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#1973738 - 10/15/12 07:09 PM Need help knowing what to do
Joohn Offline
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Registered: 10/13/12
Posts: 1
I've been learning piano myself for a while now. But I don't really know how to keep getting better. I'm still in a really early point to be anywhere near good, and that's because I have trouble knowing what I should be playing and what would be good for me to get better.
What I've been doing is using this site:
and play through that stuff to get better. Right now I can play all of those up to Burgmuller's Innocence.

What I would like to know is if you guys have any suggestions of what I should be doing. Do you think that website is a good place to go through?

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#1973821 - 10/15/12 09:59 PM Re: Need help knowing what to do [Re: Joohn]
Starr Keys Offline
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Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 1010
Loc: california
The first thing you should be doing is asking yourself what kind of music do I really want to play. If the answer is classical, I leave it others to tell you how you should proceed. (Just know, they will mostly tell you to find a good teacher, but if you can't afford one Lypur's free piano lessons are the closest facsimile on the Net).

If your goal is to play pop, rock, cocktail or jazz piano, then I'd advise you to stop what you're doing immediately and try to find tutorials to train you to play songs in those styles and get yourself some basic theory about how to construct chords and play accompaniment patterns for the style you're interested in. I'd also recommend you find a method that focuses on these while also offering you access to some ear training. (Bill Hilton's free lessons are a good start.)

I have made more progress by following this advice than any other. I find when I create my own music, I am much more motivated to practice it carefully and repeatedly and to listen to what I'm playing than I ever was with a teacher or traditional curriculum.

Edited by Starr Keys (10/15/12 11:26 PM)

#1973910 - 10/16/12 02:47 AM Re: Need help knowing what to do [Re: Joohn]
Bobpickle Offline

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Registered: 05/24/12
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Loc: Cameron Park, California
I second Starr's great advice. If you do decide do study additional theory (always recommended), feel free to peruse this thread that covers the basics up to and including intermediate topics http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1948785.html#Post1948785
"[The trick to life isn't] just about living forever. The trick is still living with yourself forever."

#1973934 - 10/16/12 04:41 AM Re: Need help knowing what to do [Re: Joohn]
Jean-Luc Offline
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Registered: 03/19/12
Posts: 322
Loc: France
If getting a teacher isn't an option for you, then I would highly recommend this (free) site: http://piano-ology.com/ (actually very useful even when you have a teacher).
They are a lot of tips about learning, practicing... Frank, the creator of this site also has a lot of very good video tutorials on his youtube channel, amongst them, an excellent series about how to play: http://www.youtube.com/user/pianoologist
I used both the site and the youtube channel before I could get a teacher and when I finally got a teacher (three months later), she found my position at the piano and my technique to be very good so I would guess the information provided by the site and the youtube video were excellent smile
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