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#2102811 - 06/15/13 07:51 AM Piano book
King Norre Offline
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Hi all,

I just bought my first piano and will start taking lessons (evening classes) in september. Untill then I'd like to learn on my own using a good book or maybe even an internet site. Are there any books or websites you recommend? I don't need to learn about music theory specifically because I've been playing upright bass and bassguitar for the last 15 years, so I guess I have a basic understanding about scales, chords and modes. At least I think I do crazy
Of course, I want to learn it the right way so my future teacher doesn't need to "unlearn" my bad habits before we can get started cry
Thanks!

Ciao,

KN
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#2103025 - 06/15/13 07:17 PM Re: Piano book [Re: King Norre]
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Never mind my question. I just noticed there's a big topic about piano books in another section of this forum ;-)
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#2103187 - 06/16/13 04:47 AM Re: Piano book [Re: King Norre]
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Congratulations on your purchase and the new-found love for the piano. Are the classes group lessons? If so, do you know with how many people? I learned to play in one such class with 30 people and for those that were motivated (and practiced regularly outside of class) the classes are a waste of time because the class's pace is dragged down by the other students with no former musical experience and that don't practice. Also, because there were 29 other students, the instruction of a teacher was essentially non-existant (this was especially unfortunate as I now know that the instructor was a former performance and pedagogy major of the Franz Liszt Academy of Poland).

Depending on how seriously you wish to learn the instrument and/or progress on it (having former musical experience, you know how much quality practice is required for progress), I'd recommend seeking a qualified private instructor for regular one-on-one lessons to prevent learning bad habits (of which you seem aware) from the outset as only they can truly prevent them.

I recommend looking over the following:
-Link 1 (paraphrased tease: "'books' often seem to contradict when in reality, they may very well mean the same thing... What's needed is a hands-on approach, not a book")
-Link 2
-This whole thread is really great, especially since there are well-thought-out discussions
-Link 4

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#2103287 - 06/16/13 11:42 AM Re: Piano book [Re: Bobpickle]
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OK, thanks for your advice Bob thumb
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#2104511 - 06/18/13 04:56 PM Re: Piano book [Re: King Norre]
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I decided to not buy a book and take some lessons with a private teacher instead. It's a lot more expensive but hey ...
I have my first lesson this friday thumb
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#2104556 - 06/18/13 05:59 PM Re: Piano book [Re: King Norre]
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Originally Posted By: King Norre
I decided to not buy a book and take some lessons with a private teacher instead. It's a lot more expensive but hey ...
I have my first lesson this friday thumb

Glad to hear it! I'm sure you know this, but the more you practice, the more "worth it" it will be! (And (I think it will definitely be worth it in the long run!) Good luck and I hope it goes great!

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#2104565 - 06/18/13 06:26 PM Re: Piano book [Re: red-rose]
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Thanks thumb
I'm looking forward to my first lesson.
I'm aslo curious about the piano the teacher uses. I know it's a grand piano but don't know the brand yet. I also hope the transition from my digital CA65 (which I actually don't own yet. It will be delivered in 2 weeks) to a real acoustic piano won't give me any problems...
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#2104570 - 06/18/13 06:36 PM Re: Piano book [Re: King Norre]
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Good for you. Did you already sign a contract or commit to regular lessons with the teacher? Sometimes it's nice to take trial lessons with multiple teachers and, after thinking it over for a little while while factoring in personal goals and prospective teachers' varying experience, then choose the one that feels best for you from the several you've taken the time to meet (as a consumer you wouldn't go to buy shoes and just pick the first pair you'd come across in your size, would you?). I don't mean to intimidate you, but there are so many professionals (and not so professionals) in the field that the first one you come across is unlikely to be the

Use the Search feature and dig around the forums (the Adult Beginner Forums see threads on advice for finding a teacher several times a year, for example) for threads with questions to ask and things to look for you might not have thought of otherwise. Here's one such good thread: http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2035389/1.html#Post2037359

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#2104574 - 06/18/13 06:41 PM Re: Piano book [Re: King Norre]
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Originally Posted By: King Norre
Thanks thumb
I'm looking forward to my first lesson.
I'm aslo curious about the piano the teacher uses. I know it's a grand piano but don't know the brand yet. I also hope the transition from my digital CA65 (which I actually don't own yet. It will be delivered in 2 weeks) to a real acoustic piano won't give me any problems...


The Kawai CA65 is a very good piano and should provide about as realistic a touch as a digital piano is capable of. The piano sounds are also very nice and pretty realistic. Relish your time spent with her grand piano, though, as as nice as digitals can come, they can't compare to a well-maintained grand in acoustic sound or overall experience.

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#2105736 - 06/21/13 12:38 PM Re: Piano book [Re: King Norre]
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I just had my first lesson ever on piano. It was great! I know the journey is going to be long and tough but also a lot of fun!
Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, Liszt, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Gorbatsjov ... bring it on. Ok, the last one is not a pianoplayer but he can bring the booze ;-)
The piano of the teacher, which is the first piano I ever played, is a Bl├╝thner grand.
Not bad for an introduction to the pianoworld I'd say ;-) What a beauty!
I'm looking forward to receiving my piano in two weeks. I want to practise all the things I've learned today ... the waiting is killing me!
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#2105975 - 06/21/13 09:28 PM Re: Piano book [Re: King Norre]
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Have a blast!!!! Best of luck to you!!!


I like your sig line by the way.


Edited by Barb860 (06/21/13 09:28 PM)
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#2106095 - 06/22/13 07:04 AM Re: Piano book [Re: Barb860]
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Thank you smile
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