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  1. The Single Most Important Thing To Consider When Choosing A Piano Tutorial

    Thu 14 January 2016

    If you’re looking at a piano tutorial to help you in learning to play the piano there are many options that you can be presented with. It’s important to understand your goals and make the right decisions when choosing your study lessons. Piano tutorials are not all the same and some may be better suited towards you than others. There are many different factors that can play into this, but there is one that may be the most important. If this is not taken into consideration then all your study and practice may be for naught, or at the least not as fulfilling as it could be.

    Music is a beautiful thing that is widely diverse. There are a ton of different musical styles. However, this is sometimes not always the case with piano tutorials. Many piano tutorials are based on particular genres or styles of music. And unfortunately, the majority of them are based on classical music. However, there are many other types of piano that can be played. These include contemporary/pop music, soul and funk music, gospel piano, jazz piano and many other types of music. And at times, it can be difficult to find piano tutorials in these varied genres.

    Although there are certain tenants of piano music theory that remain constant throughout different genres of music, the way these fundamentals are used can vary between styles. For example, if you play classical piano, there are certain chords and progressions that are frequently used. There are also certain modes, timing considerations and patterns/melodies that are similar. In other styles of music, other chords and melody patterns may be used more frequently. If you are not using a piano tutorial that caters to your particular taste in music, you may be wasting your time. Even worse, after practicing and studying for hours and days on end, you may end up frustrated with the style of music you’ve become proficient in, if it’s not the style you wanted to play in the first place.

    Having said that, for the beginning of any piano tutorial endeavor, there are many things that are so fundamental, that no matter the style of music the piano tutorial teaches, it is useful and relevant information. Things like piano notes often remain consistent throughout the various styles of music. Things like piano scales are sometimes similar as well. If you are planning on playing western styles music, regardless of the genre, then the piano scales are usually the same. The exception may be things like blues, etc. However, piano scales are quite different when trying to learn music styles from around the world. It’s important to know what type of music you want to play before you choose your piano tutorial. Doing this and making a choice can ensure that your study and practice time is used efficiently and is not wasted on a genre or style of music you will never actually end up playing. Remember this ...