Mon Oct 15, 2007 11:02 pm
oops513 wrote:i want to learn the piano, although im totally hopeless at the whole 2 hand concept
Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:24 pm
Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:17 pm
Byakuya San wrote:oops513 wrote:i want to learn the piano, although im totally hopeless at the whole 2 hand concept
My dad has the exact same problem.
I would suggest learning something VERY easy with whichever hand you're more comfortable with, then after a while, add the other hand and play the same thing, starting slowly. After you start to get the hang of it, you can move on to more challenging things, and eventually you can start playing slightly different notes on one hand. Of course, you could always just learn a song one hand at a time and slowly try to put them together, whatever works best. The key things to remember are to play SLOW and OFTEN.
Then again, I'm no music teacher, but Mayanspypilot is, so she might have a better way of learning.
Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:26 pm
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 1:14 pm
Helena wrote:I can play flute, only it's hard to now because I just got braces and it kind of mucks up the airflow.
Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:11 pm
Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:01 am
mayanspypilot wrote:First and foremost, you should always try to have a teacher when learning an instrument. There is just no substitute for a good teacher. That being said, I have some piano tips for people trying to learn songs, if you know the notes.
Practice one step at a time until you have mastered it. Don't go to the next step until you feel totally comfortable with the current step.
1. Practice patting out the rhythm of the song on the lid of the piano with both hands. Tap the heel of one of your feet and count out loud depending on your time signature (ex. If your time signature is 4/4, count "1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and" for each measure.) Half of learning to play music is learning to listen to it! To make things easier, pat just the first beat of every measure, with both hands (note: not the first note of every measure, the first beat). Once you're comfortable with beat one, add beat two. Add a beat every time until you can successfully pat the entire song.
2. Open the piano and try to play just the first beat of every measure. This is basically Step 1, but with the actual piano keys. Now, here's where things change. Once you can play beat one of every measure with both hands, add beat two, but only with your left hand. Most people try to concentrate on their right hand, since that's the hand that usually plays the melody. You want to focus on the foundation of the song. Still play beat one with both hands, but only add the remaining beats of the measure with your left hand, one beat at a time.
3. Once you can play the entire left hand part with your right hand playing beat one, slowly add beat two with your right hand. Repeat with beats three and four. Eventually you'll have the whole song.
This is a long process, but you learn the song really well - you could probably play it in your sleep practically. And you can adapt it for whatever instrument you play. I've varied it for all of my band students and we learn all of our music this way. It really helps you feel successful the first time you actually sit down to play the song the whole way through.
Man, I'm tired now after thinking of how to write all of that out. But remember, there's no substitute for sitting down every week to have a lesson with a teacher!
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guineadan wrote:Alto Saxophone I *was* learning The Pink Panther but I kind of... dropped the sheet at my music lesson and it fell into a puddle xD
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