Take me through the logistics of learning the piano for a first-time adult student. Do I take lessons with a private instructor? How do I find this instructor? How much should I expect a lesson to cost? How often will I need to practice? Do I buy or rent a piano? Should I buy a keyboard instead? Headphones for home practice might be ideal in my scenario. Any other advice on logistics appreciated!
What are the bars/live music venues in San Francisco and Oakland that have real, acoustic pianos on their stages? [more inside]
I've been playing piano most of my life, but I don't know how to write a song. I'm looking for:
- Resources that will teach me how write a song - for example, listening exercises that will help me understand song structure, or websites with rules for how to construct a song.
- Software to help in the process.
What skills am I missing as a traditional sheet music pianist to play as a musician? [more inside]
Looking for suggestions for songbooks my 10 year old might like for playing the piano. [more inside]
I need help trying to find a song similar to Erik Satie's Gymnopédies No. 1. for use in a film. [more inside]
What about for violinists, clarinetists, and stuff like that? Is it because, since they're basically playing one note at a time, they're expected to memorize the entire score, unlike the pianist? Why don't you ever see somebody turning a page for a violinist?
Haven't played piano in over 20 years, although I was good at it at the time. Looking for recommendations of books to help me learn again. [more inside]
I am a woman in my late 30s and am planning to learn playing the piano. I have no prior knowledge of any other musical instrument, but have decided that life is too short to keep wishing that one day..! So….I am looking for suggestions on: 1) A good beginner’s piano. The music academy that I plan to enroll in, has suggested Kawai KPD90. The reviews suggest that it is a good piano. However, it seems a bit of an investment at 1150 USD,( and in my country, it is even more expensive)- given that I have no idea whether I will take to the piano like a duck to water or whether it will be sheer anathema to me! I was hoping for some advice from the hive mind, if this is an appropriate piano, for an absolute novice or whether I could go in for something cheaper? At this point in my life, it is not unaffordable…I just want to make the right choice for myself. 2) Resources, books etc- especially online- that teach the piano to beginners. Thanks everyone for your help!
I'm 43 years old and have no music training. Is it realistic for someone with my age and musical inexperience to enjoy learning to play piano or is it just an exercise in frustration trying to force a non-plastic brain to do something entirely new? [more inside]
In the 1958 B-picture "Murder By Contract," a woman plays the piano starting about 33 minutes in. Can you tell what she's playing? Clip inside! [more inside]
I've been playing Canto Ostinato, a piece for four piano's by Dutch minimalist composer Simeon ten Holt on repeat for the past couple months. It makes air travel and long work days utterly pleasant. With more of both coming up, I'd love to find more similar music that's equally mesmerizing.. Any suggestions?
I would like to learn how to play the piano and am considering whether to learn via adult education courses, private lessons or teach myself. Or even a mix. [more inside]
My son is trying to record his voice along with his piano and he needs a microphone/usb setup to record his voice. He wants to sing covers of songs by Coldplay or Adele, if that helps. (this question is eight years old so it seemed like it was time to re-ask.)
I want to put together a playlist that will motivate me to practice. What are piano songs/pieces that make you say "I'm going to go practice!" or "I wish I knew how to play piano!"? I'm looking for specific songs rather than artists or genres, please. [more inside]
I am a mediocre pianist but would like to come across as a much more capable one. Hence I am looking for suggestions for songs to learn for music that sounds impressive but isn't that hard to play. Thanks.
I played piano for over 7 years as a child, quit playing (we moved away from the piano), but stayed in choir well into my 20's. [more inside]
I like this album, especially tracks 1, 4, and 11. Which other composers or pieces should I look into? I have a very limited knowledge of music outside of classical piano, and it's hard to know where to start or what reference to use. I know of Philip Glass, and Yann Tiersen, and would like to learn about the broader spectrum that includes these styles.
Some people say this is a skill one cannot teach oneself; an apprenticeship is necessary.
I am an adult intermediate piano student. Lately I've started taping my practice sessions and I hear the musical shortcomings (rhythm, dynamics and shaping). But I find it difficult to catch these flaws while I'm playing. I have no trouble hearing wrong notes when playing, but it's the other musical dimensions that I'm not paying attention to. My rhythm is not grossly wrong but it sometimes can drift just a little. What exercises or techniques do you know that would help improve my sensitivity while I'm playing?
I use GoodReader for reading sheet music on an iPad (3). What wireless page turners work well with iOS (particularly with GoodReader)? I am not so much looking for Google search results that I can find on my own — but if you have experience with a page turner device and how well it works with "standard" or "common" reader apps, I'd like to hear about your positive or negative experiences!
I'm trying to find the best way to learn to play the piano well. Classical music is beautiful, but not really interested in playing that on the piano. I'm more interesting in learning to play modern hits. I feel like I need some structure and a clear path to progression. My work schedule is chaotic at best, so I don't want to get a piano teacher. I'm looking for books, videos, software (mac preferred), etc that can really help me improve my skills on my own schedule. [more inside]
I am working on a documentary and recorded one of the participants playing an old piano song. I can't get in touch with her anymore, and I might need to get clearance for the song if I decide to use it. It is an old tune. Anyone know what it might be? Listen to it here.
I've got a Macbook Air, an iPad, an iPhone, and a USB-controlled MIDI keyboard. What's the best way to use this technology to help me learn how to play the piano? I know absolutely nothing about playing the piano apart from chopsticks.
I would like to start teaching my four-year old how to play the piano. I have basic piano knowledge but I'm not that fluent. Do you have advice or resources to share? I'm hoping to find some fun online videos and short play activities.
Hi! I'm looking for rock songs that have a distinctive upbeatish piano section or riff in them fir a project I'm working on. [more inside]
I'm managing a piano Twitter account. That is, I'm a piano. It would be fun to tweet piano-related facts. So the basic information should ideally fit in 140 chars (tho can be teaser + link of course). Can be useless factoids or actually interesting stuff/research/history. It's a piano at a train station so even better if it's about piano + transport/commuting (or music + trains etc). THANK YOU!
My friend and I are two intermediate piano players taking lessons with different teachers. We want to have fun and get better. We thought we would get together every month or so and play duets. This worked for a while but now I'm finding the time I need to prepare beforehand is too much. I'd still like to get together though, so what other piano activities can two pianists do (on one piano) that requires less (or no ) advance prep? Activities that help us become better musicians?
Someone close to me has inherited a Yamaha grand piano, appraised by knowledgable tuner around $45,000. The owner needs as much of this money as she can get. How do we sell it? Is Craigslist okay for very-high-price sales? This is in the Washington DC area. [more inside]
I've come into possession of a 1914 Lester upright piano - with provenance - and need help finding resources to determine its value. [more inside]
What is the music being played 1:12 into this clip [SLNYT], of a reporter reviewing some pianos? [more inside]
In recent years, I've grown uncomfortable with sight-reading lots of flats and naturals, especially in chords, and with reading notes above and below the staves. This is limiting my ability to sit down and play anything on the piano. What are some good pieces and exercises that help a person regain general mastery in this area?
The other day I heard a song that I recognized from a movie, and its driving me NUTS that I can't figure out what the movie is. [more inside]
I have wanted a baby grand piano in my home for a really long time. The stars have aligned to make this happen. Now I have been tasked with researching how to go about purchasing a piano. Help! [more inside]
I was supposed to fly out of D.C. today but due to the weather my flight's been canceled and I had to reschedule for tomorrow! I'm in dire need of a piano to practice for 1-3 hours some point today. Are there any public places, universities/libraries/lobbies etc that would offer a piano for free (or cheap) that I could practice on? Thanks for any suggestions!!
my partner and i want to actually BECOME these old people who played the piano duet at the Mayo Clinic (viral video here). we have looked for the sheet music for this song but can't seem to find it. Can you please help us, hive mind?
I decided to learn how to play the piano this year, but I don't have the money or time to take lessons. I try to practice (scales, mostly) about 15 min/day. I'm now familiar with most of the major and minor scales, and I bought a poster that shows all of the most common piano chords and that helps a lot. I've been musical all my life, but only read music at the kindergarten level (or musical equivalent). I've written many songs over the past 20 years, and I now have the skills to put chords to them, YAY!!! However, I have no sense of Rhythm or style when it comes to playing piano. With guitar, there are certain types of strumming patterns and picking styles like the Travis pick which you can just repeat as you move through the chord progressions, and it makes for a pretty decent accompaniment to lots of folk and singer/songwriter style music. Is there a parallel with the piano? Are there certain patterns that one can learn to fill in the space between chords? Am I even describing this coherently?
I need help finding sheet music to practice! My teacher gives me some things, but I must be picky, because I keep turning my nose up at some classics like The Entertainer, Fur Elise.... They are beautiful songs of course, but I am tired of hearing them! I am open to many styles, but am having a hard time finding stuff that motivates me! [more inside]
I found the performance lecture series by Andras Schiff (via theguardian.com) to be a really enjoyable and education listen, in terms of learning more about and appreciating classical music (classical in the broad sense of the category). Are there other similar talks available done by musicians or music teachers? [more inside]
I remember listen to it played on the piano by Richard Clayderman but don't remember the song name. Here's my whistling attempt. Sorry if you have to download the file. I couldn't find anywhere that streams it.
When I was younger, my family had a particular book of songs for the piano. They were popular songs and the difficulty was probably intermediate or thereabouts. Among the songs in this book were Chim Chim Cheree and a Spoonful of Sugar from Mary Poppins, as well as Greensleeves. The book fell apart (literally -- the glue unbound, pages fell out, etc) years ago and my family eventually got rid of it. I would love to find a copy of this book again, but I don't remember what it was called... [more inside]
I'm looking for a keyboard that a) lets me play along to lit-up keys and b) allows me to either add my own music for it to decipher or tell it which keys I want to light up when I play a song. [more inside]
I have an electric, piano-weighted keyboard that I want to learn how to play. I can't afford lessons right now. It has MIDI in and out connectors. Is there a hardware/software combo that will take that MIDI out connection, plug it into an Android or iOS tablet, and provide a more interactive teaching experience? [more inside]
I'm playing for a wedding in a few days and I've just been giving the song requests, one of them is Jason Mraz "I won't give up". I'm not really proficient in how to take something like this and give it a nice (in the style of the song) piano treatment. [more inside]
What software for the Mac will let me import midi files and produce a full piano score for the song? [more inside]
I have loads of free time and would really like to use it in a positive way. I want to be more musical and have always been attracted to the piano. I spent a few years in middle school band playing the tromobne but haven't done anything musical since (I'm 27). I've been pondering the idea of buying a keyboard and searching for some software or resources for self-learning. Does anyone have any good recommendations for a young adult who wants to learn the piano?
Further to my earlier question, I want to have my digital piano with me in Belgium. Suggestions? [more inside]
I have become obsessed with New Orleans piano. What CDs are the best place to start for the following: Jelly Roll Morton Professor Longhair Dr. John. Plus, any names I should add to the list? Thanks.
What is the name, and who is the composer, of the music in this scene from Pirates of Silicon Valley?
I'm looking for classical piano sheet music recommendations. [more inside]