The new year has made me think about those things that I have always wanted to do, that are on my 35 before 35 list, or my life list, and that I still haven’t done. Another year has passed me by and I haven’t even attempted to do them. In 2014 I did however start to learn to play the piano; a lifelong dream I was starting to think I would never get round to doing. You can read my first post about that here.
The new year gives you a new thirst for life and a renewed energy to improve yourself and try new things and so I really want to get further with learning to play the piano. I’ll be honest, I’ve had very little time to go through the Piano in a Flash course recently. The first course isn’t even really long, but I have been so busy with general life, being a mum, as well as Christmas, going away after Christmas and Ava’s third birthday that I just haven’t had time to sit and learn and concentrate. Which I suppose is the only downside to choosing to do a course at home. If you have an appointment with a piano teacher each week then you will generally always turn up and you will find the time to fit it in, or make time for it. But with a course that you do in your own time it isn’t as simple as that. And doing something for yourself as a parent doesn’t take priority unfortunately.
Every time I have made time to do some more of the course I’ve really enjoyed it. Emmy-winner Scott Houston has a really nice, relaxed (but not too relaxed) way of teaching, so it just feels like he is talking to you. He explains things simply and clearly which I think is particularly important for an online course where you can’t directly ask questions. It also means that you don’t get overwhelmed with brand new information, but still feels like you are learning a lot. After say an hour of the course, and having no previous experience (like me) you feel like you have already got quite far with learning the way a piano is set up as well as a couple of songs. It doesn’t in any way feel like you are not getting anywhere, or just learning a lot of information you don’t really need.
It is quite informal which I really like as it stops it getting boring listening to the same person talk to you and teach you for a while. I also really like that Scott teaches just what you really need to know rather than all the nitty-gritty bits of classical piano playing that the average pianist will never need to know.
It feels so good to be able to play a tune with two hands not long after starting to learn it (albeit slowly!) and I love learning the little bits of information that you need to know, such as what a chord is, or a treble clef. It’s all simple stuff so far but I hadn’t realised that I had missed learning something new, and so I am finding it really interesting. It helps of course that it is knowledge about learning to play the piano which I have always wanted to do.
The classes are set up as a lesson with Scott where he explains things to you and shows you examples, and then you go through a short exercise to go over what you just learnt and bring it all together; this often includes practicing the song you have just learnt. I really like this way of learning. Each section doesn’t feel too long so you don’t feel overwhelmed with too much new information all at once, and it means you can fit it in even if you have a small amount of time.
I think the Piano in a Flash course is a really nice way to learn to play the piano. There is no pressure so you can learn as quickly or as as slowly as you choose, and if you personally struggle on a certain bit then you can keep going over it until you improve, in your own time. For me, I wouldn’t be able to commit to regular lessons with a teacher right now so it’s a great way to not have to put off learning to play any longer. And there’s no pressure to attend a class at the end of a long day when all you want to do is sit on your bottom and drink wine.
Although I haven’t finished the course yet I feel like I have learnt a lot of the technical information I need to know, as well as numerous songs and it feels really good. I love the feeling of sitting in front of my keyboard with both of my hands hitting (some of the time!) different keys and actually playing a familiar tune and it being recognisable! If you need anyone to play Happy Birthday at your next birthday party let me know ;)
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