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Offline bilgekaana

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Progress of Classical Piano Playing
« on: December 18, 2020, 07:12:22 AM »
What would be your road to teach a beginner player ?
From day 1 to Year 5 ?
and also Do you go with czerny or hannon ?
When would you let him start Bach inventions or Wtc ?

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Re: Progress of Classical Piano Playing
«Reply #1 on: December 18, 2020, 05:22:18 PM »
Before laying down any sort of plan, my first step is to understand what the student wants to get out of music lessons. 

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Re: Progress of Classical Piano Playing
«Reply #2 on: April 04, 2021, 11:21:44 PM »
Year 1 and 2 - Method Books, same for all students
Year 3, 4, and 5 - Organic














Offline anacrusis

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Re: Progress of Classical Piano Playing
«Reply #3 on: April 07, 2021, 08:01:59 PM »
This is a very broad question and I think it's individual for each student. But a good method book that teaches a well-rounded set of fundamental skills for both hands is probably a good choice. I'm curious if there is anyone here who has a "standardized" solution for what they do with all their students.

Offline ranjit

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Re: Progress of Classical Piano Playing
«Reply #4 on: April 08, 2021, 12:53:13 PM »
You might want to check out bernhard's advice for beginner students. I don't really think method books have much value except for providing a "checklist" of things to learn. The actual teaching is accomplished by a teacher, or additional self-study. The actual technical advice given in method books is basically nonexistent in most cases (except for platitudes such as to sit straight, have your arm parallel to the keys, etc.). If you are using method books, get a teacher to teach you. If you are studying on your own, read about hand physiology, watch tutorials by Josh Wright, Graham Fitch etc. on youtube, read about proper hand positioning and watch how concert pianists play to try and get an accurate mental model of how to play. Brute force repetition will hurt more than it will help, so you need to constantly search for better methods to learn, and be aware of what you are doing at the keyboard. While this is necessary to an extent even with a teacher, it is doubly important to be honest with yourself in the absence of one if you want to get anywhere.

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Re: Progress of Classical Piano Playing
«Reply #5 on: April 08, 2021, 01:59:49 PM »
I should clarify that my previous response was intended to mean that a method book should be used with/by a teacher. A good method book offers a good structure/sequence of pieces/difficulties to study as you start out, but you still need a good teacher to guide you through that process since so much can go wrong.