Any tips for a piano beginner?

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Any tips for a piano beginner?

Post by Tony.L » Sun May 19, 2019 5:54 am

Hello, does anyone know easy studies, exercises or any material to start playing the piano?

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Re: Any tips for a piano beginner?

Post by ddray » Sun May 19, 2019 8:13 am

How much of a beginner are you? Absolute beginner, or already have some knowledge? I never had any experience with the Alfred Adult Piano Course books, but they seem to be popular with adult learners these days. Czerny's Practical Method for Beginners (Op. 599) might be a starting point. It can be had pretty cheap. Bergmüller's Easy and Progressive Studies are another.
I would suggest not getting hung up on doing just rote scales and exercises though. Find tuneful, enjoyable things to try to play, even if you have to take melodic and harmonic lines separately at first. Look for the "Little Preludes" and Two-part Inventions by Bach.

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Re: Any tips for a piano beginner?

Post by Tony.L » Sun May 19, 2019 1:40 pm

I already have the basics, I’ve seen some lessons, and exercises like Hanon and Gurlitt studies, but I would like to know if there’s like any easy repertoire to get started with? I mean to improve “step by step”

And thank you for your response

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Re: Any tips for a piano beginner?

Post by CathyCate » Sun May 19, 2019 2:32 pm

There are many things available online and at the music store if you have one nearby.
Piano tutors/publishers are helpful with creating "graded studies" that will allow you to progress step by step. No need to rush through things or move along any faster than you are able. I like: Bartok's- Mikrokosmos (available in 6 graded volumes),published/distributed by Leonard. I also like Czerny-Schaum Editions books 1 and 2: published/distributed by Alfred.
There is a periodical, Pianist, based in the UK and issued maybe 6 times a year. It is pricey, but comes with it's own CD and includes sheet music for all player levels.
Working on your piano will help your guitar playing along. A bonus!
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Re: Any tips for a piano beginner?

Post by ddray » Sun May 19, 2019 3:20 pm

Bartok's Mikrokosmos is a great suggestion. I'd also reiterate to play every scrap of Bach's music within your ability. No other composer's works teach phrasing and the much-talked-about "finger independence" so effectively. (And stay away from the sustain pedal...trust me, it can become a crutch ;) )
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Re: Any tips for a piano beginner?

Post by Mollbarre » Sun May 19, 2019 3:29 pm

Alfred's is very good. But it's mostly chording with the left hand. I'd supplement from the get go with other easy pieces to get more left hand independence. The RCM material is helpful in that regard.
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Re: Any tips for a piano beginner?

Post by Sandaun » Tue May 21, 2019 11:08 am

Microjazz, for a more difficult modern style.
The Classics to Modern series is graded from easy - book 1 - to not easy - book 6. Couperin to Shostakovich, and many others.
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Re: Any tips for a piano beginner?

Post by Michael.N. » Tue May 21, 2019 12:07 pm

Anna Magdalena, Schumann album for the young, likewise Tchaikovsky album for the young. Dozens of pieces from grade 1 level and up.
You can usually find the considered level of difficulty of each piece by doing a quick google search.
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Re: Any tips for a piano beginner?

Post by mswilks » Tue May 21, 2019 12:25 pm

The Keith Snell Essential Piano Repertoire has multiple volumes. My son worked through the early books with his teacher before moving on, and I thought it was quite good.

I second ddray's advice about Bach. The easier Bach preludes (from the Anna Magdalena Notebook, for example) are fairly accessible and also give you a sense -- as does the Snell series -- that you're playing something "real." The suggestion for Mikrokosmos is extremely good because you have to rely purely on reading the music rather than roughly anticipating the music (which is more likely with Bach).

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Re: Any tips for a piano beginner?

Post by Rick Hutt » Tue May 21, 2019 1:50 pm

Also as you progress a bit try the Bach Two Part Inventions. They are not that difficult and really promote right and left hand independence
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Re: Any tips for a piano beginner?

Post by SleepyheadRooster » Fri May 24, 2019 1:58 am

mswilks wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 12:25 pm
The Keith Snell Essential Piano Repertoire has multiple volumes. My son worked through the early books with his teacher before moving on, and I thought it was quite good.

I second ddray's advice about Bach. The easier Bach preludes (from the Anna Magdalena Notebook, for example) are fairly accessible and also give you a sense -- as does the Snell series -- that you're playing something "real." The suggestion for Mikrokosmos is extremely good because you have to rely purely on reading the music rather than roughly anticipating the music (which is more likely with Bach).
I want to second this post. It’s almost exactly what I am doing.

I do daily work on First Lessons in Bach, and I am working through all the Snell repertoire books. Snell gives you a nice introduction to music by serious composers. I’ve also worked out of Mikrokosmos a bit. It’s not for everybody, but I happen to like it.

I add a few sing & play pop tunes and some blues to my routine.

I play about 90 minutes per day now.

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Re: Any tips for a piano beginner?

Post by VasquezBob » Sat Jun 01, 2019 4:13 pm

Tony.L wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 5:54 am
Hello, does anyone know easy studies, exercises or any material to start playing the piano?

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If you are a beginner-beginner, then, I suggest learning music and learning piano. The piano is the best instrument to learn music, as all the notes are right in front of you, they are color-coded and they are in patterns.

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