Out Of Tune, But Making Progress

I’ve been learning the piano for a month now so lets review where I’ve got to.

I’ve been using a series of cassettes to teach myself piano, cassettes unfortunately don’t seem to age well as the music on them is out of tune with my MIDI keyboard. I was trying to find a way to adjust the tuning on the recordings but I can’t. So I’ve ended up using the Electric Piano sound on my keyboard and then adjusting the pitch bend wheel ever so slightly and taping it down once it sounds good.

Anyway, altogether there are 40 books and the idea is to work on 1 per week, I’ve managed to progress to book 10. I feel I’ve had a bit of a head start though since I can read music already and have been playing the accordion for about 6 months before learning the piano, so my brain has got used to learning to do two different things with my hands. Nevertheless, it’s not all been smooth sailing. The later books have been proving challenging, so I doubt I’ll be able to keep up with finishing 10 books in a month. In fact judging from the difficulty of book 10, I’ll more than likely be aiming for 1 book per week now (as you’re supposed to do).

So overall I’m pretty pleased with the progress I’ve been making. But from now on it’s going to take a lot of hard work, patience and persistence as things are starting to get a lot harder.

Step One: Learning The Piano

I was very lucky to get a full sized keyboard for Christmas, but haven’t really been able to use it properly yet as I can’t actually play the piano. I can push individual keys or play some chords, but I wouldn’t call that playing. Thankfully my parents had stored away a bunch of books from which you can teach yourself.
Play It Today Piano Books
There are 40 books in the series and they each have an accompanying audio cassette. That’s right cassette, they’re that old! Now I don’t know about you but I got rid of my cassette player quite awhile ago, so I’ve had to order a new one. I remember working myself through the books when I was about 15 and I managed to get to book 7. At the time I found the method of teaching really good, and whilst the technology might be out of date now, the teaching information is definitely not, which is why I thought I’d blow the dust off of them. My aim is to work through at least one book a week, so we’ll see how that goes. In 9 months I could be playing this:

…or I could still be stuck on Jingle Bells! Aim high though right 😉