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Learning the electric piano
#3000572 07/09/20 09:42 AM
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Here i am. I never thought this day will come, but here goes. I'm 40 and i already played classic piano for 6 years in my childhood completing junior piano school. Those were horrible years and teacher managed to kill any enthusiasm i had. I never ever touched a piano after that and i thought i never ever will again.

But now i have a 9 year old daughter that completed her first year in a piano school (not classic) and loves it. She practised at home on electric keyboard (so we would see if she would like it) and now i bought her a Kawai KDP 110 electric piano. I was already playing with her a bit this year and i can play all her songs so i remember something...:) She loves to play with me so i think that would be a very good boost for her morale going forward.

So now i'm thinking about learning piano again. I'm interested in ambient and jazz music mostly. I won't go to a piano teacher so i would like to practise at home at my own pace and will. I'm looking at Flowkey app or Marvel for example. Are they any good? Would you recommend any other app more for adult piano learning?

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I use Piano Marvel on an iPad connected to my digital piano and it works seamlessly.

I've been doing it for about 4 months and I’m loving it. I’m nowhere near completion of the Method and Technique (if it’s even possible to complete). I haven’t even touched the music library yet.

It’s free for 30 days with no obligation.

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If you are interested only in non-classical styles (jazz, blues, pop, etc.) and want to learn to read from lead sheets, I would recommend Scott Houston's course:
https://www.pianoinaflash.com/

Granted, some people get really annoyed with this guy (especially traditional piano teachers) due to his relaxed approach to learning piano. However, I can say that I've really leaved A LOT from his courses. (I use them in conjunction with my regular lessons, but his courses are meant to be a stand-alone learning platform).

Finally, he runs a lot of promotions and deals for his course if you sign up for his email list / newsletter, so you'll probably find a better deal than the price listed on the website.

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Gargamel35 #3000659 07/09/20 01:08 PM
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Hi

Can't help you on apps.

It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway, there are masses of great on-line learning resources (mainly via YouTube) that will help you. A lot are free, but there are some very good ones you can buy into.

For Jazz Piano I recommend:
Dave Frank's masterclasses and his website. All free.
Piano with Johnny is pretty good, quite a lot of free videos, but you can pay and get more structured lessons. I admit I've only looked at the free stuff.

If you're really serious about Jazz Piano, Dave Frank's free material is the best available IMHO.

There are many others that I can't think of off the top of my head.

Check out the non-classical forum area, and you will find dozens of threads on this subject.

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I'm far from an expert but seems to me, to develop jazz, ambient, cocktail etc. If you can already navigate the piano for tunes, you need to navigate around chords. It's a mountain that can be (is for me) overwhelming! But, hay, that's what I started piano for. To tame it, I reckon, the thing to do is focus on one thing at a time and find YouTube or other material for that thing. I found it worthwhile scanning a jazz theory book/course just to see what the terrain is.
I'm also self teaching; and, IMHO, the trick is to take personal responsibility over what you learn next and if you go down a wrong path, well it's just a learning experience.

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I would give the PianoMarvel a go. It really is very cost effective and then go from there depending how quickly you advance. A lot of times folks that have had lessons as a youth and got past the beginner stage are surprised how quickly they get back up to where they were.

Also +1 on watching Dave Frank's YouTube channel.

Anyway welcome to Pianoworld


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I have made good progress using books and there are many good books out there to learn piano at your level , I stayed away from computer learning because I work with them in my job .


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