Kamis, 13 September 2012

Piano Tutorial for Beginners

An effective piano tutorial for beginners should begin with an overview of what you might expect to learn in the beginning. Many piano beginners have unrealistic expectations which may lead them to frustration and disappointment. Here's how to avoid that.

Most piano methods begin with reading music. This may be a mistake for many people. The reason is that most people can play music far more difficult than what they can read. If you restrict yourself to reading music at first, you may fail to ignite interest due to the inherent drudgery of learning a complex graphic language like musical notation.

STEP ONE

Learn to play a few songs without reading music. There are lots of ways to do this: by ear, by eye, by color, by memory, by number to mention but a few. Select a method that allows you to play right away, without reading music.

Use this "starter method" for a while, perhaps playing with only one hand. Don't fall into the trap of expecting to play grand and difficult pieces right away: play simple familiar songs to get your feet wet.

Get the rough idea of playing before you engage your grander ambitions for the piano.

STEP TWO

Now divide your efforts into two sections: first, continuing to play music without reading, and second, start to learn to read the first five notes above middle C.

To do this, you need a second starter method, like the Bastien books. They are easy to understand, and are easy enough that anyone can make their way through them.

The advantage of the "two part" or "two method" regimen is that it allows you to play music while you slowly start to gain facility with reading music.

Don't confuse the two, playing music and reading music. Keep them separate.

STEP THREE

Eventually, you will ideally merge the two "methods" but this may take years. Do not expect to read music very well quickly. It will not happen. What CAN happen is for you to start playing music using the first starter method well enough that you will want to continue exploring reading music, using the "second" method.

Think of music and learning piano as a tree with two huge limbs. On one limb, you will play music by any means you can, as long as it is enjoyable. On the other limb, you will submit to a painstaking and slow study of the very difficult and ancient graphic language of musical notation. Don't be discouraged or disappointed if reading music seems hard: everyone finds it difficult.

The surest way to defeat yourself at the piano is to expect too much.

There are many other ways to learn the piano besides looking at a page.

Here's a link to a starter method that uses only numbers to help you begin playing simple songs at the piano without reading music: http://www.pianoiseasy2.com

John Aschenbrenner is the author of the Piano By Number system. You can visit http://www.pianoiseasy.com to see the method and play fun songs online.

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