Pianos Everywhere

Pianos Everywhere

Pianos Everywhere.  Is anyone playing?  What is the reason there so many unused and unplayed pianos in the U.S?  “Why are there so many unplayed pianos in the United States?




That’s the question composer and professional piano instructor Edward Weiss is asking. It’s not just pianos that are taking up living room space.  The number of unused electronic keyboards is just as staggering.

Edward Weiss Piano Teacher

Edward Weiss has been teaching people the joy of playing piano for well over 15 years, and he’s come up with his own reasons why vast numbers of these musical instruments are just gathering dust.

“The way I see it is that adults purchase pianos thinking they’ll go the classical route, and then give up because it’s just not satisfying. With electronic keyboards, they’re either given as gifts or aspiring young musicians soon lose interest and go on to other pursuits (like dating)!”

“Learning to play the piano becomes like work, and not the pleasurable pastime people
thought it was going to be. Plus, let’s face it: Private piano instruction isn’t cheap!”
However, Edward has come up with his own novel solution – teaching New Age Piano
Improvisation over the internet.

<img src="http://www.adultpianolesson.com/wp-content/grand piano.jpg" alt="pianos everywhere">“The New Age style is perfect for anyone just wanting to have fun and make beautiful music.  I can whole-heartedly promise this: With my methods, I can have anyone both playing and composing their own piano music in less than 30 days. And since everything is online, the cost is just small pocket change a day… less than a price of a single donut or cup of coffee.”

Edward’s method is enthusiastically endorsed by one of the grand masters of New Age Music – David Lanz, a Grammy nominated pianist with multiple platinum albums to his credit.

By simply going online, all your lessons are presented in easy to follow, frustration proof videos. You just look, listen and learn… and before you know it, you’re playing and
composing music on your own.

So if you’re one of the 20 million whose pianos are being used as flower stands, take off those vases, dust off the keyboard and start making music… today!

Color Coding Your Piano Practice

Color Coding Your Piano Practice

Once you learn about color coding your piano practice, you might have a little more fun practicing and enjoy experiencing your brain responding to the varied colors on your music score.

First rule is to choose a specific color for a specific thing and stick to it.  For example, always use yellow to highlight dynamic markings and changes within the piece.  Maybe you could use green for tempo markings.  You get the idea.

Use Color to Label Structural Elements

If you have 2 different melodies or musical themes in your piece this technique works very well.  Use color to label structural elements such as Theme A.  Theme A (or the first melody line) will probably be both at the beginning of your sheet music as well as again after Theme B.  Labeling each recurrence of Theme A and Theme B also helps you realize which measures are exact repetitions of previous measures.

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If you don’t want to use markers in your formal copy simply make a photo copy for your working copy and mark up it instead.  This is particularly effective for you if you are a visual learner.

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Using Color to Track Success Points

Try using color to track success points within each piece of music.  If you have been practicing Section A and just achieved your goal of playing it without errors, three times in a row from memory you have a Success Point.  Use a blue marker and create a circle at the beginning of Section A to represent that success.  You will quickly recognize it again as you use this same symbol and color in another piece for the same purpose.

Using this colored dot method you can quickly look at your piece as you are learning/memorizing it and see which colors are missing.  This is a great quick visual technique that will yield measurable results.

 

Not Wanting to Practice Piano

Not Wanting to Practice Piano

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Not wanting to practice piano? Here are 3 Hot Tips to revitalize this largest practice road block of all!

Perhaps it has been two weeks of not wanting to practice piano for yourself or for someone in your family.  You are either giving yourself a hard time about it or the parents are giving the piano student a hard time.  Although you don’t want lessons to go away, perhaps it would be great if just the piano practice part went away.  Are you doomed to fail?  Absolutely not.



Practice Every Single Day?

There is no rule anywhere that says you have to practice every single day.  Actually, there is no scientific proof that musicians who practice nonstop are better musicians or performers.  You can simple switch to a schedule with every Tuesday off, for example.
Perhaps you would feel more comfortable taking every third day off from practice.  Whatever you decide to do with the time table is up to you and designing your own customized piano practice schedule is what make the difference.

Learning New Piano Pieces is Hard

Learning new piano pieces IS hard if you try to tackle the entire piece all at one.  Follow the steps below and you will change your attitude quickly about eating an elephant one bit at a time.

1.  Break your piece into sections based on the different themes or melodies, i.e. Theme A, Theme B, Return of Theme A, etc.

2.  Practice only Theme A the first 2-3 days doing hands separately ENTIRELY until you feel comfortable enough to put hands together.

3.  Always practice very slowly (at least half the tempo required) for the first week. Use your metronome and build up your speed only 10-20 beats per minute per week.

Example:  If your piece requires an Allegro tempo which is 80-120 clicks of the metronome per minutes, then set it for half of that tempo to begin your practice.  Gradually build up by +10 every several days.

 Repetition is Boring

Repetition IS BORING!  However, if you fine tune your ear to make every repetition a little better, you will soon find that this is not boring.  This is the making of a fine musician.

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Mozart Sonata in C Major for Piano

Mozart Sonata in C Major for Piano

Mozart Sonata in C Major for Piano was described by Mozart himself as written for beginners. Furthermore, that is why it has also been referred to as Sonata Facile (Italian for easy sonata).




If you are a beginner piano student you will definitely not want to start out learning this piece first.  It is at least a Level Three in difficulty and should be learned after at least one year of piano study.

The right hand melody is very well known world wide.  You would probably recognize it if you heard it.

C Major Broken Chord Pattern

Most noteworthy, the first line excerpt below the left hand is made up of a C Major broken chord pattern (also known as Alberti Bass). Practice the left hand separately in 4 measure sections for best success.

Please note that both hands are read in the treble clef.  The first measure right hand melody notes outline the notes of the C Major Chord:  C, E and G.<img src="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mozart_Piano_Sonata_in_C_K545_mvmt_1_bars_1-4.svg" width="300" height="55" alt="Mozart Sonata in C Major for Piano" title="Mozart Sonata in C Major for Piano"/>

Piano Practice Tips

1. LIsten to the recording Piano Sonata No.16 in C major, K.545 (Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus)

Mozart Sonata in C Major for Piano

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Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas is an English carol which describes the gifts given on each of the twelve days.  This begins on Christmas Day and will last until the Feast of the Epiphany or January 6.  These twelve days of Christmas are also known historically as Christmastide or twelvetide.

Over the centuries different churches and sects have celebrated these twelve days in varying ways.  Some groups offer small gifts on each day throughout and other groups only exchange gifts on Christmas Day or on the twelfth day.

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The origins of this carol is unknown but it is though to have evolved out of a memories and forfeits game published in England around 1780.  This game requires a leader who chants a verse and then each other player adds a verse to that one.  Each subsequent player has to try and remember all of the recent contrived verses until he or she makes a mistake.  Then they must pay with a kiss or a sweet of some kind.

At any rate, knowing the origins of the Twelve Days of Christmas helps you to understand why there are so many short verses within the song.

Twelve Days of Christmas for Piano

The Twelve Days of Christmas for piano was written here as an easy and shortened version.   You may repeat the measure located between the two repeats signs as many times as needed.

Twelve Days of Christmas for Piano

 

 Meaning of the Words

Some of the interpretations of where the exact words come from in the Bible are:

  • A partridge in a pear tree: Jesus
  • Two turtle doves: The Old and New Testaments
  • Three French hens: The three kings bearing gifts
  • Four calling [sic] birds: The four Gospels
  • Five gold rings: The Torah or Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament
  • Six geese a-laying: The six days of Creation
  • Seven swans a-swimming: Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Eight maids a-milking: The eight Beatitudes
  • Nine ladies dancing: Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
  • Ten lords a-leaping: The Ten Commandments
  • Eleven pipers piping: The eleven faithful Apostles
  • Twelve drummers drumming: The twelve points of the Apostles’ Creed