This is the prelude to a series of my piano diaries. In this series of posts, I’ll jot down tips about how I learn piano.
As I said in the last post, I started learning piano after reading serious statistics for sometime. So my approach is very different from traditional ways of learning piano.
First, just comparing my progress with xuanxuan’s, I realized one thing. The traditional way of practicing piano does not work for adults. I don’t have time and the patience to go though the simple repetitions that she uses to get familiar with piano. She can learn for a year just to tap on C D E F, C D E F, E F G -, etc, I really can not.
Second, since my capability of learning is better than hers (she might have a better memory, and maybe better hand-eye coordination), I would like to see how this can help me.
Third, I have experience with guitar, and turned out that this is very helpful.
Overall, while for children we may emphasize practicing, in my case, I would like to win with superior learning methods.
I found that for many kids, when they get started, they (and their parents) don’t really have a clue about the goal. They just type the keyboard mechanically like, … well a machine. Then those who are talented would show, and a few of them may pursue piano as the career. My goal is not to reach grade 10 after 8-10 years of practicing, there is no meaning for me to do that. I’m not really in the stage to climb to the acme of the mountain of music. I just want to have some fun with piano, and be able to sing songs, and play simple music like “Canon”, or “Kiss the Rain” (“Kiss the Rain” is not easy, as Jill told me, but compare this with those pieces by List, it is easy). So this method I’m using will be significantly different from those used in traditional piano books. I hope after one year, I would be able to reach this goal. Of course, the idea initiated my learning piano – sing songs with piano, would be reached far sooner than a year.
Yiruma himself playing
The sheet, I can not post the sheet here, even I have it, gotta respect the copyright…