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#2165746 - 10/13/13 05:32 PM completly new to piano so a few q's :)
Carl360 Offline
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Registered: 10/13/13
Posts: 3
Loc: United Kingdom
Hey everyone, I'm rather new... ok scratch that I am completely new to piano. I currently have a Yamaha PSR E333 and haven't the first clue where to start.
I watched a few videos and know where C is, and i know the different type of notes, however I'm stuck with reading sheet music and chords.

So I do have a few questions for you all. So I'm a bit of a stubborn so and so, and as such I'd like to go down the route of self learning i.e: learning from videos online and just researching how to play. What would be the best route to go down in my case?

My goal is to continuously better myself, and I would love to be able to play fast tricky songs.

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#2165752 - 10/13/13 05:46 PM Re: completly new to piano so a few q's :) [Re: Carl360]
Mken Offline
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Get a teacher or the Alfred books?

The only way is to invest lots of time and put in a lot of practice. It took me 8 months to finish the first Alfred all in one book.

Took me another year to finish the 2nd one properly (break of 3 months).

Build the fundamentals then work on harder pieces incrementally.

Its the only way.

Well not the only way the other way is the rote method which I learned Chopin Nocture with, except I had no idea how to play anything else.
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#2165764 - 10/13/13 06:37 PM Re: completly new to piano so a few q's :) [Re: Mken]
Carl360 Offline
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Loc: United Kingdom
Do you have a link to the Alfred books? I would like to buy them laugh

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#2165767 - 10/13/13 06:47 PM Re: completly new to piano so a few q's :) [Re: Carl360]
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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Adult-All---One-...ll+in+one+piano

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Aaron-Ad...on+piano+course

Both start easy and add something which each new piece. I found crush notes and arpeggios were rather late in the books though.

So you start right hand on middle C, then two hands, then scale of C, then pedal, then sharps flats, and then rests while intermissions of piano exercises and how to read music and bits of theory.
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#2165769 - 10/13/13 06:49 PM Re: completly new to piano so a few q's :) [Re: Carl360]
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Note ALL the pieces are on youtube a friendly pianist played all of them so you don't need the CD.
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#2165798 - 10/13/13 08:39 PM Re: completly new to piano so a few q's :) [Re: Carl360]
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Registered: 03/21/13
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Loc: Australia
Welcome Carl360, the piano is the ideal instrument for a stubborn so and so, lol. You need to be stubborn and determined as well as have other tricks to keep you motivated.

The Alfred All In One series is an excellent start and there are threads for each book on this forum.

I also started with the idea I would self teach but quickly changed when I realized I was directionless and could be teaching myself bad habits. Having a teacher if you can afford one will make the journey a little easier and nowadays doesn't mean you have to do exams or just study classical music
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#2165828 - 10/13/13 11:22 PM Re: completly new to piano so a few q's :) [Re: earlofmar]
Charles Cohen Offline
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Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
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I also started with the idea I would self teach but quickly changed when I realized I was directionless and could be teaching myself bad habits. Having a teacher if you can afford one will make the journey a little easier and nowadays doesn't mean you have to do exams or just study classical music


+1.

It's not impossible to "self-teach" with method books, but it's faster (and more reliable) to have somebody else listen and say:

. . . "Do it like _this_, not like _that_".

. Charles

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#2177006 - 11/04/13 03:36 PM Re: completly new to piano so a few q's :) [Re: Carl360]
Carl360 Offline
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Registered: 10/13/13
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Loc: United Kingdom
Cheers for the links and the advice guys sorry I couldn't reply sooner I went away on holiday for a few weeks which was nice. But now it's time to get my head down and start learning. I enjoy self teaching especially when you can hear and see the results

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#2177079 - 11/04/13 05:27 PM Re: completly new to piano so a few q's :) [Re: Carl360]
earlofmar Offline
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Carl360 forgot to add that you might find this website useful here

This is a completely free site with lots of lesssons and information ideal for the self started. Don't be put off by the teacher being a little odd, his heart is in the right place, but his teaching is methodical and sound.
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#2177329 - 11/05/13 04:03 AM Re: completly new to piano so a few q's :) [Re: Carl360]
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Registered: 12/06/09
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Loc: Lisbon, Portugal
Welcome to PW, Carl360!
I started without a teacher and I'm still learning alone... Teachers, books and internet are essential in any learning phase but it's also important to define a high level plan (do you want to be a pro...?).

PianoWorld is the main source of support and commitment for me - look at PW recitals, for example -, and it's a rich source of information. So, you're in the right place!

Have fun!
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#2177444 - 11/05/13 10:20 AM Re: completly new to piano so a few q's :) [Re: Carl360]
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Registered: 06/22/12
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Hi!
Welcome to the world of pianoforte. I would like to give you some advices.
1) get a teacher
2) get a teacher
3) get a teacher
4) get a teacher
Also, last but not least, you should find a teacher.
This is if you want to learn PIANO. If you just want lo learn KEYBOARD and play some easy tracks, you can do it alone.

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#2177515 - 11/05/13 12:12 PM Re: completly new to piano so a few q's :) [Re: Carl360]
Johnny D Offline
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Registered: 08/10/11
Posts: 189
Loc: Brazil
If you are going to get the Alfred's Book, you should get it with the DVD.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alfreds-Basic-Adult-All-In-One-Course/dp/0739082426/
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