Learning the Keyboard

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Jonathan the 2nd
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Learning the Keyboard

Post by Jonathan the 2nd » 10 Jun 2012, 15:19

Apart from learning scales I have found one very useful Prelude from the Bach 48 book for showing how to get around the piano keys . Prelude No 6 in D Minor seems to teach me such a lot , I wanted to ask what others are especially useful and what they teach you in particular ? What point does each one highlight ? I think Bach was well aware of the benefit each one could be to a new player .

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Re: Learning the Keyboard

Post by Jonathan the 2nd » 11 Aug 2012, 20:44

I did start off learning scales and finger patterns but took a diversion and began just memorising which black notes were used. I am surprised how simple and effective it has become. Don`t follow my bad example.

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Re: Learning the Keyboard

Post by Jonathan the 2nd » 17 Dec 2012, 11:59

Yesterday`s exercise with eyes shut. Sitting the correct distance from the piano and doing a middle finger exercise right handed. F to an F an octave higher. Then back . Up and down Just teaching my arm the angle change needed for an octave. Similar to learning third position on a violin . Straight repetition and muscle memory . My pectoral and back muscles are learning the piano .

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Re: Learning the Keyboard

Post by Jonathan the 2nd » 23 Dec 2012, 13:29

The Bach No6 D minor piece mentioned above should be tried if only for the beautiful last line . I started this one slowly and was shocked to hear the way completely different notes were stressed ,beginning with the second note and not the first note as I was doing it . I might keep trying both ways .There is a certain clunky quality to the official (correct ?) way .

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