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Anyone Here Play Piano/Keyboards?

post #1 of 9
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Last week, I had my stereo on while I was here at my computer. The oldies station played Roxette's It Must've Been Love from the 80's I guess. I was familiar with the song itself but what they played must have been an accoustic piano version...and it was beeeeeeautiful! I just sat here and listened and I decided then and there...I'm gonna learn how to do that! I told the hubby and he reminded me that we have a keyboard somewhere. I found it and its a Casio CTK150 30 Songbook Memory. We don't have the power cord to it so I'll have to find that first. Anyway, I don't know anything about music other than turning on the stereo or playing a cd. I don't know musical notes much less how to read music. However, through Alex Jr, I know that there is such a thing as guitar tabs, for guitarists who don't read music either. I wonder if there are tabs for piano?...cuz that would be the way I'm gonna be able to do this...if at all.

So is there anyone here who plays? If so, I'd sure love to know if there are any websites you'd recommend where I can learn about tabs for piano and such.

I'm no spring chicken for sure y'all, but this is something I really want to do. I posted on here in someone's thread that at my age, there aren't too many ''firsts'' left for me...but here is one that I'd love to attempt...and conquer. I think it'd be great to put some of my poems to piano music!

Hilda >^..^<
post #2 of 9
I've learned a few songs on keyboards, but all by ear.
I can't read music at all.
I was a drummer, who needs notes?

I took about 2 hours at a piano and learned to play Joe Jackson's Stepin Out, I absolutely love that song.
I love Joe Jackson for that matter
post #3 of 9
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Thanks, that's probably what I will end up doing!

Well, I can tell by all the racket in the background that my hubby has indeed found the correct power cord! As I mentioned in the original post, this keyboard has a 30 song memory bank...and he loves messing around with that! He's playing some dixie land funky thing right now! Ah well, at least its keeping him busy!

Hilda >^..^<
post #4 of 9
I played piano for 18 years, roughly. It's been about 6 years since I've touched a piano, and I know I'm RUSTY!!! Well, only time would tell if could get brushed up again!
post #5 of 9
I can't read music at all and the only way I can play is by ear. It only takes me a few minutes to figure out the whole song, but it's been years...
I've always wanted to learn, but never did.
post #6 of 9
I can play a few songs.. but I c an't read music for the life of me.

I don't know how I leanred exactly.. I hear it and then can play it. Mind you it's a time consuming project.
Also my keyboard has the songs you can play, and it will show you what key to hit. That has helped with a few songs as well.

Right now I'm working on Canon.
post #7 of 9
I've been playing since I was 3 years old. I never really got into the online sites, so i really don't have recommendations as far as that goes. I used software in college that had certain programs on it that were pretty advanced so that won't work for a beginner. If you really want to learn- i suggest looking into one of your local church's music conservatory....there are always lots of music teachers who offer lessons at churches- they are usually less expensive that way too if you're not a really advanced. Plus you will learn tricks and tips as well as get a good grasp on the basics. And although it's tedious- you do need to learn your scales and your arpeggios. It will help you a lot / Look into the local teachers in your area. If you were closer to me, i'd be happy to teach you...but seeing how i'm in memphis that won't work When i get a chance i'll send you some book recommendations. There were several college level ones i used to teach some of my students when i was student teaching back when i was a music industry major. They were REALLY good books that weren't childish. Great for adult beginners. It does help to have some music experience with them- but even if you don't have much- if you find a good teacher- between the books and the teacher you should learn well Also- focus on the basics before you worry about trying to play arrangements. / And while you're at it- go ahead and familarize yourself with your hand positions and get used to putting both hands on the piano at the same time. (one hand will likely be more dominate than the other- usually your writing hand- but you will be playing in the treble cleff to start out with then learning your bass cleff- so go ahead and familarize yourself with hand positions. (if you have a basic piano book at your home it should show you middle C and all of your other hand positions. I wish i could show you- it'd be much easier to explaineI'll try to look for those old books i used to teach with and give you the names of them so that you can try them out. Definitely look into getting a piano teacher You'll learn a lot! Definitely focus on learning how to read music and learn your notes (you can learn at any age too- don't worry about not being a spring chicken with confidence, a good teacher, and a lot of practice- anyone can improve their musical abilities)
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much everyone, I appreciate all your replies.

Nikki...wow! I'd forgotten how you told me that you had studied music! Awesome. See, and I forgot to mention this in my original post, I don't want to hire a music teacher (got this 'thing' about spending money on stuff like that)...anyway, especially if I'm not that certain that I'm gonna pursue this if just for my own pleasure. I know what you're saying about having someone teach me, but I just can't justify spending the money for something like that...practical me, ya know? I figured if I don't find anything online, I can always check out the library here...maybe I'll find something like ''Piano Lessons For Dummies''....you know those yellow self-help books! But I certainly appreciate all your help!

Thanks again y'all...
Hilda >^..^<
post #9 of 9
I took lessons for just short of 10 years and piddle around by ear, but haven't had a piano in so long. I rather long to get back into it. I'd like to try picking up lessons again, it would sort of be a sense of fulfillment.
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