- When deciding what to do for my 20 Time Project I had to decide what to spend 20% of my time doing.
- I had two options: learn how to cook or learn how to play the piano.
- I ultimately decided to play the piano, but I had some questions to ask myself.
- Starting off with #1: It is unquestionably a difficult endeavor as I was soon to find out, but rest assured, once you learn how to do some basic things and what hand positioning works for you, it gets easier!
- Q2: Do you need to understand the various musical notes to learn how to play piano? Well...
- Let’s put it like this. Do you need a deep understanding of the notes? No. Will it help? Definitely. With the power of the internet, there are many videos you can watch to learn and mimic from, as I so often did, BUT at least be able to label or identify which keys are which on your piano.
- Also, it is not essential to learn how to read music, but if you do, it will help with your pacing. I never learned how to read music, but if I had I would not have to count on my memory for timing how long to play each note.
- Q3: Besides learning to play the piano itself, what benefits will this bring me?
- For one, your coordination and timing are addressed when you try to learn piano. Piano can help you sharpen these aspects. It takes discipline to keep playing when something is not working out, so I would even say playing piano helped my personally practice with my patience!
- Q4: How much practice will it take to show competence?
- This question is a bit difficult, because competence is so subjective. In addition, it is really dependent on the song. It took a little bit of time to start getting the “All of Me” intro, and even more for “Requiem for a Dream.” On the flip side, “Viva La Vida” and “Amazing Grace” came much easier, most likely due to a mix of the difficulty of the songs, along with me getting used to navigate the piano more effectively.
- Q5: What are possible videos to refer to if I do not want to hire a piano teacher?
- There are endless videos to choose from. I chose several that interested me and were reasonable to learn in a relatively short time, but the choices are plentiful. Literally, YouTube can be your best friend in learning songs on piano if you do not want to or do not have the means to hire a piano teacher.
- 6 Q&A: Any particular song I should start with which isn't too difficult?
Well I started with John Legend’s “All of Me”Intro, but there were so many other options I could have went for. I will therefore ask a new question.
- New question 6: How difficult will it be to play with both hands?
- As you can see this topic came up a couple times in my research. The best answer I can give is, it is always more simple when you play with one hand. There is less going on and you can focus your attention on one thing. When you have to start thinking for both hands,there is more opportunity for mess-ups, and it gets very hard to wrap your head around the different movements you have to make.
- Q7: Can I multitask while learning how to play the piano?
20 Time Final Reflection
Reflection on what happened with learning how to play the piano.
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