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Old 11-28-2012, 11:03 AM   #1
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I want to learn piano - any tips?

I have a decent sized keyboard and I've downloaded an app with a bunch of tutorial videos. I know just like anything else it's all about practice but was curious if any of you play and if you have any pointers that might help out.
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I'd encourage you to focus on technique more than anything at first. It's not that difficult to learn to play with enough practice, but it's hard to go back and re-learn technique once you're set in your ways.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:12 AM   #4
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I'd encourage you to focus on technique more than anything at first. It's not that difficult to learn to play with enough practice, but it's hard to go back and re-learn technique once you're set in your ways.
When you say technique, are you saying proper hand placement and movement up/down the scales?
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When you say technique, are you saying proper hand placement and movement up/down the scales?
Posture, hand cupping an orange, the proper fingers for each key. its like typing on a keyboard and using all your fingers.
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I see. The first few videos focused on exactly that.
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I see. The first few videos focused on exactly that.
<---- asian and played piano for years.

After you learn chords and simple christmas songs, jump right into Coldplay, Michelle Branch, John Mayer, etc.

Those songs are easy, fun and will keep you reading and playing fast music.
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When you say technique, are you saying proper hand placement and movement up/down the scales?
That and what rohde said.

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Posture, hand cupping an orange, the proper fingers for each key. its like typing on a keyboard and using all your fingers.
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Been playing since I was two. Almost went into piano performance. Learn your scales. Not just normal octave scales but, diatonic scales and whole scales as well.

Once you have those down, it becomes easy to guess what comes next in a song based on chord/scale progression.
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After you learn chords and simple christmas songs, jump right into Coldplay, Michelle Branch, John Mayer, etc.

Those songs are easy, fun and will keep you reading and playing fast music.
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Been playing since I was two. Almost went into piano performance. Learn your scales. Not just normal octave scales but, diatonic scales and whole scales as well.

Once you have those down, it becomes easy to guess what comes next in a song based on chord/scale progression.
I'll keep that in mind. A big motivator for learning is that it seems like everyone I know who is good with and understands music started on piano. I've learned the basics of 3 instruments but still know nothing about chords, scales, really anything about the technicalities of music.
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It's all in the finger technics. My kid started learning a year ago and have been practicing so many new techniques that I didn't even knew existed. Looks hard but I can definitely see that having a good technique foundation affects how well you play down the road. You simply can't play fast without good technique.
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Which tutorials are you starting with? This is something I am interested in as well.
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It's an ipad app I "bought" called Learn Piano. The few that I've watched have been good, really basic stuff but like I said it jibes with what the guys on here are saying to learn first.
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It's an ipad app I "bought" called Learn Piano. The few that I've watched have been good, really basic stuff but like I said it jibes with what the guys on here are saying to learn first.
Thanks, does anybody have any recommendations on a "starter" keyboard? I have a few music shops around my area I am going to go speak with. Any knowledge from those who have done this is helpful.
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haha. As a kid we had a Steinway baby grand in my home. never took full advantage of it and didn't care enough to take the time.

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Thanks, does anybody have any recommendations on a "starter" keyboard? I have a few music shops around my area I am going to go speak with. Any knowledge from those who have done this is helpful.
I'd like to know too. I have this right now, but I've read it's best to move to a full sized keyboard as soon as possible
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