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#2756153 08/05/18 05:19 PM
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Hi

I have bought Kawai CA48 some days ago after a lot of research including one post here that certainly helped me choosing the CA48.
I have a piano teacher and I will send him a message tomorrow but I also wanted to know your opinion: How should I start my piano learning?

Thanks

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Sit down and play it. Get a feel for the keyboard, play with the all the features. Get familiar with you digital piano. You've got a teacher so you're on the right track, the lessons will start soon enough. Remember to have fun, be patient with your perceived progress, it may seem slow at first but stick with it and enjoy the journey.


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Sorry I forgot to mention, it is holiday time so I am not having classes until october that's why I created this post.

I started having classes in March this year but it´s only 1 hour once a week. And since I was completely new to the music world the class has been 30-40 minutes so I don´t know a lot.

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Thanks for your answer.

This is my mentality right now, I realize it´s a slow process and I will have to practice a lot. I don´t have goals but I definitely want to get to next year and think "I am a lot better than I was last year".

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Originally Posted by Jonymister
Sorry I forgot to mention, it is holiday time so I am not having classes until october that's why I created this post.

I started having classes in March this year but it´s only 1 hour once a week. And since I was completely new to the music world the class has been 30-40 minutes so I don´t know a lot.



I would suggest you get a "personal" teacher whom you see every week by yourself.


Going to a "class" is not the same as "having a teacher".


It will help but you will get instruction more specific to your needs with your own teacher.


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That´s not what I meant, I have a personal teacher every week, but now it´s holiday time so I wanted some stuff to do now. I will ask him tomorrow for that but I´d like to know how you started, what you did when you were starting...

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Measuring your progress in terms of year to year is an excellent mindset. It's hard to see immediate progress, or even short term, but when you look back over the year, it'll be clear.

I wouldn't be able to wait until October. How about starting the Alfred's books, or some exercises (which are debatable in terms of necessity and usefulness but will get you started at the least).

Good luck, and welcome to the club!


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Perhaps the first thing might be to sort out your ergonomics i.e. your seating position and rough hand position.

Have an investigation in to the correct seating height, and distance from the piano, where your elbows should be, what shape your hands should be etc.

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Originally Posted by cmb13
Measuring your progress in terms of year to year is an excellent mindset. It's hard to see immediate progress, or even short term, but when you look back over the year, it'll be clear.

I wouldn't be able to wait until October. How about starting the Alfred's books, or some exercises (which are debatable in terms of necessity and usefulness but will get you started at the least).

Good luck, and welcome to the club!


I agree. Both Alfred's or Faber Adult Adventures would be a good choice until you start back up with your teacher. Welcome to the Forum and good luck!



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Oh and to clarify by exercises I'm referring to Czerny or Hanon. If you go this route, go very slowly, preferably with a metronome, until it's perfectly even, then gradually speed them up. Start with the first two or so, and add one every few days, then make sure they're perfect before moving to the next one.

Also might look into theory a little bit - chords, keys circle of fifths, etc. Some fun reading! It may seem dry at first but as you apply it, it becomes really interesting.


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Since you are contacting your teacher, I would wait until you hear back from your teacher before doing anything.


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Jonymister, I agree with the other posts that suggest practicing on your own. Utube is a good resource and Google. There are also books that help you teach yourself. Also apps are a good way to learn as well.


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I’m glad your asking your teacher about this tomorrow, so that you don’t venture too far in the wrong direction.
Since you only had a few months of lessons prior to your break, ask your teacher if you should go through last semester’s material prior to your re-start of lessons. Ask him also about using note flascards to practice identifying where to find the note on the keyboard. If he thinks it is a good idea, you can find free versions to download on the Internet


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You could study some music theory and get acquinted with some piano repertoire to know what you like and what kind of music you would eventually like to play. I would stay away from technical exercises, but never hurts to try to sight read some simple pieces.

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With currently 4,660,710 views on the forum, Alfreds volume 1 must be doing something right.


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I suggest you learn the basics of reading simple music scores. Things you can learn to read are:
- treble and bass clefs
- time signatures and bar lines
- notes on the staff and which key they relates to (start with finding where middle C is)
- note and rest values (how long/short to play a note or not play)
- fingering numbers (what number correspond to which finger on both hands)
- accidentals (sharp, flat, natural)
- if you are game, learn some basic chords like C major, G major, F major and A minor.
- if you can do more, learn the basic key signatures for the above chords.

I'm sure there are a lot of resources online you can dive into. I suggest you don't get too bogged down with playing the piano to avoid building up bad playing habits. There are plenty of things your teacher will need to guide you, including sitting position.

Good luck and have fun!


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Surprisingly easy, barely an inconvenience.

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Originally Posted by Jonymister
Hi

I have bought Kawai CA48 some days ago after a lot of research including one post here that certainly helped me choosing the CA48.
I have a piano teacher and I will send him a message tomorrow but I also wanted to know your opinion: How should I start my piano learning?

Thanks


Did you ever learn something as a child on your own? Maybe building a sandcastle? There is absolutely no difference with playing the piano, other than there is a whole industry built around teaching it.

Here is a nice playlist. Follow it and start playing. Enjoy your journey! Everyone's different. :-)

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy2GW1tyPp7BidsZZ1Avl7PjpWx2cbZKM

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Have fun with it!

Definitely learn the basic chords and learn how to play simple songs from a fake book. This will also help you understand your written music much better. (And knowing chords help with sightreading.)

Good luck!


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