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Is this a challenging piece? #2800804
01/11/19 11:18 AM
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Hello,

I have just recently started to try out piano and was very curious to see if the song in the video would be considered very difficult for a beginner. I can play the top melody with two hands, but obviously that isn't how you're supposed to play. I am struggling immensely trying to play the left hand notes combined with the top melody. Is this too challenging of a piece for a beginner to try to take on?

Here is the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUdQU0DYRoc

Also, I apologize if I posted this in the wrong section as I am new to the forum.

Thanks

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Re: Is this a challenging piece? [Re: Young Wallace] #2800809
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Re: Is this a challenging piece? [Re: malkin] #2800814
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I really enjoy that piece so I guess my goal would be to be able to play it as soon as possible. I plan on taking lessons and practicing simpler songs in the meantime, but eventually I would like to be able to play a piece similar to that and with the same tempo.

Re: Is this a challenging piece? [Re: Young Wallace] #2800843
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The piece sounded technical in the beginning but at the same time repetitious. Guess if you manage to master even a small section of the song, you sort of repeat the similar / the same finger sequences with lower / higher notes.

Takes a bit of practice. A lot of times when I come across pieces with many notes stacked on top of each other, I would learn just the melody line (the top notes) and 1 line from the bass. For the whole song I'd do 1 note for the L and 1 note for the R. As you become more proficient, you can add more notes in the stack to give a richer sound. A lot of times when you find 2 of the same notes separate by an octave or two I'll omit 1 of the notes (as long as it is not the top note) the first few times practicing to make it easier.

Re: Is this a challenging piece? [Re: Young Wallace] #2800900
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It's not particularly difficult but for a beginner it is going to be callenging. It's mostly just a melody over a chord accompaniment. Here it seems the melody is in the middle not the top - i.e. played with the right hand thumb. It takes a bit of time to learn to do that.

Other than that, this kind of stuff gets a bit boring rather quickly. Maybe consider learning to improvise in that style rather than playing fixed tunes.


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Re: Is this a challenging piece? [Re: Young Wallace] #2801026
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Originally Posted by Young Wallace
Hello,

I have just recently started to try out piano and was very curious to see if the song in the video would be considered very difficult for a beginner. I can play the top melody with two hands, but obviously that isn't how you're supposed to play. I am struggling immensely trying to play the left hand notes combined with the top melody. Is this too challenging of a piece for a beginner to try to take on?

Here is the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUdQU0DYRoc

Also, I apologize if I posted this in the wrong section as I am new to the forum.

Thanks




Do you have the sheet music for this or are you just trying to learn it from a video?


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Re: Is this a challenging piece? [Re: Young Wallace] #2801458
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There is absolutely nothing challenging there, it's just banging the keyboard in a repetitive manner. If you can keep the rhythm, which is a simple one, you'll have no problem. Of course it depends what do you mean by beginner, if you just started with that, well, it's not a very good idea.

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I wouldn't give this piece to a beginner. Left hand and right hand coordination takes time to develop, as well as independence of fingers. I would use this piece as a goal piece, something to work toward as you start out with simple melodies (one note at a time) that are divided between the hands.

That is, of course, if your goal is to be able to play piano and not just this one piece of music. If you just want to play this piece, you have to be able to slow it way down and play it at that slow speed, gradually increasing until you're up to tempo.


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Re: Is this a challenging piece? [Re: Mosotti] #2801491
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Originally Posted by Mosotti
There is absolutely nothing challenging there, it's just banging the keyboard in a repetitive manner. If you can keep the rhythm, which is a simple one, you'll have no problem. Of course it depends what do you mean by beginner, if you just started with that, well, it's not a very good idea.


Wrong. There's nothing to challenge yourself but the term 'challenging' is relative. Give that to someone who had never touched a piano before, zero experience of playing a musical instrument and I'm pretty sure it would be considered a challenging piece.


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