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Old 06-02-2008, 10:23 AM   #11
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Dangles that is hilarious! My mom took piano as a kid( I on the other hand wasn't allowed to she hated it so much) and absolutely hates quite a few songs Canon being one of them. I'm forwarding this on to her!
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:04 AM   #12
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This Kanon in D and Für Elise are a classical pianists nightmare, at least to a music teacher
What does this mean...difficult to learn?
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:00 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Jacy View Post
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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!!

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Thanks Eladine, for your encouragement!

I put 2 ALFRED Adult Basic Piano Course books on request at the library, I should have them by the end of the week.

I am also thinking about acquiring a piano keyboard, Amazon lists a few YAMAHA keyboards, any suggestions/comments?
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First of all, as well as checking out amazon, check out your local paper - there are always piano's out there (digital as well as traditional ones) that people have bought and erm, well... lost interest with.

Points for buying a piano: (I know I said piano, not keyboard!!)
  1. If you haven't got the room / money for a piano, digital or otherwise then you are looking for a keyboard portable type one. If you should strike lucky and find a "piano piano", get it checked out by a piano tuner. Most tuners will go and appraise it for you if it's in their area - well, they do over here!! Lets face it, if getting a piano-piano, it's going to need tuning every 6-12 months and they like repeat business!
  2. Whatever you get, make sure it has full size keys.
  3. Make sure it has a full piano range of notes (about 88 the last time i counted mine!)
  4. If possible get "weighted" keys - it will feel more like a piano! And, your fingers will get nicely strong! Having had a quick look at the keyboards on amazon - there's a whole range of them. Try and get no less than an 88 key one, semi weighted.... ok but try and get a fully weighted one. The reason for this, is that if you do ever go an play on a more traditional piano, your fingers will be used to the weight and action needed to get the sound you do at home.
  5. Try try try and get a touch responsive keyboard - this means the harder you press the note, the louder the sound you get!
It really does depend on what your budget is, what room you have available etc etc.

Hope this helps! If I can be of any further help, pm me.

I bought my piano from a "House Clearance" business/shop. I paid I think about £300 for it back in 1997/98. It's walnut, in an art deco style and it's still going strong. (Fingers crossed!). It can be surprising what you find once you start looking.

'Tis extraciting though!!!
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