Originally Posted by Jacy
As I watch the movements of his left and right hands, I realize that I will have to develop some serious compartmentalization between the left and right hemispheres of the brain to get my hands to move like his, seemingly so independent of each other and yet in concert with each other to produce the beautiful music....this, I think, will be the hardest part.
Getting your left and right hands to think indepentantly of each other - lol, well the more you think about it, the more your brain will go "Eh.... what????"
The best thing to do is:
1) practise rubbing your tummy in circles with one hand and patting your head with the other hand at the same time.
And when you family are just about ready for calling the men in white coats...
practise doing different things on the piano.
If you get a good tutor book (like this
one) it will introduce you to doing both hands quite quickly - but steadily.
That website is based in the UK, but I am sure I read somewhere that book was available in the States. It's a good book, and I've used it for people who I teach.
Jacy - As for the theory part - this can be more complicated to get the hang of - but here is a website
that will help you with things like recognising the notes on the stave and other things.
The lessons bits - self explanatory, are quite easy to follow.
The Trainers bits - these are little tests that help you to recognise either note names or other things.
The utilities bit - well these are just clever bits for a little bit later on!
But have a play - with instruments, the only way to do it is to actually have a go!!
But good on you for trying.
Set yourself targets - there's oodles of free sheet music out there on t'internet to have a play with, all different difficulties.
Find a piece of music you really want to play, whether for good time memories, or that you've just always wanted to play - get a fairly easy version if you can find one - and set that as your first target piece to add to your repertoire!!
Hope some of this helps - but go for it!!