I went home a few weeks ago and had a go on my parents piano. Since then I’ve had a breakthrough moment where I’ve come off book and started making stuff up. They’re mostly just chord progression but nevertheless I feel the improvisational skills and play by ear skills I’ve been teaching myself on the accordion translating across to my piano playing. I’ve still got a long way to go as I’m only on piano book 13/40 in my series. So if I’m already feeling successful now, I can’t wait to hear what I produce after I’ve finished the series.
I’ll be heading to my parents place again in April for my sisters wedding, so I’ll be able to have another go on the piano then. It’s surprising what a difference there is between a real one and a keyboard.
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.