I've been trying to learn how to play the piano for the past few months, almost from scratch. It's complicated, sometimes frustrating, but it's also very useful.
Now you may want to know that an article about learning to play the piano is made on a technology blog. The answer is simple: if it's not a technology, I can still try.
Although I sometimes feel that I started at the age of 27, the traditional method still remains the main part of this musical journey, but I'm fortunate that I can live in an era of rich resources. It can be used at the touch of a button.
This is the first part of a long series of piano lessons. This is basically a personal account, but I hope this can help others to start.
This personal goal has existed for a long time. Although I do not have a formal background music, I have an informal background. Almost half of the music I heard is classical music, and I often go on live performances several times a year. I've studied several music history courses at the university, although I do not know how to read music better than third classes, let alone play it. Until now, all that I know about music comes from the curiosity that my Wikipedia sometimes propagates to me.
Honestly, it's not technically the first time I studied piano, when I was about 11 years old, I spent more than an hour on a cheap keyboard. My parents bought me a second-hand Casio beginner, a built-in game that teaches you to play.
Thanks to these piano games, I can play on average Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and I understand the basic Eur Elise. The last fact made me very proud, because I shared my birthday with Beethoven.
It's not so much, but I believe that the cheesy MIDI tunes inspired my interest in classical music. But then I stopped the game. My parents can not afford to study. In any case, I go too much and can not go to class. In the pre-smart era, YouTube tutorials, e-books and modern information acquisition, trying to study the piano on its own, seems like a difficult task that I do not quite understand.
After about 16 years, I decided not just to be a simple listener, I wanted to really understand the music that I liked. Maybe even you can do it yourself.
So I use Google to search.
First of all, I need some practical things. I asked the Internet community to give advice on choosing a piano and beginners; / r / piano on Reddit has become an especially valuable resource.
After many studies, I chose Roland's GO: Piano, a 61-key instrument for beginners, worth about 329 dollars. It is lightweight and compact, with Bluetooth, and can be used with AA batteries with the same button width as a real piano. I think the Roland piano sound is better than anything else, and the extra tone is neat. I especially like Jazz Scat:
My only real annoyance is that the headphone port is behind, which seems like a strange choice for keyboards intended for beginners.
It is worth noting that my choice is a bit contrary to the advice of many participants in the Piano Forum, who will soon indicate a fully "weighted" key with a button 88.
Most digital keyboards - including Go: Piano - use the spring buttons. The key of weighing tries to reproduce complex mechanisms behind the action of the keyboard of the piano, in order to better react and better transform into an acoustic piano. Reddit has a good list of offers, but there are almost no new digital pianos under $ 400 that have this feature.
Despite this, I chose Roland's mobility and versatility and decided that if necessary I will be updated (more on this later). A small apartment means that I need something compact and easy to operate. I usually keep Go: Piano under my desk. If there are too many devices on my desk, I often play on the keyboard on my lap.
My first priority is to get some practical things, so I did play in that respect. I think I made the right choice.
After doing some research on a good book, I chose the adventures for piano by Faber. This is partly due to the fact that Go: Piano provides discounts, but mainly because Faber is a well-known brand, and it seems to have a great application for iOS (it is reportedly releasing a version for Android) and a video course. This is the right combination of traditions and novelty that I seek.
To make it clear, I spend most of my time in this book, which combines theory, technology and curriculum, but the application is a useful resource at a time when I'm stuck - and comprehensively. This process has become more interesting.
I connected the application to the iPad Mini via Bluetooth, although a wired connection is also available. There are some noteworthy features:
You can control the speed / metronome, cycle through the