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As an absolute beginner, which is the best method to use for learning the piano or keyboard?
Conventional or pattern playing?

any help or advice would be greatly appreciated - wulfie
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A good teacher.
Shane Wiker
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I've played piano for about 8 years, and can tell you that to become proficient at it, you need a good teacher (As Jordini said).

Even if you read books and practice scales, there will still be things you're doing wrong. You need someone who can correct you, critique you, and give you suggestions.

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I've been a semi-pro musician for twenty years.
I've taught guitar and piano for fifteen years.
There is no right or wrong way to play any musical instrument.
If it sounds good, it IS good.

What type of music are you interested in playing?

If it's classical, you MUST learn classical technique and sight-reading.
You can't fake the great masters.

If it's virtually any other kind of music (jazz,pop,rock,country,whatever) Pattern or chord playing is the way to go. Standard piano lessons will do nothing but discourage you.
Learn to play by ear. Just buy a picture chord book and a fakebook and start playing. John Lennon's post-Beatle piano work is a great starting place. It's fairly simple to learn and can open the door to more complex stuff. You can always come back later and learn to sight-read.

Good luck!
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I am lucky, I have the ear and the means to play with no tutoring.

My method was to just play the piano all the time I could. For me I know what shape my hands need too make for the result I want and just plonk them there.
Sorry for not being much help but for me it was natural.
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I agree with Partizan, just sit down at the piano and move your hands around in a pianoy way. (Or is it a pianoish way?). Either way just sit down and do some pianoy type things. Sweet,sweet sounds will fill the air.
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mike paris
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Wulfie,it depends on how far you want to go,is your aim to become a concert pianist or a first class pianist?,if the answer is yes,then I agree with the first replies,be prepared there is A LOT TO LEARN,if on the other hand you would like to have fun playing loads of songs quite quickly,(there are a lot of shortcuts)then my opinion is to learn to play in the easier keys,C,F,Bb,G and D,most music is written in those keys anyway,(and you can transpose), new keyboards of today have so much to offer with first class accompanyments that you can play chords with one finger and progress to left hand chords ,patterns are a clever idea, here is a good site which teach not only how to get most from your keyboard (yamaha based but independant)but you will find people who were at the same level as you who have progressed, ,hope this helps,mike
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... is it me or does the the magic Café really rock!

what a brotherhood ... a big thank you to everyone who answered my posting and sent PM's ... when I become professional you all get back-stage passes! ... could be a looooong wait ... ha!

I intend to go for the distance learning of piano/keyboard patterns followed up with a personal tutor ...

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As said above, the best way is to learn with an expierenced, good teacher right beside you.

In most places here in the USA< there are lots teachers......Look in the Yellow pages for an established place.


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I think Wulfie wants to be able to "play along" as in strummimg the accompaniment
rather than playing a set piece . I know plenty of people who can play the piano or violin note perfect from sheet music but without it they are lost and haven't an
ounce of rythm in them.

Corey Harris
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I don't know a good way to learn pian or keyboard. I taught myself on a rainy day how to play. But I have always been very proficient with music.
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Start when you're 4.
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