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Classical Piano Lessons

Common perception about classical piano playing is that improvisation and sight-reading are not related to one another. Often the thought is sight reading piano players can not improvise and vise versa. When one can perform both skills perfectly this statement proves to be false.

To be a successful classical piano player you will need both skills. Classical music will often not afford a piano player the luxury of having a set of sheet music placed in front of them. In preparation for playing classical piano music a player will find there is not enough room for a musical stand and accompanying sheet music. At this point, a piano player must improvise. Likewise having sheet music placed in front of you moments before you are to play requires the ability to sight read.

Classical piano lessons teach students how to handle both situations. In addition, the lessons expand on current musical selections while adding new ones at a student’s pace level. Practice drills in classical piano lessons go a long way towards enhancing fundamental skills.

Start by breaking down the component notes of chords found on a piece of sheet music. This can take
place while you are playing a particular set of music or as you are studying it beforehand. Next change chords by converting a major chord into a minor chord and vise versa.

Try this technique on the first few measures of Fur Elise. Take the A minor and E major chords and interchange their appearances in the song. This creates a whole new feel to an old favorite song. Classical music piano lessons will teach the technique of memorizing the underlying chords in a song. In classical music there are recognizable scale progressions on the chords.

Learn the initial lines of a song and the accompanying chords that go with that song. Now you have a visual memory bank of chords that exist in a song. Take those visual representations and create a whole new flair to the song. Not only will this make a classical piano song your own but it will make distinct changes to traditional classical music. This will not be hard to do as melodic phrases and chord progressions are readily available in classical piano music.

The next step is to experiment with music scales you wish to make a part of classical piano songs. This is a great chance to polish scale playing abilities learning in a classical piano lesson. In addition to practicing scale play, you will also be able to play with melodies and chords to see which work for your personal classical piano playing style. Do not forget to observe the arpeggio sections of the music as well.

Classical piano lessons teach finger dexterity. With enough practice of playing scales at higher speeds each time, you will start to develop an ability to play without thinking. Your fingers will naturally find the right chord positions. Take a look at the various components of music, scales, chords and key melody. These fundamental building blocks of classical piano lessons will go a long way towards your classical piano career.