Piano Courses for the Offering

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There are so many piano courses out there. This makes it awfully difficult to pick and choose, especially when it comes to beginner piano courses. One of the main things to consider is that any piano course can be greatly enhanced by a positive attitude and a willingness to learn, both from the students and the teachers.

Here are some of the more popular courses for beginners:

1. Leila Fletcher piano courses offer fun repertoire and are good at introducing different skills and knowledge over the course of the entire series. The books have been around for a while and are still quite popular with kids. Here’s a link:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=leila+fletcher&x=22&y=22

2. John Thompson editions offer a wide range of books and courses for both kids and adults. The books often exhibit photos of where the hands play on the keyboard. The repertoire is diverse and my students seem to enjoy this series. Amazon has a large number of these books:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=piano+thompson#/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=john+thompson&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Ajohn+thompson

3. Alfred offers a nice range of products for beginners, late beginners and adults. They also have books that cover theory, thus attempting to fill in any gaps and questions that may arise from a student attempting to learn piano completely on their own:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=alfred+beginner+piano&x=8&y=14

4. If you’re looking for a completely adult course to guide you through piano learning, here’s a link that gives you a wide range of publications, including Hal Leonard:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=alfred+beginner+piano&x=8&y=14#/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=adult+piano+books&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Aadult+piano+books

Many online courses promote their products as complete courses that require no weekly lessons from teachers. As a creator of two piano learning e-books, I can tell you that although there may be some truth to this, e-courses tend to work much more effectively as a supplement to traditional piano lessons. Between the two, you have an extremely solid foundation and an abundance of knowledge and information to work with.

It is often argued that online courses allow you the freedom to learn completely on your own without the pressure of weekly lessons. You can practice within your own schedule and save a ton of money by not having to dish out substantial fees four or five times a month. This may be true for some. However, in my decades of teaching experience, I have found that most students require a healthy amount of weekly pressure as an incentive to practice. I’m not talking about practicing in fear, but about inspired practice and wanting to impress a mentor. In the end, no matter which piano course you choose, your dedicated work ethic and the piano teacher that you choose are both of the utmost importance.

In conclusion, it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Within this mindset, a demonstration from a live teacher is absolutely invaluable in understanding all of the online and hardcopy piano material that you accumulate. Have fun with whatever piano course you decide to take and remember that no matter what, you still have to practice effectively to get far.

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Practicing Piano Without The Keyboard

Can practicing piano without a keyboard be of any help? This is absolutely the question of the day. The answer of the day is of course, yes you can. You know, I wish more people would do this. The problem is that not many people are thought of how or why they would do this in the first place.

I remember that when I was in high school, my teacher used to have me sight sing my music. I would sit on the bus and literally say every note that was written on the page. You can do this for both treble and bass clef. You can also practice your rhythms by simply clapping them out. If you can have a metronome when you do this, it would make it even better. Just don’t annoy your friends, family and neighbors too much.

Listen to your favorite radio station and try to identify different interval distances. The more that you do this, and relate it to the notes written on a page of your music, the better your ear will develop.

Why not try and learn some history by reading about famous composers and pianists. As long as you are studying the instrument, you might as well learn every aspect of it.

One of the final things you can do is to read some theory books that explore scale writing and harmony.

I could go on and on. Musicians have to develop a curious mind with respect to their profession. Provided you have reliable sources and resources, you can find out so much useful information on your own.

Point number one and two are especially crucial in a pianist’s development. The faster you can identify notes and rhythms, the better you will read music.

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Piano Playing Kitty

Well, here is a piano playing kitty. Now I have almost seen everything!! Haha!

You see, playing piano is not all that difficult.

“NORA: Practice Makes Purr-fect” – Check the sequel too.

four now. She plays only when the mood strikes her, which is usually several time a times a day for short periods. A 2010 edition DVD of Nora’s YouTube videos in full-size (for the big screen) is now available on Amazon.com at bit.ly All seven of Nora’s videos are included on the DVD, as well as CATcerto by Mindaugas Piecaitis. More info on Nora can be found at www.ravenswingstudio.com Copyright © 2007/09 by Yow!/Alexander. Nora The Piano Cat, LLC … piano music video cat nora musical pets cats

This is really funny also.

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