by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
The quote in the above headline is from percussionist/composer, Joshua Sohn, of Salt Lake City, Utah, after he read my new ebook, What You Need To Know, Have & Do To Start Piano Right!
I appreciated getting this feedback from a fellow composer/musician because this is exactly what I intended my ebook to provide!
Through my 30-year piano teaching career, I’ve taught countless students who initially came to me without a clue about what’s really necessary for piano success. They didn’t know how to prepare for their lessons, much less what kind of instrument to use, or how to practice piano for developing their musical skills.
Fortunately, as their piano teacher, I was able to guide them on all these points until my students created a healthy physical and instrumental setup, practice routine and strategy.
The majority of my students acquired consistent musical improvement, and developed the confidence to perform regularly in recitals and group classes. More importantly, their confidence, from understanding how to practice effectively with a healthy physical and instrumental setup gave them tremendous joy.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR PIANO SUCCESS
Sadly, most people who want to start playing piano don’t really know what’s most critical to setup for successful piano learning.
I often see teens and adults online who futilely hunt for quick tricks, flashy apps, or follow glamorous video tutorials to start their musical path. Unfortunately, these folks quickly lose their enthusiasm, as these gimmicks often prove to be short-lived entertainment rather than a fool-proof method to advance musically.
I watch the initial excitement of these potential piano players fade, as they unfortunately develop poor piano technique, weak or painful fingers and hands, increased frustration due to the lack of a qualified instructor’s guidance. They also typically have a keyboard setup that’s inadequate for piano skill development, and no understanding for practicing piano effectively.
Regrettably, there are folks claiming to be piano teachers, whether online or locally, who don’t actually offer a solid foundation for piano beginners. This is why many adults return to piano much later in life, wishing to start again. This is why I’ve met many adults who were confused about the absolute basics necessary for steady piano progress. This is why many young teens give up too soon, thinking they’re not capable or musical.
Whether you want to try learning piano for the first time in your life, return to the piano after a long gap, or explore setting up piano lessons for your child, my new ebook has “everything you need to know before starting piano.”
My new ebook covers the things any new piano learner needs to consider for successfully starting piano:
My new ebook offers you practical guidance on what and how to take action toward getting your piano journey started successfully.
Everything in my ebook comes from my experience as a piano teacher, and from my own journey as a professional pianist and composer of piano-based music. I put “everything you need to know before starting piano” in my ebook to take all the guesswork and mystery out of the process for you.
I wrote this ebook so that people like you can start your piano learning story with confidence. When you read my ebook, you’ll know how to get everything setup properly as a solid foundation of support for you to enjoy achieving success as a piano player.
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What You Need To Know, Have & Do To Start Piano Right! Ebook
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By Jenny Leigh Hodgins
Are you an adult who’s looking forward to finally learn piano? Do you have a teenager eager to explore music? Are you a parent looking to start your child’s first piano lesson? Having a quality instrument is critical for successful piano learning.
There are many ways to learn piano. From note-reading to aural training, from digital exploration and beyond. Regardless, the quality of a keyboard instrument is essential to successful music progress.
Some of the most important points to consider are:
WHAT’S YOUR COMMITMENT?
If you have always wanted to learn piano, and now have the time and energy to devote to it, a piano may be a great investment. For adults, buying a quality piano is a beautiful addition to decor, adding value to your home. Practicing on a quality-crafted piano inspires hours of dedicated musical progress. Making a strong commitment to your love of piano music is a great reason to buy a good piano.
If you have a young child, or a teenager with sudden interest in piano, your child's attention span may not be clear. How long will your child stay motivated for the long haul of musical study? For these cases, consider an electronic keyboard.
A digital piano may be an inexpensive investment to explore your child's interest. An electronic keyboard is usually less expensive than a piano. A 61-key, light-action digital keyboard would be acceptable as a smaller investment for initial music exploration.
After a year of piano study, I recommend investing in either a piano or an 88-key, weighted-action keyboard. Over time, a student’s repertoire grows. This will encourage accurate, physical technique, and the full piano range.
CHECK YOUR SPACE & SURROUNDINGS
A beautiful grand piano brings artistic flair to a large room. Piano playing brings lively fun to the entertainment of guests. Playing piano in the home adds festivity with holiday music. It also fills the home with beloved musical expression year-round.
If you’ve got the space and the budget, no investment brings as much enjoyment to a home. If you don’t have a large space, consider a smaller baby grand, or an upright piano. Playing a real piano offers authenticity. The action of a real piano (how the wooden keys respond to the touch of your fingers) lets the player achieve healthy piano technique. An acoustic piano sends an organic, gorgeous, sound reverberating throughout your home.
For even tighter spaces and budgets, consider an electronic keyboard. An extra advantage of having a digital piano is the use of headphones. This feature allows music practice at any hour without disrupting others.
WHAT’S YOUR STYLE
Consider your personal preferences when choosing the right keyboard. If the touch of a real piano is inspirational for you, buying a piano may be infinitely more satisfying. Traditional classical and jazz repertoire is often preferred played on a real piano.
The popularity of modern music is another point in favor of buying an electronic keyboard. Teens and adults may be more inclined toward digital music production. Digital keyboards open the door to computer-made music.
Using a digital piano and a computer allows you to create music with virtual instruments. In our technology-driven world, much of the future's music-making will be digital-based. This offers opportunities for electronic music-production. Music technology offers opportunities in composing for video games, commercials, film and TV.
HOW BIG IS YOUR BUDGET
When selecting a keyboard, consider your budget now. Weigh that budget against the longevity of the instrument’s life and use. One of the best investments you can make is buying a piano. This is because craftsmanship and longevity add to the value of a piano. The piano's beauty as an aspect of your home decor adds artistic value, too.
If you’re tight on funds or space, start with a smaller digital piano or upright acoustic piano. Consider upgrading a necessity when your music skills progress. Get an in