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Old 10-22-2012, 06:28 PM   #1
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Transitioning into piano?

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Okay, I'm wanting to learn to play the piano fairly soon but wondering what the transition would be like. I know the basics of music theory dealing with the guitar and I'm thinking it's the same with piano, so what are the things that will be 'new' to me?

Also, what are some decent keyboards near the $100 mark to get started with?
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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Technically it's completely different, there's really very little that the instruments share mechanically. You shouldn't have any trouble applying your theory though which should help you progress
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:37 PM   #3
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Music theory doesn't relate to any specific instrument, a major third is a major third whether it's played on a guitar or a keyboard, what's changed is the mechanical processes by which the note is being produced.

In terms of technical challenges, I found the most difficult thing was getting used to playing scale runs with different fingerings in both hands. Theoretically though, basic practice habits you should've established from playing the guitar (Starting slowly with good technique and working up to speed being the crucial one I've found so far) should help you overcome most technical obstacles.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:11 PM   #4
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I made the transition to piano almost two years ago. Like you, been playing guitar for awhile and took lessons, theory and all that fun stuff. I had started to learn sight reading during some of my early lessons, but then decided I no longer needed to sight read to play guitar. That, combined with my theory knowledge, helped me jump a few of the lesson books.

The hardest thing to get used to is playing with all ten of your fingers and sight reading treble and bass clefs. Sight reading the treble clef wasn't too bad, but when she added the bass clef, that's when things started getting funky.

Keyboards that are decent in the $100 range? None. If you're learning on a real piano and then you transition to a fake keyboard at home, the plastic, unweighted keys are probably going to mess you up. The polyphony of the cheap keyboards may not be all that good, either. Cheap keyboards are like cheap guitars - you get what you pay for. We have a decent Roland keyboard in the house, but I'm looking to get one here in the office/studio. 88 keys and with enough capability to last me a few years9. I'll probably end up dropping anywhere from $2500 to $3000.

Best of luck!

I strongly recommend having a good instructor for piano. It's quite important that you learn proper technique. Learning bad technique on the piano will definitely hurt your playing ability.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:18 AM   #5
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Very hard to hold a piano over your head and play it with your teeth.... so the real question is...why change from guitar...?
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:30 AM   #6
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Very hard to hold a piano over your head and play it with your teeth.... so the real question is...why change from guitar...?




Very hard to stab knives into a guitar to sustain notes while jumping all over the thing like a monkey and then throwing the knives into your speaker cabinet, so the real question is, why bother with guitar at all?
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:43 PM   #7
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For 100 bucks I would maybe look at a MIDI/USB keyboard. I don't think they are that expensive. And if you have a recording software, they usually have some sounds you can use. You can also download VST instruments for free. Of course the sound and touch won't be that great but if 100 bucks is your budget I don't think you can buy anything better (you might not get a full 88 key controller but maybe 61 keys, it will be enough if you aren't going to play anything too complicated stuff). There are some digital pianos with real piano like touch but they will cost more, maybe for $500 you could get a keyboard with "real" touch. The sound on those is what it is but if it's just for practice, whatever. I think a good touch is much more important than the sound.

I have a Yamaha PSR E413 synth (that's an old model, replaced by E423 or something dunno) and the touch is pretty horrible for piano playing (it's pretty similar to organ). It costs something like 300 bucks new. But for $500 you could get a keyboard with "real" touch.
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:14 PM   #8
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Thanks for the info guys! To answer a few questions:

- I'm not going to stop playing guitar. It will still be my main instrument.

- I was wanting a cheaper keyboard for portability. I'm hardly ever in the same state for more than 3 weeks straight when I'm out working, so having something to practice with and not having to worry about it getting damaged is what I'm looking for. I picked up the Epiphone Les Paul Special II just for this.
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[url]Very hard to stab knives into a guitar to sustain notes while jumping all over the thing like a monkey and then throwing the knives into your speaker cabinet, so the real question is, why bother with guitar at all?


lol I'd never thought about it that way
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