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Learn to Play Piano

  1. 1. Learning to Play Piano Learning to play made easy Jackie Clark ABRSM • 2/5/2011
  2. 2. Jackie Clark ABRSM Playing Piano is an interesting and enjoyable pastime. As apercentage of a countries population, those that play form a small select group of people. Let you and I make sure you are one of them 1
  3. 3. Jackie Clark ABRSMLearning to Play PianoLearning to play made easyPlaying Piano is an interesting and enjoyable pastime. As a percentage of a countries population, those that play form a small select group of people.Learning to play piano is not difficult, especially in the first few months.Progress is rapid and you should be playing your first song within a fewhours. Within weeks you will be able to play a mixture of songs by usingmusic and by using your ears to make up your own songs.So what steps do you need to take to learn to play piano? 2
  4. 4. Jackie Clark ABRSM• The first of course is to acquire a piano or keyboard. Both instruments use the same keys but pianos tend to have a greater number of keys. Which you choose to learn on doesn’t matter as a beginner. Later you will need a piano if that is what you wish to play in the long term. Pianos generally tend to cost more than keyboards.• Second step is to learn the notes of the piano. The number of keys can appear a lot but they are arranged in an octave containing 13 notes each. One note per key. Every 13 keys form an octave so the number of keys is immaterial. A whole song can be played in one octave. The white keys are whole notes named A,B,C,D,E,F,G and the black keys are in between the white notes and are half notes. These are called sharps or flats. As an example the note between A and B is half way between them in sound and is called A# (A sharp) or can be called Bb (B flat) The black notes have two names.• Third step is to learn music. This looks daunting but it is quiet easy. An octave consists of 13 notes. So 13 notes is all there is to learn. No more. The music on the printed page is exactly the same as the notes on piano. The music paper has a number of lines arranged horizontally across the paper A dot with a vertical stick is placed on a line or a space between the lines to represent the note to be played. The names of the lines and spaces are exactly the same as the names of the notes on the piano. A,B,C,D,E,F,G A sharp sign# or a b sign is used to name the sharp and flat notes. Music notes can be long or short in time. To show the length a note should be held for the type of dot changes on the page so a standard length note will be a sold dot with a stick. A shorter note will be the same as a standard note with the addition of an angular stick attached to the stick. A longer note will be a circle rather than a solid dot with a stick or without a stick the note is played for an even longer length of time.• There is a lot more to music than that above but the above forms quiet a lot of the basics.• To summaries, to learn to play piano you will need; 3
  5. 5. Jackie Clark ABRSM o A piano or keyboard o To learn 12 notes on the piano o To learn 12 notes of music o Decide on the type of lessons that would suit youFrom that you can start to read music and play the piano. Very easy; yes? • Once you have your piano you will need to decide on the type of lessons you will wish to take. Some people can learn to play themselves but not many. Usually it is necessary to take some form of lessons.Lessons fall into several groups. • Traditional lessons with a teacher on a one to one basis. The advantage of this type of lesson is that it is one to one and your mistakes can be rectified before they become bad habits. Your progress will depend on your ability and usually the teacher will require you to take exams to prove your progress. The disadvantages of this type of teaching are the rigid timetable to attend lessons and costs can be high. You will however learn to play and play well. • School Lessons. These can be cost effective and learning in a group can be fun. Students who are not so fast can be embarrassed if they do not learn as fast as others. • Buying a piano teaching course either from a music shop or on the internet. Many of these courses are extremely good and quiet cost effective. Progress is at your own pace and can be flexible in when you do lessons but also require self discipline in how you apply yourself. If you cannot discipline yourself to do the lessons then you will probably waste your money on this type of course. It is also easy to jump to the later lessons and miss out the intermediate lessons which will prove vital later on. 4
  6. 6. Jackie Clark ABRSM • Joining a membership site. The membership site sits between the formal lessons of the private teacher and the outright purchased teaching program. The advantages are that lessons are arranged to be drip fed to you to ensure you do not jump to later lessons missing out the earlier ones. Support is available on line from your tutors. Depending on the type of lessons being received and membership levels support can be by email, exchange of audio files or by personal telephone mentoring. Some also offer master classes, webinars or other means of contacting groups of students. Of course because the teacher can deal with several pupils the costs are much lower. Also several members of the same family can use the same membership. This makes the costs of a family learning to play piano much more affordable. • Free lessons from the internet, family or friends. The advantages are that they are free. The disadvantages are that they are not complete or coherent that means large parts of the necessary knowledge is missed out.Should you wish to take lessons from Jackie Clark Music or to be kept up todate with all courses available to you click this linkIn any case please keep visiting Jackie Clark Music for advice or otherproducts. 5