Saturday, June 9, 2007

I Want To Play Piano!

Dreaming to play my favourite songs on a piano was my life-long passion. I did not have the privilege to learn piano when I was young, let alone own one. Everytime I visited a house with a piano, I would just stare at it longingly, wishing I could play, or own one. However, I was lucky enough that my father was a school headmaster, and we lived in a school compound. Thus, I did have access to an old piano at the school hall at weekends. But because I never had any lessons, all I could play was just "Twinkle, twinkle little star" and "Happy Birthday", with only my right hand. That's about it...

But my dream to play piano never cease to exists. Even after all those years...

Finally, I was esctatic have a piano in my home a few years back. My dream instrument right before my very eyes! At my disposal, any time I want to play. So I started playing..... with one hand only. Haha.. But I still enjoyed it. And hey presto! I can play quite a number of songs, with one hand, my precious rightie.

Then I start buying adult self learning piano books. Learn a few tips and songs here and there. I even bought Piano for Dummies. I had fun!

But the real fun begin when I took a Play Piano by Ear course. Its a 5-level course, but I opted to to complete 2 levels, enough for me to be able to play my favourite songs, which are mainly the popular sentimental songs from 'You're My Everything' by Santa Esmeralda to 'Hurt' by Christina Aguillera.

So, Dreams do come true.

I start this blog to share some tips on how to play piano by ear, using the simplest method. Feel free to write in and ask any questions regarding this technique. I am by no means an expert in this field, but I will share with you whatever I can and know about this subject. I know about this dream to play, and if you have one, let's share.

6 comments:

cna said...

wow me too..
i want to learn to play the piano by ear. Do you mind sharing how you learned? Is there a module that needs to be studied? I hope you can share that too. I'm really have limited means right now so i can't just buy everything that i want..

pls. share... thanks

cna.suarez@gmail.com

Ydiana said...

Great! Dream first, visualize, then take some action. Do you have a piano or any keyboard set at home? Try playing some of your favorite tune. Then read my other recent posts in this blog. Feel Free to to ask further questions, k. I will from time to time add new lessons. Do come back often! Cheers!

Headstart said...

I've been playing piano for awhile now, but when it comes to changing chords I still struggle. I eventually find the right one but it's trial and error. Appreciate your advice. Betty

Ydiana said...

Hi Betty

First of all, sorry for this late reply. Quite busy lately. Anyway I can understand your challenge. But do you know that practically any songs can be played using just 3 chords. Say, for example, in my last topic on chords, any C key songs can be played by the C, F and G chords.

And when it comes to changing chords, you must have a feel, and know in advance what's coming. For instance, when you need to change from C to G, prepare your left hand to the G chaord in advance. Hope this helps. Let me know if you want to know more k.

Have a wonderful and musical day...

lr2878 said...

Hey that is so awesome!! I too have always wanted to learn the piano :) I just got a digital piano the other day - i bought it for my 30th birthday! and I am finally going to learn the piano!

I got this software to learn to play by ear. So i am going to start, hopefully it will work!

right now, i can only play very simple tunes with my right hand! haha

anyways it's really nice to see someone else that's taken their dream and making it reality.
it was really nice reading your blog :)

so how long did it take you to learn to play?

Ydiana said...

Thanks Ir2878. I managed to do both hands by the 2nd lesson and after understanding the chords. Once you astered the basic of the chords, it can do wonders...
Cogratulations on your new didital piana (wow...). Hope you achieve your dreams!