Piano Playing is Child’s Play

See how easy it can be to play the piano?  Even a four year old can do it.

This video on youtube has a lot of mixed comments. There are a lot of people who are saying that it is a fraud or some sort of montage because they simply don’t believe that someone of that age could play the piano so well.  Having worked in video professionally myself I can’t see how this has been falsified but I can understand how they can think this Actually the level of playing is not that high… the performance is obviously flawed but you don’t notice this… such a young and innocent looking person playing such beautiful piano music is such an amazing feat that you don’t even notice the mistakes as much…  it’s like you can forgive them and almost expect them due to his age.

Just remember It’s never too late to learn piano

All in all I think the performance is great, not because of the complexity of the pieces he plays but because of his dedication to the music. He puts himself wholly into the piece he is playing. It’s almost like he is channeling some great piano player.

New Piano Course looks VERY Promising

I have found a new piano learning course which at first glance seems to be very promising indeed.

The course is called Learn Piano in 30 Days and stands out from the other best selling piano courses in quite a few ways which I will go into below.

Scan with your mobile - Learn piano in 30 days QR codeThe best thing of all is that the whole course can be tried out for just $1. The 14 day $1 trial allows you to check out all aspects of this very complete course so you can decide whether to continue and pay the  the very reasonable $27 monthly fee.

The course offers tuition from the most basic level for absolute beginners to a fairly high intermediate level.

One of the best features of this course is that they have a large selection of song tutorials in video format so you can watch and play along whilst you learn some of the most in demand popular and modern songs available. If there is one thing I have learned from offering help on learning the piano it is that most people want to learn how to play real songs and this course certainly has this covered.

piano video song lessons

The inclusion of thousands of pieces of sheet music alone is worth the cost of the course. As you may have discovered, sheet music can be very expensive and to find free sheet music is a nightmare with hundreds of shady rip off sites all getting you to jump through hoops of signing up for memberships only to not deliver in the end.

Here is a list of some of the song tutorials that they have available.

Song Tutorials

There is a forum manned by a team of real piano teachers so you can keep in touch and get any questions or doubts answered by the professionals and there is also an online help system.

Just going by the amount of material that is available with this course I would go as far as to say that the course would be attractive to even the most experienced piano player just for the sheer amount of tutorials and sheet music available without even going into the course details.

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I plan to do a video review of this product as soon as possible… keep an eye out for it.

If anyone would like to share their opinions of this course I would be very interested to hear about it. Please leave a comment in the comments section below…  Thanks

How to play Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the all time classic pop/rock pieces. This was composed by Freddie Mercury on the the piano and although the original recoding features heavily the voices in close harmony and the timeless guitar sound we can only associate with queen, the song is in fact based around the piano part.

There are quite a few piano tutorials on you tube showing you how to play this piece, some are better than others.

I have included a couple of the better ones here with this post.

It might seem quite a daunting task at first to learn this masterpiece but once you split the song down into small sections you will see that it will not be all that difficult to get to grips with it.

The most thorough tutorial I found is this one by Joe Raciti

This is in three parts and can be quite difficult to follow. If you are prepared to do a lot of pausing and continuing however it will be well worth while learning from this one.

 

There are many other tutorials for this song and there is noting stopping you from going through each and getting little bits from each one.

Then to put it all together here is an excellent non stop live performance piano part which is almost exactly as it appears on the original track.

 

And finally you must not miss this interpertation.

Learn Piano

rocketpiano_box How to Teach Yourself Piano

Every beginner can use advice on how to Teach Yourself Piano. There are many different methods of teaching yourself how to play the piano. Some people use an instructor and others teach themselves. No matter how you learn to play the piano, some things will be the same. The basics of playing the piano are never going to change. With that in mind here are some tips and great advice to help you as you learn to play the piano.

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Start with the Basics
No matter how you decide to learn, you will always start with the basics. You will learn about the piano, the keys and where the notes are on the piano. You will also learn some basic music theory, including how to read music. These basics are where everyone starts. It can sometimes be easy to think that you don’t need to go over the basics, but even if you already know how to read music and you already know about the piano keyboard, going over the basics is always a nice refresher and should be where you start.


Choose Easy and Short Pieces to Start
Your first pieces should be introductory pieces that test you ability to read music and play that music on the piano. These pieces should be short and easy enough for you to memorize. You should aim to perfect them, which should not take too long.
Also do one or two pieces that you play by ear. This means that you hear them and then try to play them on the piano. You can learn a lot by just trying to duplicate what you hear on the piano. This is great ear training that will come in handy as you advance through your piano lessons.


Understand It Will Get Harder
Too often the beginner student feels like things get too hard and they quit. However, advancing to harder pieces is the only way that you will learn and improve. You have to accept that there will come a time when you will really struggle with a piece and you will have to practice over and over to perfect it. This is just you becoming a better piano player and every player goes through this. If you never play pieces that challenge you then you will never get better.

Make It Your Own
Have you ever heard the same song sang by two different singers? Did it sound exactly the same? Probably not. The reason is that each singer made the song their own. That is what you need to do with the music you play. One of the secrets to becoming a good piano player is learning to make music your own. Start playing from the heart. Be adventurous and willing to try new things. It will only help you grow as a piano player.

When you first begin to seek how to learn the piano you will probably feel it is very structured. You will have set lessons and you will be learning the basic things that you need to know to become a good piano player. Do not let yourself give up in these early stages. They really do progress quickly and soon you will be moving on to playing harder pieces that sound beautiful. The key is to just follow the advice above and to stick with it.

 

There is a list of home study courses to help you teach yourself piano on the piano for beginners page

How To Play The Piano

Learn to Play Piano Blues Style

When you play piano blues style you are calling upon some strong music.

The blues is something that is filled with emotion. It is a genre of music that seems to have its very own style that so unique from any other genre. When you play blues on the piano there are a few things you have to know so you can really get this style right.

The Blues Scale
Playing the blues on the piano starts with learning the blues scale. The scale is played with the right hand and the first four notes are C – E flat – F – F sharp. Practice playing that over and over until you have the four notes memorized. Adding in the left hand, you will play a C and G together as a chord.

Knowing the first four notes of the scale and the basic chord will allow you to start playing around a bit with creating your own blues sound. See the Piano Lessons For Beginners page for more info.

Check out the ‘How to Play The Blues’ book in the Piano For All course.

Improvising a Song
Playing the blues is all about reaching inside yourself and creating music that reflects what you feel. You may not have a lot to work with, but what you have learned with the scale and the C-G chord will give you a great start.
Try messing around with the notes. Unlike just sitting down and playing whatever notes your fingers hit, having guidance of what notes to play will actually make it sound like a real song. No matter what notes you play they will harmonize nicely. Just try to stick to scale order by not skipping notes.

The Complete Blues Scale
After you have gotten to know the first part of the scale you can add in the remaining three notes. This will give you the complete blues scale. The scale is C – B flat – G – F sharp – F – E flat – C. Again, practice the scale until you know it well and then begin to improvise again. You can add in some more notes for the left hand. You can use a C chord and/or a G chord. You now have a very good basis to start playing some amazing blues sound.


Creating Music
You now know the basics for playing the blues on the piano. You now can experiment and try all different rhythms and combinations to create your own blues music. You may want to get some sheet music that reflects the blues style or even just listen to some blues music to give you inspiration.
Remember that blues music is all from the heart. No matter what you do with the music, make it yours. Be free and let yourself go. Follow your ear and if something doesn’t sound right then change it up. Don’t forget to record as you play so you don’t forget the music you have created. After a while, you will find your skills grow and you begin to add your own style to the music. That is why you can be sure that you have mastered how to play piano blues style.

 

Advice on How to Play Rock Piano

When you want to learn how to play rock piano, it helps to get some advice to get you started. Rock piano is simply a style of playing. There is no real secret to it except learning the basic rock style and being able to turn out rock style music from your piano. Learning to play piano in a rock style is something that you may wish to do once you have learned the basics of playing piano.

Energy is Key
The main key to playing rock piano is energy. Rock music is driven by the energy of the performers. The music flows quickly and it can be challenging if you don’t have the energy to keep up with the pace of the music. You must go into learning rock piano with energy, ready to rock and roll. See the Piano Lessons For Beginners page for more info.

Rock Piano Skills
When playing rock piano there are some certain skills that are specific to this style of music. Knowing these specific skills will help you to play rock style easier. There are two main skills: glissandos and fast chords.
Glissandos: This is where you slide your fingers across the keyboard. While it looks simple, it is actually something that can be a bit tricky until you have practiced at it quite a bit.

Fast chords
All piano music includes chords, but in rock music the chords move fast. You have to really know your chords so you can play them fast without mistakes. You may need to spend some time practicing moving through chords over and over in order to get up to speed for rock music.

Basic Elements
Rock music is all about passion and speed. Rock music flows fast and it is played loud. Even the slower rock songs move at a rapid pace compared to classical pieces. Most people learn to play piano using classical pieces so the transformation to playing rock music can be rather challenging at first for some piano players.

Your basic piano skills will really dictate how you can proceed with learning rock piano. If you are a seasoned piano player, who knows all the chords and who can play quick tempos then you may be able to start out with a faster piece than someone who is a relative beginner piano player.

Choosing the Right Piece
For your first rock piece you should probably choose something slow. You want to really be able to work on your styling and grasp the basic flow of rock music before you move into hard, fast pieces.
Learning how to play rock piano is all about practice. You have to get your basic skills perfected before you can move onto real classic rock pieces that move at super fast tempos. You need to really play with all your energy and throw yourself into the music for a rock piece to really come off sounding good.

Even though the guitar is the instrument most people associate with rock music, the piano can also be a great way to rock out.

Piano playing made simple – Keith Jarret

 
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The first time I heard the music of Keith Jarret I wasn’t sure if I was listening to classical music or jazz. It was in fact a completely improvised piano solo played live in concert. This first piece from the 1975 Koln concert in Germany was the first piece I ever heard from this artist and to this day it still remains one of my all time favorite piano pieces. The simplicity of the haunting melodies is deceptive and there are times when I would swear that this man sounds as if he has three hands. How can one man make such rich music on one piano? There are times when he is obviously hearing the music he wants to play and has run out of fingers to play it so he starts singing the missing parts joining in with percussive knocking on the piano with his feet. This artist has been a great inspiration for me and simply listening to him makes you feel that playing the piano can be a really simple and worthwhile task when it comes down to it.

How To Play All Of The Chords On The Piano

Here is another quick video I made… This one shows you ALL of the major and minor chords and should enable you to play virtually any song you like.

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Am I Too Old To Learn The Piano?

There have been a lot of writing to me that have been concerned about being too old to take Piano Lessons For Beginners. People repeatedly inquire how old do you have to be before is becomes too difficult to really get skilled at the piano. This appears to be a regular question for persons over the age of fifteen. There seems to be a widespread misconception that once you get old then it is too late to learn the piano or keyboards.
Well the good

news is that this is false at all and in a number of cases it is in point of fact the contrary of the truth in that the older you are the more efficiently you will allow yourself to be taught.

When very young children are taught how to play the piano the advancement are generally really long-winded and frustrating for them. Regular practice is necessary and it can be really complicated for them remain interested.  The children who take up piano at an early age do not go forward enormously rapidly at first but over time they get better at leaning and soon start to perform and practice without thinking about it and the entire process becomes normal to them.

It is much easier for a teenager to learn piano than a small child. It is a good time to learn the piano whilst in your teens if you can manage to stay to a schedule of practice and attend all of the lessons as it can be simple to become distracted by schoolwork or other projects.

In my opinion, the best time to learn to play the piano or the keyboards is as an adult. You will be able to practice and get good at the instrument a lot better as soon as you have your schooling finished and you have more of a daily schedule established in your life. You will be more motivated as you have chosen to learn the instrument yourself and you will be able to arrange your own practice sessions.. Learning like this is more than likely one of the most significant components to success. As an adult you will be able to see the reasoning behind your lesson plans and your practice sessions which will make you less prone to give up.

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It is becoming ever more popular as of late for elder people to take up the piano. Older people in their 70’s and 80’s are every day taking up the piano and enjoying it immensely. The Delight of learning is what these people are looking for and not so much the objective of becoming competent, though many of them do achieve this even though they have had no prior musical know-how

So to answer the original question, am I too old to learn the piano? then the response has to be a distinct “NO”. You have just as much chance of progressing to a high level of playing if you start to learn the piano as an adult as if you begin as a small child.