Hi, a few questions...

Posted by: SweetDanger85

Hi, a few questions... - 02/29/04 04:39 PM

Hi, my name is CJ. I was wondering if anyone could help me. I'm new at learning the piano/keyboard, and was wondering if anyone knew how I could learn the notes and stuff. The reason I ask is because I don't have the money to go and find someone to teach me how to play the piano.

Maybe you guys could help me? Thanks, and hope to hear something out of ya! Thanks!

*Also, I'm looking to learn more recent songs to play. Like one song I'm really wanting to learn how to play is called "Remember Me This Way, by Jordan Hill", thanks and hope to hear from you soon!! :rolleyes:
Posted by: Ed

Re: Hi, a few questions... - 02/29/04 05:20 PM

Hello CJ,

What do you normally do when you wish to learn something?

There are many tools available that can assist you to learn how to play the piano, including books, software, videos, web sites, etc., etc., etc. And there are many versions of these on the market. They can be variably helpful, but your success with them will entirely depend on the time and effort you devote to using them. There are certainly alternatives to spending money to purchase such tools (the library, the web).

Most here on the Piano World will tell you, however, that the guidance of a good teacher is invaluable to the process of learning any musical instrument, including the piano. As you can imagine, simply learning notes and their corresponging keys will not make you a piano player. Playing the piano is a complex motor skill that taxes your brain and nervous system and will require a good deal of motivation to stay with it long enough to see substantial results. Lessons will provide a useful longitudinal structure within which to apply your motivation toward achiving short and long term goals in an efficient process. Without them, you will likely find yourself spinning your wheels. It's a challenging, neverending process that returns reward in proportion to your investment in it.

Good luck.
Posted by: Rob Mullins

Re: Hi, a few questions... - 03/01/04 09:24 PM

Go Ed Go!
Posted by: benedict

Re: Hi, a few questions... - 03/02/04 05:28 AM

Maybe this will help you if you are the kind of person who can learn things without a teacher in the flesh.

online piano lessons
Posted by: Phlebas

Re: Hi, a few questions... - 03/02/04 10:38 AM

CJ,

First of all, you should probably post this in the Pianist Corner part of the forum. That area is visited more frequently, and you will get more response. Also, this area is more for piano teachers discussing pedagogical issues, and other boring stuff like that. ;\)

One of the more experienced people here - Kreisler - once recommended the book Piano for Dummies, or Playing Piano for Dummies - whatever it's called - with the thought that the editors usually get pretty good axperts for the "...For Dummies" series.

Ideally, it is a good idea to get a teacher. Failing that, are there any piano classes around you - YMCA, local college, etc.?