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Postby xombie » 15 Jul 2009, 09:09

hi
i am rather new to playing piano, am 15, and started practicing about 1 and a half years ago, but it isnt quite that simple. my father played the piano, he died when i was 6, and nobody in the family really had any musical aspirations. we had multiple pianos just laying around, and about 2 years ago i wanted to learn, so i began trying to learn how to read music first of all. this isnt easy as i havent found any keys (like keys on a map) or instructions to what all the things on the page mean, i have been detached from a piano for nearly 8 months now, just trying to learn to read for when i am returned to the trusty friend, which is in about 5 days. i am completely self taught, so anybody here can see how difficult this is? cant play anything really, but i am getting to grips with reading and i think thats where it starts, can anybody here give me a link or just tell me what some of the less obvious things on a music page are?
sorry, i know this is completely pathetic, but thanks if you can helkp, and thanks for taking the time to read even if you dont.
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Re: the journey begins

Postby juufa72 » 18 Jul 2009, 19:10

Hi!

Your best way of learning is to pick up progressive books like Alfred's Basic and play through the music. Make sure you play everything note perfect and as written.

Then move on from there.

Also, buy yourself from a used book store (most likely; as I did) a concise Muscial Dictionary. You can have it next to you as you play and read the music and wont have to worry about having to go to a computer to find what something like "alla zingara" means.

Hope this helps.

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Re: the journey begins

Postby PianistSk8er » 20 Jul 2009, 09:50

Welcome to the site!

It will be difficult to learn effectively on your own. I do not want to discourage you, but I would highly recommend finding yourself an experienced teacher who can guide you through your studies. It is obviously not impossible to learn an instrument without a teacher, but having one would certainly be helpful.

Google yields a few interesting sites:
- http://www.get-piano-lessons.com/
- http://www.piano-lesson-online.com/
- http://www.pianotricks.com/
- http://www.lessonrating.com/free-piano-lessons.html
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Re: the journey begins

Postby xombie » 11 Aug 2009, 08:26

thank you very much. lots of help :-)didnt even know there was such a thing as a musical dictionary! xD
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