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#2147362 - 09/10/13 03:47 AM Just turned 30...newbie
disawell Offline
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Registered: 09/09/13
Posts: 2
And my piano has been dropped...no outward damage - looks and sounds ok. Will it be ok with a tune? Or will it be damaged beyond repair?

I had lessons as a kid but never got to practice and i didn't enjoy it. I just want to be able to play for pleasure and reading music is less important to me. I can "read" the music, i know what the notes are etc (I got 1st grade theory) but I can't sight read and I have real difficulty getting my hands to work together.

Can i do this?


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#2147380 - 09/10/13 06:01 AM Re: Just turned 30...newbie [Re: disawell]
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Welcome to the forum disawell, I hope your piano survives.

Can you do this? - course you can. Of course there are a few considerations eg can you afford a good teacher (can you afford not to), do you have the right drive, do you have time to practice regularly.

However you go about I wish you well on your journey and please keep us posted with your progress. Don't forget this is a great resource for answering questions and no question is ever silly. The forum is also fully searchable which makes research a breeze.
Learning piano starts by taking all your confidence and then over many years drip feeding it back to you smile


#2147455 - 09/10/13 09:44 AM Re: Just turned 30...newbie [Re: disawell]
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Welcome disawell!
Start playing everyday and I'm sure you'll be surprise with your progress.

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#2147485 - 09/10/13 10:46 AM Re: Just turned 30...newbie [Re: disawell]
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Lucky you! These wooden things are easily repairable. Couple o` splints and a bit o` string whilst the glue dries . . .

You`ll enjoy it here. There are guys just like you.

Just be thanful your piano isn`t plastic! Mine is. It, too, got dropped . . . .

Edited by peterws (09/11/13 11:45 AM)
"I'm playing all the right notes � but not necessarily in the right order." Eric Morecambe


#2147885 - 09/10/13 08:55 PM Re: Just turned 30...newbie [Re: disawell]
disawell Offline
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Thanks everyone smile Anyone got any places to start? I can already play few songs with chords and stuff, I do have the music in my soul, but reading the music has always held me back. I want a "i just want to play the song" style....

#2148362 - 09/11/13 05:25 PM Re: Just turned 30...newbie [Re: disawell]
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#2148492 - 09/11/13 10:26 PM Re: Just turned 30...newbie [Re: disawell]
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When I was little, everyone told me I had to learn to read. I hated the drudgery, and just wanted to play. I struggled through, and like you I can manage it when I absolutely need help with a phrase. Otherwise, I refuse to read. It took me many, many years to get past the "you should be reading" mindset, and I think it's partly the reason I laid off playing music from my mid 20's to early 40's. Now that I have given myself permission to set the books aside unless necessary, I'm having a blast, and I have learned far more, faster. Call it lazy if you want, but I guess it's just the way my brain works, so I may as well indulge it.

I used to think playing Elton John was hard. It's not. I just really didn't give it a fair effort when I was younger, because I thought the reading music part was too daunting. Now I'm making up for lost time.

Learn to play basic major scales, and major and minor chords in all three inversions. Practice them as a 10 minute warm up in the circle of fifths. Then add arpeggios and sevenths. Maybe throw in a few Hannon exercises. You get the idea. After warm up let the fun begin. Grab some lead sheets of simple songs you know and have a go at them. Just play bass octaves with your left hand for starters, the coordination will come. Work out the voicings of the chords with your right hand. This is where knowing your inversions pays off. This is where you get to use that knowledge to experiment. There is no right or wrong. Do it how you like, finding the way you like it is fun. As you get better, you can incorporate the melody line with your right hand voicings, and you can experiment with bass lines. When you get this down, you'll be able to look at a lead sheet and say, "I can do that!".

Have fun.

#2148500 - 09/11/13 11:08 PM Re: Just turned 30...newbie [Re: Oasismfg]
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Welcome to the forum disawell. Of course you can do it.

As for reading, you probably read as well as I do now, and I made a considerable effort to get to that modest stage of being able to identify the notes. So you are not alone in the dislike and low aptitude for sight reading. If you work on reading, you will get better. If you don't want to, then there are other ways.

These might include learning by ear, watching videos. Do understand, that choosing to avoid sight reading, will make certain pieces, such as classical masterpieces, that much more difficult nearing impossible for some of them. However, tons of popular songs, folks songs, movie music will be accessible.

If you can identify the notes, you are half way to being able to use lead sheets (melody on top, chord letters instead of notes on the bottom). Many popular songs can be found in lead sheet format.

The vast majority of forum beginners use a method book (eg: Alfred's, or similar) and/or a teacher. Those that choose a different road have to find their own way, because the road less traveled has fewer markers.
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