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Old 07-21-2011, 03:37 AM
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Default Taking up piano

I've decided that I want to learn piano, I think it's a really cool instrument.
I tried bass and I found it was frustrating and just not very much fun (I'm sure it would get better as I got better, but still...)
So I'm going to teach myself piano. I already know all the notes from percussion in school, so it's mainly just going to be coordination, using the right fingers, using both hands, etc.
Today I wanted to start off with something fun and laid back, so I started learning wait for sleep by dream theater. (Not at full speed of course!).

I thought it was really fun right off the bat, unlike bass. Using the right fingers came pretty quickly to me (maybe because I took lessons a few yeas ago). The hard part is going to be using both hands at the same time!

Wish me luck!
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:45 PM
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Good luck. I wish I could teach myself how to play, but I need someone to teach me. It is hard for me to teach myself how to do things.
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:32 AM
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Good luck!

I went vice verse: I've played keys on and off for the last 20 years and started playing drums a couple of years ago. I think playing more than 1 instrument makes you grow as a musician and will also benefit playing your main instrument.

Try to hang in there, I learned playing keys (as well as drums, BTW) by myself and it can take time but it is rewarding when you can nail the tunes or songs you want.
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:22 PM
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Well I have two pianos in the house and none of my family wants to learn. It is my favorite instrument to listen to. I have taken lessons a couple of times in my 47 years, and know the basics, but have not practiced enough to get over the hump of being good. Stay with it. It is a beautiful instrument.
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:48 PM
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If you want to make something out of your playing, I strongly suggest getting a piano-teacher so you get to know the basics. That's what I'm doing now, and it has cleared up a lot of frustrations regarding technique and general playing. It also helpful for reading and understanding notes.
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:50 PM
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If you want to make something out of your playing, I strongly suggest getting a piano-teacher so you get to know the basics. That's what I'm doing now, and it has cleared up a lot of frustrations regarding technique and general playing. It also helpful for reading and understanding notes.
Yes, a teacher is a must. You need someone to keep you accountable. Find someone cute if possible. It makes you want to go to lessons more. :)
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Old 11-11-2011, 03:17 AM
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piano is fun, I walked into the local city college to take beginning piano class, and wound up doing 4 years of music theory/composition major, piano is great for learing to read music too, both clefts are used. good luck and have fun.
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:39 PM
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I restarted lessons again last December (quit as a kid) Working towards Grade 2 now! Being surrounded by 6 year olds in exams isn't fun though haha! But I suggest getting a teacher because they sort of lay out what needs to be learnt and so on. I tried teaching myself but I didn't have any direction with it. You don't have to do grades and all of that. Just do it for fun if you want!
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:43 PM
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That's awesome! I've always believed that learning other instruments will only enhance your musicality and give you more appreciation for music in general.

I learned the organ as a child so I do play some keys as well, I also play guitar and a little bass, and it's been great learning all these instruments...jack of all trades master of none! hahaha!

Have fun with it!
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:45 PM
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That's awesome! I've always believed that learning other instruments will only enhance your musicality and give you more appreciation for music in general.

I learned the organ as a child so I do play some keys as well, I also play guitar and a little bass, and it's been great learning all these instruments...jack of all trades master of none! hahaha!

Have fun with it!
Haha that's how I describe myself in life in general - Jack of all trades...learn bits of everything but never bloody finish!! :-D Ah, I suppose it's better than not having a go at anything at all!
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:46 PM
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Haha that's how I describe myself in life in general - Jack of all trades...learn bits of everything but never bloody finish!! :-D Ah, I suppose it's better than not having a go at anything at all!

hahaha, yeah well I always think of it that we are enjoying all the variety of music and life has to offer, much better experience IMO.
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Well I have another piano lesson tonight. My story in a nutshell is I picked up music late in life, about 5 years ago and starting drumming. I love it. We had a two hour jam in the woodshed on Sunday and made a joyful, if not horrible sounding noise. I had a couple of break throughs on drums lately and I have to attribute it to piano lessons. The reasons I started learning the piano is so I can read music.

I am retiring from the military after almost 30 years and got accepted to the College of Charleston and can study music, AS A FRESHMAN. GI bill picks up the tab and I get to do something I have always wanted to do, play music.

Bottom line is I keep hearing over and over that the more you know, the more you know. I believe Larry Ace coined that term. Anyway, it's working and helping. At my first lesson, the piano teacher said: Wow, you understand the rhythm part very well. Well I better with all the time and money I spent.

Funny thing with drums, you have 4 limps and 8, 10, 12, 144 things to hit. The piano, you have 10 fingers and 88 keys. Not as easy as it appears, and the left ring finger is a bad actor and needs to be taught a lesson. Piano types will know exactly what i mean.

So thumbs up for learning the piano, it was been a good experience for me.

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