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#1520975 - 09/23/10 08:44 AM Basic Piano Goals for a Beginner Pianist
Christofle Offline
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Registered: 08/25/10
Posts: 1
Loc: Malaysia
Hi everyone!

My question is, what would be the "basic goals every beginner pianist would need to achieve" when starting out in order to build a pathway to become an adept pianist?

I've just started piano lessons for two weeks now. I don't have any previous music background. The reason for this question is because I feel the amount of piano knowledge in existence is much too overwhelming & scary to a person who is just beginning to learn it and there is too many different methods of learning, so it's barely possible to even know which one is better than the other.

Well, the main thing I'm looking for would be a "summary of what are the most -basic goals- for a beginner pianist to look at/focus/must learn/important" in order to grow effectively into a better pianist.

Thank you so much in advance. wink

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#1521004 - 09/23/10 10:00 AM Re: Basic Piano Goals for a Beginner Pianist [Re: Christofle]
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Registered: 09/17/10
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Avoid learning bad habits. They can't slow your progress, prevents you from getting any further at some stage or worst, injuries.

Don't just learn how to play but learn how to read and understand the music. Don't neglect music theory and history.

Be patient. If you do the right thing the right way, there is no stopping you to reach where you want to reach. But if you rush, you will miss out the basics and get stuck. There are no shortcuts.

To do the above, you will need a very good teacher. It will save you time, frustration and injuries in the long run.


That's my 2 cents.

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#1521026 - 09/23/10 10:54 AM Re: Basic Piano Goals for a Beginner Pianist [Re: Christofle]
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Know that it is a slow layered process that takes years.

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#1521028 - 09/23/10 10:54 AM Re: Basic Piano Goals for a Beginner Pianist [Re: Christofle]
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The biggest thing you can do is not be afraid to make mistakes. Let them happen, learn from them, and overcome them.

Second to that, be patient. Piano takes years to develop as a skill, so enjoy the process along the way. smile
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#1521032 - 09/23/10 11:08 AM Re: Basic Piano Goals for a Beginner Pianist [Re: Christofle]
casinitaly Offline


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Welcome to Piano World!


Even if you have some musical background, it still takes a long time.

Be patient!!
Be content with taking many small steps!

Your first really big challenge is learning to read the notes. It can take a while to learn to do this smoothly, so again - be patient!

Enjoy your adventure!.... did I say "be patient"?
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#1521059 - 09/23/10 12:17 PM Re: Basic Piano Goals for a Beginner Pianist [Re: Christofle]
nancymae Offline
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Registered: 12/27/09
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My advice (only being a pianist since Christmas 2009 and still a beginner) is practice every day. (or at least most days) A missed day here or there is fine..but try to get in the habit of practicing every single day. I have heard 20 minutes is a good time to start...if you can do more, then do. You will advance quicker than someone who plays only on the weekends for 2-3 hours. Since Christmas day, I probably can count on one hand the days that I have not practiced. I am now in book two of Alfred's Adult course!

I agree with the others about being patient..enjoy the process. It's a definite skill--reading music, relating it to your hands-and both at the same time! So be patient with yourself and your progress. Enjoy the small accomplishments..the first time you play with both hands, or can read the entire line of music without looking up the names of the notes or where they are on the keyboard. These achievements may not be clear, but they still are achievements that should be celebrated and built upon.

Your skills compound and build upon one another and reading music DOES get easier, playing with one hand DOES get easier, playing with two hands DOES get easier...with every day practice!

Have fun and keep reading and commenting to these boards...they are full of wonderful and generous musicians who share their knowledge!

Welcome and Happy Piano Playing!

Nancy
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#1521073 - 09/23/10 12:30 PM Re: Basic Piano Goals for a Beginner Pianist [Re: nancymae]
casinitaly Offline


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Originally Posted By: nancymae
My advice (only being a pianist since Christmas 2009 and still a beginner) is practice every day. (or at least most days) A missed day here or there is fine..but try to get in the habit of practicing every single day. I have heard 20 minutes is a good time to start...if you can do more, then do. You will advance quicker than someone who plays only on the weekends for 2-3 hours. Since Christmas day, I probably can count on one hand the days that I have not practiced. I am now in book two of Alfred's Adult course!

I agree with the others about being patient..enjoy the process. It's a definite skill--reading music, relating it to your hands-and both at the same time! So be patient with yourself and your progress. Enjoy the small accomplishments..the first time you play with both hands, or can read the entire line of music without looking up the names of the notes or where they are on the keyboard. These achievements may not be clear, but they still are achievements that should be celebrated and built upon.

Your skills compound and build upon one another and reading music DOES get easier, playing with one hand DOES get easier, playing with two hands DOES get easier...with every day practice!

Have fun and keep reading and commenting to these boards...they are full of wonderful and generous musicians who share their knowledge!

Welcome and Happy Piano Playing!

Nancy


Nancymae, we really are twins! I totally agree with you on the playing every day idea - if it is at all possible.

The only days I've missed playing since Christmas 2009 have been days when I was physically not in the house ... I need all my fingers to count my missed days, but I really do play every day (even the days of departure and return! - even if only for a few minutes).

On days when I am able to play a lot, I generally play in many 15-20 minute sessions.

I really believe this approach has helped my progress a lot.
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Everything's too hard until you make it easy. Follow your teacher's instructions and practice wisely/much, and you'll soon wonder how you ever found it hard ;)-BobPickle
Performance anxiety: make it part of your daily routine and deal with it...Cope! zrtf90

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#1521128 - 09/23/10 01:46 PM Re: Basic Piano Goals for a Beginner Pianist [Re: Christofle]
nancymae Offline
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Registered: 12/27/09
Posts: 129
Loc: NE Wisconsin
Cheryl...kindred spirits across the ocean!!!!! When are you getting your new piano?????
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Playing on circa 1917/18 Chickering Grand Piano since July 2010
Finished Alfred Book 1-August 2010
Started Book 2--August 11, 2010
Alfred Favorites Book







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#1521131 - 09/23/10 01:48 PM Re: Basic Piano Goals for a Beginner Pianist [Re: nancymae]
casinitaly Offline


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Registered: 03/01/10
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Originally Posted By: nancymae
Cheryl...kindred spirits across the ocean!!!!! When are you getting your new piano?????


Kindred spirits indeed!!!!

I'm still shopping - next appointment is on 8 October..... I need more experienced pianists to come with me and it is hard to coordinate schedules! I'm going nuts.

My objective is to have it before Christmas... we shall see!
(don't worry, I will start a new thread for it when it happens!)
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Everything's too hard until you make it easy. Follow your teacher's instructions and practice wisely/much, and you'll soon wonder how you ever found it hard ;)-BobPickle
Performance anxiety: make it part of your daily routine and deal with it...Cope! zrtf90

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#1521633 - 09/24/10 06:17 AM Re: Basic Piano Goals for a Beginner Pianist [Re: Christofle]
little_lewis Offline
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Registered: 01/07/09
Posts: 3
Practice, be confident, read lots of music books, and remember what you learn, everything is based off what you remember.
not sure if this is too advance for you but its free, download this book if you can understand it it will work miracles.
http://fileml.com/0g75y1

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#1521643 - 09/24/10 06:38 AM Re: Basic Piano Goals for a Beginner Pianist [Re: Christofle]
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Registered: 12/06/09
Posts: 1293
Loc: Lisboa, Portugal
Welcome to PW!
As an athlete, work hard and never give up.


Edited by Carlos CC (09/24/10 06:38 AM)
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