, let […]

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