Have you ever wondered how can you get your figures to work the way that you want them to when playing piano?
Do you know if you're off to a strong start with piano? How can you be sure you’ve covered the basics?
The answers is to become a master of the obvious. But how? Let me explain...
Every building must have a strong foundation and laying that foundation isn’t glamorous. It’s hard work. In the beginning, it can be difficult to imagine what the finished product will look like. It’s also not known what it takes to get there.
On the way to building your musical equivalent there will be hiccups and stumbling blocks along the way. That’s normal. Accept that fact and the fact that it takes work, both mental and physical to master, assimilate and effectively make use of the basics.
When it comes to learning anything at all, learning is built on prior knowledge. The musical ABCs and 123s are deceptively simple concepts, perhaps too simple, particularly for adults. When we were kids we mastered and assimilated our ABCs and 123s little by little through repetition and constant use.
We consume copious amounts of information every day and we have busy lives. The basics are not quickly assimilated mainly because we don’t have or make time to use them. If we really want to have the piano in our lives, we have to make time for it. A relationship with music requires the same thing all relationships require. Attention.
These basics are given in no particular order, because these all work together. We may not give them the time required and this leads to problems like not getting your fingers to do what you want. Your knowledge of theory can easily outpace your physical and technical ability so you’ll know what to play but be physically incapable of playing it.
1. Learn note names on keyboard and Staff
Learn the landscape of the piano. Some people resist learning anything that looks like music theory usually because of the assumption that it’s hard to learn and confusing. Not true. It’s so easy that children do it. Children are taught the basics slowly and methodically. After that they progress quickly.
Adults tend to skim over the simple parts.
Notes have complex spatial relationships, and they also have complex temporal relationships. All good knowing what notes to play. The question is, when do you play them? Timing is everything in music.