Me in a piano cover competition :-P

Please visit and vote… hopefully, for me ;-)

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How to Start Learning to Play the Piano

Some viewers have told me that they are thinking of learning to play the piano, and asked me for tips on how to start.

Here is one of my answers:

Firstly, learn the basics, either from a teacher or online. What are the basics?

1) Learn the correct technique from the start – always play with your hand shaped as if you were holding the top of a smallish balloon. Keep your fingers curved when you press keys down (don’t let your first finger joint collapse). This will ensure good control of your fingers. It’s the difference between walking with strong ankles and with wobbly feet :)

2) Learn letter names of each key on the piano – there are only 7 actually. Learn where they are in relation to the black keys. This should help: http://www.true-piano-lessons.com/piano-notes-chart.html. Once you’ve learnt this, you can already try learning simple songs from tutorials! If you can’t remember the notes, jot them down onto a piece of paper. Eg. Twinkle twinkle – C C G A A G,  F F E E D D C, G G F F E E D, etc. Make your own scorebook of your favourite songs :)

3) Learn how to read notes on a stave. This is a very useful skill…and it’s NOT quantum physics, so don’t be afraid to try ;) You can start here: http://www.true-piano-lessons.com/piano-notes.html

4) Develop aural skills. You need these so that you can play by ear. There are plenty of games and ear training software and smartphone apps for this, so Google them, or check out Google Play or the App Store and enjoy learning ;)

5) Watch lots of pianists on YouTube to see their fingering techniques. Knowing how to choose the right fingering enables you to play smoothly. Learn some fingering techniques like 1. stretching your hand 2. contracting your hand, 3.turning thumb under the fingers, 4. turning fingers over thumb, 5. changing fingers while holding down a key.

6) Be very patient with yourself. Learning an instrument takes time and thought. Acquiring good, independent control of your fingers and hands might (and usually does) take YEARS :-P  Analyse where and why you make mistakes, search for solutions (from your teacher/friends/online) and write reminders to yourself. You can’t remember EVERYTHING, so write it down and practise it correctly until it becomes an automatic thing to do.

All the best…and have great fun!

If you found this helpful, do browse through my other posts in the “About writing/reading/playing music” category :)

Just started – Ladies Code’s I’m Fine Thank You

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Dedicated to the fans, friends and family of EunB

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

This catchy, upbeat song by Taylor Swift was released in August 2014 and is very different from her usual country-style. I rarely cover loud and fast beats like this, but the lyrics and message in this song appeal to me. The song speaks about ‘shaking off’ what our detractors and haters say – we can’t control them, but we can control how we deal with it. Good message!

To view my cover, click
shake cover

To view the tutorial, click
shake tut

To view and download the music sheets, click: shake_it_off_-_taylor_swift.pdf
For the Tablet Version, click shake_it_off_-_taylor_swift-tablet-version.pdf

To view the original video, click
shake ori

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My latest project – Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off

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Catchy song with meaningful lyrics :-)
Should be ready for uploading by the end of the week.

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