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#2103152 - 06/16/13 02:32 AM Étude......my solution to daily practice
DashanDad Offline
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Registered: 05/15/13
Posts: 79
Loc: Iowa
I am a night owl.

Family asleep but turned the volume down on my daughters key board and spent some time learning.

Sweet stuff. I would like to find something similar that hill help with the music theory and programming the brain,hands.

Just stating that étude is utter coolness.
Thomas Scott Haynie

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#2103233 - 06/16/13 09:48 AM Re: Étude......my solution to daily practice [Re: DashanDad]
Rickster Offline

Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 9329
Loc: Georgia, USA
I too have played my piano late into the night. Playing at 3:00am seems to have a certain charm all its own. smile

Of course, I can't play very well, but I do enjoy what little I can play.

As far as learning the keyboard, the consensus here on PW is to get a good teacher first and foremost. Otherwise, I'd suggest starting with learning the basic notes, scales and chord variations, along with proper finger and hand technique. This in itself will go a long way in helping to train the brain (left and right) and hands to work together and independently. I call it keyboard familiarization.

However, once again, me giving advice about learning to play the piano is like the blind leading the blind. smile

Piano enthusiast and amateur musician: "Treat others the way you would like to be treated". Yamaha C7. YouTube Channel

#2103320 - 06/16/13 12:51 PM Re: Étude......my solution to daily practice [Re: DashanDad]
Dave B Online   content
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I agree .... it's all about chord patterns and scales that go along with the chords. Learn your chords (Harmony)first!
"Imagine it in all its primatic colorings, its counterpart in our souls - our souls that are great pianos whose strings, of honey and of steel, the divisions of the rainbow set twanging, loosing on the air great novels of adventure!" - William Carlos Williams

#2103603 - 06/17/13 12:12 AM Re: Étude......my solution to daily practice [Re: Rickster]
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Registered: 04/02/13
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Loc: guess where in CA and WA
Originally Posted By: Rickster

I too have played my piano late into the night. Playing at 3:00am seems to have a certain charm all its own.....

Rick, I couldn't do that until I moved all the way out into the country on a couple of acres (still haven't seen the neighbors yet after 2 years), and soundproofed all the bedrooms.

And I just LOVE IT!!!!!
Laguna Greg

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1931 Bechstein C - now sold
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/greg-dempster/34/325/6b9/ (my day job)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Taubman (a recent article I wrote about one of my teachers)

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#2103830 - 06/17/13 12:47 PM Re: Étude......my solution to daily practice [Re: DashanDad]
DashanDad Offline
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Loc: Iowa
My daughter gets the real teacher. I do her lessons also. so I can help her and be certain that she is practicing right.

YEs we make her go but she'll thank us. I had a chance to learn piano as a kid and passed it up .. then about 25 I wanted it but it was too late. No $ no time no piano.

Now at 39 I'm content to give it 40- min to an hour or so at night on a semi daily basis with no real end goal beyond reach a point of compotence that I can enjoy playing.

Some of the stuff by Adele seem manageable for the beginner.
Thomas Scott Haynie


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