Learn How to Play Classical Piano
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Classical piano playing is often admired by other pianists and you are now
ready to enter this great adventure for yourself. First, you must understand that playing classic music is
based on a variety of different intricate piano skills and is not a simple genre to master.
A wide sets of skills is required, including thematic expansion, repeated motifs, altering these motifs and
proper procedure of notation. These qualifications will allow you to represent a composer’s intention.
Pieces of classical music have been written in order to include novices; however beginners should be warned that
this is not a simple genre to play. If at first you do not succeed, do not be frightened to revisit classical piano
music later in life.
Classical music was first used in order to distinguish great piano masters in Europe between 1750 and early 20th
century. The term was first used in order to group men like Bach and Beethoven together within one genre.
It is challenging to create a list detailing historical period, styles, forms and genres specifically designed
for classical practice due to the wide variety of subgroups. You will be required to learn the differences between
each group if you are serious in learning the complexities of classical piano music.
Classical music includes a multitude of musical genres. They are very different
once compared against each other and possess a variety of different elements and styles. Unfortunately, many
individuals are unable to clearly identify the differences between subdivisions.
It is important to identify the differences in classical piano genres to fully appreciate and understand its
value. The list provided below will aid in your ability to distinguish the different styles of classical piano.
Piano concertos are pieces of music which are created by soloist, small groups, or
orchestras. Piano becomes the most important piece of music and contrasts the other musical instruments. They
are often divided into three movements; beginning with a fast pace, turning into a slow pace which is then
returned to a fast pace.
This subgroup is divided into 8 different genres: ballade, prelude, scherzo, waltz, etude, mazurka, polonaise,
and nocturne. Many great pianists have composed amazing solo piano pieces, including Chopin and Rachmaninoff.
Ballads possess strong narrative components within a large-scale movement.
Preludes are often thought to be a work of improvisation due to its short and internal form.
Scherzos are usually cheerful.
Waltzes denote folk dances in ¾ time.
Etudes are used for instruction of specific skills.
Mazurkas are cheery Polish folk dances composed in a triple meter.
Polonaises are a slow Polish dance conducted at ¾ time.
Nocturnes are pieces of music which have been inspired by the night.
Sonatas are often unaccompanied constructions of three to four movements. The most notable piano sonatas belong
to Chopin and Beethoven.
The trio is one of the most popular forms in chamber music. They are delivered with a piano and two accompanying
A Quintet is very similar to the trio; however there are four other instruments additional to the piano.
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- How to Play Classical Piano Songs
The classical style of music dates back to over 700 years ago and is one of the oldest form of music. If you think of all the musical greats, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven, everyone of them made their name in the history of classical piano music.
- Problems With Hanon Exercises on Piano
The Hanon exercises are usually one of the most dreaded practice routines for piano players. What are the problems that most people face? And more importantly, how do you overcome them and become a better player?
- Musical Phrasing And Dynamics (Legato, Staccato, Legatissimo, Staccatissimo)
Musical dynamics is created through a skillful application of various piano playing techniques. With a good grasp of phrasing and dynamics, the same set of notes when played through different musicians will have different flavors in them.
- Advanced Classical Piano Lessons for Intermediate Players
Once you have comprehended the fundamentals of learning the piano, let's move on to more advanced concepts in classical piano playing.
- Improve Finger Coordination on Piano
Having good finger independence on the piano is vital since you need to make sure that notes are pressed when they are supposed to and kept quiet when they aren't supposed to be played.
- Good Hanon Exercises to Practice
Charles Louis Hanon created a set of 60 exercises that are famously called the Hanon exercises named after him. The reason for their popularity is that these drills can drastically improve your finger independence as well as build solid foundations to learn new techniques.