What Piano Method Should I Choose?
I play guitar, bass, drums, and have a small recording studio, for working on original compositions. I am currently self-studying Harmony & Theory by Wyatt.
I would like to learn proper piano technique, to aid in my study of theory, as well as be able to record basic piano parts. I know you have free lessons here, and that's cool!
However, have you ever tried to set a laptop on a keyboard? Not to mention the fact that my laptop doesn't fit in my music stand! (GRIN) I have read your recommended book list, but unsure which book/s would be a good choice to get started.
Could you please recommend some books to get started? Thanks in advance for your time!Maria's Answer:
Yes, I know what you mean. Online lessons can be great, but sometimes one just wants a real book! :).
It would be fantastic if there was one that could suit all, but that is of course not the case. As you mention, I have written a few pages where I recommend different piano books that are great for adult beginners.
However, selecting a piano method is a very individual choice.
You write that you play several instruments, compose music and are learning music theory and harmony. This tells me that you're already knowledgeable about music, so getting the basics of piano playing should come easier to you. I also assume that you will teach yourself.
You might benefit from a piano method that has a faster progress, and that also teaches chord piano. This will help you in your harmony studies as well. Adult All-In-One Course: Lesson-Theory-Technic: Level 1
could be a good choice, even though it's not really a "self-teaching" method.
As for proper piano technique, nothing beats a real teacher, so my suggestion would be to get at least a couple of lessons by a qualified piano teacher to learn proper piano posture and how to use your body while playing the piano.
Finally, I have several great piano technique books, regarding how to build your piano technique step by step, that I recommend here.
I hope this was helpful to you!