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New Here (returning piano player after 20 years) #2720443
03/10/18 11:49 PM
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Hi everyone,

I'm 35 years old now and decided I wanted to pickup an instrument again. I play the ukulele (intermediate type of playing, solo instrumentals ect) which I have been doing for a year or so. I got a keyboard and I wanted to get back at it but I am feeling like I am not sure where to get started.

I used to play as a child / early teen did piano lessons recitals and stuff like that. I know some theory and but nothing too crazy.

My goal for my playing is to first and foremost have fun. I love all types of modern music and love the idea of doing mashup of covers and just having a blast with some improve / arrangements.

So I am here seeking some advice as to where should I start. I should mention I have no intention on going to traditional lessons or anything like that.

Any advice on what I should work on? Or am I overthinking all of this and should just pick a piece of music I want to learn and cover and just go at it.

Maybe a better question is: I would like to cover a pop song from the radio where should I start?

When I tackle music on the uke I first figure out the chords to the song or look them up. I then play with the original track and get a feel for different strumming patterns and such. I then learn the melody and finally build the chord around the melody. Add some flare and refine the arrangement adding little things here and there . Is doing this on the piano much of the same?

Sorry if this post is kind of all over the place...

Thanks in advance

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Re: New Here (returning piano player after 20 years) [Re: philipraposo1982] #2720444
03/11/18 12:44 AM
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This sounds like what you are looking for ....


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Re: New Here (returning piano player after 20 years) [Re: philipraposo1982] #2720469
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I learnt up to grade 3 up to age 10, then a 56 year gap to 6 months ago.

Why no teacher? That is the first thing I did. I wanted to learn Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata - so my teacher guided me through it.

Also -checkout www.pianomarvel.com - its like a piano oriented computer game. Great fun whilst you learn progressively harder and harder pieces. There is a few of us doing this - see this thread
http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2710598/other-people-do-piano-marvel.html Don't need a teacher for that - but recognise its limitations, no dynamics, peddling or speed changes (rubato)

Re: New Here (returning piano player after 20 years) [Re: philipraposo1982] #2720512
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Welcome back. It is refreshing to hear someone say they want to have fun! After all, that's what its all about. Have fun and enjoy!


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Re: New Here (returning piano player after 20 years) [Re: philipraposo1982] #2720816
03/12/18 07:35 PM
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The most important thing when playing music is to have fun. There are kids who got enrolled into piano or violin by their parents and they absolutely hated music. Don't turn music into an academic exercise. Any type of music you like to play you'd find arrangements online.

Have fun...

Re: New Here (returning piano player after 20 years) [Re: philipraposo1982] #2722594
03/19/18 11:52 AM
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Hey Philip,

I'm about the same age as you and decided to get back into playing pretty much at the same moment in life, also after having played for a couple of years as a kid.

I did decide to go for a teacher and I think you should too. Life's too short to still be messing around at our age. Especially when you allready have some background, a teacher will help a lot in figuring out what you actually know already and what you need to know to get where you want. You will get there a lot faster, and if you found a good teacher you will enjoy the process of getting there more too. For example: A teacher can help you find repertoire that you enjoy, that is just challenging enough for you so you are not tempted to try things that are above your level, leaving you frustrated.

Piano is also a very unforgiving instrument. Although I chose to go the classical route where dynamics and phrasing are all the more important, this goes for popular music too. It's a lot easier to sound moderately good when messing around on ukelele and even guitar than it is on a piano (And I've messed around with all of the above). Figuring out a nice acompanyment takes a lot more theory too, if only because you have a lot more options at your disposal.

So what I'd advise is to find a teacher that is more pop oriented, and ask your questions there. If you can't afford one or would like to go your own pace, find one that is able to give you lessons on a monthly basis. That is still infinately better than faring blind.


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