Do you play the piano?

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  1. concepthomes1

    concepthomes1 Your Neighbor Staff Member Charter Member Benefactor

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    If so, how old were you when you started practicing?

    Any tips for newbies on info retention or is it just practice, practice and more practice?
     
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    Chdamn Dungeon Master Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    I don’t play anymore. I started lessons when I was about 9 or 10 if I remember correctly. Took lessons for 5 or so years. Was decent at it.

    The best tip I have is practice. And that’s a hard thing with a kid unless they’re really into it which I wasn’t. So it became a “you get out there right now and practice for 2 hours”. But mom I want to go outside and play. “I’m going to stop paying for your lessons then.” Fine. Whatever.
     
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    Chuckman Senior Member Sponsor

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    Once upon a time I played, some. I have not played any instrument since I graduated from college in 1991 (I played tuba, baritone/euphonium, trombone, string bass/bass guitar, some piano).

    My wife plays, as does my daughter and son. It is practice, practice, practice. And like shooting, all "advanced" is, is exceptional application of the basics.
     
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    Miss Lily Moderator-Mom-Instructor Staff Member Charter Member Benefactor Supporting Member

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    I began lessons at the age of 5. Music was my college major and I taught piano/music for 15 years.

    As others said, "Practice, practice, practice!"
     
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    I can play this! Decided I finally wanted to learn it. I just took it one day at a time, one note at a time. Took some time.

     
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    Kinda laughed ... when my son was getting old enough to start asking embarrassing guestion kids do sometimes so my wife and I would use “Are we going to play the piano tonight?” instead of saying fool around. Once he told someone at church that his mother Mom & Dad practiced playing the piano all the time so they could play as good as the lady playing fir the choir ... wife’s face went red and my hand over the kid’s mouth.
     
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    I started messing around with piano at age 13-14 so I'm roughly 20 years in and still learning. It's a muscle memory game, and the whole trick is to learn to relate what you need to do and what you want to hear as a result. Reading music makes that process slightly more complex, but practice is what establishes that relationship between what your hands need to do to satisfy your ears/eyes.
     
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    When you aren't playing, find exercises to make your hands do rhythmically independent things.

    I never had a piano, but played keys and synths in an electronic sorta punk band starting in my late teens. You're never too old to learn, but don't compare your skill to others and don't get discouraged.
     
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    i played piano like i played golf.
    for fun, got good, but stopped.

    "Any tips for newbies"?
    do you already have a real piano?

    if not, try an electronic keyboard first.
    it's cheaper, takes up less room, and you'll
    find out if you want to go to the next level.

    if you have a real piano, does it have a comfortable bench?
    that made a lot of difference with me. i had to adjust the
    height to get it just right. just like the correct length golf clubs.

    finally, practice is ok, but "fool around" some.
    find out if you can reach an octave or more.
    choose a favorite tune and "play it by ear".
    play an easy piece really fast or really slow.
     
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    Does playing piano on the iPad count?
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    backwoodsshooter Wut do FC???! Charter Member Supporting Member

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    A piano is my second favorite instrument. First is a violin. With that said I learn one part of one song on the piano
     

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