Category Archives: Getting started playing

Learning piano on your own

If you want to learn to play piano on your own, you will need:

A piano  (See my post http://wp.me/p58AcK-1a )  In addition, any of the pianos you see in the Amazon box below this post are all right. Obviously an 88 key fully weighted action is the best, but for portability and price, the smaller ones are good.

Time set aside for learning (20 minutes to an hour per day)

Material specifically designed for learning on your own. I still really recommend the Pianoforall Method. You can read my full review here Pianoforall Method Review by Tammy Riggs.  Or Click Here! to buy it and start learning today!Pianoforall_Books_Yamaha_Keyboard

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Piano is Fun Software


Fun software teaches kids to read notes.
Fun software teaches kids to read notes.

Many times parents want their child to learn piano, but they don’t have a piano or electronic piano, and they aren’t sure if they want to invest the money without knowing if the child is really interested enough.

Parents, take heart!  With Piano is Fun!  your child can learn how to read notes using only the computer and then transfer that knowledge to the piano when you buy it.  They will also be getting an understanding of the fun that they can have on the piano.

This colorful software introduces the notes gradually through a series of 20 lessons.  Practice games are included that teach them where the note “lives” on the piano keyboard and help to develop their sense of pitch.

I am an affiliate of this product, which I recommend as a great booster for those who are not ready to begin classes, and for students who are already studying.  Any child who plays piano will benefit from this knowledge, even if they are not enrolled in formal classes. And, although it was designed for children, many adult beginners find that it smoothes their way and makes learning the notes easy and unforgettable.

To learn more or buy this software,Click Here!  You won’t be sorry you did.

 

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A BEGINNER PIANO

ABSOLUTE MINIMUM : Digital 61-key touch-sensitive keyboard.  

61 keys are enough to start.  WARNING: you can’t play advanced classical music on 61 keys OR get much bass sound, so 88 keys (full size) keyboard is better for that.  Obviously 61 keys is an easier size to carry around, if that’s a consideration.

Touch sensitive = when you play harder, the notes sound louder.

Necessary to play piano.   Piano is short for pianoforte (softloud in Italian) so the great new technology that the piano introduced back in the 1700’s was a keyboard instrument that could be played soft or loud, according to the touch.  So piano music is usually expressive music that needs this capability.

64 NOTE POLYPHONY (MORE IS BETTER)

WEIGHTED KEYS?  Optional at first.  

Unweighted 61-key keyboards are not designed for use by classical (or a lot of jazz) pianists; they’re designed for use as synthesizers. These kind of keyboards are great for pop or praise music.

FOOTSWITCH OR PEDAL: Go ahead and get it now, you’re going to need it soon enough.

Built-in speakers

AC Adaptor

Necessary, but not always included.  Make sure you’ve got it.

AND

DO YOU LIKE THE WAY IT SOUNDS AND FEELS?  THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

 

ACOUSTIC PIANOS:

Are very expensive.  They are absolutely the best to play classical music, but they need tuned and maintained, and are absolutely NOT portable.  And they are always loud, (no option of plugging in headphones).

Don’t ever get an old piano that someone wants to just get rid of.  It is very heavy, piano technicians are very expensive, and you might be ruined for life if you play it untuned.