Can You Really Learn Piano Fast & Well At The Same Time?
Is it really possible to learn piano fast while at the same time learning it correctly?
Good morning. This is Duane. There are basically 2 ways that people learn to play the piano. They either learn to play the piano by ear, by picking things out, and then trial and error until they can play something. Or they take piano lessons and they learn correct finger position and so on. Those are the 2 basic ways. You either play by ear, or you learn to read music.
But what’s the very best way to play piano? Well, obviously it’s a combination of those 2. You can learn to play piano faster and more excitingly. But you can also learn it correctly as you go. But to do that, you have to synthesize the 2 approaches, learning how to read music, but learning all about chords and how to use those chords and improvise and so on. I have a course that deals with that. It’s called the Crash Course in Exciting Piano Playing.
I just wanted to illustrate today how that would work. Let’s say that you’re taking piano lessons, and your piano teacher has assigned a piece, let’s say Kumbaya. You have the music in front of you there. It’s on the sheet music. So you read it painstakingly. Then you learn the left hand. After a while … Right? And you learn how to do that. If you pick it out by ear, then it’s probably going to sound more like this. But eventually you can pick it out if you have a good ear and you figure it out. But the best way is to synthesize those 2 ways. You’re taking lessons, you’re learning to read, either self-taught or from a piano teacher, and you’re learning chords, learning music theory.
The downside of most piano lessons is that kids are not taught music theory. They’re not taught chord playing. So they grow up and they can read music, and as long as they have music in front of them, they can play that music. But, you take that music away and they don’t know what to do. So if I learn how to play that by music, and then I learn chords, then I know I can play full chords in the right hand, and the left. I can learn some patterns based on those chords.
All of that comes out of a knowledge of how to manipulate chords and apply it to the little bit that you do read. So my message to you today is, if you have a chance, learn how to read music to some degree, and then also learn chords, because by combining the 2, then you can learn to play faster, but also better, and a lot more exciting.
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