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#993188 - 07/02/07 01:41 PM hey guys
MorningBell Offline
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Registered: 07/01/07
Posts: 14
Loc: prison ship
new to the forums, im josh.

i am currently a competent guitarist and would like to learn to play piano. (i hope guitarists arent hated around here)

i was wondering how difficult it would be to teach myself to play. i have practically never played piano before, but i understand keys, scales, chord formations and the like to some extent.


so, if i know what the notes are and i just need to find them, it should be easy right?
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#993189 - 07/02/07 01:59 PM Re: hey guys
Monica K. Offline

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Registered: 08/10/05
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Welcome to the forum, Josh. \:\)

You will have a substantial head start with your knowledge of music theory and chords etc. We've had many self-teachers here who are making excellent progress, so I am sure you can do so as well. But I also recommend getting a teacher for at least a few lessons to give you a solid grounding in posture, bench adjustment, hand positioning, pedalling, playing with arm weight, etc. These are things that are a lot harder to pick up from books than from a good teacher, yet they're important in giving you a good foundation for subsequent self-teaching and preventing injury.

prison ship, huh? Okay, I'm intrigued. ;\)
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#993190 - 07/02/07 02:03 PM Re: hey guys
mannyk Offline
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Registered: 06/18/07
Posts: 59
Loc: New York
Welcome to the forum!

If you know how to read music (notes, meter, key signature, etc.) you have a really good head start on someone how is starting cold. However, there are some key differences (i.e. 2 cleffs, etc.). I think it really depends on how much effort you put into practicing the instrument. I wouldn't assume that it will be a piece of cake but also don't think it will be the hardest thing in the world. Try to play a simple song and see how well you do. If it's harder than you think, take a few lessons.

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#993191 - 07/02/07 02:05 PM Re: hey guys
MorningBell Offline
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Registered: 07/01/07
Posts: 14
Loc: prison ship
cool, thanks


and prison ship is a line from a radiohead song. im something of a fanboy
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#993192 - 07/02/07 02:08 PM Re: hey guys
MorningBell Offline
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Registered: 07/01/07
Posts: 14
Loc: prison ship
 Quote:
Originally posted by mannyk:
Welcome to the forum!

If you know how to read music (notes, meter, key signature, etc.) you have a really good head start on someone how is starting cold. However, there are some key differences (i.e. 2 cleffs, etc.). I think it really depends on how much effort you put into practicing the instrument. I wouldn't assume that it will be a piece of cake but also don't think it will be the hardest thing in the world. Try to play a simple song and see how well you do. If it's harder than you think, take a few lessons. [/b]
well, i dont know how to read music. and im not too concerned with that. i could easily transcribe guitar tablature to the piano. im not too into classical music yet, mostly jazz, folk, rock etc. im mostly wanting to learn piano for my own music. as a compliment to a guitar or vice versa.
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#993193 - 07/02/07 02:12 PM Re: hey guys
Aduke Offline
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Registered: 01/31/07
Posts: 53
Welcome to the forum Josh.
Interesting picture of Fela! Are you a fan?

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#993194 - 07/02/07 02:14 PM Re: hey guys
MorningBell Offline
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Registered: 07/01/07
Posts: 14
Loc: prison ship
i absolutely love fela.


expensive ****! is one of my all time favorite alums
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#993195 - 07/02/07 02:17 PM Re: hey guys
funburger Offline
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Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 1417
MorningBell, welcome to the forums. Yes i agree you have a really good headstart with the knowledge of scales, chord progressions etc. try playing a few pieces after you learn where the notes are and let me know how easy it is:) if you can rip out some rach in a few months then yes it is easy, if not just keep working at it till it is:)
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#993196 - 07/02/07 02:17 PM Re: hey guys
SEODave Offline
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Registered: 05/29/07
Posts: 108
Loc: Athens, Ohio
Howdy.

How did you learn guitar? Self-taught or lessons?

If you want to play the piano, you will. Sitting with an instructor at least a few times can only help but if you spend enough time noodling around on your own, you'll be able to make plenty of good music before long.

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Originally posted by MorningBell:
(i hope guitarists arent hated around here)[/b]
I've mentioned mine a few times here and haven't been run out on a rail yet.

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#993197 - 07/02/07 02:22 PM Re: hey guys
MorningBell Offline
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Registered: 07/01/07
Posts: 14
Loc: prison ship
 Quote:
Originally posted by SEODave:
Howdy.

How did you learn guitar? Self-taught or lessons?

If you want to play the piano, you will. Sitting with an instructor at least a few times can only help but if you spend enough time noodling around on your own, you'll be able to make plenty of good music before long.

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Originally posted by MorningBell:
(i hope guitarists arent hated around here)[/b]
I've mentioned mine a few times here and haven't been run out on a rail yet. [/b]
almost completely self taught.

i had a beginners guitar class when i was 15 (22 now) and after the class i didnt stick with it. so i spent about 5 yrs not playing and about a year or so ago i started to play again. i only knew a few chord shapes (G, D, and C) and ive learned scales, key and chord building online in the last year.

i feel that im moving along pretty well too. after a year i can competently play the likes of stairway to heaven and paranoid android
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#993198 - 07/02/07 04:01 PM Re: hey guys
rtark Offline
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Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 75
Loc: Dardanelle,Ar
Hi MB
If your like me and a lot of others, your biggest challenge will be R hand L hand independence. You know, playing the melody with the right hand while the left hand is on Auto pilot without vapor locking..I like piano better than I did guitar, I was so bad at guitar that I finally resorted to playing Johnny Cash stuff..Good Luck

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#993199 - 07/02/07 05:04 PM Re: hey guys
MorningBell Offline
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Registered: 07/01/07
Posts: 14
Loc: prison ship
 Quote:
Originally posted by Ray Tarkington:
Hi MB
If your like me and a lot of others, your biggest challenge will be R hand L hand independence. You know, playing the melody with the right hand while the left hand is on Auto pilot without vapor locking..I like piano better than I did guitar, I was so bad at guitar that I finally resorted to playing Johnny Cash stuff..Good Luck [/b]
yeah, i thought about the left hand right hand thing probably be hard at first. im sure its easy once you get it down though.

once upon a time i thought id never be able to sing and play guitar at the same time, and now its pie


btw you guys are all way nicer than everyone at my other board
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