What should i practice before i start lessons ?

Posted by: Stu Ward

What should i practice before i start lessons ? - 04/06/04 04:56 PM

I would like to start my lessons shortly, but i think i would like to know my way around the keys before i take my first one

Therefore can anyone give me an idea of some exercises to do ?


Stu
Posted by: benedict

Re: What should i practice before i start lessons ? - 04/07/04 06:24 AM

A few words from someone who is not a teacher.

I am not sure it is a good idea to start before.

If your teacher is qualified, he/she will take her time to guide you.

The fundamentals are so important that you must trust your teacher to really work with you as a sculptor.

The more you are "empty", the more your teacher will fill you with wisdom.

Once you start, it is a journey that will go on for the rest of your life.

If the fundamentals have been naturally installed.
Posted by: RKVS1

Re: What should i practice before i start lessons ? - 04/07/04 08:53 AM

Stu, I'm not a teacher either, but I will disagree here (gently) with Benedict.
If your lessons start soon, I don't think you'll pick up many bad physical habits but dinking around a little, and trying to get an overview or outline of basic theory may help you in your mental understanding.

The site linked below outlines some of the basic music theory and has some good examples. There are other similar sites, and you could probably find mention of them on the Piano World site with a search, but this one is well done.

http://www.musictheory.net/lessons.html

Good luck to you \:\) ,
Bob
Posted by: Bob Muir

Re: What should i practice before i start lessons ? - 04/07/04 10:17 AM

Right, I'm not so sure about exercises, but it would be good to learn how a keyboard is arranged and how a piano works before going to your first lesson.
Posted by: Stu Ward

Re: What should i practice before i start lessons ? - 04/07/04 01:44 PM

Thanks guys.

I've bought a book "its never too late to play the piano" by Pamela Wedgwood (UK book i believe)

And at the moment i'm just learning to play left and right hands seperately and together with C3 and C4 respectively
Posted by: benedict

Re: What should i practice before i start lessons ? - 04/09/04 11:57 AM

Bob,
 Quote:
Stu, I'm not a teacher either, but I will disagree here (gently) with Benedict.
I had a dream.
There was this world were people disagreed and all of them were right.

Disagreeing was one the way people came to discover more and more that they were, on a deeper level, in complete agreement.

I had this dream.

Then, I woke up.

It was a nice dream.

\:\)
Posted by: Rob Mullins

Re: What should i practice before i start lessons ? - 05/26/04 01:17 AM

Before you start your lessons,
practice writing the check to the teacher always in advance and for the correct amount.
Also, practice never ever moving your lesson time or showing up unprepared.
\:\)
Posted by: SteveY

Re: What should i practice before i start lessons ? - 05/26/04 09:12 AM

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Before you start your lessons, practice writing the check to the teacher always in advance and for the correct amount. Also, practice never ever moving your lesson time or showing up unprepared.
Ha!!! That's a good one!!!

BTW -- Rob, I used to see you play in the days of Cafe Lido. Glad to see you're staying busy!
Posted by: Rob Mullins

Re: What should i practice before i start lessons ? - 05/27/04 01:38 AM

Hey Steve,
Wow...Cafe Lido was back in the day. Don't know what you know about the OC scene now, but there are basically two clubs, Spaghettini and Kikuya and both are thriving and we are having fun. Of course, neither club would put in a great piano, but the one at Kikuya is a not too unplayable Kawai-the last time I played at Spaghettini all they were doing was giving the piano a new leash every year.
Posted by: SteveY

Re: What should i practice before i start lessons ? - 05/29/04 05:29 PM

What about Steamers?

I've been to both Spaghettini and Kikuya. I've only been back east a couple years, and I get back to OC pretty regularly. A lot of my buddies are still playing around town, so they keep me in the loop to some degree.
Posted by: SteveY

Re: What should i practice before i start lessons ? - 06/03/04 02:16 PM

(bump)