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What to look for when buying a piano or keyboard

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Wanting to get into the world of piano playing, but wondering what kind of piano is best?

If you are just starting; anything will do! There are a lot of unused pianos and keyboards in this world, so see if someone will lend you something that you can play "Raindrops" on and get used to playing your fingers 1, 3 and 5 learning chords. You can also find them at second-hand sales places, like Marketplace on Facebook, Gumtree, or on community groups.

Of course it is much more of a pleasure and it …

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Your REPERTOIRE

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Your REPERTOIRE is your own special music collection.

Like how many Easter eggs or Christmas presents you have, or how many good holidays you can remember, or how many good friends you can count. The songs that you have learned and "kept alive" are unique to you, your tastes and your efforts. You can be very proud of it, because only you have shaped what it is today and you are in charge of what it will encompass over time. It is something that grows and changes, almost organically. In the firs…

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What Happens In The Early Stages With PianoEasy?

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Just starting out with PianoEasy? Read through for a quick outline of what will happen in the early days of PianoEasy lessons.

  • PianoEasy players become familiar with the mechanics of the piano and how the keys, strings, pedal and dampers work;
  • PianoEasy players learn how to work best with their bodies in order to make the most beautiful music on this instrument (that isn’t very easy to adjust to your body);
  • PianoEasy players become familiar with that wonderful pattern of 2 blacks and 3 blac…

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How Long Does It Take To "Speak Music"?

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How did you get so good at speaking English? Duh? By speaking it! To start off you were immersed in language. Your parents said "hello little sweetheart", but you also heard your siblings fight and overheard adult conversations, or the news in the background. Well, with music, that bit, learning to recognise and understand, you have already passed with flying colours! You have been exposed to lots of styles and songs, you know exactly what you like and you can hear instantaneously if there is a …

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Fake music - Sad

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It’s a tragedy that nowadays people generally feel bad about their playing! It’s true! Most people who have had, sometimes years of piano lessons apologise and tell you they are not very good. Even performing musicians say they are scared of being found out for not being good enough. They often will tell you that they are just self-taught and can’t even read. Only a small percentage of our top players and some people who are blessed with a bit less of the “I care about what others think” trait f…

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Ten ideas to connect with your inner musician

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Find ten new ways to reengage and motivate your piano playing!

  1. Open up to a fresh take on an old piece in your repertoire.
    Pay close attention to the way you're playing each note, your posture and breathing, and think of how you are making those hammers hit the strings. Try playing loud, soft, fast, slow, sustained, snappy, straight, or swinging - see how the piece can change completely when you mix up the dynamics. You can also try changing the piece itself by adding notes or doubling up on …

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Where Traditional Music Education Went Down The Wrong Path

Being completely besotted with playing the piano myself, I believe that unfortunately Western music education, that is generally focussed on teaching people to make music by teaching them how to read, has created a society where now there is this mythical idea that making music is only either for those who are mysteriously gifted or for people who started at 3 years of age and practise for 8 hours a day…

it always struck me that I commonly meet two types of piano players:

  1. People who have h…

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Why Is it Nice To Start A PianoEasy Club?

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Research demonstrates lots of benefits to learning piano in a " PianoEasy Club".

Have you heard of, or tried a "Book Club"?

They are nice, aren't they? You get the motivation to read, and you get the social aspect, the different perspectives and the normalising, by sharing your experience with others.

PianoEasy Clubs are just as nice! You just work through the lessons, and get together with others and show what you have been learning. You can share what you're not sure off, correct each other…

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Put On Your Blues Shoes!

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GET INTO IT!

Hold on to your seats (and listen for that I IV V, some grace notes and riffs):

Solo piano; young Luka Sestak (a few years ahead for most of you).

Here is Diana Krall, playing a blues in Bb “Baby Baby, One More Time"

Pinetop Perkins: Slow blues 

Sweet Home Chicago

Here is Elvis playing Blue Suede Shoes, (he is using A, D and E for his I, IV and V chords.)

Oscar Peterson C Jam Blues

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I like this Stormy Monday by Rose Winters too:

And by Johnny Joh…

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Learning About Music With Piano Friends

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Anastasia Beasley joined PianoEasy and wrote up a short blog about having a little "PianoEasy Club"; sharing progress and mistakes, the support you receive, and the joy in learning to play together. 


At the beginning of this winter an ad crossed my Instagram feed saying I could quickly and easily learn piano. I wanted to learn piano but I kept scrolling because I thought I didn't have the time or money. The same piano studio crossed my feed again a day later, this time with a video of someone…

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