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Tips to Play a Musical Keyboard

Tips to Play a Musical Keyboard

unduhan-51Musical consoles are one of the main musical instruments that kids and wannabe performers swing to. Here is a straightforward guide on the most proficient method to play a console.

As a kid, I was always attracted towards music and musical instruments. Though my first crush happened to be a guitar, the first musical instrument that I actually managed to lay my hands on was, a keyboard. It was a Casio SA-1, a small and basic model that I was gifted when I was 8 years old. And even after all these years, I still remember quite vividly just how overjoyed I was, upon seeing an actual, real-life musical instrument in front of me. I was over the moon, and was bubbling with excitement about learning to play this oh-so-fancy keyboard of mine. So when I see people expressing a desire to learn musical keyboards, it instantly lights up my face as I go back in time to those lovely days, when I, as a young boy, was trying to learn to play a keyboard.

If you are a beginner, it is advisable that you begin with a keyboard and then move on to an actual piano at a later stage. Let us begin with the basic musical notes. There are twelve musical notes or semi-tones which form one musical octave. Starting with the ‘C’ note, the sequence of musical notes that make up one octave is as follows:

C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A# and B.
‘#’ is a symbol used to denote the word ‘sharp’. If you have noticed, a keyboard has white and black-colored keys. If you observe carefully, you will notice that the black keys are arranged in groups of twos and threes. The first black key in the group of two denotes the note C#. Using the sequence of musical notes listed above, you can match each key with its corresponding note. Press each key starting from the ‘C’ note, and move upwards till you reach ‘B’. Once you have completed this octave, repeat this process but in the reverse direction, i.e. from ‘B’ to ‘C’. This is called ‘playing an octave’. Do this a few times so that you get a hang of the ‘sound’ of each note. There are basically two ways of learning any musical instrument:

  • By referring to a music sheet, i.e. through notations.
  • Learning it by ear.

It is recommended that all beginners should follow the 2nd method as it helps to develop a good music sense and a ‘musical ear’. Pick a simple song like “Doe, a deer” or “Happy birthday to you”. Try to play it on your keyboard. Adopt a trial and error method to figure out what musical notes make up the song melody. Take your time, and don’t be in a rush to learn. You won’t get it at first, nobody does. Not even Elton John did. But practice and keep working at it. Practice, and I say this with utmost seriousness, is the one and only way of becoming a good keyboardist. Nobody becomes a Mozart or a Beethoven overnight; everyone has to work hard with lots of passion and devotion.

Take Keyboard Lessons
Becoming a self-taught keyboardist is fine, but if you want to learn the trade properly and progress at a faster rate, you should seriously consider taking up keyboard lessons. The best way would be to locate an experienced music instructor in your locality and start with formal lessons. Catch hold of a fellow newbie in your neighborhood and practice together. In this case, two heads can certainly be better than one! And how can you forget your good old friend, the Internet? Google around for a few minutes and you’ll be amazed at the amount of online music lessons that you will get.

Follow the above tips religiously and you will be able to master the keyboard sooner than you think. Regardless of how you choose to learn to play the keyboard, always keep this principle in mind – how much you practice will decide how good a musician you eventually become. Enjoy your new musical journey! It can be a very rewarding experience, I promise you that.

Ways to Tune a Piano

Ways to Tune a Piano

Numerous expert piano tuners and specialists know how a piano is tuned and make it appear to be easy. It may appear somewhat troublesome, however it’s not totally impossible. With practice and experience, anybody can figure out how to tune a piano effortlessly.

A Step-by-step Guide

Before we begin, there are at least 3 basic tools―tuning lever, rubber tuning mutes, and electronic tuner. Open your piano cabinet and remove any extra pieces on the top, so you get as much light as possible. It’s advisable to remove the cabinet till the top keys.

Step #1
Always start from the middle octave, so that we can identify which string needs to be tuned. Place the lever on the first pin and press the key so that we can trace the string to its matching pin.

Step #2
Now it’s time to mute the remaining string(s). When you have the correct string to tune, place rubber mutes over or next to the strings that need to be muted and the soundboard.

Step #3
Make sure there’s no noise while you’re tuning it, as the electronic tuner will detect the slightest sound. Place one hand on the lever and one finger over the key, press a key and check the tuner. Move the lever slowly as you’re pressing the key again and again, turn the pin in a clockwise manner, so that you can elevate the pitch and counterclockwise manner to turn it down. Don’t jerk or overwork the pin too much or else it will loosen it. Your aim is to get the electronic tuner needle to stay as close to the center as possible.

Step #4
Take out the rubber mute of the other string that is closer to the pin we just tuned. This is where you will try to tune the string with your ear. Try to match this untuned string with the string we just fixed. If your piano has 3 middle octave strings, you need to repeat steps 1 through 4 for the entire middle octave. This is where you can master the art of tuning a piano by ear and not with the help of an electronic tuner.

Step #5
Now that you’ve learned how to tune the piano by ear (in this case, the first octave), this can be your reference octave for the entire piano. You will take one string at a time in each set and tune them accordingly. That one string should match the note from your reference octave and then the rest of the strings in the set will follow the first string tuned in the set. You can go up or down the piano, whatever suits you, and adjust the tension in the notes of the soundboard equally.

I would advice you to hire a professional piano tuner, if you’ve never done it before. Unless and until you are sure about what you’re doing, don’t attempt to handle it on your own. You should hire someone who has had prior experience, and perhaps teach you a few basic techniques.

How to Famous Piano Players

How to Famous Piano Players

Such a variety of artists, right from Beethoven to Yanni, have left an everlasting impact on the universe of music. Some are celebrated for the dazzling pieces they made, some for their flighty methods for playing, while others for the delightful songs they made. With so much assortment and variety in each of these styles of music, to choose which ones ought to be incorporated into the accompanying rundown can be a significant assignment. That is the reason the rundown may appear to be inadequate to numerous.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven was born in the year 1770 in Bonn. His first music teacher was his own father and by the time he turned twelve, his music had already been published. Beethoven first went to Vienna in the year 1787 and studied music there with Schenk, Salieri, Albrechtsberger and Joseph Haydn. The years 1795 to 1801, are believed to be his best years, as far as music is concerned. During this period, he composed three sonatas, three piano concertos, six string quartets, and two symphonies. In the year 1802, Beethoven developed hearing impairment which caused him depression and even blocked his ability to create music for a while. It took him a few years to overcome his depression and finally he came up with “Eroica” Symphony no. 3, Symphony no. 5, and an opera “Fidelio”. In his personal life, Beethoven could never find his “true love” and had a string of unsuccessful affairs. He finally died in the year 1827 due to lead poisoning.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart, born on 27th January, 1756 in Germany, is a pianist and musician of the classical era. He is known to have composed more than six hundred works including numerous symphonies, concertos, operas, and choral music. Mozart started composing music at the age of five and by the time he was seventeen, he was a court musician and performing before royalty in Salzburg. Mozart’s style of music ranged from light and graceful to dark and passionate. His music greatly influenced the western musicians including Beethoven. Mozart died very early in his life, in the year 1791.

Jerry Lee Lewis
Born on 29th September, 1935 in Louisiana, Jerry Lee Lewis became popular among the music lovers for his wild and out of box playing style. Jerry, as he was famously called, started off singing country and gospel music before he evolved into a rock and roll musician. Jerry was long admired for his foot stomping live performances, till the time controversies regarding his personal life such as his marriage to his thirteen year old cousin overshadowed his talent and ultimately led to his downfall.

Frederic Chopin
Frederic Chopin, born on 22nd February, 1810, was a polish genius, who is known the world over as the creator and player of the most complicated and beautiful music that has ever been played. He is remembered even today for his distinctive and unique style of playing. Chopin wrote concertos, nocturnes and sonatas and performed live in places like Paris and England. Popularity of his music can be gauged from the fact that his music is today taught in almost all the piano schools.

Billy Joel
Known famously as “The Piano Man”, Billy Joel was born on 9th May, 1949 in New York. When he was fourteen, he joined a group named “The Lost Souls” and a few years later became part of another group named “The Hassles”. In the year 1970, Billy along with a drummer of the group “The Hassles”, formed “Attila”. In the year 1971, Billy parted from “Attila” and released an album named “Cold Spring Harbor”, which brought him instant stardom. Some other famous albums of Billy Joel are “Streetlife Serenade”, “52nd Street”, and “An Innocent Man”.

Yiannis Hrysomallis, famously known as Yanni, was born in Greece on 14th November, 1954. Yanni had no formal education in music, as he is self taught and began playing music very early. During his college days, he joined a band named “Chameleon” and toured with them to places like Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. In the year 1987, he formed his own band in California with Charlie Adams and John Tesh and started promoting three of his albums named, “Keys to Imagination”, “Chameleon Days” and “Out of Silence”. In the year 1992, Yanni’s first Grammy nominated album named “Dare to Dream” was released. In the year 1994, “Yanni Live at the Acropolis” was released which brought him tremendous commercial success. Yanni has performed live in more than twenty countries and has many gold and platinum albums credited to his name.

Other prominent pianists are Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Haydn, Johannes Brahms, Arthur Rubinstein, and the most recent Elton John. If you want to add a few more names to this list, please feel free to comment below.

Tips to Teach Yourself the Piano

Tips to Teach Yourself the Piano

The piano has a place with the vast assortment of musical instruments that are played and delighted in by various individuals. Loads of you may wish to figure out how to play the piano, however might be uncertain about having the capacity to locate the right kind of lesson, or may not be certain about having the capacity to adequately figure out how to play it well. It is for this parcel, we convey to you a basic guide on the best way to show yourself the piano, and make supernatural tunes with this awesome musical instrument.

Helpful Tips

The piano is one of the easiest instrument to learn, so much so that you can teach yourself how to play it.

  • The first step towards teaching yourself the piano is to get hold of one. As a beginner you may purchase one that is second-hand and ensure that it is well-tuned. If you have a piano that has been around the house, again, have it professionally tuned before you begin playing it.
  • Learning to play piano music will be made much simpler if you have had training to play some kind of musical instrument beforehand. This way you will be able to read and learn the piano chords easily. On the other hand, if you don’t have any kind of background in music and musical instruments, you can learn to play the piano online by signing up for some free online piano lessons. These provide you with the basic knowledge you need to be able to play the piano.
  • Online, you will also be able to find a chart that will help you identify the significance of the keys, the chords of the piano and the various piano notes for songs. The natural notes of the piano are C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C.
  • One of the best way to learn the piano is to purchase a software that teaches you this skill and is very easy to understand. Some of these software are available with video instructions that makes the entire learning process easier.
  • Choose a particular song or type of music you would like to begin playing on the piano. Remember to pick some easy piano songs rather than a difficult one as it may demotivate you from learning to play the piano. Start practicing this piece of music on the piano until you master it.
  • Once you have mastered simpler tunes, it’s time to take on newer challenges and start trying out slightly more difficult tunes on the piano. In the entire process, remember to work on your hand movements, their speed, flow, and your overall concentration. This will make it easier for you to master tunes that have more variations in their chords, thereby improving your ability to play the piano.
  • Some of you may want to attempt to learn by simply listening to a piece of music that involves this musical instrument, and identifying the chords that have been used for its composition. This may be slightly difficult if you are a novice, but is something that can be learned by practice, over time.
  • At some point in time you will require the help of a professional piano instructor, if you wish to create your own music. An instructor will not only tell you the secrets of playing the piano well, but will also motivate you when you lose sight of your goal and give up if you are unable to master a certain chord or tune.

Do not expect to learn how to play the piano overnight. It takes a lot of time, patience, and effort to master any of the various musical instruments. You must not give up, but continue learning and mastering the art. Remember, that if you wish to simply reproduce your favorite piece of music, this guide is good enough. However, if you wish to create your own music, you will have to take professional guidance, and continue learning till you are confident enough about your abilities. Then you are bound to be able to cast magic with your unique and melodious tunes.