Getting Set Up - Advice

Posted by: Kazimir

Getting Set Up - Advice - 05/29/12 03:05 PM

So I am 27 and just starting to play. I just received my Roland FP7F in the mail Saturday. I was looking at getting a Quik Lok WS-550 Stand and a 3 pedal attachment. My intent is to make AUX->RCAs to do FP7F->Schitt Valhalla->HD650s or Q701 (have to see which I like better for this).

-What else do I need/recommendations?
-Is a bench necessary or will a chair work fine?
-Also, is a teacher really necessary in the beginning? I feel like it would be kind of a waste while practicing some scales, memorizing key locations, learning to read music, and pick up basic songs. If I am completely off here let me know.

Found these lessons on youtube that looked decent:

Piano Lessons - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL253192EED47525A8&feature=plcp
Music Theory - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB585CE43B02669C3&feature=plcp

Note:
I'm a tech/computer junky. If there are better ways to set this up or midi -> computer or anything I'd appreciate the advice.
Posted by: SoundThumb

Re: Getting Set Up - Advice - 05/30/12 07:33 AM

Welcome to PW, Kazimir.

I started out like you, a tech/computer junky. But along the way became really interested in learning to play and got a teacher. Now I regret not starting lessons sooner. The quality of the music you make is much more dependent on your keyboard skills than on the gear you are using. So here is my advice. I know you are going to enjoy your new gear. But if you find yourself getting hooked on playing music, don't wait too long to start taking formal lessons. Internet lessons can wet your appetite but a teacher will point out basic problems that you never knew existed.

-SoundThumb
Posted by: Dave Horne

Re: Getting Set Up - Advice - 05/30/12 08:15 AM

Also, is a teacher really necessary in the beginning? I feel like it would be kind of a waste while practicing some scales, memorizing key locations, learning to read music, and pick up basic songs. If I am completely off here let me know.

Well, what do you want to accomplish?

Studying with a good teacher can save you a lot of time. If you play with bad habits in the beginning it will be difficult and frustrating to change them later on.
Posted by: 36251

Re: Getting Set Up - Advice - 05/30/12 08:33 AM

I know many music stores that give piano lessons. Most of these teachers double on piano! Do your homework! Make sure the teacher is an accomplished pianist in the area of study your which to learn.

(I'm not putting down anyone that might be play piano as a second instrument and you're a monster. I happen to know a few of the people I talk about and they know sh*t about piano.)
Posted by: spanishbuddha

Re: Getting Set Up - Advice - 05/30/12 01:14 PM

I think you should ask this, how to get started with piano, aspect of the question over on the Adult Beginners Forum. But, just like here, you will get some differing views but hopefully good suggestions like Dave Horne's for example (although I don't have a teacher).
Posted by: ChrisA

Re: Getting Set Up - Advice - 05/30/12 03:24 PM

Originally Posted By: Kazimir
So I am 27 and just starting to play. I just received my Roland FP7F in the mail Saturday. I was looking at getting a Quik Lok WS-550 Stand and a 3 pedal attachment. My intent is to make AUX->RCAs to do FP7F->Schitt Valhalla->HD650s or Q701 (have to see which I like better for this).

-What else do I need/recommendations?
-Is a bench necessary or will a chair work fine?
-Also, is a teacher really necessary in the beginning? I feel like it would be kind of a waste while practicing some scales, memorizing key locations, learning to read music, and pick up basic songs. If I am completely off here let me know.

Found these lessons on youtube that looked decent:

Piano Lessons - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL253192EED47525A8&feature=plcp
Music Theory - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB585CE43B02669C3&feature=plcp

Note:
I'm a tech/computer junky. If there are better ways to set this up or midi -> computer or anything I'd appreciate the advice.


If you are a true beginner skip the three pedal unit. It will not be needed for at least a year, or longer if you are self taught. Evenusing just one pedal is a ways off.

YES find a teacher. The things you think you need to do to start are not really what you need to learn. You will work on all the wrong stuff and it will go very slowly. A teacher is most helpful in the beginning. Simply learning how to productively practice. The things to work on are: (1) timing and counting, (2) finger and hand independence, (3) timing and counting, Did I say timing and rhythm are important? Andyou need some one to watch you and make you do it correctly. It is to easy to think you are. Youtube can't really work because the instructor can't hear you play and correct problem or change the lesson. Most of what a teacher does is listen and watch and correct. Youtube can't do any of that.

Don't worry about using a computer or MIDI. It will be a while before anyone wants to hear recordings you make. OK maybe you want to hear but the built-in recorder word for that.

Buy a metronome.

Yes get a bench. $40 at Guitar Center will get you a nice one.