To Become a Better Pianist
FUN - PLAY PIANO WITH A FRIEND
You can have a lot of fun playing with a friend who plays another
instrument, or accompanying a friend who sings. This sort of piano lesson extra practice
this gives will help your own playing to improve considerably at
the same time.
If you do not know anyone who sings or plays another instrument,
ask your music shop or a music society or a piano lessons group, because they may be able
to recommend someone. Otherwise, you could advertise on a notice
board or in a newspaper.
Do not hesitate to ask people to play music with you or join in your piano lessons. The piano
sounds well with most other instruments and you will find many singers
and players pleased to have the opportunity to make music accompanied
by a piano.
When you play music in your piano lessons with someone else, you should choose tunes which
you both know well, and read the same music. It is not a good idea
to attempt anything new before you have had time to practise it
on your own. If you do not know the same tunes, choose a piece of
music together and both practise it separately before you play with
one another. Always make sure the music is written in the same key
for both instruments.
Make sure any other musical instruments are put in tune with the
piano before you start to play, or the music will not sound pleasant.
This should not be a problem as long as your piano is tuned to 'concert
Count the beat before you begin, so you both start together at the
same speed. To accompany singing, play the first part of the music
as an 'Introduction' to give the singer the starting notes.
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