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 two-book piano course, Play it again: PIANO (Schott). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, 49 progressive pieces from approximately Grade 1 – 8 level are featured, with at least two pages of 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.


 

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3 thoughts on “The importance of learning the notes from the first lesson: piano playing tips from Melanie Spanswick

  1. 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.

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

      • 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…..seven 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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