Kamis, 13 September 2012

Different Ways To Learn The Piano And Train Your Ears

A piano is very similar to most other instruments. If played with passion the piano can enkindle one's emotions. However, it is still very difficult to master playing the piano because your two hands can often be playing different pieces at the same time. But for people who are really eager to master the piano, there are many different ways to learn. Here are a small sampling.

Personal Tutors

Newbies are often recommended to take private piano classes. In this way, students can learn and develop their skills on their own, while also getting guidance from a teacher. Enhancing the student's confidence and interest in playing the piano is often at the centre of a piano tutors intentions. It's also very easy to get feedback on what students are doing right, and what students are doing wrong. This method does have its limitations, however. For instance, with personal piano tutors, one is beholden to their schedule of classes..

Taking Lessons On The Internet

Choosing online piano lessons gives the students flexibility in time and practice. This is often the best thing for you, if you find yourself with a crazy and unpredictable schedule. Online lessons are also good for students who've got plenty of time to dedicate to their practice, as they can then complete the lessons more thoroughly and without a strict limit to deadlines. Students can also choose their preferred piano music style when taking lessons online. Many do not want to go the classical route and may choose jazz or gospel. With online piano tutorials, students can decide for themselves what they wish to learn. There are a plethora of options available in the online space.

Learning To Play By Ear

Ear training is included in some private and online piano lessons, but its effectiveness is lessened since it's done away from the piano. Playing the piano by ear is not as hard as people think. However, several are still intimidated by the idea. The abilities of the student are often underestimated in this regard. Many are able to differentiate different notes and scales from memory with a consistent amount of practice. Without even looking at piano sheet music, expert piano players can undoubtedly play what they hear. And student pianists can strive to achieve this level of knowledge and practice.

The following are the strategies to improve the ears you have for effective playing of the piano:

Playing with other musicians: This will motivate and inspire students with completely new methods of listening and playing music. It can also help you improve your ability to identify notes and scales by ear.

Playing songs without looking at the keys: This strategy will assist your mind in creating a vision and complete figure of a song. It will also train you to not rely on the sheet music all the time. The capabilities of your ear will drastically improve through time, patience and the implementation of this tactic.

Play along with recorded music, without looking at keys: Your timing and listening skills will improve using this one. Perform this strategy with closed eyes until you gain superior hearing abilities and a much better grasp of the keyboard in front of you, as it relates to the type of song being played.

Have a friend test your ear with different notes: While you're looking somewhere else, let your friend play a scales or a note on the keyboard/piano. Try to then name and play the notes they just played, using only your ear to distinguish what it might be.

What's The Best Way To Learn To Play the Piano?

It's really hard to say as it all depends on the individual student. How you choose to master this beautiful instrument will depend on your individual preferences and limitations. Combine all or choose only one, it's up to you. There's no "best method" to learn, rather only the best strategy for you.

Dat Paki is a music producer and blogger with PBE Music. He is currently learning to play the piano with the use of books and audio. Follow his journey of learning to play the piano at http://piano-tutorial.net

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