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Answered on 30 Mar Music/Instrumental Music/Piano

Jasbir Singh

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4000 in three or four months you can get knowadge of how to play songs by yourself
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Lesson Posted on 04/10/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Piano

Piano - basics

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First, practice scales or technical exercises until the fingers are limbered up. Continue this for 30 minutes or longer if you have time, to improve technique especially by using exercises such as the Hanon series. Then take a new piece of music and slowly read it for a page or two, carefully playing... read more
  1. First, practice scales or technical exercises until the fingers are limbered up. Continue this for 30 minutes or longer if you have time, to improve technique especially by using exercises such as the Hanon series.
  2. Then take a new piece of music and slowly read it for a page or two, carefully playing both hands together, starting from the beginning. This slow play is repeated until it can be performed reasonably well and then it is gradually speeded up until the final speed is attained. A metronome might be used for this gradual speed-up.
  3. At the end of a two hour practice, the fingers are flying, so the students can play as fast as they want and enjoy the experience before quitting. After all, they are tired of practicing so that they can relax, play their hearts out at full speed; this is the time to enjoy the music!
  4. Once the piece can be played satisfactorily, memorize it and practice "until the music is in the hands". (v) On the day of the recital or lesson, practice the piece at correct speed (or faster!) as many times as possible in order to make sure that it is in top condition. This is the last chance; obviously, the more practice, the better.
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Lesson Posted on 26/09/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Piano

piano

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There is a rule of piano technique that is sure to do more to advance your piano playing than any other. All amateur pianists I have ever witnessed break this rule every time they play, and doing so costs them their progress and creates frustration and self-doubt. How many times have we all heard... read more
  • There is a rule of piano technique that is sure to do more to advance your piano playing than any other. All amateur pianists I have ever witnessed break this rule every time they play, and doing so costs them their progress and creates frustration and self-doubt.

How many times have we all heard “Think before you speak!” while growing up? This rule holds equally for piano playing:Think before you play. Thinking before playing is about achieving clarity. It means creating mental certainty before so much as moving a finger. It involves anticipating the next notes by hearing them in your mind first. Only then, at the very moment you play them, should you touch the keys, always shaping the hands first.

One of the essentials of ear training is that we should play because we hear, not hear because we play. This means hearing in our mind’s ear first, and only then playing. Our knowledge of right or wrong notes should not come after we’ve already made a mistake – it should be decided with absolute certainty in advance of touching the keys.

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Lesson Posted on 20/09/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Piano Music/Instrumental Music/Keyboard

10 Tips For Sight Reading Music

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1. Familiarize yourself with a variety of rhythms. 2. Memorize key signatures at-a-glance. 3. Know your scales forward and backward. 4. Practice playing without looking at your hands. 5. Practice sight singing. 6. Take a minute to examine the piece you’re sight reading. Tap out the rhythm,... read more

1. Familiarize yourself with a variety of rhythms.

2. Memorize key signatures at-a-glance.

3. Know your scales forward and backward.

4. Practice playing without looking at your hands.

5. Practice sight singing.

6. Take a minute to examine the piece you’re sight reading. Tap out the rhythm, read through the notes and follow the structure.

7. Mentally commit changes in key or time signature within the piece.

8. Make markings on the paper (or on your tablet/iPad), if allowed.

9. Sound the whole piece out in your head, recognizing patters.

10. Breathe, relax and keep going, even if you make a mistake.

11. Never leave home without your sheet music pencil!

Do you have additional tips for sight reading music that you’ve found helpful? Do you have a sight reading success story to share? Please let us and your fellow musicians know in the comments below!

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Lesson Posted on 20/09/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Piano Music/Instrumental Music/Keyboard

Demonstrate The Importance Of Rhythm, Pulse And Not Stopping!

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If you put a piece of music down in front of your average student and say, “play this” (try it and see what happens!), they’ll probably take a look at the first notes and immediately start playing. Without guidance, students often begin playing without any sense of pulse, without looking... read more

If you put a piece of music down in front of your average student and say, “play this” (try it and see what happens!), they’ll probably take a look at the first notes and immediately start playing.

Without guidance, students often begin playing without any sense of pulse, without looking past the first bar, without considering the key signature and they’ll definitely stop and start as they struggle through each bar. In other words, without proper teaching, sight reading will generally be a disaster.

I often ask my students, what is the most important consideration when sight reading something effectively?

The most common response, in my experience, is “getting the notes right”. While playing the right notes is preferable, it is not the most important aspect by far. The most important aspect of sight reading (and music reading in general) is keeping a sense of the rhythm.

To clarify why this is so important, try this with your students, take any famous tune that the student knows well (eg. Happy Birthday, a nursery rhyme like 3 Blind Mice, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, etc.) and play it on the piano with perfect rhythm but with all the wrong notes. Try it out next lesson and see what happens.

If they don’t get it the first time, play it again but this time keep a sense of the high and low notes (ie. preserve some of the intervallic structure but still play all the wrong notes).

Nine times out of ten, students will be able to pick the tune.

Why? Because rhythm is vital to getting a ‘sense’ of a piece of music and often more important than notes.

This is why I teach my students that once they begin their sight reading, “Whatever you do, don’t stop!”.

Here are some sight reading tips to help students get used to this:

  • Use the Wessar SightRead4Piano iPad app which removes bars once they have been played, forcing students to look ahead and not go back. Alternatively, simply cover up the bars when they’ve played them (only useful in lessons).

  • Sight read duets together in lessons. For beginner students, sight read method book pieces that have the teacher accompaniment below. Eg: I tend to use Accelerated Piano Adventures for my teenage students, but any method book will do. I have a shelf of method books that I can pick and play anytime in a lesson anything will do as long as it’s at the right level and has an accompaniment. I’ve previously blogged about the freely downloadable Diabelli Duets, these are fantastic for intermediate to advanced level students, even if they just sight read one hand at a time (and they are musically interesting enough to keep teachers happy).

  • If you can lend students method books with CDs that they can rip to their iPhones/iPods, they can play along to the backing tracks at home, forcing them to keep going.

  • If students are more advanced, they can download and sight read the free previews of pieces available on Notestar for iPad which includes lots of pop, rock and even classical pieces with great backing tracks and vocals.

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Lesson Posted on 20/09/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Piano

Purchase Simple Sheet Music That You're Unfamiliar With

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Simple sheet music includes children's songs, holiday carols, and simple classical songs. You can purchase beginner sheet music at a music store or online. Get a bunch of different examples so that you have a lot of material to practice with: You can find simple sheet music from a piano book for... read more

Simple sheet music includes children's songs, holiday carols, and simple classical songs. You can purchase beginner sheet music at a music store or online. Get a bunch of different examples so that you have a lot of material to practice with:

  • You can find simple sheet music from a piano book for beginners.

  • Simple or beginner songs include "Amazing Grace," "Ode to Joy," and "Waltz."

  • Once you can sight read simple songs, you’ll be able to move onto more complex material.

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Lesson Posted on 20/09/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Piano

Practice Reading Sheet Music For 20 Minutes A Day

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Before you can start sight reading, you’ll need to memorize the positions of notes on the staff so you can read the music without having to reference other materials. Read sheet music with a cheat sheet next to you at first so you can get used to reading notes. Eventually, you'll be able to read... read more

Before you can start sight reading, you’ll need to memorize the positions of notes on the staff so you can read the music without having to reference other materials. Read sheet music with a cheat sheet next to you at first so you can get used to reading notes. Eventually, you'll be able to read music much faster, which will help you play new pieces of music.

  • On the treble staff, the notes on the lines, from bottom to top are E, G, B, D, F. You can memorize this by remembering the mnemonic device "Every Good Boy Does Fine."

  • On the treble staff, the notes in between the spaces, from bottom to top are F, A, C, E.

  • Go through a number of different songs to hone your music reading skills.

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Lesson Posted on 12/09/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Piano Music/Instrumental Music/Keyboard

Punctuate The Music With Dynamic Contrasts

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Good compositions should swell and subside, should punctuate moments of extreme emotion and melodic peaks with louder dynamics: You can signify dynamic changes in the sheet music with Italian words that signify basic descriptions of loud and soft. "Piano" means that you should play softly, and is... read more

Good compositions should swell and subside, should punctuate moments of extreme emotion and melodic peaks with louder dynamics:

  • You can signify dynamic changes in the sheet music with Italian words that signify basic descriptions of loud and soft. "Piano" means that you should play softly, and is usually written below the staff when the music should be played quietly. "Forte" means loud, and is written in the same way. Note the original name of the Piano, the Piano forté; this may help you in remembering that one of the exceptional features of the instrument is it's ability to be a percussion instrument (that also utilizes strings) that can both increase and diminish in sound. If you're not intending a great amount of dynamic contrast in your piece, or don't want to worry about this yet, or you prefer to focus on tonality and rhythm while learning to write, you may consider it's older relatives, the pipe organ and the harpsichord, which have different strengths and will help your fluency on piano.

  • Gradations can be suggested by drawing an elongated "<" or ">" sign under the staff, where the music should either crescendo (get louder) or diminish your sound, depending.

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Lesson Posted on 12/09/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Piano Music/Instrumental Music/Keyboard

Don't Over-Complicate Your Music From Need To Impress People

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The expression process through music is already pretty complicated for most, and there's no need to throw extra dross on that. Depending on your ambitions for your piece, you may want to have multiple parts and polyrhythmic structure, or you may want to have a simple piano melody unaccompanied. Don't... read more

The expression process through music is already pretty complicated for most, and there's no need to throw extra dross on that. Depending on your ambitions for your piece, you may want to have multiple parts and polyrhythmic structure, or you may want to have a simple piano melody unaccompanied. Don't be afraid of starting small and refining your work, or leaving a melody undeveloped. Some of the most iconic and memorable lines are the most effective and the most elegant:

  • If you want a reference point from the past century, Erik Satie's "Gymnopedies" provide a classic example of "less-is-more" music writing, and he was considered by many musicologists to be one of the first to write minimalist music. Minimalism in music is a relatively recent trend, as it wasn't popular till after Satie's death, though it has gained considerably popularity today, and is often characterized by techniques such as: Use of a single rhythm or tone structure throughout a piece, primitive melody structure, use of only one or two scales or modes in the context of an entire piece, and exploration of a single theme using a minimal frame: notable examples of minimalism in the last fifty years include works by George Crumb, Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, John Cage & Terry Riley, with an incredible volume of music including such works as minimalist opera and other vocal music (Einstein on the Beach, and Tehillim, for example) Satie's first Gymnopédia was used countless times in ads and film, but there remains something beautiful and moving in it's melancholy melody, though it only uses whole notes and a tonal note structure, not straying from diatonicism for most of the piece.

  • Study Mozart's variations on "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" for an example of turning maybe the most universal of children's melodies into a complex exercise in variation and adornment.[5] It exemplifies the Theme & Variation form, which is one of the most popular and straightforward forms one can write in. Other accessible examples of this form include: Beethoven's "Diabelli Variations", which were a response to a composition his publisher submitted, Michel Rondeau's variations on "Pop Goes the Weasel" and the Enigma variations by Edward Elgar.

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Lesson Posted on 12/09/2017 Music/Instrumental Music/Keyboard Music/Instrumental Music/Piano

Identify The Repeating Pattern Of Keys On The Piano

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Find the note "C" on your keyboard, as shown in the image below. This is the first note of the C Major scale: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, and back to C. Note the pattern of white keys: three white keys enclosing two black keys, and four white keys enclosing three black keys. You can also see it this... read more

Find the note "C" on your keyboard, as shown in the image below. This is the first note of the C Major scale: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, and back to C.

  • Note the pattern of white keys: three white keys enclosing two black keys, and four white keys enclosing three black keys.

  • You can also see it this way: the black keys repeat a five-key pattern of two black keys separated by one white key, then two white keys, then three black keys separated by one white key, then two white keys.

  • This pattern is constant on all keyboards. Every note on the keyboard is represented in this single 12-note octave they're just higher or lower in pitch.

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