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Piano

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In some sense, playing the Piano is manually doing what a speaker does but with higher satisfaction.

If I someday build my own office, I’ll put a Piano in it.

Be able to play 100% correct notes or the right timing. At least 3 times. Before increasing speed.

Slow speed is where you’ll be focused on musicality and have the highest myelination. Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast.

Observe notes and listen to the music. In simply piano you have beats comming in. You’ll find that each beat hits at a tick. Listen to the tick and replicate. You’ll find you don’t need to go faster or slower.

Learn sheet music

You don’t need to memorize songs if you can read sheet music.

It’s much faster to progress in the long run.

It is joyful to open any random song and play it without having to watch a YouTube tutorial for each song.

The more sheet music you see, the easier it is to read.

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Practice

You don’t learn the piano, you play the piano.

Every new technique (like chords, scales) learned will make you a better pianist. Thou should not skip anything.

Isolate parts of pieces to practice better.

Practice regularly. 10-15 minutes daily is better than an hour once a week.

Initially learning a piece, play slowly. Increase speed gradually. Once you are at the desired pace, always play at that pace. Not fast. Not slow.

If you suck as a new technique, continue practicing it in the upcoming days. You’ll get it in 15 days.

Learn techniques from many sources.

Listening/watching the piano music first will helps you learn faster.

Being Calm

You’ll make mistakes if you are not calm. So always keep calm and check your breath.

Banging your fingers is a sure way to suffer. Stiff hands will become loose as you practice more.

You cannot play a specific piece faster physically than the speed at which you can imagine playing it. Mistakes at the piano are often mistakes in thinking.

Get proper tools

Get a proper stand and seat. You’ll find you play instantly 50% better.

The worst thing you can do to your piano is to put key labels on it.

Humility

If you think you play well, you’ll likely cry seeing Kids on YouTube play better than you.

Learning Piano is a rabbit hole. You might probably not learn everything.

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How I am learning?

  • SimplyPiano App.
  • YouTube Tutorial for Piano Techniques.
  • Alfred’s Adult Guide for Piano
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