Archive for June, 2008

cat posted:

Is there anywhere on the web where you can take free piano lessons with lots of videos and demonstrations either with sheet music or by ear? I hope to take actual piano lessons again in the future but im so busy and low on cash i wont till after i graduate from college and i just want to get back into it and start practicing again so i can at least become a beginner again. I took lessons about three years ago and only remeber how to do scales. I forgot everything!!! Can you help me? Is there anywhere online where i can catch up again for free?

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annacation posted:

I have an iBook G4 and an old Yahama keyboard, but my laptop doesn’t look like it has an input that’s the right size. Is there an adapter or something else that I should buy? I want to be able to play the keyboard and have it record on Garageband. Thanks! 🙂

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Your child can announce that he wants to play the piano when he comes home. The question of he is too young, always arises. Generally anything under 4 or 5 is too young however children under 4 can still be introduced to music in many forms including piano that is appropriate for age and attention span. Many lessons can be learned by young children when put in the form of music. If your child is under 4, check with the local musical schools or pre-schools to see if they have any kind of musical programs for your child.

There have been many studies done regarding children and exposure to music with many positive results. Children exposed or involved in music early, learn to read earlier and generally score better on tests (even standardized tests such as SAT etc.).

Only you can tell if purchasing an acoustic piano is right for you and your budget; or perhaps you want to let your child first start with a digital one (less expensive) and judge to see if the expense is warranted based on your child’s enthusiasm.

Upright pianos and the grand piano style are examples of an acoustic piano. A digital one is just the key board and the electronics give all the sounds of a piano without taking up the room like an acoustic takes. Perhaps if space is tight in your house then a digital piano might be the way to go.

Since we are talking about teaching young children, the prospective teacher should be approachable, with the ability to motivate your child through inventive lessons. A devoted teacher will treat each child as an individual and gear lessons towards both your child’s strengths and weaknesses.

Ask the teacher about their philosophy on piano technique. Some teach that the fingers and only the fingers should be involved in playing, while others believe the whole arm is involved. See what the teacher feels is appropriate for your child and ask how they go about teaching it.

One method of teaching that does work with very young music students is called the Suzuki method. The drawback of this method is that it concentrates on developing istening skills but doesn’t teach the reading of musical notes until the child gets older. Some teachers swear by this method while others disagree.

The Music Tree (or Clark Method) does a very good job teaching the basics. The lessons teach the reading of music as well as counting, phrases and form from day one.

A very popular series is written by Nancy and Randall Faber (Faber & Faber) and is used by many teachers. The position method is taught in these books and it reinforces proper hand position and appropriate suggestions for counting.

There are many other methods used by teachers and the goal will be to find the right teacher and method for your child. Many teachers believe that playing scales over and over is the right thing to do, where as others feel it’s making a child do something that is not necessary. Some children do well with one method and not with another.

When speaking with the prospective teacher, ask about what books they use. Is it possible they loan the books to you until you know if the method they are going to use will be good for your child. That way should your child decide he doesn’t want to play piano anymore; maybe it has to do with the method being taught. Find out how flexible is the teacher when it comes to method.

By doing some foot work following your child’s announcement of wanting to play piano, you will be giving your child the gift of music today and long into their future.

Gift your child with piano lessons Kenner Louisiana to learn the art of music. Search a trained teacher who can teach some techniques and methods for playing the instrument. To know about various pianos available and their maintenance, visit

If you are in the market for a piano or you have found a great deal on one that needs some work, it is likely that your local piano dealer can help you out. Not only do they sell a variety of styles, but most of them also deal in restoration and repair of instruments.

Not all pianos are created equal and not all of them warrant the time and cost to have a complete restoration. Why is that you ask? The answer is because many newer brands and models have fallen prey to assembly-line mass production. Less attention is paid to sound quality and superior materials and more is paid to getting a nice-looking piece of furniture into the market. Sound quality and materials tend to fall by the wayside in this case. Now, not all new pianos are victim to this practice and your piano dealer can help you choose the right model for you.

When it comes to restoring a piece, anything that is less than 40 or so years old is not really a great investment. The best quality pieces will be at least 100 years or more and well worth the time and cost to return to its original state. That being said, if the instrument has been in your family for years and parents, children and grandchildren have learnt to play on it then restoration for sentimental reasons is definitely worth it. But, for a truly fine piano built back in the early 1900’s, experienced restoration can bring back the original sound and look that it had on the day it was built.

What does the restoration process involve? This is where it is extremely important that you research and find a reputable piano dealer who is familiar with your make and model. You may also want to research your instrument on your own so you have a little background on its history and craftsmanship. Piano restoration is tedious and time consuming and you want a technician who is very knowledgeable about your instrument. Basically, the process is like building the piano in reverse. Every component is removed, inspected and repaired or replaced. The hammers, the soundboard, the keys, the pedals, the strings, everything is suspect to intense scrutiny during the process. The outside is also refinished in its original color and given a sheen that will make you think it just came from the factory.

Make sure that the piano dealer and the technician (if it is a different person) understand that you want the parts that are replaced to be of the same quality as the original. There are no standards when it comes to restoration, but a reputable dealer will have his own standards. Unfortunately, some will try to cut costs by using cheaper materials that will lessen the expected sound quality. The Piano Technicians Guild recognizes those who meet their criteria and pass their exams, but that should not be your only reason for choosing someone. Shop around, get estimates, seek out referrals and interview the dealer before deciding on who you want to handle your precious piece of history or family heirloom. Quality usually costs more, but you will be much happier with the results and you will also have made a great investment.

Buying or searching pianos for your children or other family member is no more a difficult task. New Orleans piano dealers help you in buying, repairing and restoring pianos. You can gain more information from Hall Piano Co. – about piano and its dealers.

Playing the piano is a very special gift and one that you can share with your children. You may be wondering how to teach piano to your children as it may have been long ago that you started playing. You need to get them back to the basics though so they can build up that knowledge.

There are plenty of books and websites out there that will give you pointers on how to teach piano to your children. This way you can find a good starting point and develop lesson plays. You want to teach them at their own level so if you have several children you may need to make the lesson plans specific for each of them.

You also want to be very patient. If your children find you are nervous or uptight about it then they will be nervous too. You should be prepared for mistakes along the way and for them to need extra time to learn certain things. If your children want to play the piano it is going to be easier. They will be motivated to learn it and that is what you want. Some parents force it on their children though so they are resistant.

Let them get used to the piano keys and how the sounds are formed. Many of the early lessons will include playing scales on the piano. This way they can hear the different pitches for the keys. In no time they will even notice when they are hitting the wrong keys due to the sounds that are produced.

Learning to read music and associating that with the keys is going to take time. It is best to not introduce that immediately as it can result in your children becoming frustrated with the project. Let them get some early confidence and amusement from the piano. Then they will be excited to learn all the elements to play any song they wish.

Make sure you are familiar with the teaching materials before you use them. That way you can determine what to use and what to skip over. Each student is different too so you may be able to move along faster with one child than the others. Don’t try to keep them all at the same place as that will be holding them back. Instead work out individual plans that work for each of them.

No matter which method you use for how to teach piano to your children you want it to be fun for them. Offer plenty of encouragement and praise for their efforts. When you see they are making improvements make sure they know how proud of them you are. It will encourage them to continue working hard. Offer some rewards too when they reach certain milestones as well.

You can also have them perform a small recital at home for friends and family. This is a great way for them to show off what they have learned from you. Playing the piano will be something they can enjoy the rest of their life. Hopefully they will have fond memories of you teaching them how to play it. Maybe one day they will consider how to teach piano to their own children. This could become a tradition that continues on for many generations.

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