How should I learn piano?
September 9, 2010 9:26 PM Subscribe
I want to learn piano to the extent of being able to play like, some pop/rock songs and stuff from fake books. What are my options?
posted by capnsue to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a decently accomplished guitar player, and I studied music for a lot of years in high school / college playing different instruments (flute, saxophone, mallet instruments, drums.) I'm a self taught guitarist/bassist and I can read music, although I've never been very good at sight reading. I have a pretty good ear and can figure out stuff on guitar pretty easily, as well as being able to pick out melodies and simple chords by ear on the keyboard. I know scales and chords and enough theory to get by.
However I've always wanted to be able to play piano. I don't think I want to begin a classical piano education at this point in my life (32) but I honestly don't know the best way to go about learning this instrument that is new to me. I have a couple of small midi keyboards (25-40 keys or so) and use them to do stuff like play synth pads along with the guitar based stuff I sometimes record. That's fun but I have really no clue how to take it to the next-ish level. (next-ish level would probably start with me being able to do different stuff with my left and right hands.)
What I want is to be able to look at stuff in a fakebook and be able to reasonably play it. Or play Xmas songs or standards, that type of thing. Or to be able to use the piano/keyboard as a composition tool rather than an "after the fact" tool for my songs.
I am more than willing to take lessons if that is what I need to do, or if there is some self-study course I can follow, even better. I don't have a piano but I can probably find one to practice on, or at least a decent keyboard. Any suggestions? If lessons are the way to go, what kind of teacher should I be looking for? I'm in Baltimore if anyone has any specific suggestions.