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#2115577 - 07/10/13 08:47 AM I started with a new teacher last week.
carolinagirl Offline
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Registered: 05/01/13
Posts: 54
I was taking lessons (free with the piano purchase) on the other side of town, a 45 minute drive in rush hours traffic. As the end of the free lessons drew near, I located a piano teacher only 10 minutes from work who could work me in at a very convenient time for me. Last week we were mainly focusing on what I had been doing with my other teacher for the past two months. Yesterday though, she got into some very enlightening things that helped me so much!

I have an engineering background and am a very analytical thinker. AS it turns out, so is she. She is very gifted in math, physics and chemistry. She explained how music is very mathmatical, with repeating patterns and intervals between notes. She also told me that when reading music, it's more important to relate the notes on the page to their location on the keyboard, rather than adding the step of actually identifying the name of that note. For cords, she said figure out the bottom note, and then recognize the pattern for the rest of the notes in that cord (look for the intervals). she also had me start not looking at my hands but paying more attention to the music to see how the one cord relates to the next (for finger placement, etc). I could do it! And it was actually much easier for me to hit the right notes because I was studying the pattern of the cords, instead of trying to identify each individual note.

That was the most productive lesson I have had yet. I think I am going to be able to do this!

Edited by carolinagirl (07/10/13 08:49 AM)
Yamaha CLP 440 Delivered on April 16 2013
Started playing piano April 16 2013

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#2115584 - 07/10/13 08:55 AM Re: I started with a new teacher last week. [Re: carolinagirl]
King Norre Offline
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Congratulations cool A good teacher can be really inspiring. I also started taking lessons last week. Tomorrow I go back for my 2nd lesson. I'm looking forward to it.
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#2115735 - 07/10/13 03:50 PM Re: I started with a new teacher last week. [Re: carolinagirl]
4evrBeginR Offline
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Registered: 06/27/09
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Loc: California
Yes, music is math... kinda like solving series. It's more important to understand the pattern than the actual value.
Art is never finished, only abandoned. - da Vinci

#2115750 - 07/10/13 04:19 PM Re: I started with a new teacher last week. [Re: carolinagirl]
Charles Cohen Offline
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Registered: 12/26/12
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Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
Originally Posted By: carolinagirl
. . .
That was the most productive lesson I have had yet. I think I am going to be able to do this!

This sounds like a match made in Heaven. Both of you are lucky.

One thing that's happening:

. . . You're being taught to be a _musician_, which
. . . is different than learning "how to play piano"
. . . as an absolute beginner.

Have fun !
. Charles
. Charles
PX-350 / microKorg XL+ / Pianoteq / Lounge Lizard / ZXA1 speaker

#2115810 - 07/10/13 06:44 PM Re: I started with a new teacher last week. [Re: carolinagirl]
earlofmar Offline
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Registered: 03/21/13
Posts: 2306
Loc: Australia
Sight reading is very different in reality to what I originally assumed it was, which I thought was simply talent or a gift.
Your teacher has set you on the right path in one simple lesson which is gold. Now once you start thinking in intervals you will see progress. I practice sight reading for 15 to 20 min every day and although improvement is even slower than my technique improvement (which it totally expected) I will keep at it. It doesn't feel like work it does feel more like a puzzle to be worked out.
Learning piano starts by taking all your confidence and then over many years drip feeding it back to you smile


#2115811 - 07/10/13 06:51 PM Re: I started with a new teacher last week. [Re: carolinagirl]
Bamburg Offline
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Registered: 06/07/13
Posts: 88
This sounds exactly like my lesson yesterday. I was supposed to have to wait until September to start with the teacher but she had a student drop and allowed me to take the spot, and she taught me the exact same things. Music went from being frustrating to something I could work through in a logical way, and it was amazing!

I hope things keep going well for you and your new teacher!

#2115949 - 07/11/13 03:46 AM Re: I started with a new teacher last week. [Re: carolinagirl]
rnaple Offline

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Registered: 12/23/10
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Loc: Rocky Mountains
Good going!
My teacher says the same about math and music.
Your brain is a sponge. Keep it wet. Mary Gae George
The focus of your personal practice is discipline. Not numbers. Scott Sonnon


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