The importance of learning the notes from the first lesson: piano playing tips from Melanie Spanswick

My video blog (vlog 16) today focuses on learning the notes. This is something you will do from the very first lesson and you’ll probably learn a few new notes every week. Here are some basic tips to help.

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For much more information about how to practice piano repertoire, take a look at my piano course, Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, the course features a large collection of progressive, graded piano repertoire from approximately Grade 1 to advanced diploma level, with copious practice tips for every piece. A convenient and beneficial course for students of any age, with or without a teacher, and it can also be used alongside piano examination syllabuses too.

You can find out more about my other piano publications and compositions here.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. A.Layman says:

    Eureka! I’d never thought of it like (to use the hackneyed expression) multi tasking. Which is of course ‘doing two or more things at once’ dressed up in politically correct twoddle and something no human can effectively accomplish. I can only do one thing at a time – probably why after all these years I failed at the piano.

    1. ClassicalMel's Piano and Music Education Blog says:

      Yes it’s all multi tasking with piano playing! It can be developed over time with the right teacher and encouragement though.

      1. A.Layman says:

        For some people yes, and as you know well the market is full of ‘bad’ teachers. However for others like myself almost seven years of practice… years……and with three different piano teachers, the last one saying to my face I was ‘the awkwardest pupil she’d ever taught’ a couple of months after suffering a major panic attack in the exam room and failing grade 3 as a consequence. Piano isn’t even for music orientated concert attendees like myself, yet alone those who just do it ‘for fun’ and posess absolutely no musical ability whatsoever.

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