Anything I should know particularly? I'm working through Czerny's "The Little Pianist." My ultimate goal is to play fugues and things by Bach...it's gonna take forever but I don't really care. I've hit a wall with the guitar.
No, because it's guitar oriented. Keyboard Corner forum is better for this.I wonder if the Playing and Technique forum would be better for this?
I'd suggest a good classical teacher for a while, so you don't develop bad technique , then after a while you could just study on your own, with books etc.Anything I should know particularly? I'm working through Czerny's "The Little Pianist." My ultimate goal is to play fugues and things by Bach...it's gonna take forever but I don't really care. I've hit a wall with the guitar.
Yeah, I've been listening to Toccatas and Inventions performed by Glenn Gould and that stuff is intense. It'll be a while, like I said, but I think I want to do it. You can't play that stuff on guitar. I'll check those books out, too; thanks for the tip.No, because it's guitar oriented. Keyboard Corner forum is better for this.
Books 1 and 2 of this series should give you a decent foundation if you don't want to hire a piano teacher, although honestly a teacher will help you not hurt yourself:
Lesson * Theory * Technic. By Willard A. Palmer, Morton Manus, and Amanda Vick Lethco. Piano Comb Bound Book. Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course is designed for use with a piano instructor for the beginning student looking for a truly complete piano course. It is a greatly expanded version...www.alfred.com
After Book 2 you should feel more confident to take on Well-Tempered Clavier (the first piece is easy anyway) and/or the Inventions. Inventions will require serious patience unless you're unusually gifted - be ready to spend weeks on end practicing one hand at a time before you'll be ready to play with both hands simultaneously.
For classical I think you need a teacher. Being on the hook to show you did your homework is a needed motivation. For boogie woogie YouTube has good videos. But i think classical is different.
I'd suggest a good classical teacher for a while, so you don't develop bad technique , then after a while you could just study on your own, with books etc.
When I was in university, grad students posted flyers for private lessons on bulletin boards all the time - mostly in the vicinity of the music department offices and classrooms.Yeah, I'm looking into it. Not sure where to start though, what with covid, and me living in a pretty small place anyway. Maybe someone at the university? I'm a student there, but I don't know if professors or grad students offer private lessons.
Yes, this is the way to go. I'll give one of those guys a call tomorrow. Thanks for the help everybody.Professors were harder to get private lessons with but could at least be contacted for referrals to music teachers that they knew, be it their own grad students or not.
That is not the conventional T12T1234 fingering. Perhaps this is to avoid up and down movements (thumb stays on the white keys) with the thumb? I would appreciate comments from others on this.I'm currently learning flute, clarinet, and violin/viola (got me a 5-string). I recommend playing around with it for a month, figure out what your roadblocks are, and then doing 1 or 2 hour-long lessons over video call just to learn basic things about the instrument like the most efficient fingerings for various scales and stuff. Make it clear to the teacher you don't need to learn "music," but "piano." Develop the tools they give you for a few months and revisit if desired. Not all teachers will want to do one-off lessons, but you can fine one who will.
I took a single piano lesson in high school and the most important thing I remember was fingering the Bb major scale: (where T is thumb, 1 index, 4 pinky) 1 T 1 2 T 1 2 3 (IIRC!) There are non-intuitive things like this that may not come to you if you just teach yourself.
It's about economy of motion really, there is nothing wrong with a thumb on a black key really. Some scales just don't work well with the usual fingering. F is another scale with 'non-standard' fingering (12341234 -- at least for the right hand). But scale fingering and piece fingering (in that scale) can be different. It's about figuring out what the phrase needs and where you need to be after that phrase.That is not the conventional T12T1234 fingering. Perhaps this is to avoid up and down movements (thumb stays on the white keys) with the thumb? I would appreciate comments from others on this.
It looks like the conventional fingering picks up with a C.
Man that guy has such a great touch. The piano is an amazing instrument. I used to think classical music was lame, but it's really really not...I love the harmony and the melodies of it, particularly Baroque and Renaissance music. I'd love to learn this someday, we'll see if I ever get there.Coolness. Quiet hands and economy of movement. Get lessons with someone at least a bit. Playing classical is different. It is what I grew up with until I learned to hack about on guitar more. Different experiences, but I love both. What I really appreciate is how one instrument has changed the way I approach the other. I really liked how guitar opened up goofing around and improvising on the piano. It makes each instrument more rewarding in how different they are to me.
...is what I spend my time trying to learn and watching Horowitz is a great lesson in quiet and economical hands.
With organ you have the feet playing the bassline, right? That must be so hard.Good grief. Harpsichord is definitely interesting. I've played on a few over the years. I prefer piano. Pipe organ is fun too, I started on organ lessons, but I never got the three parts working very well and it was like a light turning on for me when my teacher suggested we switch to piano. I'm definitely more romantic in my eras of music, but I can certainly appreciate Bach and Handel.