I have my beginner piano class starting in mid-January.....what can/should I do before then?

I'm taking a beginner piano class with a group starting in mid-January. I've always wanted to learn to play piano and I just got it this summer. At first, I tried to learn by myself but just admitted that's near impossible. I don't really care to learn classical piano......mostly just rap, rock, and pop stuff and eventually get to the point where I can play by ear.

Thing is, it doesn't start til January and I am sitting with this keyboard in my room. I just want to learn songs and play but I got awhile to wait. Is there anything I can do without an instructor? I know the basic chords and each note, but that's it.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    just familiarize yourself with sheet music and learn to read it, it will put you months ahead of everyone else. Start basic go and look for sheet music of nursery rhymes they are always good because they are so familiar so you know if you are making a mistake. Also remember to keep your fingers bent as it is easier to play the piano with bent fingers rather than flat fingers.

    also listen to loads of music, I started playing the piano about 7 or 8 years ago with one aim, learn the Moonlight Sonata and Sonata Pathetique, and now I am learning them and they are not easy!(although now stopped lessons as away from piano at uni)

    also you'll really be missing out if you don't want to do classical

    theres Beethoven, he's the best

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly1iTD0zB1Y

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    Bach- his music is still used today by Metal bands and Jazz musicians like Jaques Loussier

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgR6zIUG6e0

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    come on everyone loves classical! what about Beethovens 5th Symphony

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    the last movement is my favourite even though the first is the most famous

    also if you get a real piano make sure its not Japanese, they sound tinny, we have a really old Bechstein because it was cheap and although it never stays in tune the sound is 10x better than that Yamaha rubbsih

  • 8 years ago

    If you can afford it, buy the book "Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises for Piano" (here's a link: http://www.amazon.com/Hanon-Exercises-Acquirement-... ) It has basic exercises that will train your fingers, and best of all, you don't need an instructor to practise them. Just make sure you follow the instructions in the beginning: start out slow, and try to make sure each finger plays evenly, with the same loudness. It's OK if your fingers start hurting after a while; that means they're strengthening (kind of like when muscles start hurting after exercise). However, it's not OK if your wrists start hurting - make sure to keep your wrists relaxed. If you practise these exercises correctly, they will eventually allow you to play with speed and agility, and you might even surprise your instructor!

    But since just playing exercises is kind of boring, you could also learn to play a few basic songs at the same time - as suggested above, start with simple pieces like "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Average ppl mean no talent and dedication to play piano will propably take you 5 years to play it emotionally. However, you can play moonlight sonata in 6 months practice by memorizing it. Hope it will help u ^^"

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