Archive for December, 2008

It takes a certain amount of dedication to learn to play the piano but it used to take a great deal of money. Not too many years ago, it used to cost a small fortune just to buy a piano never mind the weekly cost of piano lessons for years. These days, with the help of the World Wide Web, learning to play the piano has become accessible to millions of people who would otherwise never have the opportunity to learn to play the piano.

There is nothing like watching a great pianist play great music, its definitely inspirational if you want to learn yourself. A good player can communicate with the listener through expressive playing. Learning to play the piano can also improve your learning skills in general, which is especially good for children. Many people can also develop a better understanding of mathematics and the sciences.

It Wont Cost You A Fortune To Learn The Piano

The advancement of technology especially with pianos and keyboards has the advantage of allowing piano lessons to be available to the masses. Of course its always nice to buy a brand new piano or even a grand piano and if you wanted to learn to play the piano in the past that was your only option and was only for the rich. These days, you can buy a roll up keyboard for next to nothing and learn to play the piano online for not much more. My thoughts on this are that as a beginner it doesn’t matter whether your playing a ten thousand pound grand piano or a ten pound keyboard. The cost of the instrument is not going to make you sound better when you are a beginner.

Improve Eye Hand Coordination

When you first start to play the piano, there will be a great deal of information to take in. With hand eye coordination, the information enters the eye and that information is translated in to a physical response, in this case, using the correct fingers on the correct piano notes, using the correct pressure and time. The more practice you do the faster this process becomes.

Practice The Piano To Suit Your Lifestyle

Normally when you are learning to play the piano, you will see a piano teacher once a week, this is the same time every week whether you have done your piano practice or not. If you could choose you own time to study and have a piano lesson when you wanted then this in itself would give you a better chance of success. When using piano software or learning online, you are in control, you can do as much as you need to do whenever you want to, even if it’s the middle of the night. Ideal for people who work shifts.

Of course you still need to do your bit and practice and although we have talked about flexibility when it comes to practice you should still try to create some kind of regularity when it comes to practice. So what are you waiting for, learn to play the piano online today and become a great pianist of the future.

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The first thing you need to learn before playing the piano is the piano notes. What are they called? A standard piano keyboard has 88 keys on it including the black notes. The first notes to learn are the white notes, but how do go about memorizing the names of all those white notes.

Don’t panic, there are just seven white notes to learn and that’s it. Well not quite, there are indeed just seven white notes to learn, but you also have to identify were they occur on a keyboard. As for the black notes, they are sharps and flats of the white notes. So when you know what the white notes are called then you almost certainly will know what all the black notes are called as well.

As a beginner, you only need to learn the white notes and though your piano may have up to eighty-eight notes, there are just seven white notes to learn. Those notes are C, D, E, F, G, A and B, these notes are recurring throughout the keyboard. As a beginner, you will only make use of the first five notes and in one part of the keyboard, nevertheless this shouldn’t prevent you from learning each white note on the piano.

The next thing is to find where the notes are on the piano. To do this you can look for shapes on the piano keyboard that is to find sets of three black notes together and sets of two black notes together. To do this you need access to a piano keyboard, if you don’t have a piano or a keyboard then you should be able to find yourself a picture of a keyboard, there are lots available on the internet Now, lets find the first shape. You are looking for two black notes together, think of it a shape, you should see lots of sets of two black notes together. Now pick one instance of two black notes together, it doesn’t matter which two, and you will see that they are surrounded by three white notes. One white note to the left of the first black note, the next white note is between the two black notes and a white note to the right of the second black note. The first white note, that’s the one to the left of the first black note is called C, the second white note, the one in the middle is called D and the final note is called E.

Carrying on from the last note which is E, if we now move on to the very next white note to the right, this note is called F, then G, A and B. The last note played which is B is the first white note just after the last black note in the set of three. So to recap you should have played a white note before the set of two black notes, a white note just after the set of three black notes and all the white notes in between. This adds up to seven white notes. If you carry on up the keyboard, the process repeats itself using the same letters. You should now be able to find and name any white note on a piano keyboard.

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There are literally hundreds of electronic music keyboards for sale on auction sites such as eBay and if you are in the market for a new or second-hand digital keyboard, there are some cracking deals available.

Before you purchase your first keyboard, you should familiarise yourself with some features you will find useful as a learner.

Velocity Sensitive Keyboard

Using a velocity sensitive keyboard means you can add a bit of light and shade to your playing. By adjusting the pressure you apply to the keys will govern whether the sound is loud or soft. Force down firm and the sound is loud, press gently and the sound is low.

Full Size Keys

Again, most ultramodern portable keyboards nowadays possess full size piano keys. Some older electronic piano keyboards may have half size keys. These were introduced to help children with tiny fingers to play the keyboard more effectively. This of course is rubbish and provides no useful help to learning whatever and I recommend you avoid these types of keyboards.

X Frame Keyboard Stand

This is more of an extra instead of a feature but still worth a mention here. When you buy your keyboard, you need somewhere to put it. Now, you can place it on your dinning table or your lap or on the floor but believe me you will soon get fed up of keep putting up and putting away your keyboard. So do yourself a favour and buy a stand, they are not expensive and you can leave your keyboard in one place.

There are a good deal more features available on new keyboards, such as keyboard size, types of sounds and rhythms, built in loud speakers, chord learning system and much more. The fact is a complete novice will have more than enough, feature wise to start learning to play the keyboard.

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Liz H posted:

I lost my book with this piece in it and my lesson is in an hour and a half! Help!

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