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#345 07/16/02 01:26 AM
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It's frustrating sometimes, but I really want to learn the piano. I Love music.

I came across two Theory software packages. Can you let me know if you've heard anything about them?

1) Mibac Music Lessons

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2) Practica Musica

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In my theory class we used Practica Musica. It's about the most complete thing there is. At home I practiced with Auralia, which is cheaper and not quite as sophisticated. PM is very difficult and I hardly ever used it, whereas Auralia is more fun and you can make it as hard as you want. Also, Auralia actually teaches you about the stuff; I'm not sure if PM does.






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I've used Practica Musica in the past, I believe, but I've never heard of Mibac or Auralia.... As I recall, I thought PM was okay, but I never used it much; my piano teacher let me borrow two of his college music theory textbooks, and I primarily just went through them.

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You guys play which instruments? I was thinking of starting the piano and i know people start off when they are young, and supposedly its easier to teach a child to play than an adult or teenager. But whatever the case maybe, are there any tips on a newbie like me starting out on a piano?






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Well, my first tip would be to find a good teacher and do what he or she says.

If you're a "newbie," it may be too early for many real tips, but I guess that I would also suggest paying very close attention to your technique. Ask your teacher if you're ready to learn scales, and if not, then ask for some other technical exercises. I would spend probably between a quarter and a third of your practice time doing technical exercises -- use them as warm-ups. Don't just rush through them; take your time, start slowly, and make sure you're using correct form! (These exercises are pretty much pointless if you're not doing them correctly -- after all "Practice doesn't make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect.")

My last (and most important) bit of advice is to have fun! Play some things that you like, even if your teacher assigns you some things you don't. You don't wanna get burned out!

I hope that helped some. Feel free to post any more questions you have; I like talking about music, if you couldn't tell.

-Nick

PS -- I just remembered one more thing: I found that it helps your practicing if you can have as much privacy as possible. If you are aware of the fact that anyone else can hear you, deep down, you'll try to "perform" for them and not "practice."






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Hey thanks alot smoothie, ill take your advice. In the mean time while im still trying to find a piano teacher should i learn scales or music theory?






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quote:
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... should i learn scales or music theory?

Yes.

No, really, I'd start with music theory, if you don't have a teacher. You don't want to teach yourself the wrong technique; it'd be better to have someone to correct you if your form is a little "off."

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#352 07/20/02 03:55 AM
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You seem like quite an experienced player yourself. What kind of piano music you play or listen to? I got a cd by beethoven and it was fantastic and also the movie soundtrack of Shine by a guy called Rammafov, im not sure if i spelt that right. But any how, just wondering then.






#354 07/21/02 08:20 AM
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Thanks! I heard Lizst, his Hungarian rhapsody is great. the one in Tom and Jerry?
What kind of music you listen to?






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lol @ abc123

yeah!!! i heard hungarian rhapsody on tom and jerry first too

sad thing is.. when my friend who plays classical piano showed it to me, i felt so cultured when i recognised it and could say "oh yes, of course i know this!".

but that tom and jerry episode is that best! probably my favourite.


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