Hey everyone! *peers out over immense forums*
Well, let's get one thing straight: parents are always
right. End of story. I learned piano for about 6 months when I was young and promptly gave up, because how could a piano ever compete with a fancy new Nintendo 64? :rolleyes:
Here I am, around 12 years later (22 years old, now), regretting that decision. The silly thing is that even though I'm very clearly back at square one, I still have random muscle memory for the first few lines of My Heart Will Go On
because that was the last song I learned to play. LOL! It was quite popular at the time.
That muscle memory has made me somewhat bitter, realizing how much
more[/b] muscle memory I could have had by now if I had just stuck with it. But that's life.
Sadly, there are two things that impede me from making the best of relearning the piano:
- I'm a poor college student.
- ... I'm a
very[/b] poor college student.
But!! There are also two things that are to my advantage:
- I'm a perfectionist that won't move on until I've done the best I can do.
- I'm a "scientist" that won't proceed until I have a clear plan.
So what this all amounts to is that I really, truly, honestly cannot afford real piano lessons for some time. I'm beginning as bare-bones as you can get with a used Casio CDP-100 (perfect condition, though). But I'm not going to leap in and start making crazy mistakes as far as posture and fingering goes- those things I can remember from my first lessons.
I'm also not a typical returning pianist in that I won't be focusing on classical music. There are definitely some classics that I would love to play, but the majority of my musical interest begins with the Beatles and then leaps ahead 30 years to covers of modern music.
I watch covers of things like this song
and secretly fantasize about someday being able to play by ear like that. :p
I have a few questions, though: For me to reach that point, I obviously need to train my ears first, and learn all the chord patterns, while doing scales and improving my hand coordination.
Since I'll be teaching myself, I was hoping to dedicate at least an hour a day (between classes, after work, whenever) where the majority was learning to sight-read chords/fake books and practice scales, and a small portion was to slowly memorize bits of a song so that I could eventually have something fun to show for it, even if I wasn't truly at that playing level yet.
The Alfred series seems to be popular enough, so I'm definitely getting the first book there. Does anyone have any other book or website recommendations for me to find finger exercises and begin memorizing chords?
How about places where I could begin training myself to recognize note sounds? I could look up any website myself, but since I know
I don't have perfect listening skills yet, someone with better judgment would be really helpful.
Or perhaps if you're somewhat like me, you could tell me how it was to learn in this rather unconventional way?
I know I won't ever reach a great amount of skill by going about the piano this way, but it seems like it's the best way to eventually play the music I'm truly interested in, rather than pages of songs that makes my brain leak out of my ears after hearing them 200 times (I'm looking at you, Lightly Row
. *glare*) Luckily, I have no interest in ever giving a formal recital.