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#2141686 - 08/31/13 07:21 AM Starting Out: The Piano
Meridirh Offline
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Registered: 08/29/13
Posts: 6
Loc: Germany
Hey everyone,
I'm new to this forum and introduced myself in another thread already. smile Thus I'll start to post my progress here and (hopefully) learn something new. It would be great if you could leave comments regarding my play.

I play for three days now and before that very first day I just learned how the individual notes are named. Thus one can say I'm a total newbie when it comes to music.

In this thread you'll find my progress recorded on youtube, where I run a channel with clips of all those exercises I do. Per day I try to practice at least one hour.

You'll find the first two days below this post and the exercises I did today in a seperate post.

thanks for visiting this thread

best wishes,

The first day. I just started off with a song I like very much. It's not great but it felt great while playing, increasing my joy keeping up the work I started playing the Piano/Keyboard.

First attempt

Second attempt


On the second day, thus yesterday, I tried to do some finger exercises to keep my fingers on the keys. I read that it's quite hard for beginners to keep all their fingers on the keys while playing and therefore I started practicing this very technique.

Day 2 - Finger exercises


Edited by Meridirh (08/31/13 07:23 AM)
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#2141687 - 08/31/13 07:21 AM Re: Starting Out: The Piano [Re: Meridirh]
Meridirh Offline
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Registered: 08/29/13
Posts: 6
Loc: Germany
Today I've started working with a new book I've got, "PlayPiano" which was recommended to me in another forum. I'll mainly try to do exercises out of this book.

"Merryly we roll along"

here's an exercise with the black keys (fis, gis, ais) based on the above quoted song. I tried to play according to my ear and learn to follow the music while listening to it.
Someone already told me to practice with a metronome which I just found on my keyboard ( ;-) ).

[b]Day 3 - Part 1[/b]

Edited by Meridirh (08/31/13 07:45 AM)
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#2154453 - 09/20/13 01:15 PM Re: Starting Out: The Piano [Re: Meridirh]
Steve Warner Offline
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Registered: 09/18/13
Posts: 23
Loc: New York, New York
Hi Lukas. I just watched your videos, and I just have two small suggestions for you to start off with:

(1) Slow down your playing even more - try to get through the whole first part of Fur Elise at a fixed tempo without missing any notes. Then you can slowly speed up after that. If a metronome helps you do this at first, then use it. But I would suggest practicing keeping time in your head as well (in other words at least sometimes play the part without the metronome).

(2) Try to be aware of what your wrists are doing. Slowly try to get them a bit higher while you're playing. Think about how a spider runs around - that's closer to what your wrists should look like.

By the way I teach Fur Elise in 11 lessons on my YouTube channel (the link is in my signature).

Here's the first lesson in case you're interested in watching:


Keep it up!

Edited by Steve Warner (09/20/13 01:18 PM)

#2158974 - 09/28/13 09:15 AM Re: Starting Out: The Piano [Re: Steve Warner]
Meridirh Offline
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Registered: 08/29/13
Posts: 6
Loc: Germany
Hey everyone

in case you wonder why I didn't post much for quite some time. I've got a new D-piano and got some tournaments (chess) coming up, which is the reason I didn't have so much time to spend on the piano.

My youtube channel changed a bit since there was a technical problem with and the channel and my username. I've got a new one on which I continue my "diary". The description is in german, because I'm learning according to a german piano book and don't have the time to translate everything. But music is music and one should recognize the titles once heard (and played correctly by me).

I'll post today's day here on this page.


thanks for the advise. smile I'll make sure to check out your videos.

youtube Day 11 - some past exercises

Edited by Meridirh (09/28/13 09:16 AM)
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#2159723 - 09/29/13 03:59 PM Re: Starting Out: The Piano [Re: Meridirh]
Steve Warner Offline
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Registered: 09/18/13
Posts: 23
Loc: New York, New York
That's a tremendous improvement from your last videos. The arch in your fingers looks much better, and your tempo is much more consistent. Keep it up!


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