Frustrated That I Can't Play Piano as Well as I Once Did
This website was just a real pleasure to discover... I cannot wait to be able to play piano again!
I thought you could maybe help me with that. I started to learn piano when I was 10, and got the chance to have classes for 4 years. Then came a long period of no playing, because I had no piano anymore...
I started to play again 3 years ago (I am 34 !), and I keep being frustrated: I am very slow, and so far away from the level I had before. I can still read the notes, but the theory is long gone (probably burried in my mind: I just need help to get it out!)
I still love piano and dream of playing again. I need to get past this frustration. I tried guitar as an alternative, but the story is the same: I get frustrated.
Would you have some recommendations to help? Maybe I start with too difficult music, I am kind of lost. Dana:
Honestly, I would recommend a teacher for a few months to help you set some goals (& I would not settle on a teacher until you had tried several...) but if that is not your desire, then you have to be your own teacher.
Music is a language. You won't be fluent unless you "speak it" every day. I would get one of your old piano method books that makes sense to you, and start AT THE BEGINNING again, 10 minutes a day. You WILL improve. The act of "reading" this non-native language will get easier & easier.
As for music theory, print off some lead sheets and start using theory in a HANDS-ON way. Go see if there's anything on my "Lead Sheets" page
that interests you. Then go print off (from my Music Education Tools page)
the 12 Major Scales pages
, especially The Key of C. Try a melody such as "The Water is Wide,"
which uses every possible regular chord in the key of G, or the key of D (yes, that page is aimed at guitarists, but there is a melody line for other instrumentalists to follow, just like a simple lead sheet).
To get a really good handle on chord relationships, work on the "Louie Louie"
sheet music pages. They will hammer in the I, IV, V chord relationships. Transpose from the key of C into every other key!
Don't give up! Fluency playing piano is a gradual process - you will get there!
Thanks for writing,