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Beginner Lessons For Piano – Helpful Tips

by Erik Thiede on April 16, 2014

Beginner lessons for piano will take you far in your quest. But supplementing your lessons with some ‘outside’ or unconventional training will shorten the time it takes to become an expert pianist.

It goes without saying that practice makes perfect. However, there are a few additional things that you can do to improve the quality and outcome of your piano lessons.

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This article will introduce some of them, however it’s important to note that these tips are meant to supplement your training. Not a single one of them could ever replace a qualified teacher or adequate practice.

So here we go with some helpful tips for beginner lessons for piano:

Study music theory

Learning the theory of music will help you understand the meaning behind your education. Not only will you learn what to do at the piano, you’ll also learn why. Music theory investigates music notation, harmonics, and the aesthetics of song — giving you a deeper appreciation for one of the most respected practices of all time.

Practice, Practice, Practice

We cannot stress the importance of practicing enough. You should practice playing the piano not only once a day, but perhaps for one or more hours a day if you can. Repetitive play will help ingrain key pitches and rhythms into your brain so much that you should be able to play the piano with your eyes closed one day…But if you really cannot practice that much, try to a least practice something daily.

Listen to classical music

Listening to classical music will reinforce what you learn from your lessons and strengthen your ability to recognize and emulate important patterns. It’s quite a joy to be able to recognize a familiar chord or scale within historical pieces, and it’s an even bigger joy to be able to play along with the likes of Beethoven or Vivaldi.

Let’s have a look at a few more tips for beginner lessons for piano.

Try to make up your own songs

This too, will help reinforce the things that you learn because in doing so, you’ll train your mind to think in specific time signatures, octaves, and beats. You don’t need to write the music down on notation paper. Just try humming a few classical “riffs” of your own while you’re driving to the store or doing the dishes. You might surprise yourself by how easy it is and discover an inner composer at the same time. Beginner lessons for piano don’t have to be boring!

Learn the terminology

You’ll do yourself a tremendous favor by learning the terminology used in your instruction because it will help you better communicate with more advanced musicians.

It can be quite annoying to try and interpret what someone means when they refer to “playing the doo-wap doo-wap thingy” on the piano, but it can be quite refreshing to get into a stimulating conversation about intriguing “diatonic scales” and “tonality”.

Buy a metronome

A metronome is an adjustable tool that indicates the exact tempo of a piece of music, and it’s a godsend for people who have trouble keeping a simple beat. Those learning how to play the piano for the first time would benefit from the use of a metronome as it reinforces important time signatures – that is, time signatures that help organize a bunch of seemingly random notes into a sensible pattern of pleasing music.

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Top 5 Myths About Learning To Play Piano

by Tania Gleaves on April 9, 2014

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 designed in such a way that it’s fairly easy to learn! That is of course, when the instrument is compared to all the others out there. If we take a look at the violin for example, we can see that there are no markings that indicate notes. There are no white or black keys like the ones on pianos, there are no frets like the ones on guitars, and there are no dots. Violinists have to memorize where these notes exists and a large part of their training rests in trial and error.

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Piano is easy.

Contrary to the above, we don’t mean to suggest that you can sit down and play Gershwin within an hour. Yes, the design of the piano facilitates learning, but mastering it requires more than patience and practice. It also requires dedication. Despite what you may hear or read on the Internet, you can not play complicated pieces of music after only two or three lessons. You have after all, numerous scales to learn, chords to master, and rhythms to play **in addition** to all of their multiple variations! These variations are what makes music so entertaining, but it’s also what can extend a single piano lesson into an entire college piano course.

Playing by ear is easier than reading notation.

Let us start by saying nothing could be further from the truth. In our opinion, neither approach is easier nor harder than the other. Both approaches are so different in fact, that comparing them would be like comparing apples to oranges. It’s therefore important to understand your preferences as a pianist. If you prefer to play from sheet music, then do so. If you prefer to play by ear, then do so. Each requires equal amounts of hard work and dedication.

Everyone should study classical music before attempting jazz or gospel music.

All music starts with the basics regardless of the genre. People who claim that classical music lessons should precede jazz or gospel lessons just don’t realize what all of these genres have in common: our favorite scales and chords. Only through intermediate or advanced stages of lessons will you start to see thee genres deviate from each other. So although you may want to master jazz piano or play piano for the hottest gospel choir, studying from a beginner’s classical music book certainly won’t deter you from your plans.

Children learn faster than adults.

People tend to credit the younger brain as a faster-learning tool in almost any subject but the reality is there’s no hard-core difference. What makes a real difference in learning ability however, is dedication - not age.

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Learn To Read Music – A Gentle Introduction…

March 30, 2014

Figuring out how to learn to read music may seem intimidating — especially if you’ve never paid any attention to sheet music before. But once you learn the basics, you’ll discover a whole new world that paves a road of confusing symbols with a coat of comfortable, natural, and perfect logic. This article serves as […]

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Understanding The Circle of Fifths

February 12, 2014

The circle of fifths, introduced by Johann David Heinichen in 1728, is a visual arrangement of related keys. Although its name gives the impression that it’s a difficult concept to grasp, it’s really just an easy way to remember the number of sharps and flats in a key signature and the major and minor key […]

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Piano Sheet Music Confidential

January 30, 2014

Piano sheet music has been around since the birth of the piano. It is the diary of the process of the composer. All of the heart and soul of piece lies within the notation of the sheet music. Sheet music can be used to record or to create a musical score. Musicians often use it […]

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How to Read Music – Definitions to Help You Learn

January 17, 2014

L earning how to read music is like learning another language. It has its own letters, syntax and grammar. Whether you are learning to play the piano through the classic method or the chord method, you’ll have to be familiar with how to read music. A page of music has a lot of symbols and […]

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Key Signatures – A Beginner’s Lesson…

January 15, 2014

What Determines The Quality And Quantity Of A Song’s Notes When watching musicians play piano, you may see them refer to a piece of music in the key of “A” or “C.” These letters refer to the key that the music is played in or its key signature. Key signatures are what determines the quality […]

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Music Bar Lines

January 14, 2014

Introducing the Bar In order to represent pitch and tone, music notes need a staff. If you’ll remember from our other lessons, the music staff is a system of five horizontal lines and it provides a foundation for all the beautiful music that we hear. Notes sit on, above, between, and below these lines. But […]

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Musically Notes With Dots – Understanding Staccato and Dotted Notes

January 12, 2014

Dotted Notes Dotted notes are the exact opposite of flagged notes. The small flag that follows a note decreases that note’s duration by half, whereas a small dot that follows a note increases that note’s duration by half. A dotted half note would therefore become three quarter notes (one half note equals two quarter notes). […]

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Piano Lessons Made Easier – How To Read Music Notes

January 5, 2014

One of the basic lessons of learning to play the piano involves how to read music notes. Reading music notes is like learning your ABC’s. Effectively reading music notes requires you to learn the basic parts of a music sheet; sometimes they call this song sheet. If you look at the music sheet, you will […]

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