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The Nature Of Why ... and why not?

 

 

I wanted to write a blog about famous piano players who started late in life, overcoming their fear of being inferior to children who started young, and eventually becoming incredibly skilled and creative. I couldn't find any examples of people like that on the internet, although there are plenty in PianoEasy classes.

 

Very few people learn instruments to become famous, or to become the best in the world - they learn so they can play the songs they love. The joy that that...

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Be kind to yourself

 

Playing music should be relaxing and make you feel good, but sometimes it ends up being frustrating and stressful. If you've been trying to play one bar for 20 minutes and it's turned out wrong every time, you start thinking you're incompetent and doubting yourself.

 

If the piano is making you feel bad, it's time to stop, take a step back, breathe, and remember to be kind to yourself.

 

Learning anything new has its challenges - there are always moments when you feel like...

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What Happens In The Early Stages With PianoEasy?

Below is 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 blacks and learn all the white note...

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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...

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Blues

You know what really brings people together? Complaining. And blues music is the catchiest way to do that.

 

It began in the cotton fields of the USA's deep South, where slaves or descendants of slaves would work long hours and sometimes sing to get through the day, play songs when their work was done, or sing together in church. Stylistically, what characterised the blues in the beginning was its call-and-response structure and the flattened notes it used, but because blues is so...

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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...

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Be kind to yourself

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Playing music should be relaxing and make you feel good, but sometimes it ends up being frustrating and stressful. If you've been trying to play one bar for 20 minutes and it's turned out wrong every time, you start thinking you're incompetent and doubting yourself.

 

If the piano is making you feel bad, it's time to stop, take a step back, breathe, and remember to be kind to yourself.

 

Learning anything new has its challenges - there are always...

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Ten ideas to connect with your inner musician

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  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 them, changing words and melodies or altering the rhythm.
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Don't stop the music

 

Instruments are expensive, and with such a huge variety of priorities in education (STEM topics, getting kids to be active, sustainability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures) it's easy for music to be pushed to the bottom of the list when funding is  allocated.

 

Musica Viva is fighting back to promote the importance of music in classrooms with their Don't Stop the Music campaign, which they're running in conjunction with ABC TV and the Salvation...

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Make Music

 

If you've ever been to a PianoEasy class you know that everyone has somemusical ability. Playing an instrument doesn't come naturally to everyone, but everyone who can hear a melody or see a rhythm being played has a basic understanding of how music is created.

 

It's a shame that, despite this, so many people are apprehensive about playing music. That's why Make Music Day exists.

 

Make Music Day invites everybody to be a musician. It began in France in 1982 and has spread...

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