Sick keyboard, I have a Kawai. Cool stuff.Now... who knows how to play one of these?
At 2.5 she's quite happy to bang on the keys. When I turn the volume down, she says, "Boke?" :lol::wub:
Hell yeah man! Curious to know how your daughter takes to it. I plan to put one in my living room as well with the hopes that one/both of my sons will take an interest in it.
Does it have any kind of MIDI in it? If so, the lessons built into Garage Band are worth a look.
Earlier this morning I was playing, trying to find my C's and E's. Keying Cmaj, Cm, Emaj, Em, and just finding them around the board. All the theory my guitar teacher (Mike Martin) has been squeezing into me (osmosis mostly :lol is paying off... I think... :lol:Sick keyboard, I have a Kawai. Cool stuff.
It's a lot simpler than it looks. You have to learn music theory at the same time. You can't really learn them separately. Piano and music theory are essentially the same thing.
The white keys are C Major, which is relative to A minor which is relative to E Phrygian. Just get a poster of the circle of fifths. Don't touch any of the black keys yet if you are just starting. Those are the accidentals.
Western harmony is tertiary, which means it's based on thirds. That means you just take and scale, pick a degree (note), and skip a degree to find the next note in the chord, skip another to find the next note. etc.
For example, in the key of a minor, here is how you would build a chord off of the tonic, which is the term for the first scale degree. All the notes in the scale are on the white keys played sequentially. Start on A and go to the next A. No black keys. That's A minor. Start on E and go to the next E, that's E Phrygian, etc. etc. etc.
The theory behind it isn't difficult, and I can play some decent stuff concentrating on one hand at a time. The hard part for anyone coming from guitar is separating your hands. It's a dual voiced instrument. Your left hand and your right hand are two different voices acting independently of one another.
Usually for beginners, and in fact on a great deal of piano music in general, the left hand does chords on the lower pitched side and the right hand does the melody on the higher pitched notes. It' by no means a rule, but generally speaking the left hand provides a chordal harmonic framework and the right is melodic.
If you've never done keys before don't even touch the black keys for a good two weeks-month if this is your first time giving learning piano/keys a serious go.
Clearly I bought the wrong one! :lol:Ha. Nice. My son uses ours strictly for the sound effects (it has gunshots, "farts", alien sounds, etc in it).
My wife is actually looking for a good book. Do you know of another one that doesn't have a guitarist lean?I got this book, which is really helpful: