All the great classical composers created their music on the piano. Even Bach, when he was composing for the lute. The same is true today. You’ll find the majority of the renowned contemporary composers, particularly those who create music for film and TV, base their compositions on the piano.
A Class by Itself
The piano also offers you something unique that is difficult or impossible to achieve with other instruments. The ability to play chords and melody at the same time. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities you would be hard pressed to achieve on the guitar, for instance. For example, although traditionally the left hand plays the chords, and the right hand melody, you could switch around. You also are able to play octaves(the same note, 8 notes apart) in the left hand, against a chord in the right hand.And even more interesting, the left hand notes could change, while the chord(with the right hand) remained the same.
Let’s Count the Ways
There are two ways to learn to play the piano. The hard way. And the easy way. I learned the hard way. Boring practice.Before AND after school. Equally boring(for a thirteen year old) music. Plus a piano”teacher” who smashed my fingers with a steel edged ruler whenever I made a mistake. Definitely the hard way!
Now – their are easier(not to mention more humane!) ways. Ones that, sadly, didn’t exist when I was struggling with those 88 keys.These ways, common to a variety of specific methods, combine reasonable result focused exercises, and most importantly, music you actually enjoy! Thus inspiring you on effortlessly. As what was torture for me, becomes joy for you.
However, keep in mind that “easier” doesn’t mean “effortless.” Don’t expect to be playing your favorite song the next day.Overnight success, as all the music stars will tell you, takes time. As does anything else that’s worthwhile learning. Bottom line – learning the piano requires practice. Like the old joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Answer: “Practice. Practice. Practice.”
Even though most of us don’t aspire to the concert stage, we still need to practice. Daily. Fifteen minutes a day is better than three hours one day.But with the new inspiring methods, I’m sure you’ll find yourself going, joyously, beyond those fifteen minutes!
Post time: 12-01-2017