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  1. Default Learning the Piano (teaching an old dog new tricks)

    So I'm nearing my 30's, I love symphonic metal and progressive metal, yet all I can play is the clarinet (horribly may I add, think Squidward). So since I love the sounds of the keys. I'm gonna learn. Any keyboardists or pianists here with how I should learn? Currently I can play 2 scales (C major and A minor), and I play most major and minor triads. Where should I go next? :o

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    Default Re: Learning the Piano (teaching an old dog new tricks)

    Suzuki Method for piano
    buy the books
    learn it
    live it
    love it

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    I bought this intro to piano book a few months ago, mostly because it was really cheap and I could get next day delivery for free, but I've found it really helpful. It goes at a pretty nice pace and isn't too difficult to follow either. Reading music has always been the hardest thing for me, I can play guitar but only with tabs or just by ear, and this book has helped quite a lot with that too.

    I think there are 3 of these books in total, all have pretty good reviews on Amazon too.

    Also, dunno if you've seen/heard of vkgoeswild on YouTube, but she has some really good rock/metal covers on piano which might act as some inspiration. :D

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    memorizing the keys and reading music really helps the basics. your clarinet skills will help with just "sounds right, sounds wrong" chords and such.

    Do you perfer to play-by-ear? or go the hard route and learn to read music? beacause ive taught piano to several people, they easily get frustrated without motivation; after teaching the notes, i taught 'a song' often fur elise, its easily recognizeable and basic while also having complicated combinations. so its challenging and rewarding, and leads into More reward-based learning.

    when i tried to teach "by the book" older students quickly lost interest, because they saw little progress. Pick a piano song that you think you can handle, or that just sounds amazing; look for sheet music, as well as youtube tutorial; and, whichever KEY it's in... learn those keys/notes, as part of "The Basics". so you will directly benefit from learning key/note/chords, instead of just trying to memorize all 13 scales & etc.



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