Learning to Play Piano

DSC00008Well, I’m actually learning to play the keyboard. But would love to play the piano one day. Since I’m just learning we thought it best to start with a keyboard. Also, we really don’t want to move a piano to Tennessee… if we ever sell our house that is!

So, I got the keyboard delivered by UPS on the 23rd of May. I started studying the keyboard notes, hand positions and trying to learn how to read music. It was coming together just fine for a couple of days but then came to a standstill. I knew I needed some helps that I could have practice in learning how to read the music. The keyboard is really easy as each octave (a grouping of keys on the keyboard) is comprised of 12 keys. All the keys are the same in each octave. Anyways, remembering what note is on what line or space I was finding to be a little difficult. At Matthew’s suggestion I went to a music store and bought a beginner piano book. The man at the store recommended:
http://www.amazon.com/Adult-All-One-Course-Lesson-Theory-Technic/dp/0882848186

I bought the one with the music CD and am glad I did. It really helps to know that what you’re playing sounds right. Anyways, I have learned so much in such a short amount of time. I am so excited to be doing this and actually playing now. I’m already on song 27! Mind you, many of the songs are comprised of few notes to help you learn them. But, there are some actual songs in there. I started posting questions on a Piano World forum and have come to find that this is the book that most of the piano teachers use for their students. It usually takes a good 9-12 months before completing the 1st book but once you do you’re a pretty proficient piano player. Some of the songs I’m working on right now: “Jingle Bells” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

This has been the hard part for me. There’s the treble clef and the bass clef. The right hand plays the treble clef (looks like the swirly S picture), the left hand plays the bass clef (looks almost like a backwards Nike swoosh). Note how the notes are on different lines – yikes!

http://www.free-online-piano-lessons.com/piano-notes.html

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