I am happy with my violin but I want to start learning the piano
Hi guys, I have played and enjoyed my violin for years now but I think it is time for me to step up and learn the piano keyboard, you know, so I have other things to play.
Been reading blog and articles to help me out and since I love reading it is really fun.
Anyway, I want to share this helpful article about the piano keyboards layout. This is really informative for newbies like me.
Oh and guys please share something too, if you don't mind anything that can help me understand the keyboard.
I’ve played the piano since childhood, and I started with the violin 3 years ago. I’m an amateur on both, but I can play interesting things on the piano while my basic beginner level on violin makes it a “musical pain”.
There has been a piano in my home all my life, but I never really learned to play one - that was for my mother, sister and later for my wife. But I have been familiar with piano notes and relation to treble and bass clef since I was 5. I did spend a year trying learn to read a couple of piano sonatinas some 20 years ago when one of my cello students was a full-time piano teacher.
Perhaps pianist.com (or whatever) may have more info on your new pursuit?
Get a teacher or experienced pianist to check out your posture at the keyboard. As with the violin it is all-important.
Craig, piano forums have an awful design. It would be great to have a “pianist.com” forum just like this one. Maybe Laurie could take the challenge and also give piano players a bit of online happiness...
Miguel, I agree with you about other forums. The cello forums, the main bass forum, they all suck compared to violinist.com. The other forums seems more intended for computer nerds than musicians. Laurie could capture a lot of their market share if she wanted to.
Switch to pianist dot com. LOL
I played piano on and off my first 25 years on this earth (more off than on). Started violin at age 42. Anyways I still picture a piano keyboard anytime I have to think in terms of intervals, half steps between E-F, chords. Not sure if it helps or hinders with regards to playing the violin. I feel like I'm translating.
Having had piano lessons for a year or two, I took organ lessons from the age of 11 or 12, against the advice of my organ teacher, who would have preferred to teach me piano. Studying the organ did teach me quite a bit, but I didn't reach much of a standard (D-minor Tocatta was about my limit of playing acceptability) and I would wish that my piano playing were better (There are few hymns that I can play without practice as written in the book, which is a disadvantage if I'm having to guide a choir or the harmony in the book is really good - and who knows, if I'd stuck to piano I might have been able to accompany properly, rather than ham fist my way through things with so many notes omitted and so many wrong notes).
Hay. As a beginner you should go through that article. They covered most information's for beginners piano.
The only thing I don't understand about the piano is....
This thread seems to be one for posting very lame links to advertising sites. So here's one from me:
The piano a step up.... that's debateable! You'll enjoy it however. I was always attracted to the piano, but couldn't do it justice while doing everything else.
I started out playing the piano when I was 8 or so (and I still do play) and I picked up violin when I was 13. Because of my knowledge of reading and understanding music from piano, I was able to progress through violin quite well. You should not have much difficulty with playing piano, as you don't have to worry about intonation, bow hold, etc. Yes, the fingering will be different (which confuses some musicians who play violin and piano. I did not have much of a problem with that, however) and you might find reading the music + coordinating two hands being a little difficult, but it's very worth it. Piano is one of the easiest instruments to play and (as I mentioned) with your knowledge of violin, it will be even easier. Go for it! You won't be disappointed.
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