dctpianist wrote:jjj wrote:Apropos "acquisition of dexterity":
The other time, I tried to get my fingers used to running the Kbd up and down on several days. First only the white keys and then chromatically and noticed, that this somehow helped me. You see, that's the kind of guidelines I was looking for, in this forum and I am still somehow certain that a number of this type of practical guidelines do exist.
You might also know these as scales. You should work on these all the time. I try to work on scales and arpeggios daily. My first two years of playing I did not work on scales and my technique suffered because of this. I'm still trying to get rid of some bad habits I learned early on. Also, when I started working on scales daily my playing improved much more rapidly.
Even if you are determined to stay away from conventional teaching and theory, I would at least compromise and learn how basic scales and arpeggios work. Not only will this help your technique, it will probably help your playing by ear a lot as well. After all, tonal music is basically embellished/rearranged scales and arpeggios
Thank you dctpianist for the good advice,
At the moment I am only able to play c-maj and a min scales and chords. TAs mentioned, to play other scales I press the "transpose" button on my Tyros. Yes, learning and keep on practicing 24 scales & chords on the zebra piano Kbd is vital, albeit a pain in the proverbial! Solution: Since I consider myself a "piano Kbd beginner", I still have the chance to learn (instead unlearning + re-learning!) the Janko/ Uniform Kbd layout and Klavarskribo notation, instead. That will do away with earning the grossly irregular, traditional zebra piano Kbd layout and its equally complicated notation.
I reckon it only serves piano teachers and helps professional musicians to distance themselves from amateur pianists. Yet, the time has come that computers bridge this gap. Now the quest is for a Kbd layout and notation, which offers creative music lovers the easiest way to learn and play a musical Kbd?
Back to my Kbd playing:
I noticed that I'm automatically start getting into arpeggios during the frenzy of my daily practice. At times I get really excited and go on until my backside hurts from too long sitting. All I know that eventually this type of drive leads me to get better at what I am doing; simple as that! Since, I'm not practicing according to any guidelines, I'm getting all sorts of surprises! The Tyros' rhythm incites and forces me to comply! The Tyros itself seems to be my best teacher! Playing the Kbd is great fun and I am almost sure that if I would submit my enthusiasm to a piano teacher, it soon would die a tragic death...
Jeez, I'm sooo glad having gained and preserved that childlike fondness in musical creativity, which enables me to keep on enjoying it for the rest of my life!