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I should have introduced myself first before posting questions, how rude of me! Forgive me! I am new to this journey in trying to learn the piano. My wife has always wanted to have a piano and learn to play, so I am joining her in this quest together! I recently pulled the trigger in getting her a new (on backorder) Yamaha CLP-735 Clavinova. I did tons of research, and she definitely did not want a "keyboard," so with a lot of the deals going on for the holidays I figured "why not?" Now she has played the piano (very little) as a kid, so she was very keen on the feel/sound of things before we decided on this together. I hope to find a new passion and hobby, along with meeting the many awesome people here on the forums! We both love classical music and many other genres, so I can't wait to learn with you all! I have another post on here for advice on this piano, so feel free to comment and share your thoughts and experiences! Thanks again!

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Welcome to the forum.

I'm an intermediate player with a teacher. A lot of people here would recommend a good teacher if you don't already have one and good method books. Some people are enrolled in an online learning program. In my school days I learned to play violin so I can read music in the Treble Clef but needed to improve on reading the Bass.

The 2 books I'm using are exercises and easy pieces for L & R hands coordination and relaxation:
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I do download sheet music from time to time. Instead of playing only the pieces assigned by the teacher, I'd download Classical or Pop tunes to keep myself engaged. There are all sorts of pieces online including Christmas songs arranged at every level from beginner to advanced you can access.

Right now I'm away from home to take care of other matters. I'm connected with my teacher through Zoom. Depending on your location, there is a good chance you will be connecting with a teacher through a computer instead of weekly face to face meetings until C-19 is under control.

Good luck...

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ul7,
A warm welcome here and to the start of your piano playing journey. Hope to read how you are progressing.
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Thanks everyone! I can't wait for the adventures to begin! I think it's super cool there are recitals and stuff on here. I'm sure I'll find plenty to do in here. laugh

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Why are you doing things in here when you should be practicing wink

Welcome aboard smile smile smile smile


All these years playing and I still consider myself a novice.
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Welcome smile I hope you'll both have fun and great to see you're doing this together!


I've been playing the piano since Jan '18.
More recently, I passed Grade 6 with distinction and plan to take Grade 7 in late 2021.

I am documenting my progress, recitals and experiences of learning how to play the piano as an adult on my YouTube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/PeterHontaru
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Originally Posted by Peter Hontaru
Welcome smile I hope you'll both have fun and great to see you're doing this together!

Just don't make it a competition smile


All these years playing and I still consider myself a novice.
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I suggest doing a search on YouTube for songs you wish to play, if you don’t use that source already. Actually, It’s a great source for learning how to do most anything .... from changing a lightbulb to learning to build a rocket ship. I’ve never searched either of those subjects, but I’d bet the info with video is out ther.lol

Of course, this forum is a GREAT source too for anything piano. Members here have answered all of my questions I’ve asked during the year I’ve been a member. You’ll find friendly, humorous, knowledgeable people from all over the world willing to help out. It’s a wonderful forum, for sure.

Hope you get your new Yamaha soon. Enjoy!

Muskie

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Thank you all so much for the warm welcome! I think it's on back order until January. So until then, we will probably lurk around here and there while soaking in the new world we will be diving into together. I will definitely heed EPW's advice on the competition comment. I am super passionate and competitive by nature (but humble), but this is something we made an oath on not to make competitive. It will be a fun experience, and we both need something to distract us from the other world problems.

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Welcome Mr. and Ms. ul7.

Since you will be faced with choosing what to play when your piano arrives and you start improving, I'd suggest that you spend time on the University of Iowa Piano Pedagogy Project YouTube page listening to piano music. It is a massive (maybe 10,000 or more beginner pieces), well organized, collection of well known, as well as not-so-well-known beginner pieces, performed by the facutly fo the Univ of Iowa music department, and recorded on video.

Here is the link: University of Iowa Piano Pedagogy Project


It is an incredible, massive, extremely helpful, and nice to listen to collection. Most of the music you will find in beginner (years 1 - 5) books, along with some lost-to-time gems, are there.

Good luck with piano. And, enjoy our forum.

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What a great project! So enriching, & something you both can bond together with. Your new piano looks like a wonderful choice. You won't outgrow it for many years, until you desire something with the newest bells & whistles. I wish you many years of piano happiness.

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I agree, thank you so much Ralphiano. I've actually been watching these chronologically (oldest>newest). It's a shame they aren't uploading anymore. This is definitely going to be utilized. Thanks again!


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