Archive for August, 2007
Probably the most common question people who are beginners ask is “Where can I get a piano notes chart?”, or “I want to know how to play piano notes”.
There are many places to obtain a piano notes chart, like the “Magic Keyboard Chart” we publish that slips behind the keys on a piano and guides the beginner to any note, while at the same tim showing them what that note looks like on the musical staff. We give ours away to beginners who purchase either our “Crash Course in Exciting Piano Playing” or our “How To Play Chord Piano” course. But I know you can also buy something similar in music stores, particularly those with a piano teaching studio attached to the store.
Most musical keyboard problems stem from a lack of knowing the fundamentals. Just like in golf or basketball or any of a thousands different disciplines, he or she who masters the fundamentals best gives themselves a huge edge over those who don’t.
I remember hearing that John Wooden’s basketball players at UCLA were made to master the fundamentals so well that any one of them could have blended in with any other of Wooden’s teams, no matter how many years separated them. And they were astounded watching other basketball teams who hadn’t mastered the fundamentals just fall apart late in the game.
I saw Bill Walton, who played for Wooden at UCLA during the glory years, speak on TV about how much he hated going over the fundamentals at first, but then gradually gaining an appreciation for what Wooden was doing, to becoming a raging fan of mastering the fundamentals as he saw the long-term results.
So for piano players, that means learning music theory really well so that it is understood, mastering technique, sight-reading, and a host of other skills. That’s really the only road to overcoming musical keyboard problems.
Since the birth of the internet, piano tutorials are no longer limited to the hallowed halls of academia or the family room of a local piano teacher, but are now widely available on the net with just a click or two of a search engine button.
Here are a few musical tutorials:
And of course there are many, many more.
An individual in his or her home has access to countless musical tutorials on the web — all they have to do is search a bit.
Someone asked if there were downloadable piano lessons on chords. The answer is yes — several.
Here are a few: