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Basic Piano

Whether you already play piano or want to learn, I’m glad you stumbled across this page. It means there’s one more person out there looking for a better way to add music to his or her life, or perhaps to improve on an already established skill set.

Either way, welcome. The good new is, I’ve got helpful advice for any level you may be at. I invite you to discover your potential and take the necessary steps to reach your goals.

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Beginners Play Piano, Don’t Be Shy

If your idea of a scale is something in your bathroom that seems to know you like donuts, you’re definitely among the beginners. But seriously, if you know only a handful of basic chords, a song or two, or you have never touched a keyboard, you will want to learn the basics.

I recommend you take a course in introductory musical theory. You’ll want to learn the names of the notes, practice the scales, begin to put together chords, and embrace the art of repetition. That’s right, the key to picking up on the basics is to imprint them into your psyche, increase your dexterity, train your hands to make those stretches they’re not used to making, and find the connection between mind and body that will enable you to play naturally.

At the beginner level, students should have the patience to put off learning actual songs or

performance styles in favor of getting comfortable learning chords, fingering, etc. The good news is, with the right training, you can pass through the beginner level relatively quickly. Of course, the right training is, at best, half the equation. Your ability to master the above skills will depend on your determination to practice every day. Just like physical training, by going through the correct motions a little each day, you can accomplish much more than inconsistent practice every so often.

How you decide to learn is up to your preferred method of absorbing new information. Some people are visual learners, others are aural. What this means to you is, you might need to learn to play with the aid of sheet music (visual) or by listening to someone play a note or chord and you copy them (aural). The latter method is also known as playing by ear. Most websites that promote piano lessons offer a sample of their training style so you can try before you buy. It’s a good idea to try both so you can get started in the right direction and not waste time learning in a way that’s against your learning style.

When Intermediates Play Piano

By this point in your piano education, you should know all the scales, the popular chord styles, and be able to perform with confidence. This isn’t to say you should be a virtuoso. At the intermediate level, many musicians can find work playing out at various venues. But their skills are limited.

Now is a good time to think about the type or types of music you want to play. Will you study classical? Are you more into jazz or blues? Would you prefer to play rock? Or are you saving yourself for religious styles like gospel? With your intermediate skill level, you understand many of the chords and progressions you will use in your chosen genre. Now you need to focus on lessons that show you the fundamentals, the nuances, and the tricks behind playing a particular style.

Like the tip I gave for beginners, it applies here as well: Determine if you are a visual or auditory learner and pick the package you are most likely to understand, enjoy, and stick with.

And again, practice!

Advanced Performers Play Piano

Congratulations, you’ve come a long way in your musical journey. But you’re far from finished. With your advanced skills, you can sit in with another musician or ensemble and play piano. You can listen to a song and learn it with relative ease, or perhaps you can open sheet music and read the notes as easily as you read printed text. And just maybe, you are ready to flex your creativity and explore new horizons.

Some performers don’t know how to recognize when they surpassed the intermediate level. That’s okay, it will be clear eventually. If you are already performing comfortably but you want to infuse your music with more complex chord structures, creative runs, or you want to add another genre to your repertoire (that’s a lot of French!), you are most likely advanced and ready to take on a bigger challenge. It’s been said many times, learning to perform music is not a destination but a journey.

Many professional artists play multiple instruments. They are skilled guitarists or drummers who also play a little piano. It is not uncommon to encounter a musician who is very good at any instrument he or she decides to learn. If you are just such a person, and piano is one of your secondary instruments, consider how you could benefit from actual lessons.

I’ve discovered some outstanding courses for advanced piano playing that can be purchased online. Take the time to evaluate the publishers’ websites and read reviews if possible. Most lesson packages are moderately priced, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding a good, affordable lesson system.

And in case you forgot already, you still need to practice! Just remember to keep the fun in the fundamentals. Learning to play piano can be a lot of work, but it’s a form of entertainment and should never be a chore. Good luck!

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Relative Pitch – Distinguishing the Framework of Music

by Tania Gleaves on August 18, 2015

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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What Makes Music

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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The Value Of Easy Piano Lessons

August 12, 2015

When it comes to playing the piano, is there such a thing as ‘easy’? To the beginning piano player, it might seem as if there’s no such thing as easy piano lessons. The very concept of a piano lesson being “easy” could be quite comical to the beginner, however we want to emphasize that there […]

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Playing Beginner Piano – An Introduction

August 7, 2015

It isn’t hard at all to learn beginner piano and once you learn the basics, you’ll discover that the rest of your journey is a straightforward process. Learning can be intimidating to people who have no experience with piano music at all, but it can even intimidate musicians who are used to playing a different […]

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Piano for Beginners – Different Ways of Learning

August 1, 2015

There is a bit of a mini-revolution going on in the world of piano teachers. And it all has to do with teaching piano for beginners. You see, there’s the old way of teaching piano. This way focuses on learning notes, learning to site read music, and learning where each individual note is on the […]

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Top 4 Reasons to Learn to Play Piano

July 29, 2015

The Piano Has Its Own Unique Sound One of top 4 reasons to learn to play piano is the unique sound it makes. No other instrument comes close to the type and quality of music generated by the piano, which consequently, is a good thing. High quality music requires that its instruments sound different from […]

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Piano Songs Every Pianist Likes To Play

July 26, 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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Basic Piano Scales – Essential, But Easy!

July 23, 2015

The relationship between full-size compositions and basic piano scales is incredibly strong, for without the scale, we wouldn’t have the wonderful symphonies that we enjoy today. Knowing what this relationship is, there can be little question about how basic piano scales contribute to such masterpieces from the likes of Bach or Vivaldi. And being aware […]

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Children’s Piano Music Lessons

July 22, 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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Prepare For Online Free Piano Lessons

July 12, 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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