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Piano Lessons In Sarasota: A Very Creative Approach

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Piano Lessons Shouldn’t Be “A Bore And A Chore”

Piano Lessons In SarasotaIt happens all too often… you sign up your son or daughter (or yourself)  for lessons and the excitement of getting started permeates the atmosphere… for a time. Then, after a few lessons, the novelty wears off, the book seldom gets opened,  the piano or keyboard rarely gets played during the week, and you’re wondering if you made the right decision…

Let’s face it. Your intentions were good. Your decision was a positive one. If the enthusiasm for learning wears off, there are other factors to focus your attention on. Blame (toward anyone) doesn’t need to be a part of the picture. But the truth is that, if the experience turned stale, it needs to be acknowledged.

Communication with the teacher is important in such a scenario. Now, that said, if things don’t change, there remains the possibility that the material being fed to the student isn’t compatible with his or her personality. A common stance that is taken when the excitement fades goes something like this: “If the student isn’t interested in doing what the teacher demands, then maybe piano lessons aren’t the way to go.”

More often than not, the authoritative role assumed by the teacher isn’t questioned. But the truth is that not every teacher is for every student. Some instructors have one basic approach. If it doesn’t work, then the responsibility is placed on the shoulders of the student, thus the conclusion being that “it can’t be the teacher.”

Yes it can.

Ask yourself one important question: Why did you see to it that those lessons were started in the first place?

Did it perhaps have something to do with having fun?

If it’s not fun, an alternative is always available. Don’t place blame on the student, whether it’s a child of yours or yourself. If the initial goal was to have the student engaged in lessons to become musically involved, to enhance his or her appreciation for music, and have music be a part of his or her life for the long term (whether or not it’s going to be their main focus in later years), then you owe it to yourself to see it through. If another teacher is in order, then do what you need to do.

Piano lessons should be fun… and spending time at that piano or keyboard at home should be fun, too.

If the incentive is there, it won’t be any effort for the student to take initiative to spend some time at the instrument every day. If that’s not happening, then it’s because he or she simply doesn’t want to. Looking at the “why” is crucial if you are indeed concerned about the best interests of your child (or you, of course!).

Pianocadabra offers piano lessons in Sarasota that are customized to the student, based on his or her individual personality and goals. Your instructor will not take on the stance, “Do it my way or forget it.” Not even close. You’ll be dealing with a teacher who genuinely appreciates the individuality of each and every student who walks through the door. The student’s personality and strengths are recognized, capitalized on, and a plan is established to see to it that the learning experience doesn’t become mundane but, rather, a vehicle to enhance self esteem, self appreciation, and creative potential.

In short, you can look forward to enjoying benefits that go beyond what one is likely to expect from the traditional piano lesson. Students at Pianocadabra learn to  understand music and create in a fashion that many teachers never do!

Click here to learn more and perhaps initiate a trial lesson so that you can experience the difference for yourself…

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Play Piano By Ear: Basic Fundamentals

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Playing Piano By Ear: Some First Steps

Sarasota Piano LessonsTo the uninitiated, the idea of playing piano by ear may seem a bit bizarre. However, it’s like almost anything else… when you are not familiar with what it takes, the mystery remains yet to be unveiled. Learning to play piano by ear is a process. It’s a specialty here at Pianocadabra and this process is not a painstaking one. Actually, learning to play music by ear is a natural experience and you can have a lot of fun with it. In addition, progress can actually be expedited with the right guidance and one is made aware of where the focus needs to be.

As a beginning, you can place your focus on learning to allow your ears to explore sound within a given key. For the earliest beginner, by “key” we are referring to a tonal center… or more easily understood as a group of notes on which a song is based. Specifically, let’s consider the key of C Major. If song is said to be “in the key of C Major,” that basically means that the melody and harmony of that song were created using the notes of the C Major scale. Let’s look at the notes of this C Major scale. They are:

C D E F G A B C

On the piano keyboard, that looks like this:

C Major ScaleUsed with permission from www.Free-Easy-Piano-Lessons.com

A melody (the part of the song we hear most prominently) that uses notes from this scale is said to be in the key of C Major. Now, let’s take three of those notes from this scale, specifically C, E, and G. Play those three notes together and you’re play a chord, namely the C Major chord. Please feel free to click here for a free lesson on playing major chords.

That was one chord in the key of C Major that we played. There are more. For example, the notes F, A, and C played together comprise another chord in the key of C Major, namely the F Major chord. Yes, even though we call it an “F” Major chord, the notes that make up that chord are in the scale of C Major, right? Right!

Let’s do it again… Play G, B, and D. Whalah! You’ve got the G Major chord at your fingertips! Is this chord in the key of C Major? You bet it is. The notes that comprise this chord are also members of the scale of C Major.

Up to this point, we have played three chords: C Major, F Major, and G Major.

Those are the three most important chords in the key of C Major! Do you know how many songs have been composed just using those three chords? Answer: Way to many to mention!

We have touched upon something pretty important here. If you take a look at these chords and associate them with the scale of C Major, you’ll notice that the first note of the C Major chord is the first note of the C Major scale. The first note of the F Major chord is the fourth note of the C Major scale. The first note of the G Major chord is the fifth note of the C Major scale. In terms of music theory, we can refer to these as the 1, 2, and 5 chords of the key of C Major. Roman numerals are usually used to designate these: I, IV, and V.

Play the I chord (C Major)… then the IV chord (F Major), and then the V chord (G Major)…

You have just played the I – IV – V chord progression in the key of C Major! Although you may not realize it right now, you have just taken a first major step (pun intended:)) toward playing piano by ear. You see, the I, IV, and V chords are the most important chords in a given key. For this reason, hey are often referred to as the primary chords.

Would you like to explore this concept a little more? Here is a very inexpensive guidebook that will help you to become familiar with the primary chords in any major key. It’s a huge step toward learning to play piano by ear so it’s worth becoming acquainted with it.

The next time you are sitting at your piano or keyboard, have some fun with those I, IV, and V chords in the key of C Major. Play each chord and hold it down for a bit and listen. Allow your ears to appreciate the sound of each. Don’t think much while you are doing this… don’t strain to listen… just listen.

By doing this, you have already started playing piano by ear. You may not realize it yet but you’ve just introduced your ears to one of the most important aspects of playing music by ear. As you familiarize yourself with the truth that these are the most important chords in so many songs you’ve been listening to for years, you’ll start to understand the connection!

 

 

 

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Getting Started With Piano Lessons: Are Excuses In The Way?

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What’s Your Reason For Not Getting Started With Piano Lessons?

Learn to play the piano with lessons that have the flexibility to fit your lifestyle and you will discover a side of you that has been screaming to make itself known. You see, it is my conviction that every single person on the face of this earth has the innate desire and ability to express himself or herself musically.

If you are wondering if learning piano is worth your time, there’s no reason to keep wondering. Erase any reservations! The benefits that go along with both playing piano and the piano learning process itself are astounding.

Am I biased? Of course I am! I’ve played piano since the age of seven and I encourage you beyond any shadow of a doubt to get involved! Yes, learn to play the piano – you will never regret it.

The rewards that will come to you during your piano learning adventure are numerous. But if I had to equate it with one idea, hmmmmmm, how could I put it?

Well… have you ever experienced a birthday party (yours) where the presents just kept coming at you? One surprise after another, increased curiosity, good cheer, feelings of appreciation for yourself and others around you, the joy of being in the spotlight… can you relate to any of this?

Well, if you never had a birthday quite like that one, allow me to light the candles for you, and let the party begin! Seriously, if you’ve even mildly entertained the idea of learning to play piano, allow me to slice the cake – the first piece is yours.

It just might help you to make this decision to learn to play the piano even faster if we put a few myths to rest once and for all… (continued)

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Learning Chords On The Piano

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Does Your Piano Education Include A Comprehensive Study Of Chords?

Sarasota Piano LessonsAre you able to recognize your basic chords that exist in the music that you are playing? Whether you are a beginner learning out of the first book of John Thompson, the fourth book of Alfred’s, or whatever method you happen to be using, when it comes to that particular song you are working on for the week, how much of that music would you say you actually understand? Let’s face it… the composer of that song had a handle on how to put it together. Thus, the question: Are you simply learning to read and play what you see? Does your piano teacher promote the idea of you looking a bit more deeply into the music so that you can understand its construction at least to a degree?

For example, when playing Fur Elise by Beethoven (whether the original or a simplified arrangement), do you recognize the “A” section of the song as being in the key of in the key of A minor, the two chords played being the I chord and the V chord, namely A minor and E7? Have you taken notice that the B section modulates to the relative major key, namely C Major? What chord members of C Major are played in that section?

Does any of that sound confusing or make no sense at all? If so, have no worries, as you have that in common with so many who have already “mastered” the piece technically. However, if you really want to develop a full appreciation for the music you are playing, a familiarity with the chords and chord progressions will certainly lead you down the path of greater understanding. Whether you are playing Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, or Billy Joel, the basic fundamentals of music exist in the music that you are playing and it makes perfect sense to approach them, at least to a degree, from the perspective of the composer.

In addition, as you gain more and more familiarity with chords and progressions, you are likely to become inspired to create some music of your own. Don’t underestimate your ability. You see, once you have a handle on how the concepts of music come together, you’ll find yourself to be in the driver’s seat and your creative juices will start to flow!

If the study of chords is very new to you, you’ll want to start out by becoming familiar with your basic triads (three-note chords) and 7th chords. In addition, start to appreciate how these chords are used together. For example a C major chord is often followed by an F major chord. Two or more chords played in succession can be referred to as a chord progression. Recognition of chords on the piano, along with how they work together, will open you to greater discoveries. Your curiosity and enthusiasm for learning more will serve as encouragement and inspiration for you to continue your adventure with a greater sense of confidence and appreciation!

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Poof! You’re A Piano Player!

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Learn Piano In Sarasota: Here’s How!

The Recipe For Becoming A Piano Player Overnight

 

Learn Piano In SarasotaBecoming a piano player overnight? What’s that mean?

We can hear the voices now:

“I have no piano experience whatsoever and you’re going to turn me into a pianist overnight?”

It’s YOU who has to do that. It’s your time. You’ve always wanted to learn how to play piano. Now that you’re here, you’re being introduced to the recipe to becoming a piano player overnight. Here it is:

Declare it.

That’s right. You simply need to DECIDE that’s what you’re going to do. It is that very decision that will make it happen. Okay, there’s a part of your mind that is likely arguing, “But that doesn’t mean I’m a piano player… just because I decided.”

That’s the critical side of your brain. But the reality is this: If you declare it, you are it (notice that the “are” is in decl”are”)…

“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Tony Robbins

So, let’s say that you decided to do some finger painting. You go buy a set of finger paints for the very first time. You bring the kit home, open the box, whip out the paints and canvas and start getting those fingers full of paint. What happens the moment that your painted fingertips touch that canvas? You’re a finger painter! Who could argue?

Friend, everything we learn comes in stages. The fact that you haven’t been doing something as long as another individual doesn’t discount that you made the decision to take action. It doesn’t make your potential any less. At what point would you say that you are a piano player? After 3 weeks of lessons? After 6 months of lessons? After two years? It’s relative to what you want to think. The truth is that you’re a piano player the moment you sit at that piano keyboard of yours – even before that because it happens right at the time of your decision. Sure, there’s room for improvement. Be thankful for that because, if there wasn’t, where’s the joy? It’s a journey you’ll love for a lifetime!

Furthermore, once you make the decision to start with piano lessons, which attitude do you suppose will be more conducive to more fun, more rewards, and quicker progress… the attitude that says “I don’t know if this is for me. Maybe I’ll give it a go.” or the one that declares: “Beginning now, I’m a piano player. It’s so because I say it is. From this point, it only gets better”… Hmmm?

We’ve heard it before: Your attitude determines your altitude. That’s why you’re going to take the smarter approach to all of this. You’re going to commit. But you don’t have to commit to the idea that you’re in for long, hard work. Instead, commit to the idea that you’re going to incorporate some fun in your life using the piano (or keyboard) as a vehicle to do just that. Simply decide to get started having fun at the piano. Go ahead… book a trial piano lesson right here in seconds.

It really is that simple. It’s not necessary to allow all those “smoke screens” of thought to get in the way that say there’s a better time in the future (they’re wrong). Actually, whenever it comes to starting something new, considering the way most of our brains are wired, it’s a whole lot easier to come up with hundreds of reasons why we shouldn’t take action than it is to come up one or two reasons why we should. But, again, it’s a simple decision that can put a stop to all of that (and you’ve heard it before):

Just do it.


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Keeping Your Child Interested In Piano Lessons

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Piano Lessons: The Motivation Factor

Is Your Youngster’s Motivation For Piano Lessons At A High Level?

 

Sarasota Piano LessonsOkay, so you understand at least some of the long term benefits of providing your child with piano lessons and have made the commitment to make it happen. Since it’s been a few weeks or a few months since those lessons started, how would you rate his or her motivation for practicing on a scale of 1 to 10? Are you noticing that he or she runs to that piano or keyboard every time the opportunity arises? Or, rather, has it become a chore for you to get that little maestro of yours to spend just a few minutes at that piano keyboard a couple times a week?

If your situation is closer to the latter, then it’s very likely that something’s missing in the big picture. How’s the rapport between the piano teacher and your youngster? Have you ever been an observer at any of those lessons? Have you taken the opportunity to study the interaction between them? Does your son or daughter respond to the teacher’s suggestions in a receptive way with enthusiasm? When that’s not the case, does the teacher seem cognizant of the student’s lack of enthusiasm? Does this instructor seem to have a handle on the difference between what makes this student “tick” and what doesn’t?

This is an issue worthy of your attention. It’s more than a matter of your getting your money’s worth for those piano lessons, although we are not minimizing the importance of that. What’s more crucial is the long term affects of your child’s experience with those lessons. At a young age, your son’s or daughter’s perspective of engaging in new things such as piano lessons or any other hobby is most probably going to have a significant impact on future endeavors. If he or she is investing a number of weeks or months in lessons for which no genuine passion exists, consider the fact that, at his or her age, that is a significant portion of life – and your youngster is probably not going to forget it. That’s why you may be able to recall more than just one instance of a fellow adult sharing a childhood piano learning experience with statements like, “I took lessons as a child but it wasn’t for me” or “My piano teacher didn’t think I had what it took to play piano or “I didn’t enjoy my piano lessons because my teacher was too strict” or some other words that reflected an unfavorable experience.

That said, doesn’t it make sense that, while your child is involved with piano lessons (for however long), the experience should be nothing less that a positive one? Remember this: the feelings that your child associates with those lessons will have an absolute impact on the feelings he or she experiences while exploring other avenues as well. For this reason, your role and interaction with both your child and the piano teacher is a significant one. Also keep in mind the truth that it’s not just piano your child is learning. Your son or daughter is learning (and teaching himself or herself) how to respond to challenges while nurturing a love for music, and anything else you can think of that includes one-on-one correspondence with a teacher of any kind. That’s why it’s most important that the right teacher be selected.

A most important suggestion is to simply pay attention to what’s going on. Leaving the matter completely up to the teacher and your youngster just might miss the mark when it comes to your assuming the best role that you possibly can. Do what you can to nurture that triangle of communication between your child, the teacher and yourself. By doing so, you are likely to learn quite a bit yourself.  Also, the next time you’re listening to that rendition of Hot Cross Buns or Bach’s Minuet In G coming from the living room, what you hear will represent a whole lot more to you than just music to your ears!

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Welcome to Sarasota Piano Lessons!

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Thank You for your visiting Sarasota Piano Lessons! Chances are good that you arrived here due to either your commitment to find piano lessons that are suitable for your particular needs or your curiosity regarding possibly getting involved with some lessons. Whatever your reason, you have just connected with a resource that can provide you with the answers you are looking for.

Sarasota Piano LessonsObtaining the information is as easy as the click of your mouse. Simply visit our main site at Pianocadabra! There you will find some information that may be helpful. Furthermore, all you need to do is use that contact form once you’ve arrived to share your questions and concerns and you will receive a quality response within a very short period of time.

Piano Lessons In Sarasota Geared To Your Specific Needs

If you are considering hooking up with some piano lessons in the Sarasota area, you’ll find the atmosphere at the studio of Pianocadabra to be a fun and relaxing one. When it’s time for your piano lesson, you won’t to deal with the distraction of other people waiting for your lesson to be finished, as your time is just that… your time. Each and every session of yours is treated as invaluable and attention given to you or your child is undivided. In addition, if it’s your child taking the lessons here, you can absolutely feel free to sit in and observe, as that is strongly encouraged and easily accommodated.

The Creative Approach To Learning Piano Has Arrived In Sarasota!

You will find the teaching approach at Pianocadabra to be a bit more creative than you might have otherwise expected. You see, you will be taking advantage of the experience of a piano coach who has devoted himself to an excess of 35 years helping people one-on-one learning what it is that makes each person “tick” when it comes to reaching his or her personal musical potential on those keys!

Whether you are interested in learning piano or keyboard, and these lessons are for a beginning student, advanced, or anywhere in between, you can rest assured that your specific situation will be given the devoted attention it deserves. So, go ahead… click here to learn a little more about how you can count on your experience at Pianocadabra to be a fun and rewarding one!

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