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#989734 - 08/15/08 04:55 PM Tips for the just initiated?
vertigo11 Offline
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Registered: 08/14/08
Posts: 9
So without any musical experience, I started to learn the piano two months ago. So far, I'm learning from Humphries' The Piano Handbook, which is good. However, after mastering the likes of Greensleeves and some really short pieces by Bach, the book becomes really difficult with signs and symbols that are not explained. There's the struggle (By the way, I'm in my late teens)

Does anyone have any tips to learn the piano a little faster?

Thanks

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#989735 - 08/15/08 04:58 PM Re: Tips for the just initiated?
Monica K. Offline

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Welcome to the forum, vertigo11. \:\)

The best tip I can give you for learning the piano faster is to get a good teacher. However, I'm guessing you've already thought of that and ruled it out. Second best tip is to hang out around here, where you will find lots of helpful information. For example, in another thread Moe Howard provided this link to a page defining all sorts of musical symbols:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_musical_symbols#Notes_and_rests
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#989736 - 08/15/08 05:07 PM Re: Tips for the just initiated?
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I have always thought The Piano Handbook moved too quickly trying to cover too much in too few pages to really be effective as a beginning method.

Many folks on the forum have had success with the Alfred's Adult All-In-On Course. There are 3 levels in the course and a book for each level (plus Alfred publishes tons of supplementary material for all levels of piano students). The course is called "all-in-one" because it combines theory with technique and musicianship in a single course book.

This method is frequently used by teachers with adult students, but you can certainly buy and use the books yourself if you want to continue self-study. The books (with or without an accompanying CD) are available through Amazon, SheetMusicPlus, or other online sources.
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#989737 - 08/15/08 05:09 PM Re: Tips for the just initiated?
crusadar Offline
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Registered: 05/30/07
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Loc: Middle England
Hi vertigo11, I have the Humphrie's Piano Handbook too, amongst others, I don't rate it at all, especially if your self teaching, best to go with the ALFRED\'S method.

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#989738 - 08/15/08 05:25 PM Re: Tips for the just initiated?
Opus45 Offline
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Registered: 08/27/05
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I second the recommendation for Alfred's if you're going to go it alone.
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#989739 - 08/15/08 05:33 PM Re: Tips for the just initiated?
Mark... Offline
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Registered: 11/27/06
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Loc: Jersey Shore
I think its important to think of piano as a life long project. You are in the 2nd month of school so to speak. You as an adult will progress fairly fast with consistant practice, but it will probably take a few years to reach your goal. Its like an education, it takes time and work. On a bright note, you are young and if you stick with it by the time your in your 20's you might be great...

Good luck and enjoy the journey...

Mark...

PS: Also an Alfred fan...

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#989740 - 08/15/08 05:58 PM Re: Tips for the just initiated?
sotto voce Offline
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Originally posted by Monica K.:
For example, in another thread Moe Howard provided this link ....[/b]
Monica, this gave me quite a start—until I realized that there's a PW member with that nickname.

I wondered if it merited clarification for the benefit of the OP, who's new here ... but I'm probably just showing my age. \:\(



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#989741 - 08/15/08 06:07 PM Re: Tips for the just initiated?
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Registered: 11/13/07
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Loc: Central Texas
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Originally posted by sotto voce:
... but I'm probably just showing my age. [/b]
Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!

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#989742 - 08/15/08 06:34 PM Re: Tips for the just initiated?
vertigo11 Offline
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Registered: 08/14/08
Posts: 9
Thanks everyone. I've actually been around these forums for around two months now, it even influenced my decision to buy the Casio Privia PX800. So I'll try the Alfred method, and use the Humphries book as a companion

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