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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Looking for guidance - absolute beginner

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May 12th, 2009 09:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I want to get started learning how to play the piano. Can you recommend a web site or book that can get me going? I have NO training at all. A bit of self taught guitar is the full extent of my musical background - no theory, nothing.

Do I need to subject myself to some lessons or is there a self teaching resource that can work?


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May 22nd, 2009 05:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Moose, there are obviously many long time keyboard player here who know much more that I do, and there are also a number of answers to your questions. I am a guitar player or 46 years, who bought his first keyboard this past Christmas; a Roland Juno G. I never had much access to a piano for more than a few minutes at a time(at Church fellowship hall), but I did learn the scales/octaves,(being a longtime guitar player helped me out alot) and therefore, I could figure out the chords by ear from the root notes. If I had it to do all over again, I would have learned to read music when I first started out playing guitar, but it was during the early 60's, and it just didn't appeal to me at the time. Having said that; I have had my keys for 5 months now, and I've really moved along quite well. Learning to use both hands independantly is very important; that will only come with practice. Check out a web site called "rythmic patterns"; just google it. Also Youtube has some instructional videos that are helpful. It really all depends on the direction you want to go in. It will be time consuming whether you learn to read, or play by ear. It takes time to build up the muscles in your fingers , and inner fore arm. I never knew how taxing it was on your arm muscles to play the keys. My hat is off to all KB players. I practice everyday, and am determined to improve to the same level as my guitar playing.We'll see if that happens. Whatever road you choose; keep playing, and you'll never regret it. I've heard hundreds of people in my life say that they wanted to learn to play guitar,ect., and they really thought they meant it, till it came time to practice, and learn all those tough bar chords,ect., then they just gave up, because it didn't just fall right into place. The same holds true for the KB; there just aren't any shortcuts to practicing. I've always wanted to learn to play KB, but got too busy helping raise 4 children,ect. Well now the nest is empty, and it's never too late to learn. Good luck with whatever choices you make. Just keep playing.
John Sr.

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May 22nd, 2009 07:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I want to get started learning how to play the piano. I have NO training at all."

Here's one way to get "started" :

Buy a picture chord book. Learn all the inversions of every chord. Eventually you will start to be able to pick out melodies from the notes used in the chords.

Practice with different velocity on the keys, as like dynamics with a guitar.

Good luck!

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Sep 9th, 2009 07:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Goodness, gracious...

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Sep 10th, 2009 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

John Sr. - multi-paragraph responses are your friend.

Moose - check out youtube. If you have a few pop tunes which have piano arrangements, there probably is a youtube video showing you how to play it on piano. I started out with a lot of beatles tunes. It'll give you an idea of how to lay chord progressions, common chords, etc. If anything, it'll give you a sense of accomplishment when you've learned to play something simple like "hey jude".

Since you said you have zero theory, and I'll assume minimal guitar experience, you might want to look into theory as well. It's a lot easier on piano because there is only one location for middle c, unlike guitar.

Being self taught is not an impossible task. It takes a lot more patience and a lot of logical realizations leading to "ooooohhhhhh.... THATS WHY..."

(This message was last edited by muttluk at 03:01 PM, Sep 10th, 2009)



Sep 28th, 2009 11:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course books were recommended to me and they are an excellent way to learn to play.

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Sep 30th, 2009 11:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My mother teaches piano to kids and used Robert Pace books.


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Sep 30th, 2009 06:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

sorry about the formatting Muttluk, you're absolutely correct.I just got typing wide open, and left it as is.

There is a "piano chord helper" program online, and it's totally free. Just Google it, and you'll find it.

Good luck,
John Sr.

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Oct 23rd, 2009 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Google "Rocket Piano". I bought it and it is real good. It's about $39 and will keep you busy for a few years.
Before buying it I checked out all the available web-based lesson programs and Rocket Piano came out the hands-down winner. It would cost you $1000's to all the lessons you'll get with rocket Piano. Check it out, I think there's some free introductory stuff.

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