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#2172491 - 10/26/13 06:36 PM Newish to piano
alexh7686 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/13
Posts: 13
Hi all,

I'm pretty new to the piano and was hoping for some recommendations on how to go about learning. Sadly due to the time of year and my job paying rubbish wages I can't afford a teacher at the moment. Having browsed through the fourms I've gotten the Alfred adult book 1 to work through along with Hanons virtuoso pianist which I already had.

The problem I find with both of these are as Alfred begins with simple tunes and theory it isn't as musical as I would like and Hanons is an exercise book so pretty tedious on the sound but good for technique I feel.

I was hoping for some recommendations for some beginner songs or pieces that sound nice and about the level I'm at. I'm able to read sheet music ok but can't read and play at the same time quite yet need to transcribe first.

To give you an idea of the level I'm at some of the stuff I can play at the moment are:
Fur Elise intro
The Godfather theme
In the Morning Light by Yanni (until it gets to the faster parts)
Desperado by The Eagles
Dwelling Narrowness

While I understand the technique practice is important I've always felt the most important thing about playing any instrument is that you enjoy it. If your not enjoying it as a whole your not going to give it your all.

Any style of music is fine as I like most styles but as you can see from the pieces I've learned it has been more romantic emotional songs I've learned. Partially because they are at a slower tempo so don't need to be as quick but they still sound great.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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#2172503 - 10/26/13 07:38 PM Re: Newish to piano [Re: alexh7686]
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What I often suggest is the ABF recital index. It gives a new person an idea of what pieces forum members like enough to learn, polish, record and upload to share with others.



By the way, the next recital opens for uploads on Friday Nov 1, 2013. All beginners (or non-beginners) reading this are welcome to participate.
my piano uploads

#2172525 - 10/26/13 09:29 PM Re: Newish to piano [Re: alexh7686]
earlofmar Offline
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Registered: 03/21/13
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Loc: Australia
You can find free downloadable sheet music here

One of the misconceptions about learning the piano is that typical beginners material is all bland and dry. It only appears that way because our ideal music is something we won't be able to play for years yet. One has to open up the challenges of the simpler pieces and enjoy that side of the music.
If this life is a simulation can I not be in the easy version where Bach was a drummer


#2172589 - 10/27/13 12:46 AM Re: Newish to piano [Re: alexh7686]
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Originally Posted By: alexh7686

The problem I find with both of these are as Alfred begins with simple tunes and theory it isn't as musical as I would like...

Think of the Alfred's songs as something you're being taught. It is a quite brilliant book. Bases on teaching you, methodically, building upon one to another. You should be able to look at a song and determine what it is it's trying to teach you. Get it all down good. It is the basis of playing well. Don't worry about it being musical. That is not it's primary intent.

I understand on songs. I don't know what to tell you. I have a couple I work on. One is for a recital here. If you look at the sheet music advertisements here. They all have an easy version of each song. Even at this point. My teacher likes me to go ahead and work the easy while I study the original. The original is for learning sake. She loves Original.
Your brain is a sponge. Keep it wet. Mary Gae George
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#2172613 - 10/27/13 03:26 AM Re: Newish to piano [Re: alexh7686]
Bobpickle Offline

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Registered: 05/24/12
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Loc: Cameron Park, California
Originally Posted By: alexh7686
I was hoping for some recommendations for some beginner songs or pieces that sound nice and about the level I'm at. I'm able to read sheet music ok but can't read and play at the same time quite yet need to transcribe first.

You might try exploring some of the easier music on these lists:
"[The trick to life isn't] just about living forever. The trick is still living with yourself forever."

#2172643 - 10/27/13 06:58 AM Re: Newish to piano [Re: alexh7686]
alexh7686 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/13
Posts: 13
Thanks all for the suggestions. I'll check some of those tracks on YouTube see what I like.
Thumbs up to the guys that have played stuff in the recital page. The stuff I listened too sounded great.


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