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This page is for newbies, i.e. people who never owned an electronic keyboard before and know little or nothing about music.
Step 1: Get that thing out of the box without breaking something, set it up, and toy around with it. Just get that out of your system before you try anything else!
Step 2: Try reading the instructions so you can familiarize yourself with your new investment. If you find yourself becoming intimidated as you read it, that’s ok, just don’t give up. If you have any questions, don’t be shy about asking me in the contact page. Send me pics of the layout at email@example.com
Step 3: Pretend the keyboard is “just” a piano. No fancy controls, special effects or anything else. Oh ok, If you want it to be a violin or something else, that’s fine. Just don’t play around or experiment too much until you’ve watched the introduction video for the free micro lesson so you’ll know how to use your fingers. Decide which song you want to learn by listening to the ten different 61 keyboard audios available on the micro lesson page. Then pick one of the ten micro lesson videos below the audios to try out. Take it slow and learn it correctly using the correct finger numbers and a proper hand stance.
Step 4: This is the step that separates musicians from piano banging toddlers. It involves using the left hand. Gasp! That’s right! Pianos are meant to be played with BOTH hands! Imagine that? The left hand accompanies the right hand, usually by playing pretty chords, i.e., two or more notes at the same time. Learn more about the harmony and chords by watching my video: “What do you learn with my lessons?”
I’m not asking you to play chords just yet. I’m only asking you to play a one note harmony together with a one note melody, i.e. one note at a time per hand. The one note harmony video provides animation to show you where to place your fingers on the left hand as the melody is played, sort of like playing a duet with yourself.
You really need to nail this one note harmony thing before you attempt anything else. It may take a while, just don’t give up.
Once you’ve nailed it, the rest of the lesson can wait while you crush it on that fancy keyboard you just bought. I suggest watch that 61 keyboard video again (see below). If you have an acoustic piano, that’s ok. Just finish the lesson by adding one note at a time to the left hand until you have mastered the song.
Bottom line: Don’t expect miracles or instant gratification. Anything worth doing always requires patience and determination; worthy goals in themselves. Don’t take those mistakes you make personally. It’s just part of the learning process. The more you practice correctly, the better you’ll get … guaranteed!
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