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Beginner: Learn How to Play Piano along (simple) Philip Glass Compositions?

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Beginner: Learn How to Play Piano along (simple) Philip Glass Compositions?

Post by ionas on Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:00 am

Hello,

now I like Scriabin (and Wyschnegradsky Wink a tad more but Philip Glass still has some great stuff which I listen to regularly. I wondered if I can learn some of the more simple pieces (some Facades, Movements or some of the easier pieces of film music score or parts of it.)

So my question is:
1. is it a good idea?
2. can you recommend some books/sheet music (its okay if it has to be bought as long as its not super expensive)

I found reading notes to be rather hard... not used at all to it... it was easier to listen to midi tracks and replay parts of it and redo those things... but thats probably not the good way Wink

Also... I found some midi files and music sheets as PDF on Glass, Phillip - Truman Show - The Truman Sleeps (rather good movie btw.)... It starts mostly easy and is rather short, in the end it might be too hard to learn fast but the start... I thought common.. but as soon as I try to use both hands I feel like blocked Sad. Any idea?

I am around lesson 10... the lessons so far only teach theory no pieces... so I thought it would be great to learn some pieces so that I have some fun in-between practicing scales Wink. So my third question is:

1. How do I practice two hand play?
2. Any books/text material on that one

p.s.: currently I cannot afford a teacher and my midi keyboard is very low grade (like 15-20 years old Fatar/StudioLogic 1100, but I bought awesome samples (Native Instruments Alicias Keys))... I hope I can learn some pieces to keep the joy between technical stuff?!

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Re: Beginner: Learn How to Play Piano along (simple) Philip Glass Compositions?

Post by Rickard on Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:01 am

I think you should read the Fundamentals of Piano Practice, here's the book: http://c0431582.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/book.pdf . Read at least sesctions I and II of the first chapter. It will help you practice the right way. As for pieces, I recommend that you spend more time learning pieces than scales or other exercises cause it's way more fun and you can practice more musically (I find scales and most other exercises really boring to play+it's important to practice musically). Although it's not a site with film sheet music I recommend that you check out G Major Music Theory: http://www.gmajormusictheory.org/Freebies/freebies.html
It got lots of sheet music but the most important thing about it is that it's graded, start with the 1st pieces, if you find it easy you can either practice some more first pieces or move on to the next level. And so on. You decide how you want to do it. Some pieces in each level are harder than other ofc. I also recommend that you check out Jytte's Website:
http://www.piano.christrup.net/
It has plenty of sheet music plus it's graded too.
You can ofc check out other sources of sheet music that doesn't have graded stuff. Ninsheetmusic has lots of video and pc game sheet music (mostly from Nintendo games though):
http://www.ninsheetm.us/
Although many of the pieces are hard there are so easy pieces too.
Also check out IMSLP, it's a site where there's ALOT of public domain sheet music (contains mostly classical music):
http://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page
Also check out Mutopia Project, it also has plenty of public domain sheet music but it's done with the program Lilypond and it looks way nicer compared to the IMSLP sheet music plus there are plenty of midi files to listen to:
http://www.mutopiaproject.org/
Well, as for Phillp Glass or other film music I have no idea about good sources.

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Re: Beginner: Learn How to Play Piano along (simple) Philip Glass Compositions?

Post by ionas on Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:08 pm

Thank you.
Still looking for Philip Glass hints/tips

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Re: Beginner: Learn How to Play Piano along (simple) Philip Glass Compositions?

Post by VictorCS on Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:24 pm

Playing with one hand is easy, two is not. Practice easy pieces, and hand independence. Like 2 beats with left, 1 with the right. Your hands need indepencence.

I listened to some of Philip Glass's works, and it's music, like everything else. If you dont have hand independence you need to practice that. Learn the left hand of the piece, then the right hand, and then add them together. When that becomes easy you can start doing both left and right at the same time, shortening the amount of practice needed to remember a piece.

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