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It is nearly impossible for any pianist to continue playing a piano if they do not know music
theory. Music theory is the study of how the language and notation of music works.
In last 60 years, contemporary music has made learning music theory unnecessary. But in years past, you couldn’t
call yourself a musician if you didn’t have a thorough understanding of music theory.
When sheet music became obsolete and more simplistic music became dominant, the need for learning how to read sheet music went the way of the dinosaurs. However, the
need for learning music theory has never stayed strong for pianists. Although it may seem intimidating at first,
music theory is easy to learn on the piano.
Learning basic music theory is an easy process; it can even be done without the aid of a teacher. Free online
classes and other resources can help form a basic understanding of music theory. If you are continuing the self
taught route, an investment in college level textbooks or computer programs can help aid in the learning process
more effectively than mindless recitation.
If the opportunity to learn from music professionals is possible, like an extended campus class at a local
college or private instructor, it may be easier to take lessons instead of teaching yourself. These teachers are
also particularly helpful because they will teach you music theory using a piano in the classroom setting.
No matter how you learn music theory, transferring it to the piano can take some getting used to. So it is very
important that any new knowledge acquired must be applied to the piano right away. One tip is to apply little
stickers with the names of the notes on the corresponding keys.
When the names of the keys are known, the process of applying new music theory knowledge becomes
much easier. The use of a metronome is extremely important for learning note duration. Because metronomes are
adjustable, you can also help your finger independence and rhythm by speeding up or slowing down your lessons
Once a better understanding of where the notes are on the piano, learning scales and keys can become easier.
Studying scales and where they are on the piano can also aid in finger independence.
Like learning note duration, repeating scales on a piano will help your finger
independence through repetition. By repeating the same scale several times, fingers become independent and also
associate which keys mean which note.
Applying music theory to the piano can help beyond just learning how to read sheet music. Music theory lessons
help increase finger independence, hand coordination, rhythm and compositional skills. Learning music theory is
important and applying it to the piano can reinforce and secure this new knowledge.
Playing catch-up can make the process of learning the piano really stressful and arduous. When looking for a way
to learn music theory, consider how you learn. There are some that learn better on their own. If you are one of
those people then invest in some books and other media that will help you.
However, not everyone can learn this way effectively. When looking for a class or a private tutor makes sure
that they are able to help you apply your music theory lessons to the piano. No matter how you learn piano, there needs to be a way you can practically apply your new knowledge
to the piano.
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If you want to truly master the piano, a good understanding of music theory is a must. To achieve that big goal, we need to start small. The major scale is the most fundamental of musical knowledge that you need to learn.
The circle of 5ths is a handy diagram that is used to help students visualize the relationship between the minor and major keys used in music. To aid you in effective learning, learning how to draw one would help you understand key relationships and chordal harmony better.
Throughout the course of learning and playing music, you will definitely come across dotted lines or notes. What this means is that you will need to increase the duration of the note by half the time that it is supposed to be played.
Finding a repeat sign in music is quite common place in music. The reason behind is that it shortens and simplifies the length of the sheet music. Depending on the mode of usage and occurrence, the music could be repeated at different points of the song.
The acciaccatura note on a piano is essentially a "crushed" note. On the piano, the idea behind it is similar to that of a grace note with the difference in that it should be played as quickly as possible.
Unlike other professions, musicians do not really need a certificate to find work. However, getting certifications for your piano playing can allow you to gauge your musicianship in an objective manner.
Now that we have been through the basics of musical knowledge, we will cover some advanced stuff where we apply theory in practical playing. With a good mastery of advanced theory, you can play along to melodies and harmonies.
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