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Alex Shepherd
12-01-10, 12:51
I do... Can we have a Piano or Organ "Thread"?!!

I do play piano and I am so addicted to it, but the problem thing is that I don't know how to read the notes music very well... Any idea for helping me in an easiest way? + Any advice for letting myself to play in 2 hands and not only the right hand...

So who here likes to play piano, sharing videos would be really appriciated and thanks :)

Raider Man

Punaxe
12-01-10, 12:59
I used to play the piano and would really like to get into it again, but unfortunately I haven't got a piano on my little students' room, which poses a bit of a problem. Even keyboards are rather expensive...

As for learning to play with two hands: I always first practiced each hand separately (first right, then left), and when that went well, I combined 'em both. Of course this was a little slow at first, but after some repetitions it went pretty smoothly.

About the staff notation, this is all you need to know:
http://files.noctifer.net/Piano.gif
Just read along with the notes as you play. That's all it takes to learn it.

Nemo_91
12-01-10, 13:00
Yeah, sure. Virtual piano.

http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/music/piano/index.htm

Punaxe
12-01-10, 13:02
Yeah, sure. Virtual piano.

http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/music/piano/index.htm

Or this one (http://www.cmagics.com/beta/piano). I've got a couple of written down tunes for it if you're interested. :p

XBOXCroft
12-01-10, 13:06
I LOVE PLAYING THE PIANO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, so how long have you been doing this? Also, the key is, try getting comfy with the time signature you try playing. It would help knowing the rhythm and the whole flow of the song.

Alex Shepherd
12-01-10, 13:42
I was at the age of 10 when I started, but as a hearing... Like I hear a song, and I play it on the paino... And then I used the Organ, but I stopped for 3 years and I want to come back to it no matter what... But still I am playing with the right hand... Its really hard for me to use the left... Any useful website to learn how to read notes?

@Punaxe: Your website isn't opening :(

Raider Man

Punaxe
12-01-10, 13:53
I was at the age of 10 when I started, but as a hearing... Like I hear a song, and I play it on the paino... And then I used the Organ, but I stopped for 3 years and I want to come back to it no matter what... But still I am playing with the right hand... Its really hard for me to use the left... Any useful website to learn how to read notes?

@Punaxe: Your website isn't opening :(

Raider Man

The Web site seems pretty popular and therefore often unavailable... Try again every few minutes if you're interested.

If you've never worked with notes before, just buy a little score book, or even download one from the Internet (http://files.noctifer.net/tomb%20raider%20theme.jpg). Just keep it simple at first, and together with the scheme I put up above, you can figure out which key to press when. It's a simple matter of reading from left to right and you will get better at it the more you do it. Also keep in mind the different durations (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Note_value) of the notes and the corresponding graphical representations. It's really just like reading text, except the "letters" translate into places on the keyboard + the duration.

XBOXCroft
12-01-10, 14:02
^I like how you put the link there. :ton:

rickybazire
12-01-10, 17:15
I love to play the piano. I currently have a Grade 7 Distinction :D

I really like to just sit down and improvise on the piano, that's my favourite part :)

Dina_Croft
12-01-10, 17:30
Meh I prefer Electric Guitar.:p

Much More Easier to read the music notes with Tabs when on guitar.

remote91
12-01-10, 17:32
Me?!! No really, I do like giving it a bash every now and then, mostly because of Tori

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p15/mattgardner20/74005401.jpg

Fierce

tombraiderluka
12-01-10, 18:44
I do I do I do I do :jmp:

TTV
12-01-10, 20:31
Haha! I just got back from piano lessons. Weird. XD I love playing piano. :) I just don't like learning to; I have Row Row Row Your Boat stuck in my head..

Catapharact
12-01-10, 20:33
Its good that you have taken an interest in this :).

If you want to hear some of my pieces, PM me and I'll send you some of my MP3 clips. Me and another member Rowanlim usually critique each other's works and give helpful advice on the matter. You can always join in and I (and hopefully she) will offer you helpful tips on your techniques.

Brikas94
12-01-10, 20:51
Yay!

I love playing the piano!:jmp:

I began taking lessons 2 years ago... ,my teacher said I had lots of talent (I'm so modest, aren't I? :p), but sadly I had to stop this year...:(

Hopefully I'll restart next year!! And I can always practice at home!

Seb_01225
12-01-10, 21:05
i love playing the piano! its a skill that i'm glad i have!

Learning Beethovens sonata no.8 atm i can't seem the get my emotion through when i play it though! more practise!

TRfan23
12-01-10, 22:07
I love the piano.

Is it possible to be able to be very good at playing the piano without bothering with piano lessons, and just using online tutorials and practicing on the piano.

I've always wanted to be good, I can do one, song.

I vaguely remember the notes. I remember playing it in yr 8 at school, then going home playing it on my keyboard. Practicing away, haven't used it much since.

C, D, E, F, G, F, E, D, C and I can't remember the notes after that :(

The song was "We're moving on, forward together..." That's all I can remember.

Edit - Is learning the piano/keyboard like typing on a keyboard on a computer? Except only difference is keeping rhythm? In terms of difficulty.

Eleana
12-01-10, 22:23
I used to love playing the piano. When I was younger I'd go around to my mums friends house just to play on theirs. I can't really say I was great at it, and I could never afford private lessons so I ended up playing the violin (which was tutored in school time to anyone interested) instead.

I did buy a keyboard about 7 years ago but didn't have time to practice or much time to learn, so I gave it to my friend.

I will be buying another keyboard soon enough though and hopefully one day a piano too.

Meh I prefer Electric Guitar.:p

Much More Easier to read the music notes with Tabs when on guitar.

My mind must work backwards because for the life of me I can't read tab. :confused: I can read sheet music easily enough, but numbers scramble my brain. Thank god for Guitar Pro. :o

rowanlim
13-01-10, 00:45
I played piano for 16 yrs now, I passed my Grade 6 practical test then I stopped taking classes. But I kept playing during my free time, I doubt I've the discipline to pick up classical pieces these days :p

I've taught piano to beginner students before (albeit for a short time). I've performed on the piano before for my uni orchestra at events, but I primarily play the violin while at uni (although I'm better at the piano lol!)...I've perfect pitch so it's easy for me to transcribe the melody, sometimes I can get the left hand parts, but I usually sit at the piano & use trial-&-error to get the right chords.

@Alex Shepard: Punaxe's advice is very good :tmb:

As for learning to play with two hands: I always first practiced each hand separately (first right, then left), and when that went well, I combined 'em both. Of course this was a little slow at first, but after some repetitions it went pretty smoothly.

About the staff notation, this is all you need to know:
http://files.noctifer.net/Piano.gif
Just read along with the notes as you play. That's all it takes to learn it.

If you've never worked with notes before, just buy a little score book, or even download one from the Internet (http://files.noctifer.net/tomb%20raider%20theme.jpg). Just keep it simple at first, and together with the scheme I put up above, you can figure out which key to press when. It's a simple matter of reading from left to right and you will get better at it the more you do it. Also keep in mind the different durations (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Note_value) of the notes and the corresponding graphical representations. It's really just like reading text, except the "letters" translate into places on the keyboard + the duration.

1. Always practice separate hands 1st then combined. It's important for you to get the fingering right so that your playing will be smoother.

2. I always tell my students to take a manuscript paper & write out the notation (like in the diagram Punaxe showed), it'll help to recognize the notes easier when you're at the piano.

3. You can get free books online, I can send you links to books which provide useful information on how to read notes.

4. Start slow, it's good to learn different note time lengths (whole beat, half beat etc), so you can get your rhythm right.

TheBloodRed
13-01-10, 01:01
I'd rather have roses on my piano than tulips on my organ. ;P

I LOVE the piano. I am not very good but I want to learn. I have an "Idiot's Guide" based on the piano but I don't have a piano to practice on. T_T

I can do the first main part of Ode to Joy thanks to that book. :D
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Anyone have videos of themselves playing on Youtube?

rowanlim
13-01-10, 01:07
I'd rather have roses on my piano than tulips on my organ. ;P

I LOVE the piano. I am not very good but I want to learn. I have an "Idiot's Guide" based on the piano but I don't have a piano to practice on. T_T

I can do the first main part of Ode to Joy thanks to that book. :D

It's very good that you've the interest. Let me tell you about my friend; prior to university, he wanted to learn music (specifically the piano) but he didn't have the time or the money to go for classes. When he joined our uni orchestra, we provide music classes every week. Despite the hectic schedule, he scores 100% for Grade 1 & Grade 3 exams. Me & my friend taught him the piano & then he purchased a simple keyboard for him to practice on (me & some friends donated 50% of the cost). He passed for Grade 1 practical test & now every week he goes to the tutor's house for classes, he'll be taking exam in July this year.

I wanted to share this story because my friend is proof that if you've got the interest, the discipline & the commitment to learn music, you WILL learn it :) Hopefully by this semester he'll be able to join our performances.

Anyone have videos of themselves playing on Youtube?

Yup (http://www.youtube.com/OGwebmaster)

Ikas90
13-01-10, 03:29
I like to play the piano. I can't play many songs. Only 'To Zanarkand - Final Fantasy X' and 'Linkin Park - Numb'. At the moment, I'm learning 'Yuna's Ballad - Final Fantasy X-2'.

TheBloodRed
13-01-10, 03:46
Yup (http://www.youtube.com/OGwebmaster)

Which one has you specifically in it? :P

(oh and that vid with the violin and piano was nice. I am a huge fan of Violin+Piano works)

rowanlim
13-01-10, 06:22
^That channel's for my uni orchestra, my personal channel's here (http://www.youtube.com/user/erinjonquil) but I haven't updated it much :)

Which piano+violin vid are you referring to? :p I'm at uni so they blocked access to YT :(

sysryn
13-01-10, 07:12
I was wondering was there a "musician's" thread on this forum hehe.

I see there are a few of you piano-ish folks out there... Kinda glad
to see we're still not extinct.

I have some of my songs on uploaded on soundclick... here's a link (http://www.soundclick.com/purplesoul)
if someone's interested

@rowanlim

Nice playing, keep it up

ZapTheLadyBird
13-01-10, 20:24
Not really. I much prefer the guitar.
I can only really play one song which is really easy. I have a friend who's brother's AMAZING at the piano...