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Music I have a piano!

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Sinclare, Aug 7, 2017.

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  1. Sinclare

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    So like, I just got an electric piano thing.. I really want to take up music as a hobby. I already know how to sight read.. does anyone have any tips for two handing playing though.. for some reason I just can't grasp it. I can multitask when it comes to gaming, and almost everything else.. but Arceus knows I cannot two hand a piano!

    Fun fact: I just learned the first part of Romeo and Cinderella- Hatsune Miku.

    When I get a little better, I'll start posting covers! :D


    Also, I have a Guitar coming in as well.
     
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    I used to play the piano a very long time ago (before most of LV was even born), so I do remember a few tips that I picked up in my practise.

    First, I'll assume that you already have a basic grasp of how to play the piano in general, like what keys are where, how to effectively move your hands up or down the scale, and handling chords and octaves and the like.
    When you're practising a new piece, practise each hand separately - don't try to play with both hands together right away. Practise the right-handed part only until you're comfortable with it, and then do the same for the left hand. (Or the other way around. The order doesn't really matter. You can even switch back and forth during practise, just keep to one hand at first.)
    Then, once you're reasonably comfortable with playing each hand separately, move to play them both together. The memorisation and muscle memory will partially take over, and guide you through the piece so you don't get yourself lost, or waste extra effort.

    It may seem simple, and even a little silly, but it works!
    ...unfortunately that's the only real advice I can offer, since that's all I truly remember from when I played piano.
     
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    This is amazing tips, I love this!! Thank you! I'll keep trying!!! There are so many songs I wish to play.

    also, might I add, I used to have piano lessons from my mother years and years ago. Took Chorus for almost all my life so sight reading is ez to me.. ;-; just never fully practiced.
     
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    At Piano I can't give you too much information besides that music has the same basics for all the instruments and the practice does the master.

    Now, as Guitar Teacher I can say that the Piano is a bit "easier" at least for your fingers, it doesn't demand too much practice to get a hand on it, at least for the basics. The main problem, if can call it like that, for the people that is starting with guitars is that it hurts your fingers in the begining since you must pull the guitar string with enought pressure and at the right position to get the proper musical sound/note. After getting used to the pain (when your fingers get used to the activity of playing the guitar), because I won't lie, a lot of people leave a lot of skin literally there (or the guitar because it is too much for them)... the practice will be easier and you will keep longer sessions.

    In comparison to a bass it is easier to get used to the strings since the bass hurts more your hands (demands more pressure and strenght on fingers). But bass has a more peaceful participation at songs, so it is quite balanced.

    So, in order to make it easier for you: TAKE CARE OF YOUR HANDS! They are obviously the most important part for an artist (at least for this kind of instruments). Avoid hard sports and always be awareto use a cream or something in the begining to recover faster :3
    As a last advice: try using all your fingers of both hands, even the little ones! In that way you get more flexibility and options at the moment of playing the guitar or other string instrument.

    It is all for now, good luck!
     
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    I have an acoustic guitar. I dont know to play it well but I'm learning.
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    I have a piano as well. My family has a lot of different instruments, actually, but that's the one I played when I was a child. My family is very musically oriented.
     
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    100% agree with this. I've been taking piano lessons for seven years and I've never stopped doing it.

    While you're doing things hands separately, though, COUNT! That's super important. If you know where all the notes fall, it's a lot easier to get your hands in sync when you're playing together. If you're mindlessly pressing the notes, it's a lot of slow, boring time trying to figure out how they correspond hands together.
     
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    Congrats! I'm happy you're pursuing your passion ^_^ We used to have a piano in my first apartment ages back when I still lived in Russia, and it was an important part of my growing up. We had to sell it when we moved and I was super young but I remember loving the sound it made whenever I went to play on it, and that's probably part of why I am very partial towards song with piano sections. It's an instrument I've always wanted to play, but just never had the time to.

    Really impressed that some people here have been taking lessons for so long. I'd love to hear all of your songs at some point!
     
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    Is it strange of me to say that I only played piano for one year in my life, and it was over 15 years ago - and yet I still remember that advice?
     
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    Maybe, maybe not. It is Rule Number One in piano playing. (besides, you know, plonk keys.)
     

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