This is one of my favorite piano players… he makes the piano seem so simple at times and at others is sounds as if he must have 3 hands to be able play all that he plays. When I first heard Keith Jarrett I wasn’t sure if I was listening to Classical music or Jazz.This recording is of him improvising in front of a live audience in Koln, Germany. It is just him and there is no overdubbing on the recording and no he doesn’t have 3 hands.
This is a recording of the late Wilhelm Kempff playing the famous piece popular amongst many beginners, The 1st Movement from Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.
This man is totally in love with his instrument. Just observe how he caresses the keys effortlessly. This is quite a spectacular recording that brought tears to my eyes when I heard it.
It can be really useful to know how to play all of the chords on piano. You will find it opens up all sorts of musical possibilities. If you know how to read them off sheet music or chord charts then the you are really on the way to becoming an accomplished player. The short video I made for the Piano Learners site will show you how to form all of the main chords.
I saw this post on another piano blog and thought you might enjoy it. This is the ultimate in beginners piano… learn the piano whilst climbing the stairs.
- Volkswagen Fun Theory: Piano Staircase – Volkswagen built this piano stairway in Stockholm, Sweden as part of their fun theory project, which aims to change people’s behavior for the better through fun. That is a great strategy. Related: Water Pump Merry-go-Round – Fold.it …
Here’s a new Rocket Piano review that brings up quite a few useful points for anyone considering buying this. On the same site there are a few other reviews too.
Here is our beginners piano chart of the key signatures and what sharps / flats they have.
C major / a minor – No Sharps or Flats
G major / e minor – F sharp
D major / b minor – F sharp, C sharp
A major / f sharp minor – F sharp, C sharp, G sharp
E major / c sharp minor – F sharp, C sharp, G sharp, D sharp
B major / g sharp minor – F sharp, C sharp, G sharp, D sharp, A sharp
F sharp major / d sharp minor – F sharp, C sharp, G sharp, D sharp, A sharp, E sharp
C sharp major / a sharp minor – F sharp, C sharp, G sharp, D sharp, A sharp, E sharp, B sharp
F major / d minor – B flat
B flat Major / g minor – B flat, E flat
E flat Major / c minor – B flat, E flat, A flat
A flat Major / f minor – B flat, E flat, A flat, D flat
D flat Major / b flat minor – B flat, E flat, A flat, D flat, G flat
G flat Major / e flat minor – B flat, E flat, A flat, D flat, G flat, C flat
C flat Major / a flat minor – B flat, E flat, A flat, D flat, G flat, C flat, F flat
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I have just come across this fantastic resource which will help you to learn piano by ear.
The utility takes you from absolute beginner piano level through to a really high level and trains you to recognize the intervals between notes. The theory is that once you have learned to recognize all of the intervals then you will be able to play any song by ear with out needing to see the music. There are full instructions on the site but for me I spent hours just playing around with the utility. It made me remember my time at the conservatory.
Have fun with this and see if you can learn piano by ear yourself.