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#2851920 05/24/19 08:39 PM
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Hello!

I’ve decided to try and learn reading sheet music, understanding music theory and in particular playing the piano. I only have a few months of experience with my old keyboard that broke recently. I went to the music store to buy a digital piano and chose the Yamaha CLP 685 which arrived earlier today.

Now starts the real fun, though it’s a jungle of theory books, etc. As written I’d really like to become better at reading sheet music to play some classical pieces and later cover some of my favorite music.

Can you recommend any books that cover up most of what you need to know as a beginner - maybe even comes with simple sheet music? Preferably accessible online on the iPad.

Perhaps it’s a good idea to team up with a teacher at some point?


Thanks!

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Marpe #2851961 05/25/19 01:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Marpe
Hello!

I’ve decided to try and learn reading sheet music, understanding music theory and in particular playing the piano. I only have a few months of experience with my old keyboard that broke recently. I went to the music store to buy a digital piano and chose the Yamaha CLP 685 which arrived earlier today.

Now starts the real fun, though it’s a jungle of theory books, etc. As written I’d really like to become better at reading sheet music to play some classical pieces and later cover some of my favorite music.

Can you recommend any books that cover up most of what you need to know as a beginner - maybe even comes with simple sheet music? Preferably accessible online on the iPad.

Perhaps it’s a good idea to team up with a teacher at some point?




I was about to write a long post, but the answer to your questions is pretty simple:

. . . Get a teacher, and ask him or her.

There's _lots_ to learn, and _lots_ to physically master. It's pretty useless to know the structure of a musical scale, and to know how to translate the scribbles on the sheet music to notes on the keyboard,

. . . unless you have the skill to _actually play_ those notes, with correct rhythm, and correct dynamics and phrasing.

A teacher can help to guide you along a sensible path to those joint goals. It's not impossible without a teacher, but you'll improve your odds of success if you have one, IMHO.






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Re: Theory and practice
Marpe #2851969 05/25/19 02:27 AM
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Definitely get a teacher. There's an awful lot of technique associated with playing the piano, and if you learn without a teacher you'll develop bad habits that'll become ingrained without anyone to correct you.

Your teacher will have their own preferred "method books" that they work from, so I wouldn't buy any books yet.


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Marpe #2851979 05/25/19 03:57 AM
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Perhaps it’s a good idea to team up with a teacher at some point?

Yes, and at some point = as soon as possible.

I guess that you are impatient to start. When I started without a teacher, I had a book and focused on learning to play the correct notes with the correct fingers at the correct time. However, my technique was atrocious. In retrospect, I should have found a teacher, and during the time before I got my first lesson, I should have watched YT videos explaining basic technique.

So that is my advice to you! cool
Good luck with your piano Marpe.


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