Holiday Piano Course Coming Soon

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A Time to Be Jolly

It’s no secret that with the soon approaching Holiday season, music is sure to be a big part of the celebration. The good news for us piano players is that there will be many opportunities to share our piano skills at get-togethers, parties and family events. It’s a rare opportunity that doesn’t come around very often in that we have many people in a great mood surrounded by a common theme and very frequently in a mood to sing communally. In many homes around the world, there is the presence of a piano, if not at least a keyboard of some sort. Whether you play great Christmas piano songs or a Winter ballad, this is where you come in and dazzle everyone with all that you’ve learned at the piano!

Don’t be Shy! Show Off Your Piano Skills

Something that happens a lot when someone is learning how to play the piano is that they get shy when it comes to actually playing in front of people. Don’t be shy! Get right in there and play your heart out. We are not waiting for perfection. I’ll give you a little piece of advice that took me way too many years to learn: perfection never comes, so just let it go. The key is to have fun and help those around you have fun. Who cares if it’s not perfect, no one will care, trust me. It’s like someone learning to speak a new language but since they are embarrassed to speak in front of other, never actually learn the language to any real high skill level.

I don’t want that to happen to you with the piano. When you first decided to learn how to play the piano, undoubtedly, there was a list in your mind and heart as to why you wanted to learn in the first place. It’s probably safe to say that playing for people was on your list of reasons. Holidays are a great excuse to share your talent and joy for the piano with everyone.

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Two Choices at the Piano

When it comes to playing the piano in a public setting, you have two choices that are possible. They are both equally as enjoyable but they do require learning a slightly different skill at the piano so it’s important to know which one you want to do, or even both. (which I highly recommend, it will make you that much better of a piano player and a bigger hit at the party!) When you play for people, the two choices are encouraging them to sing along or simply play a song for them to listen to. The reason two skills are needed is because one involves a melodic lead and performance version while the other, more useful to singing along, involves learning chords and accompaniment patterns.

I personally like to learn both. That way, if I am simply playing for everyone’s enjoyment at a party, they can listen or softly sing along with the melody in my right hand. The other version with chord accompaniment is usually more boisterous and useful to get everyone to really belt out the song and give it all they got. Think of a scene where everyone is gathered around the piano while you play and they are singing their hearts out.

Taking Requests

This is entirely up to you. You can be sure of one thing when you play piano at any public gathering: sooner or later, someone will come up to you and ask you to play a specific song. The good news is that most songs only require four or five songs max so it is possible, over time, to actually play your way through a song even if you don’t know the exact chords. The other option is to simply say that you don’t know it and send them on their merry way. Of course, nowadays with the internet at our fingertips, we can always search for the songs and it’s chords and play it that way.

The choice is yours but the important things is to have fun at the piano and enjoy this new skill that you have worked so hard to achieve. Don’t hide it under a bushel. let the world see what you can do and share it. Learning the piano and taking piano lessons often get swept into obscurity by many people. It may be due to shyness or feeling that your skill at the piano is not perfected enough. Don’t wait for the perfect day. Sit down at the piano and do your best. I promise you will have more fun than you even thought possible.

The new course will be coming in the next few weeks so be on the lookout for it.
Happy playing!
~Adrian Edward