I love music because it is a creative art that involves sounds, rhythms, and melodies generated from diverse musical instruments which come together in a well coordinated and balanced harmony to produce a mixture of quality sound!
Even before learning how to play scales, both the ears and the fingers already sense the orderliness of the tunes. The ear is able to progress far without any intellectual effort since it detects the flow of keys and qualifies coordination of musical notes more or less rationalizing them into a balanced set piece.
However, no matter how good a player is, the time will come that he will be able to reach his limits and the easy progress and development in music will become quite sluggish or even stop entirely. The people who continually improve their performance are those playing by notes. By intellectual manipulation, their playing is both developed and enhanced over time.
The best way to find the most effective way of learning to play an instrument particularly a piano is by playing scales. Playing by scales is very necessary to learn. As far as possible, the ear player should rely upon his ear but he must also be aware at the same time of the relationships that he is listening to so when his ear fails, he can make use of his knowledge. If the readers will just take time to consider the value of learning the importance of the scales, they will be able to understand the significance of this ability.
In the particular key lies the basis of all music which the ear player is likely to try. The relationship of the tones to the tonic or basic keynote is where the effect is largely drawn. By using various keys, it is very important to practice scales for you to be able to gain the ability to play effectively.
For instance the key of C . You are playing the scale of C when you are hitting all those white keys on the piano. You will be able to identify a common scale when you start on playing C and play up or down the next seven tones. The half-steps come between 3, 4, 7 and 8 where the black keys are not present – that is the characteristic of the major scale. A scale begins with a root, called the tonic.
In a C scale, the tonic note is C. The scale progresses either up or downward until it reaches the same note in the next octave. The C scale is an easy example. It begins with the tonic C. Going upward, the notes following are D, E, F, G, A, B and C. Downward, the note progression is C, B, A, G, F, E, D and C. The C scale has a total of eight notes. The whole steps are those all other intervals. The C scale goes this way:
C D E F G A B C
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
There are tones that require reinforcement or variation and are known as flats and sharps. they are typically referred to as “Accidental tones”. They include those tunes requiring other notes other than those on the scale. It is a flat when the tone is made lower and the black keys to the left are being used. While it is a sharp when the tone is made higher and the black keys to the right are being used.
G# and Ab are therefore a similar key. On the other hand, all the scales apart from C, one or more black keys are needed to be used. Since they belong to the scale, these keys are not said to be accidentals; the tone is considered as accidental if they are unfamiliar to the scale like when the b or # is removed.
Trust your ear on what the next note will be and don’t figure them out by steps and half-steps. In the long run, you will find out that a fine discrimination will be developed by your ear and you will easily know how to identify the next tone be it a whole or half-step. It is quite important that you let the ear do its part. The scales can be very helpful in playing the piano by ear in this manner.
D E F# G A B C# D
After you are comfortable with the C scale on your right hand, move on to mastering it with your left hand. Rest your pinkie finger on the C key that is below middle C. Your fingers should be mentally numbered from one to five beginning with the pinkie finger. Play the keys as 5-4-3-2-1. After you have completed this step, use your middle finger to reach across the other fingers and put it on the next available key. Play 3-2-1 beginning at this location on the keyboard. When you put it all together you are playing 5-4-3-2-1-3-2-1, otherwise known as C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C.
Combining the functions of both hands at the same time is the next step once you have spent some time practicing with each individual hand. You will be playing the C below middle C using your pinkie on your left hand just as you are using your right-hand thumb to play the middle C. Travel up the scale using both hands. The task may seem a little challenging until you have gotten over having to maneuver one hand over and the other under to finish the scale. After you practice you will find that it comes much easier.
Beginning to play piano involves a lot of different skills. From hand-eye coordination, to reading, to rhythm and more, there’s a handful of new abilities to acquire. Practice them gradually and slowly! Before long you’ll be getting better, but it happens so incrementally you won’t really be aware of the improvement. It happens that gradually.
Finally, the undisputed quality that ensures success in playing quality music is the attitude and interest of the learner. This is the active ingredient in bringing out the much-needed creativity to excel beyond the ordinary.