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Old 02-04-2008, 09:24 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I 've learn it at my childhood and played it very well but as i grown up and busy in building career i just left it,but now i think i have to take classes avian to play it well.

Only practice makes perfect.
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Old 03-24-2008, 01:40 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I believe that studying scales and music theory can go a long way. Reading music is how you learn to emulate someone else - and if you feel western/modern scales are too artistically constricting, try chromatics.

I would much prefer to be able to play a piece by memory than play it by paper.
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Old 04-17-2008, 02:13 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I suggest you try out the site "" (I'm not allowed to post links yet) -- you can learn to read music for free there, and that's an important first step. There is a free newsletter you can sign up for too, which is pretty decent.
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Old 04-21-2008, 02:40 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I'm self taught, but I mostly just play original peices.
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Old 06-01-2008, 02:07 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Your desire to play is understandable, and your goals are admirable. I bet that I have had at least 500 people in my life say to me, "I just want to be able to sit down and play." But I do not know ANYONE who can just "sit down and play." Like anything in life, playing piano is a SKILL that is LEARNED. It is learned by repetition, and usually with instruction.

When you SEE someone playing piano music, it is only natural to want to be able to do the same thing. The desire to "sit down and play" is a lot like the desire I have when I watch kids play basketball, and I wish I were good at that. But I only improve my basketball abilities when I grab a ball and practice my dribbling and lay-up skills.

When an adult asks me for piano lessons, I tell them very honestly that the hardest thing about learning as an adult is having the self-discipline to practice regularly (as close to "daily" as possible). When you have work responsibilities and family responsibilites, it can be hard to sit down at a piano on a daily basis to practice for 30 minutes or more.

But, I have three adult students right now who ARE learning.

If you want to learn, find a good teacher. Be committed to practice at least 30 minutes per day. Then, GO FOR IT.

The skill comes partly from your desire to play. But it comes much more from instruction, and daily practice.
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Old 07-06-2008, 12:00 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I would recommend buying a beginning piano book, one for adults and a theory book... I would definitely always be working through theory as well as a practice book. A teacher is helpful, because in just 30 minutes they can point out so much that will improve your playing. And since your eager to set down and play (as many are ) a teacher will help point out things instantly that you may not pick up until much later on your own. I have a piano teacher that I saw for a couple of months and now just go to see every now and then when difficulties arise.

Plus, an experienced teacher always has extra information, they can answer all your questions and then some!
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:29 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Yeah, pretty much practice, practice, practice. Teaching yourself is an option, but having a teacher is always the best option. I have friends who have taught themselves to play the piano, and I can say they have developed some skill, but then again I can't really say too much on their behalf cuz all they're interested in is learning how to play songs from video games and movies. Besides, there are many fundamentals that you can miss out on by not having a teacher.
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:04 PM   #28 (permalink)
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yeah your right,..keep on practicing because practice makes perfect. i love piano too, all you have to do is memorize one song with its key and go over and over again. for sure you will learn in less than a month.
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Old 08-17-2008, 12:55 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Dimitri View Post
dang....Il have to find time for those lessons.
If you don't have time for lessons (1/2 hour once or twice a week) then you don't have time to practice. That = no improvement. There are three mandatory aspects to learn an instrument: motivation, discipline and love for music.
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:54 AM   #30 (permalink)
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It has been my experience that most people who are self-taught do not play well. They almost always play with very poor quality.

The hardest thing about learning as an adult is disciplining yourself to daily practice. When you have a JOB and/or FAMILY, it is harder to commit yourself to sit down 30 minutes per day (or more) to practice ... to build the skills that are required to play the piano.

My jobs keep me from practicing as I should. I am glad that I learned what I did as a child and as a teenager.

If you want to learn as an adult, get a good teacher. Take a lesson once a week. And practice at least 30 minutes per day between lessons.
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