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#424792 - 07/13/01 09:04 PM Piano Curriculum
Felix Offline
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Registered: 07/13/01
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Loc: New York
I have been taking piano lessons for 18 months. However, I feel like I am just learning songs. Is there a a more structured/pedantic approach to learning piano, or is playing songs the way to become a better pianist? My biggest desire is to play notes without looking at my hands or using the five finger position approach (e.g. more free style). Any suggestions?



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#424793 - 07/13/01 10:19 PM Re: Piano Curriculum
Joe Offline
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Registered: 06/27/01
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Welcome to the board! Well there is nothing wrong with learning songs, especially if your teacher has an aim in mind with each one. I'd advise learning all the basics - scales, chords, key signatures, etc. and look to see how they apply to your music.

As a teacher it can be difficult to know exactly the right approach for each student, some need a lot of freedom, some need everything to be clearly laid out. If you're feeling a little directionless, try to let your teacher know that maybe you need more structure, or ask about the goals for each piece you do. Communication is the key \:\)

#424794 - 07/14/01 10:17 PM Re: Piano Curriculum
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A good way to structure yourself is to learn a method or have an exersize routine. I recommend learning Hanon, that way you learn scales, octaves, arpeggios etc, and you can promote yourself to harder songs as your technique gets better.

#424795 - 07/16/01 09:08 PM Re: Piano Curriculum
Felix Offline
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Joe and Crash Test, thank you very much for taking the time to share you thoughts with me.



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