This video was made by Shawn Cheek, creator of www.webpianoteacher.com
This article was written by Shawn Cheek, creator of www.webpianoteacher.com
I’ve been teaching for 20 years now, with an average student load of 30 pupils for most of that time. I’ll tell you what I’ve observed in that 20 years. The people who stick with their instrument and actually end up being able to play their instrument for the rest of their life, even at an elementary level, are those who LOVE music and LOVE to play music. They don’t begrudgingly sit at the piano for an alloted hour everyday practicing scales and arpeggios. They are not in love with the IDEA of playing the piano, but really love music and how it makes them feel when they can create it.
First, you must find music that you love. If you don’t love Classical Music, then STOP playing it. Tell your teacher you don’t like it and you want to play another style. If they refuse, then find another teacher. Sure, give different styles of music a chance, but you can’t MAKE yourself love a certain genre of music, and unfortunately the great majority of teachers gear their lessons towards a classical vein ONLY. Job one: find a teacher who will teach you the stuff you like to hear, the stuff you WANT to play. Shawn Cheek, creator of www.webpianoteacher.com , is a great online teacher I hear. At least that’s what I’ve heard. wink.
Secondly, I’ve observed that the successful students make playing their instrument a part of their life. They practice when they want to. They practice for as long as they want to. Usually this is in small bits throughout the day. 5 or 10 minutes here and there does WAY more for them than a forced practice session for an hour after a hard day at work! If you’re playing music you like, and you aren’t forcing yourself to practice longer than your attention span will allow, you may actually find you LIKE practicing, and you don’t mind it so much anymore. Imagine that!
Finally, don’t bite off more than you can chew. Make sure you are playing on a level that you are comfortable with. If you are frustrated, struggling, and not having fun within the first few minutes of practicing, then it’s TOO HARD. Stop. You are not ready for that yet. Now don’t misunderstand. I’m talking about REALLY struggling. Some things, well many things, will be difficult at first and try your patience and willpower. That’s expected. However, the LEVEL of the stuff you’re working on is extremely important, and it’s better to err on the side of ‘too easy’ than ‘too hard.’
Yes, along with many other song tutorial channels, my piano lesson channel was suspended. Why? My guess is you guys just made me too popular! The record companies have been putting a lot of pressure on YouTube to get rid of the tall trees lately, and I was just one of many. It wasn’t only that we had over 25,000,000 views, but there were thousands of successful websites that had embedded my videos as well. YouTube was making a lot of dough from advertising due to the heavy traffic shawncheekeasy was generating, and record companies don’t like that. If the record companies had it there way you wouldn’t be able to mention a song title in a conversation without paying a nickel!
Technically, it is not illegal to teach a lesson on a copyrighted song. It IS illegal, however, to provide the published music manuscript, use the actual song recording, or sing the song through in its entirety. I made sure never to do those things. I mean, come on, YouTube is jam packed full of song tutorials that remain intact. I never dreamed of being this successful when I started, and just planned on being one bee in the hive of song tutorials on YouTube. Anywho, I can’t complain. It was a fun ride, and now we are working on the future.
http://www.youtube.com/webpianoteacher2 is my new YouTube channel, and I am not including any song titles or artists names in the tags or titles when I do a video. YES, I am still doing your favorite songs, but you’ll have to watch the video to find out what the lesson is on. If people find me, it will be because they are looking for me personally, or just piano lessons in general, and that’s fine with me. In just 2 weeks, we’ve had 26,000 views already! We are also looking into buying licenses from BMI and ASCAP just to cover all our bases and be totally in the clear. The website http://www.webpianoteacher.com that includes my entire video library (obvious plug) is still going pretty strong, and I’m busy as every making new HD videos. Thanks for all the support!
This video was made by Shawn Cheek, creator of www.webpianoteacher.com, and is designed to help pianists to play by ear.
This article and video is the property of Shawn Cheek, creator of www.webpianoteacher.com, and is designed to help pianists learn to play by ear.
This is the question I get: How do I get my hands to play together? I feel so uncoordinated and frustrated! The issue here is FEELING the rhythm and accents. We have to get past trying to count everything out. Sure, we must count to get started sometimes, but the real truth is that musicians are NOT counting all the time. We FEEL the rhythm. Then your question may be, well why can’t I feel the rhythm? Usually, it’s because you’re trying to jump ahead too fast. Maybe you haven’t had enough simpler rhythmic patterns to build up to what you are currently trying to do. You WON’T be able to pull off a complicated rhythmic pattern until you can do the simpler ones with ease. Period. There can be no roof until there is a foundation and then a house.
The video that goes along with this article contains some chord patterns and rhythms that will help you tremendously if you’ll do them like a zillion times. Successful musicians are many times just average talent people who work really, really, really, hard and don’t give up. Enjoy the video lesson, and please consider becoming a member of my website because musicians have to eat, too!