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#1091895 - 12/08/07 03:24 AM Another beginner
Zanarkand Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/07/07
Posts: 6
Hey all,

I'm 16 and turning 17 in January I'm completely new to Piano. I have no music background or anything. I decided to learn because I want to learn to play an instrument and I nothing better to do for the 10 weeks holiday

I got a Casio CTK-551 keyboard and I hate it hopefully my parents will get me a yamaha p70 for Christmas or birthday.

Anyway... At the moment I'm reading the stuff from pianonanny.com . Anyone else used this website before? I'm also using musictheory.net's note trainer. It's pretty good I guess.

Thanks \:\)

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#1091896 - 12/08/07 03:26 AM Re: Another beginner
Zanarkand Offline
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Registered: 12/07/07
Posts: 6
Oh, and should I get that alfred's book?

#1091897 - 12/08/07 08:55 AM Re: Another beginner
Donna R. Offline
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Registered: 01/26/07
Posts: 794
Hi Zanarkand,

It would be a good idea to get Alfred's Adult All-In-One, I think. It moves along quite quickly and has everything you need for a good basic skill set you can build on.

Hope Santa brings you the P70!

#1091898 - 12/08/07 09:08 AM Re: Another beginner
gmm1 Offline
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Registered: 06/03/06
Posts: 1674
Loc: Spokane WA
Welcome Zanarkand.

I can understand why you want a p70. The CTK-551 is an entry level synch with limited poly and few voices. It is designed to be a controller with limited stand-alone features.

Here's hoping your Christmas wish happens for ya.

As far as the on-line beginner's course, I have no advice either way, as I am not familiar with it. The concept of learning this way is as valid as any other, IMHO.

But, for me, I am "old-school". I like books. I enjoy reading pieces away from both keyboards. For me, I want the lessons in book form. To each his/her own.

Good luck and have fun. Let us know how it goes.
"There is nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself." Johann Sebastian Bach/Gyro

#1091899 - 12/08/07 10:57 AM Re: Another beginner
PianoTeacherKim Offline
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Registered: 02/09/07
Posts: 255
Loc: Kailua-Kona, HI
HI Zanarkand!

Here's hoping for a great Christmas keyboard for you!

Alfred's All-In-One is a good choice. I also really like the Faber & Faber Adult Piano Adventures series. Both the Alfred's and the Faber come with CD's so you can hear what you're practicing toward. I like the music better in the Faber books, I find it more interesting!

There's a great, free, printable music theory course at:

There are lots of free piano piano lessons on YouTube, too. Any chance you could get some piano lessons for the new year? A teacher can get you started on the right foot! OK, had to say it. I'm a teacher, after all!

Most of all, enjoy yourself. And feel free to come to the forums and ask questions -- so many people will be happy to help you!


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#1091900 - 12/09/07 10:18 PM Re: Another beginner
Zanarkand Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/07/07
Posts: 6
Thank you all \:\)

Where is the best place to look for a piano teacher?

#1091901 - 12/09/07 10:46 PM Re: Another beginner
PianoN00b Offline
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Registered: 08/15/07
Posts: 262
Loc: Sacramento, CA
Zanarkand... You play Final Fantasy 10?

I am piano noob today; I will be piano pro tomorrow.

Started Piano 7-2007.

By the way, call me Yang. \:\)

#1091902 - 12/10/07 03:43 AM Re: Another beginner
Zanarkand Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/07/07
Posts: 6
I got half way and stopped playing, haha!

Might start playing again though \:\)

To Zanarkand is the best game theme ever IMO. It's the best!! xD

#1091903 - 12/10/07 09:18 AM Re: Another beginner
Monica K. Offline

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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17847
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
Welcome to the forum, Zanarkand. There's a bunch of good video game music out there, and a lot of it is nowhere near as hard as "To Zanarkand." Search the archives for "video game," "Final Fantasy," and "anime" and you'll find some good threads with links to sheet music sites.

The best way to find a teacher is word of mouth. Do you know anybody in your city who is taking lessons?
Mason & Hamlin A -- 91997
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#1091904 - 12/10/07 10:38 AM Re: Another beginner
Triryche Offline
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Registered: 08/11/06
Posts: 1451
Loc: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Welcome to the forum Zanarkand!!

Hope you get your Yamaha, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.

btw, although I’ve been outta the loop for a while, I love FF.
FF VII was the last one I enjoyed.

#1091905 - 12/10/07 09:43 PM Re: Another beginner
Zanarkand Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/07/07
Posts: 6

The best way to find a teacher is word of mouth. Do you know anybody in your city who is taking lessons?
I live in Australia, Canberra. I don't know anyone that's taking piano lessons \:\(

#1091906 - 12/10/07 09:51 PM Re: Another beginner
Kawaigirl1 Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 989
Loc: Toronto
Welcome Zanarkand \:\)

When I first saw the heading, I thought the thread was talking about the piece To Zanarkand not realizing that was your screen name \:D


#1091907 - 12/10/07 09:55 PM Re: Another beginner
Zanarkand Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/07/07
Posts: 6


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