Chords are one of the pillars of the accompanying piano, for each of the twelve (? did you know?) notes there are many variations, from the simplest to the most complicated, depending on the musical genre you want to play. A great way to start discovering most of the chords is to get GuidAccordi, my very simple guide to hold all the most important chords in Music, and to learn them easily.
02 – Buy a piano course,
online for example, I advise you against those you find on newsstands because they are really too old and full of useless things to those who, like you, want to have fun strumming something right away. My advice is to try the Piano a Orecchio course, of course, which at a ridiculous cost, puts you in touch with an innovative and incredibly simple technique, within everyone’s reach, to learn how to find the chords of your favorite songs, on the piano. A tried and tested method, guaranteed, with over 4 years of history and twenty years of studies behind its creation, on my part, as well as thousands of happy and satisfied pianist friends “by ear”. Take a tour of the site and tell me what you think …
03 – Try to learn another instrument, any one.
For me learning other instruments has been very useful to understand time management and the flow of music. I can play guitar, and consequently bass, as well as drums, and learning these other instruments has made me more focused on my main instrument, the piano, giving me more rhythmic sense and better harmonic sensitivity. In short, in short, when you know how another instrument sounds different from yours, you discover other faces of Music that, otherwise, would be precluded you. Try to believe!
04 – Do you like dancing?
Personally I don’t really like dancing, but trying to feel and follow the Music with the movements of our body, helps us to immerse ourselves in it and acquire a much stronger rhythmic sense. Some of my students who also have a passion for dance, especially Latin-American dance, find a lot of benefit in the understanding of the time scan in Music.
05 – Try playing songs that you like by ear.
After all this is the motto of my project, its root. No matter if you make mistakes, a mistake always corresponds to a new learning. Trying to play songs by ear will help improve your chord recognition. You have already seen the Piano by ear course page, haven’t you? So you already know what I’m talking about.
06 – No stress when you play the piano.
Playing the piano is fun. I love it! It’s useless to insist on a passage that doesn’t succeed, maybe it’s not the right time to try, after all we don’t aim to be professionals, we want to have fun and this should not generate high and harmful expectations. I call it fun-study, this is the only way to progress in the study of music.
07 – Variare.
If you play on an acoustic piano, try an electric one. Vice versa, if you always play on an electric piano, try an acoustic one. If you have tried everything, learn some Latin jazz or flamenco. Variare will help you expand your musical sensitivity enormously. And that’s not all.
08 – Read and search news
on piano websites like this and always post questions or comments on blogs or forums. You will soon realize that on the net you can find other people who, like you, have the same doubts and curiosity.
09 – Give your instrument some love.
Always keep it clean and technically tidy, so that you are always ready to give you the emotions you are looking for, when you sit in front of the black and white buttons.
10 – Ask questions and doubts to other pianists you know.
The exchange of information has always been one of the main sources of growth. Everyone will know how to add that little piece to your knowledge, so that you will become more and more expert in the knowledge of your instrument and Music in general.
11 – Listen to music!
Not only your favourite genre, but any other genre you may come into contact with. Now with a simple tour on Youtube you can listen to the whole world!
12 – Learn the musical scales.
Repetition will help to develop consistency and technique. I also talk about it in the Ear Piano course, once you have mastered the two major types of scales, you have a truly remarkable knowledge of the keyboard!
13 – Practice consistently.
Try for at least 1 hour every 2 days, 40 minutes every day would be ideal! Then, if you don’t have all this time, try not to let day go by without dedicating even just ten minutes to your beloved piano.
14 – Warm up!
This is very important, every time you practice make sure you warm up for at least 10 or 15 minutes (if you can dedicate the 40 minutes I recommend in the previous point). A good way to warm up is represented by a collection of exercises, very famous for those who practice classical piano, but which are valid for all keyboard players. You can find them here and I assure you that the benefit you can get from them is far beyond your expectations.
15 – Become an expert on the piano.
Find out everything about the piano, the technical aspects, how many types there are, its history, the best interpreters of the genre you prefer. The Internet is the best source of information for all this. Knowing more will lead you to a high level of awareness of your musical world.
16 – If you are serious, buy a decent instrument.
Entry-level instruments are great to start with, but only for that. After a while their simple construction, poor quality materials and bad sound become a strong limitation to your musical growth.
17 – Use a metronome when studying.
There’s nothing else to add, time management is FUNDAMENTAL, in Music!
18 – Pay attention to both hands.
If you are inclined to leave out the “poor” left hand (which usually happens) try to make it as strong as the right one and make it as strong as the other hand. You will get a more beautiful, round and refined sound out of it, and also you won’t hurt yourself by letting one hand atrophy and making the other one super specialized. A very effective method is what I described before, performing exercises created specifically for the “muscular parity” of the hands, exercises that you find here and that give you almost immediately a new strength in the weaker fingers (usually the little finger and ring finger).
19 – Don’t try to play too much.
If a song or an exercise is too difficult stop and let your hands and mind rest. Remember that everything must be fun first and then profitable!
20 – Always learn new things.
There are many different techniques you can learn on the piano. And today it is always easier to search for them and try them out.
Well, I think I’ve given you more than one clue to start improving the way you play, or even to just start doing things better than you knew.
If you’ve come this far with reading, then I know for sure that you have a great motivation and passion for this fabulous instrument, and that’s why I want to give you another great opportunity.
As you may have noticed, during the reading I brought you to the knowledge of three courses that over time I have built with care and dedication to others, centering all my teaching experience and trying to convey, in the easiest and most profitable way possible, the basic theoretical notions of Music, combined with a new and revolutionary method of learning.
The VideoCorsi Pianoforte a Orecchio, DitaAgili and the guide GuidAccordi were born (you will have already noticed them in the links of this post). Each one of them, although proposed at a ridiculous cost, represent a nice commitment if faced economically all together.
And that’s why, for a short time, I offer the possibility of a very famous promotion, which I kept open for a few months, a few months ago, but in the summer I decided to reopen only for those who, like you, will be able to catch it quickly.
It’s called Suite Corso Pianoforte and it’s an unmissable offer (really, it’s not a way of saying it) that I’m sure you won’t refuse.
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