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3 Ways To Teach Yourself the Piano

By on December 29, 2016

Learning the piano as an adult is a rewarding experience. You shouldn’t shy away from it because of preconceived notions about learning how to play music later in life. Of course, everything is easier to learn when you’re a child. That is scientifically proven. Adults still have the capacity to learn how to play the keyboard, though.

Playing any musical instrument has a ton of benefits. Most people enjoy it is a means to relieve stress. Playing can almost have a meditative effect, thanks to the deep concentration required. With improvement, the rewards intensify. Music is also a great hobby because it is something you can do for your entire life. This is unlike sports that get hard to play as you get older.

Adults are busy people. They may not have time to take private lessons with a teacher. A private instructor is a great way to improve quickly, but you can still teach yourself and have a lot of fun. There are ample resources available to striving musicians to help them self-teach.

Three ways to teach yourself piano

1. Books – Companies like C.R. Carole have an array of different piano instruction books available. Regardless of your skill level, you can find a book that will help you improve. Some of my favorite beginner books are in the Bastien series. They are especially useful for players trying to get better at playing scales.

2. Online lessons – Music education, and music itself, has experienced a revolution thanks to the internet. Teachers can now pre-record lessons and post them online. Students have an advantage because they can access digital lessons whenever they have time. You can take a piano lesson at 2 am if your neighbor can handle it. Video lessons also give students the ability to stop and rewind to sections that were particularly interesting and listen to them again. You can’t do that in a live lesson.

3. Use Your Ear – Your ear is the most important thing when you are learning music. After all, music does revolve around listening. Every once in a while during your practice session you should put on a song and try to emulate what you hear. At first, it will be difficult, but you will see improvement over time. Your overall musical skills will improve by combining ear training with the technical knowledge of your instrument. The best musicians in the world understand the relationship between their ears and their hands.

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Sheet Music Helps Bring Old Music Back

By on August 31, 2012

Sheet music is at the heart of the musical score; it is a language in itself and should be a joy to learn. In recent times though, it has been increasingly hard to find new and original sheet music and even old, time honoured pieces. Most of it seems to have been confined to either the back of a classroom cupboard or under glass in prestigious galleries and museums.

This is not the nature of music; no one person can confine the sound of a note or the emotional response to an ephemeral concerto, therefore, it seems somewhat obscure that the language of music has fallen into the realms of redundancy.

Thankfully sheet music seems to have had a revival recently with the help of information technology; it has found a new home in the digital age and with it, a new lease of life. It seems the very nature of music and the joy it brings is reflective of the creation of its new home: the internet and the raison d’etre echoed by the web’s creator Tim Berners-Lee, ‘This is for everyone’.

It is important to keep the world of music accessible and out of the hands of the elite, music is for everyone and should stay that way. It is now so easy to find sheet music online you are even able to print it straight from your home printer.

You can get anything from Coldplay sheet music to the wedding march sheet music with every score arranged perfectly for the intended instrument of use. It is really important to keep the idea of sheet music alive and pass it on to the next generation.

The integration of digital media and sheet music is a positive sign that music’s language has been revitalised slightly from the spiral of obscurity it seemed doomed for but its new, modern platform may not be enough to sustain the life of sheet music.

We have to ensure it is taught in schools and in home life to keep it alive. The use of tablature is an important part of musical history, as it was used a lot in the Renaissance and Baroque eras and helps those, particularly who are using stringed instruments as it indicates fingering as oppose to musical pitch.

Tablature, although genuinely useful when learning an instrument is still a rudimentary version of sincere sheet music and should not be seen as an adequate substitute within musical circles or by society in general.

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Surprise Your Guitarist Hubby With A Special Gift

By on August 5, 2012

It is not as easy to think of a special gift for women as it is for men. Women likes almost anything and you can even trigger on the emotion side and as long as it came from a special someone, that gift will be special. For men, though, it takes a lot of thinking because they just do not tell you what they really like.

It would be safe if you know what his hobbies are. Most men love guitar playing. Probably because it can do a lot of things like woo you, jam with others, or simply play to remove stress. If you gift him with an MF epiphone casino guitar, you might just be singing, Carpenters’ Killing Me Softly…

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