All musicians have a different approach to becoming their very best, but whatever your practice, it will inevitably include some version of running scales. There is a great deal of tedium in being good enough to keep up when inspiration strikes. Unfortunately, this has translated to many a miserable afternoon for pressured kids at the keyboard. But we're adults now. Let's practise smart, not hard.
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Seven-time Grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax still practices his instrument four hours a day - when you play Carnegie Hall, you don't just wing it. And sometimes, he admits, "it's kind of a slog," especially to practice a new piece: Something written specifically for him, or something he's never heard. "You get the music, and you try to learn it note by note." In an interview with Lifehacker, Ax recommends several ways to make practising an instrument more fun and productive.
Welcome to the final episode of How to Fake Playing Piano, our video series on learning piano without getting bored. Previously, composer and pianist Jason Oberholtzer taught you about octaves and fifths, notes, chords and keys, and making your own music. Today he'll show you how to explore almost any kind of music on the piano.
Previously on How to Fake Playing Piano, composer and musician Jason Oberholtzer taught you all the building blocks: What to do with your left hand, what to do with your right hand, and how chords work. Today he puts it all together. In this video, Jason shows you how to noodle around on a piano and sound good, even if you have no idea what you're doing.
Welcome to lesson two of How to Fake Playing Piano, a piano-lesson series that skips the "Hot Cross Buns" and teaches you how to bang around on a keyboard as if you know what you're doing. Yesterday, composer Jason Oberholtzer taught me how to play octaves and fifths with my left hand. Today, he teaches how to play in the key of C.