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Just a quick video on how to play piano if you don't know how to play piano - with zero jargon. You don't need to know scales or chords or keys or even note names.


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What a great video!😊😊. I had a teacher that did a similar exercise with her students to not only encourage them, but to show that playing the piano could be really fun

The difference: a black note piano duet. We did it once, and I can attest to the real fun it was just to spontaneously improvise without a care in the world. Highly recommended if anyone has a child they want to encourage to play.


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If you don't know how to play piano learn it! rather than cheating



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MadLiszt: I agree. If you take short cuts, you are mostly cheating yourself.

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Originally Posted by MadLiszt
If you don't know how to play piano learn it! rather than cheating
This requires a few clear this up.
First, the title does not match the content of the OP; should have been : How to independently learn to play improvisation on the piano, when you don't know how to play it.
Second, the method demonstrated by BB666 follows the African path to instinctive piano learning; and in this, of course, there is nothing wrong if it is the beginning of the path, and not its end. Two of my students from the Ethiopian diaspora at the beginning of classes played only on black keys. One of them was a composer in Ethiopia, and according to him he created 800 songs.
Thirdly, in the left hand, you can gradually move from single "home" basses to power chords in the form of natural fifths.
Fourthly, after mastering the improvisation in minor pentatonic , you can safely move to the summer house note , which is one key higher than the first main one , what creates a major sound.

In this way, a beginner learns 4 fundamental concepts at once: scale, pentatonic scale, minor, major.

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Originally Posted by CWT
MadLiszt: I agree. If you take short cuts, you are mostly cheating yourself.


Why is it considered a ‘shortcut’ snd not considered a ‘beginning’? my classical music teacher used this for brief duets with her classical music students as a exploration to improvisation and collaborative playing. I wouldn’t call this cheating but a ‘stimulating activity that may spark a deeper, more structured interest in learning to play.or learning to play in a different style.

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MadLiszt: I agree. If you take short cuts, you are mostly cheating yourself.


Why is it considered a ‘shortcut’ snd not considered a ‘beginning’? my classical music teacher used this for brief duets with her classical music students as a exploration to improvisation and collaborative playing. I wouldn’t call this cheating but a ‘stimulating activity that may spark a deeper, more structured interest in learning to play.or learning to play in a different style.

Completely agree dogperson. It's the people that don't investigate this sort of playing who are missing out.


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Brilliant idea and activity. Will try to convince my 6yo daughter to do this with me.


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Originally Posted by Talão
Brilliant idea and activity. Will try to convince my 6yo daughter to do this with me.
It can be cool with the accompaniment. An absolutely beginner improviser, although not a beginner pianist:



I have practiced this with beginners at the age of 6.

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For some people, it is the beginning and the end. They never progress beyond that.

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Originally Posted by CWT
For some people, it is the beginning and the end. They never progress beyond that.


Of course, there will be those that immediately quit. Just like there are those that start playing using any method and that quickly give up.


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I once met a man that could only play music that he had composed.

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I once met a man that could only play music that he had composed.
I have met such people sometimes, and their limitations have always been visible.

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All too advanced for me. I don't understand the jargon of "Home note".

I'm sure these things have their point and usefulness. For example to find out if a child is really interested in playing the piano or not.

I see nothing wrong with what he is doing, although it fits a bizarre invented situation. Why would anybody HAVE to teach somebody how to play something on the piano when they are unable to play a piano?

Is this like that, "Prove God exists and I'll give you a million pounds" malarkey?


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