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    Getting started playing piano

    Alright, I suck at this. A lot. I kick total ass at Home Sweet Home and the beginning of Exit Music, but that's it.

    What are some good basic things to start down the road to wearing my own PK neck tie?

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    Learn the little Savatage piano/synth bits that get played all through the songs. Great one-handed piano "riff" practice. Good ones are:

    This Isn't What We Meant
    If I Go Away
    Alone You Breathe
    Underture

    There are a billion more, and they're simple but sound great and can get you up and running.
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    Learn the first song of melloncollie and the infinite sadness. that clip rules and its pretty slow

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3olG84TVtvA
    Confront and Cry

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    Probably just learning a bunch of second species counterpoint would be good.

    Learning the correct fingerings for each scale on both the right and left hands is also really important. They aren't the same, so thats a total mindfuck when you are first starting.

    And yeah Savatage + Amorphis, Crytopsy's Phobophile has a pretty easy intro.

    I would do "When The Crowds are gone" guaranteed to pull in chicks, and you don't have to lose your metal cred to learn it

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    I was more thinking on exercises to get my hands workin' the right way. Even basic octaves are a pretty good stretch.

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    [VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPOTg-7pV64&feature=related]YouTube - Yes - Roundabout[/VIDEO]

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    Those Savatage bits are perfect for that. One hand or two hands with one doing very basic basslines.

    Also, you can run scales and practice swapping in and out of chord shapes.

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    Bach Minuet in G. There's a bunch of versions of it, some more simple than others, but hey its G maj. As guitarists, most of the stuff we riff on is in E min. Only makes sense right?

    Also, pick up a book with all of the Hanon exercises in it. They're unmusical and boring as hell, but they WILL train your fingers, get your hands independent of each other (need to remember that since you're switching from guitar, your left hand is backwards and your hands have been trained to be in the exact same rhythm), and will get you used to all key signatures.
    I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.

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