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#1574148 - 12/10/10 04:19 PM What will help me get the best from my first few lessons?  
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I played piano from being 13-17ish. I was just starting my grade 4 when I had to stop and in the past 3 years I've touched the piano maybe only 10 times, at most.
I'm going to start lessons again in a few weeks and I'm not sure what stuff would be most helpful to try and brush up on before going back?

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#1574163 - 12/10/10 04:34 PM Re: What will help me get the best from my first few lessons? [Re: Saffy]  
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What kind of music do you play the most?


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#1574207 - 12/10/10 05:44 PM Re: What will help me get the best from my first few lessons? [Re: Saffy]  
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Congratulations for getting back into lessons! Don't get discouraged if you muscles and fingers don't seem to be as cooperative or nimble as you remember them being. It'll come back eventually. Don't overdo it in the first few weeks. Practice carefully and slowly to work up to where you used to be.

It may be helpful to pull out some old books, perhaps around level 1-2 that can be easily sightread. If you have not looked at any music notation in the last few years, it may be good to familiarize yourself with the staff and the different symbols. See how many simple pieces you can play through.


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#1574224 - 12/10/10 06:00 PM Re: What will help me get the best from my first few lessons? [Re: Saffy]  
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Don't feel bad if the teacher wants to move you all the way back to square one. A review of everything will help you (and your teacher) find the holes - things you've forgotten or never learned. A solid footing will make you much more successful in the long run, and I think you'll feel more confident.

(I think the mistake older students often make is that the teacher will think they're awful or something, and they are embarrassed to play what they think is too simple. That is so not true.)

Congratulations on getting back to it.


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#1574486 - 12/11/10 04:09 AM Re: What will help me get the best from my first few lessons? [Re: Saffy]  
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Thanks for the replies!
From my memory, most weeks we'd start with scales, arpeggios etc we made our way through a series of books and would spend the last 10 minutes on something totally random, I was always allowed to pick and I went from playing pop songs to butchering moonlight sonata ha!
And you're all so right, my fingers definitely werent my friends anymore but I sat for an hour last night just playing really simple stuff and scales and they seemed a bit more friendly by the end.

#1574501 - 12/11/10 04:31 AM Re: What will help me get the best from my first few lessons? [Re: Saffy]  
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A few suggestions:

1) Ask your teacher if you can record the lessons. Videotaping really, really helps. I audio-taped my lessons in college, and I still vividly remember the lessons that I heard several times over.

2) Warm up at least 30 minutes immediately before the lesson.

3) Practice within 36 hours after the lesson, while the information is still fresh in your mind.

4) Take notes while you practice and write down all of your questions for your next lesson.

Good luck!


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#1574623 - 12/11/10 09:42 AM Re: What will help me get the best from my first few lessons? [Re: AZNpiano]  
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Originally Posted by AZN
3) Practice within 36 hours after the lesson, while the information is still fresh in your mind.

Good advice. I suggest my students review the lesson in their minds on the way home, and if possible, review each piece at least once, if not that evening, the following morning. The students who follow that advice consistently come to lessons better prepared and advance much more quickly.


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