Hey guys. I have 2 questions.
Any tips on turning guitar riffs into melodies on the piano? I'm not sure whether this is a silly question or not.
It's just a matter of identifying each note and the rhythms and then taking it to the keyboard/piano verbatim (of course in the proper key). Many guitarists don't know a whole lot of music theory or are all that familiar with the piano, I've found, so if you'd include yourself amongst this group, I welcome you to check out a thread full of free resources on learning [more] theory here: http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1948785.html
Secondly, what exercises/books/etc are most recommended for developing speed, agility, evenness, and dexterity?
Speed and agility come steadily in time as you familiarize with technique and its specific application to what you're learning (definition of technique here: http://www.piano-ology.com/Technique/TheDevelopmentProcess.php
). As for evenness, it's just a matter of practicing
while always employing evenness - that is to say, if you never practice
with evenness, how could your playing come out even when trying to perform. A simple piano/scales/cadence book (google/Amazon search "Alfred's scales") will develop "dexterity" with even practice
, of course