I love music and at one time in my life I even learned to play guitar. I would love to learn how to play the piano. Right now I own both a keyboard and a piano which I use to play songs I learned on YouTube or chords I have learned to play my self before I started with this course I will tell you about later.
As a guitar player I know that most people like to play chord on the guitar and accompany either themselves or a singer some even have fun playing in a band. Those people are less interested in learning how to play classical guitar or sight reading. Learning music theory and musical scales sure is a great way to master any instrument but, especially in the beginning, it is not the most fun way.
Yet playing chords is a great way to start and to have fun almost from day one. Most people will put the guitar down and never play again if they have to start with reading and classical music.
Right after I bought my piano and keyboard I have tried learn to play the piano at one of the best and most liked piano teachers in town. But it didn’t work for me because I prefer to learn where and especially when I have time and feel like playing/practicing.
That’s why I started to look at online lessons. As you know or might have guessed there are various options but the first course I bought focused on learning how to sight read, music theory and lots of scales. Of course this is a great way to learn but not the most fun. I got bored and stopped.
Piano for all
Now I am trying another course which is called Piano for all but to be honest this course if not for all. It is easy and fun but if you are a child or an advanced or even intermediate piano player than this might not be the course for you. Nevertheless Piano for all is one of the most popular and respected piano courses on the web. It has been Online since 2006 and it is always amongst the first choices of anyone wanting to learn piano.
If you’re looking for an easy fun and cheap way to learn to play the piano you should try piano for all. I say “try” because it has a 60 days money back guarantee but I’m pretty sure that if it’s for you, you will like it.
The pros are:
It is a great value compared to other courses
All-in-one package. Ebooks, Videos and audios
Works with all devices – PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and phones
All styles of piano covered – pop, blues, jazz, ballads, improvisation, classical.
Play-by-ear and learn to read music at the same time
Filled with tricks, tips and formulas to help people sound great right from the start
Easy to follow yet comprehensive
10 clearly laid out ebooks – 600 pages in total 200 videos – over 10 hours in total 500 audio lessons
The video and audio can be accessed right on the page you are viewing so you don’t have to open separate programmes
Instant download or delivered anywhere in the world on a DVD ROM
The Cons are:
Contrary to what the name says this course is not for all, It is best suited to adult who would like to learn how to play the piano.
The course is not suited to advanced piano players that wants to improve their technique
If you would like to learn classical pieces, this might not be the best course.
I have given you my honest opinion. If you want to try piano for all you can click here. Remember they have a 60 day money back guarantee.
What do you need to know to successfully learn to play the piano? I won’t lie to you. Learning to play piano is not easy. It takes grid, discipline, and time but it is also fun and very satisfying. I am a guitar player, but I always wanted to learn how to play piano. I soon discovered that all what I need to know to successful learn to play piano is a good way of practicing piano and a good piano method. In this blog post I will cover both.
Piano practice can be fun too! Most people don’t really want to ‘learn’ to play the piano or ‘practice’ the piano, they just want to ‘play’ piano. ‘Play’ sounds like fun, ‘practice’ sounds like a chore. We get this image from childhood – some kid stuck indoors ‘practicing’ scales while all the other kids are outside the window ‘playing’.
So, first thing we need to do is to see our piano practice in a new light. See it as a way of accelerating the learning process so that SOON you’ll be able to ‘play’ piano and play it well. If you don’t practice and you just play old familiar tunes you move rather slowly. Yes, you’ll get better at playing those old familiar tunes but technically you won’t be pushing yourself to greater heights. Besides that there are many scientifically proven benefits of learning to play piano as an adult. But without daily practice you cannot learn learn to play piano and you will not reap the benefits.
Proper, structured piano practice helps you stride forwards. I say ‘proper’ because a lot of people have an idea that practice IS just playing songs over and over. Practice needs to involve unchartered territory. The golden rule is – ‘practice what you CAN’T play, not what you CAN play’.
First of all, work out what you want to achieve. Do you just want to know all your chords without thinking about how they are formed – then work out a practice routine that leads to that goal. Maybe you want to learn about inversions or chord substitution – again, make the practice fit the goal.
Split your practice session into two halves. In the first half play the difficult stuff – your mind is sharper to begin with – then reward yourself with some enjoyable but reasonably difficult tunes. Make sure you are comfortable. Many a bad back has happened because of a bad piano stool at the wrong height. Make sure your piano is in tune. If you don’t have a good piano and are serious about learning GO BUY A GOOD ONE.
Every fifteen minutes stretch your arms and shoulders and roll your neck to combat stiffness. Check out some Yoga exercises for shoulders and back.
Follow the 3 times daily rule. Repetition in practice is ESSENTIAL. If you find something particularly difficult make sure you practice it at least 3 times every day. Don’t worry if it takes months to master – you’ll get there. Don’t play for the neighbours. Practice piano at a time when you don’t care who is listening so that you can make lot’s of mistakes and play things over and over. Organise your piano music carefully – don’t keep it in a heap where you keep playing the ones on top. If you download sheet music put it in a folder. Have plenty of shelves near the piano.
Be realistic – I truly believe that anyone can learn piano and learn it to an enjoyable level but no two people are alike – some are more ‘naturally’ gifted than others. If you have an average ability then it’s all down to practice. The more you practice the more you learn.
Now and then, practice with your eyes closed – or don’t look at the keys – this really sharpens you up. Organise your life so that practice is possible (this where Mindfulness comes in). Too many people think they don’t have time to practice when really they just haven’t found the time. How long should you practice – that’s up to what you want to achieve. You don’t have to be a concert pianist. Even if you just play for yourself just enjoy that. The archer who’s mind is on the prize cannot stay focused on the target. Accept the bad days when it seems like you can’t play a note. Sometimes it’s better to walk away. So remember that ‘playing’ piano and ‘practicing’ piano are different. Which do you do? Aim for a bit of both.
I have taken lessons before, and I even tried an online course, but I never tried it longer than a few weeks. It was not until I tried Piano for all that I found a method that made me stick to my intentions. With Piano for all you will learn to play chords right from the beginning. This is important because by practicing those chords you will recognize many songs you can either sing while playing or try to play the melody with the chords. By learning chords instead of scales your practice will be fun. And practicing daily is the only way for you to master the piano.
“Mindfulness” is a bit of a buzz word right now, but that doesn’t mean that you should discredit it. Being mindful is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind!
But you might not be sure what it is. Is mindfulness just being more aware? Or does it mean clearing your mind?
Being mindful, in one sense, is like simplifying things. Normally we try to multitask all day, worrying about 20 things while doing 10. That doesn’t work too well.
When you are mindful you will focus on the present moment. Being fully here. It allows you to attend to what’s going on right around you and inside you. So it simplifies things because you can just enjoy the present moment.
You can mediate to be more mindful, and you can practice it throughout your day. Whatever you’re doing, give it all of your attention. Be proactive about putting down your other worries and being present in what you’re doing and who you’re with.
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You’ll gain inner peace, happiness and feel ‘uncluttered’ in your life.
Mindfulness a gift that we don’t give to ourselves much. In fact, our society teaches that we should be getting as much done as possible all the time, which leads to burnout, stress, health problems, and lower productivity.
On the other hand, mindfulness offers the opposite, so let’s take a look at all the benefits of mindfulness.
1. Mindfulness reduces stress
Let’s start with the biggie. In today’s world, we really battle stress from all sides.
If we carry around all the things we have to worry about, our mind never gets a break. That’s why so many people are completely burned out, feeling down, and stressed to the point of panic attacks or needing medication.
This kind of worrying steals away any chance of joy or relaxation in our day. You probably know how it goes: you’re sitting at your desk at work, stressed about a deadline, and also about a disagreement with your partner, and some tension you’re feeling with a coworker, and the company party you’re supposed to attend tonight…
Constantly carrying all of these things and feeling continued stress leads to:
A racing mind
Getting angry easier
Headaches, body aches, migraines
Jaw pain from clenching teeth
Tight shoulders and back pain
As you can see, trying to keep everything on your mind leads to all kinds of problems, resulting in lower productivity and even worse things.
We might even feel guilty if we forget to worry about something. Do you ever do that? You’ll finally get absorbed in something and it feels really nice, but then you remember all the things that aren’t resolved, and you feel guilty for letting yourself have a few minutes.
But you need those minutes!
Being mindful and present will allow you to get absorbed in what you’re doing, give it your full attention so you can do better, and you’ll feel more clear and mentally energized.
Your body and brain wasn’t made to handle constant stress. It’s so much healthier to be present and put aside the other pressing thoughts.
Challenge yourself to be mindful in one activity a day: a walk, mediation, making a craft, writing, drawing, singing, or something else you enjoy.
See how it feels to let yourself be fully present with that one thing and not having thoughts about anything else. And then see how you feel the rest of the day.
Being mindful and present lowers our stress levels and also centers us, bringing many health benefits.
You might notice that you’re calmer after practicing mindfulness, your head feels more clear and focused, you’re more productive, and more alert.
Being mindful greatly benefits your mind, and that in turn benefits your body and overall health.
People who practice being mindful have higher brain function, an increased immune function, lower blood pressure, lower anxiety levels, and are more calm.
We’ve heard this for years, but experts were talking about meditation and yoga. Both of those are ways to be mindful!
3. Mindfulness decreases depression symptoms
When you decrease stress and improve your health, that can help with depression.
Mindfulness does that and more. It’s been considered an effective part of overall depression treatment for a long time.
Being mindful often helps people see and acknowledge their feelings, and that leads to better coping. Being mindful and let you say, “I see that I’m feeling that way, and that’s okay.”
When you are mindful you will engage in the observant self, so you can notice how you’re feeling, and what you’re thinking, but not get completely sucked into those feelings. You can step back and analyze the situation better.
4. Mindfulness increases Neuroplasticity
Neuroplasticity is one of those fun words (in my opinion) that show you what they mean. Neuro, or brain, plus plasticity, or being flexible.
Think about how plastic can be soft and pliable.
Being mindful helps your brain increase its ability to change and adapt, which is pretty important to our survival even though we’re not back in the caveman era.
In a simple sense, neuroplasticity refers to how our brain grows, learns, and changes. When we change our mind or learn new things, we actually make new pathways.
But this has bigger scientific implications. When someone has a stroke and has to relearn how to walk, they’re actually learning how to re-circuit their brain around the damaged area.
Imagine how much stronger your brain will be if you practice mindfulness and therefore improve neuroplasticity. That’s a huge advantage for dealing with all of life’s curves and for any brain damage you might suffer.