Slideshare uses cookies to improve functionality and performance, and to provide you with relevant advertising. Clipping is a handy way to collect and organize the most important slides from a presentation. Piano is a popular instrument and considered as the 'king of all musical instruments' by many, because of its polyphonic nature, which allows you to play multiple musical notes at the same time, and also because it has a wide range of dynamics, perhaps the widest among all the musical instruments.
Until a few years back, learning to play the piano was almost impossible to do all by ourselves. However, learning itself has changed a lot over the years, aided by advancements in technology and the proliferation of the internet. It is widespread knowledge that that playing a musical instrument develops a wide range of skills, including an improved intelligence. You should definitely pat yourself on the back for practicing your scales, one of the most important components of learning piano.
The way to avoid this bad habit is to leave plenty of time to memorize piano music by analyzing the score, listening to and playing along with recordings, and practicing intelligently and consciously, instead of relying on muscle memory to commit the song to memory.
Tip: Here are some additional strategies for memorizing piano music from music teacher Joy Morin.
Breathing and posture go hand in hand, since our ribs attach to the spine, and excessive compression in the torso can severely limit breathing. To solve this bad habit, take a few moments in between practicing sections of a piece to notice your sitting bones releasing into the piano bench, allow your spine to uncurl from any compression, and send your head away from your spine, allowing it to balance easily right on top of your spine.
Perhaps one of your fingers sticks up in the air, or your thumb hangs low, below the keyboard.
Tip: Check out this infographic for an easy exercise to improve your hand shape for playing the piano.
If you work to avoid these five worst habits for piano players, you will be a more coordinated and skilled pianist who can confidently learn new music, practice efficiently, and perform well. I agree that learning to read is one of the most important if not the most important thing to do first when you’re learning piano. Having the ability to play an instrument gives a vocalist more value as a musician than being a vocalist only.
Performance is what most vocalists love to do, but playing an instrument adds to performances as well, which is proven on the talent shows on television. May 9, 2016 by admin Leave a Comment Music has no discrimination on grounds of international boundaries and generations. Though the list can be huge but here we have handpicked names of some of the best blind pianists who are an inspiration for all learners and beginners in this field. When we talk about well-known blind musicians, you will find name of Ray Charles to be in the list of top ones.
He was not blind by birth but began losing his eyesight at the age of 5 and became completely blind at the age of 7. He was born premature and thus suffered from a retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) where growth of his eyes were stopped and he became blind at a very young age. Ronie Milsap, an American performer of country music is one of the most influential musician of 70s and 80s.
His musical talents began to show up at the age of 7 at the school of blind, the Governor Moorehead School where he was studying. Particularly in the area of jazz, Art Tatum is a name that is well-known for being one of the most successful blind musicians. This musician suffered a condition in infancy which led him to be completely blind with one eye and even the other one eye had really limited vision.
One of the most famous blind piano player, Nobuyuk Tsujii carried a talent of music by birth. He was truly a natural born musician and he won All Japan Music Competition for Blind Students only at the age of 7. A well-known internationally popular blind pianist who is known for his achievements as a jazz musician despite of his disability.
When he reached the age of 20 years, he had already achieved the status of a popular violinist.
At a very early age, he recorded solos, did piano concerts and took part in a number of competitions and programs.
Ken Medema was blind by birth but despite of this he became one of the most popular pianists, composer and singer of all time. He started to play piano when he was only 5 years old and around the age of 8 years, he began to take lessons of classical music with the method of reading music with braille. Here are a set of tips that have been derived from life and experiences of these amazing 10 piano players who were visually impaired.
Blind piano students can gain help in learning to read and play piano music with the aid of music Braille that is designed to aid all visually impaired music students. A wide range of Braille music resources are available that these blind students can use to learn to read music. Blind people can make progress in playing piano by listening to some recorded music and can learn to play by memorization. It is important for blind pianists to develop musical ears and it should work as their eyes as they learn and understand various concepts of piano. The idea behind a blind person playing an instrument as complicated as piano may seem absurd but having a list of popular blind pianists proves that piano playing doesn’t need you to have your eyes on the keys but it is all about learning and adopting techniques. Getting your piano tuned can cost a bit, but it is well worth while, and unless your piano is really old, or located in a hot or humid area, it should stay in tune for 5 years or so. To position your hands, place both your thumbs on middle C and each finger on both hands on one key each spanning outwards. When you look at the piano you will notice that the same patterns of notes keep repeating themselves. Because middle C marks the centre of high and low pitches on the keyboard, it is also the centre not between the bass scales. Most woodwind instruments use the treble clef, as well as high brass, violins, and tuned percussion. In this first lesson, we are going to play a few short pieces, just using the right hand, which uses the notes of the middle C octave. When I was learning the piano, I found co-ordinating my fingers one of the most difficult things to do.
So, to help you out I have written a number underneath each note in all the pieces in these lessons. This technique that really does enable you to learn pieces much faster: it’s one I still use all the time!
If you know the traditional melody My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean, then you will find your knowledge a great advantage when you first play this tune! Bass Clef: This is the lowest clef, also known as the F clef because the inner curl and dots are around the line representing F.
Crotchets: A crotchet is a note that is played for one quarter of the duration of a whole note. Stave: In musical notation, the staff or stave is a set of five horizontal lines on which note symbols are placed to indicate pitch and rhythm. Treble Clef: This is the highest clef, also known as the G clef because the inner curl of the clef sign is wrapped around the line representing G. January 22, 2016 by admin Leave a Comment Musical theory is not something new but it has been there for long. Theory of music is important in order to have better hands on skills for playing piano, for composing music and for improvisation.
As you begin to gain knowledge of musical theory, with time you will realize that the random pieces of notes that you will come across would not only appear just as some random notes but you will begin to witness them in certain patterns of chords and scales. If for instance you become part of a band playing at your school or at a church in your locality or for any other performance, knowledge of musical theory will make you a better team player.
We do not say that learning musical theory would make difficult pieces easy to play but they will be definitely easier for you to understand and thus would become a little simpler for you to play over piano.


If your ultimate aim is to become a piano music composer, you certainly would not be able to become a pro at it without learning your musical theory. Musical theory makes your understand how music operates and having a clear understanding of how something works enables you to make the most out of it.
You would not be able to read and understand musical sheets and thus would not be able to play.
Without theory, you may be able to play your own music but would not be able to share your composition with others. It is true that you can learn to play piano by ear but you should face it that better understanding and professional learning needs you to have both understanding of musical theory as well as skill of learning to play piano by ear. Its now possible to do a lot of learning right from the comfort of you own home, if you have a computer and an internet connection. But once you see the value of practicing scales, it’s important to make sure that your scale practice is helping you improve and not reinforcing bad habits. Pianists often resort to playing the piece they’re trying to memorize over and over until they can play it in their sleep. If you find yourself hunched over the piano, with your head pulled forward to see the music better and your breathing is shallow, your posture is compromised. Whatever your habitual hand position, finding a comfortable, flexible and coordinated hand position can change your entire relationship with the piano. It’s always a good idea to check with your piano teacher, who can give you expert advice and help you continue to practice piano like a pro! Enjoy live interaction and real-time performance with friendly teachers in a fun group setting. Taking voice lessons to perfect one’s skill is an excellent idea and one a vocalist will never regret.
Many artists that play guitar have that quiet moment during a concert performance when they play and sing a touching ballad that gives them a special connection with the audience. When we look around us we will find a number of talented musicians who have earned popularity in different fields of music. This talented black piano player developed his talent at school in early years and was taught classical piano by his music teacher using the braille method of reading.
He is celebrated as one of the rare musicians who are termed to have been gifted with the art of playing by birth. He is known to have been playing instrument most of the time as a child and in youth he played harmonica and drums along with piano for choir at church.
He then started formal education of music and learnt to play different instruments while mastered at playing piano. He avoided being in spotlight even during the years of his popularity and thus much could not be found about this musician’s life. Art began to learn to play piano with play by ear method and when he reached the age of three, he already had learnt to copy a number of recordings and tunes.
He was blind by birth but had a great sense of music and this his mother realized when he was only 2 years old. He was really inspiring in playing piano and later he also produced his own classical music. His music and performance is flawless and that truly is amazing when he wasn’t able to see at all and learnt to play by ears only. He has given performance as a piano player internationally and has 300+ original compositions of his own. He also learnt to play some other instruments but his work as a pianist is most appreciated and valued. He further improvised his piano playing techniques by learning to play by ears and thus was able to play in varied styles. These tips will prove helpful for blind players who wish to learn to play piano and become a pro pianist. The more out of tune a piano is, the worse it will sound, which can be rather discouraging! To keep your piano in tune longer, it’s a good idea to play it as often as you can (pianos work better the more they are played) and position it against an internal wall, rather than one of the exterior walls of the house. You can easily remember where middle C is, because it is right in the middle of your piano, just above the brand name written on the front panel.
The notes above middle C are notated on the treble clef, while the notes below middle C are shown on the bass clef. On the piano, the right hand usually is written in treble clef, while the left hand is written in bass clef. The stem can either point up or down, depending on whether the note is below or above the middle stave line. However, don’t worry too much though, as I will be revisiting all of these terms and concepts in later lessons.
It may sound laughable (and you may not struggle with it the way I did!), but as the pieces in these lesson gradually contain more and more notes, it does become an issue. In the graphic below, you can see how each finger on both of your hands has been given a number. Because I’m already familiar with the rhythm by the time I start to play the piece, this lets me just focus on playing the notes correctly. Just as clapping a rhythm before you play a piece helps you learn to play faster, so you will find already knowing a song really well means that you can launch into it with much greater gusto! Being familiar with a tune already allows you to concentrate on where your fingers are going and the sound you are making, rather than worrying about counting out the timing.
The clear, unfilled notes are called minims, and these are held for two beats as they are worth twice the value of crotchets. When piano learning and compositions were enjoying peak popularity during the 18th and 19th century, even then musical theory was taught to pianists and composers that enabled them to understand structure and operation of music.
Anyone who has a strong hold over theory would be able to learn to play an instrument quicker than a person with no knowledge of theory.
Notes will no more be splattered in front of you but rather you will begin to remember them in your head as a certain series. If everyone in the band would know their musical theory, their performance will be much improved as they will be able to understand musical notes well and will be able to stay within the same page and key. Learning musical theory will enhance your skill for critically listening towards music and you will be able to better understand and speak about what you hear. Thus musical theory gives you a complete insight on how you can enjoy piano by trying your hands on different scales, notes, melodies and rhythms played over it.
Without musical theory, you would need to listen to a piece in order to figure out notes played. It is a fact that for beginners’ especially young children and adults who are pretty busy; it may be a little boring and frustrating to spend time and sit down for theoretical study of music but believe me it is doing to be all worth it.
Read on to learn more about the five worst habits for piano players, so that you can make sure you avoid them! It you find yourself slogging through scales, not really paying attention to what you’re doing, or if your hand position is awkward and not well-coordinated, then you might want to re-evaluate your scales practice routine. You will make better contact with the keys, have more control over dynamics and coloring, and play technical passages more easily and smoothly. It’s important to learn to read and interpret all aspects of the music correctly, so that you can play with correct notes, rhythms, dynamics, articulation, and phrasing. She acted as principal flutist of the orchestra and wind ensemble at California State University, Sacramento, and then went on to receive her degree in Music Performance from New York University. Learn more about Nadia here!
However, being only a vocalist limits one’s ability as a musician, and limits the possibility of being able to earn a living in the music industry.
Those vocalists who wish to pursue a career in music education, for instance, must at least have moderate skills on the piano.
It is definitely an advantage to be able to play another instrument, such as piano or guitar.
This is what gains fans, adds to the quality of the concert, and gives the artist the boost needed for success.


However, taking piano or guitar lessons will give a vocalist added worth in whatever career path is chosen.
However it is quite surprising that we have a long list of musicians who despite of being blind have achieved a lot.
The process was a difficult one as he had to learn his one hand movement over piano by learning to read braille with other hand at the same time.
He not only owned a label for his creations but also initiated a foundation for deaf children. He is renowned as a child star and was one of the youngest piano players to have achieved a level of expertise. He was recognized when he signed Motown Records and proved to be one of the best pianists of his time. He followed his love for music and became one of the most successful classical and country music mastered piano player. At that young age he began to play Do Re Mi on a toy piano and later as he reached 4 years, he could impressively play Jingle Bells over piano.
He was appreciated by the Queen of England and he also played at the White House for 3 presidents. This artist confessed that losing his eyesight actually drew him towards love of music and that is where his musical journey began. Once you get your grab on these techniques, nothing can stop you from becoming a pro pianist like one of these amazing 10 or other famous ones. Just run your fingers along the keys and see if any stick or have a tinny, reverberating sound. Your elbows should be positioned approximately at your waist with your forearms stretching out at a 90 degree angle from your upper arm, not on an angle.
There are a couple of other clefs as well, but we won't be looking at those in these lessons.
In vocal music, both soprano and contralto parts now use the treble clef, while tenor and bass parts use the bass clef.
When you see this number underneath a note, you know that this is the finger that I recommend you use to play the note with. Also, to help you learn the note names, the letter names for each note have been included in the music. This in turn guides them in composing pieces of music with combination of different components and effects. As a beginner in young age learning, you will be doing basic theory assignments including naming notes and dynamics.
A musical performance with a piano would include different major and minor scales, nuances, melodies and other certain aspects that only a knowledgeable person will be able to identify.
Though it is time taking and you can learn all of it in a day but it will open up so much potential within yourself that you will appreciate this learning over long run.
Try for precision, correct fingering, ease of hand position, and fingers flowing onto the keys, even if it takes a little longer and means you do fewer scales.
That type of rote memorization can go terribly wrong if there’s a moment of distraction, or if the pianist messes up and tries to restart where he or she left off. Having an uncoordinated hand position can hold you back in a variety of ways as you’re learning piano, so make sure this bad habit isn’t one of yours!
Playing an instrument, such as guitar or piano, is very much in the best interest of a vocalist that is serious about a career in music. Taking piano lessons before getting to the college level is almost crucial to a vocalist wanting to major in music education.
As he began to play piano, he learnt more of blues and jazz which he was most interested in.
At the early age of 11 years, Stevie Wonder signed a great deal for recordings and is well-known for crafting some of the best evergreen songs. His first ever single was Total Disaster in 1963 that gained him popularity and then he went on signing a number of records. He won critics award at the 15th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition, best performance Beverley Taylor Smith Award, Film Music Artist Japan Film Critics Award and many others. It was his passion and love for playing this instrument that made him achieve the place among most popular blind piano players. This blind piano player realized his zeal for music at school for blind in Italy at the age of 8 where he began playing piano and violin. As you continue to play, you will be constantly going over everything again and again, and you will find that it gradually all comes together. Notations, letters, diagrams, chords and other symbols that a layman may not be able to understand, musical theory gives him complete knowledge of these and many other concepts in learning to play piano. When you get to identify and critically speak about music, you are on your way to become an expert.
Adding expression and your thoughts to music would need you to write them down and writing without knowledge of notes is not possible. Not only it would help you in becoming better at playing piano but at a later stage when you will think of learning any other instrument or would like to pursue something else in musical journey, it would prove to be an added advantage for you at that stage. If I was trained to do these things from the beginning then I wouldn’t have to go through these basic things again.
Elementary, middle schools, and high schools want to hire music teachers that have the ability to accompany the students on the piano for school performances. There are expert blind pianists who have done a lot in various genres of music and have gained popularity worldwide. This African American talented piano player had a charisma that was seen in his performance and made him popular. He was and is celebrated as a legendary musician when it comes especially to country music. This blind musician choose to live on the streets and lived a unique lifestyle while his music being influenced by street noises.
Later he formally studied piano at the Linden Lodge School for the Blind for around 4 years. While talking for a magazine interview, he was reported to have said that his mother didn’t teach him how to play piano only but she taught her how to feel it with whole of his body.
These same notes are repeated all the way up and down the piano and the notes within each octave are called scales.
A pianist should have complete knowledge of these symbols and signs in order to better understand, play or compose melodies, rhythm and tones with the use of piano. You will be able to retain these lessons and it will help you in reading musical notes which is not possible if you don’t have knowledge of theory. So if you truly want to share your thoughts and expression in the form of music with others, you will be able to do it properly with knowledge of notes, tempos, rhythms, and dynamics; in a nutshell musical theory. Some also have keyboarding classes, which means the teacher must be able to play in order to teach the students. There has been a belief that people who are blind have an added advantage over those who see, learn and play but in actuality there is not. Giving private piano lessons on the side is an excellent way to gain a bit of extra income as well. Here we will be sharing a list of popular ones and some quick details on how they learnt to play this beautiful instrument.
Upbeat tempos and compositions are something that he is well known for among many of musicians and fans of jazz music.



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