Larnin' me some piano!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Sam Evans, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Sam Evans

    Sam Evans

    Nov 29, 2008
    Everyone around here is always saying what a good idea it is to learn piano, so I decided to take your advice!


    I don't have any plans to become the next [insert name of favorite pianist here], but it'll be great to be able to play some simple tunes, mess around with chord progressions when I'm learning new tunes on bass, compose with a chordal instrument, etc.

    (It's a Casio, BTW. I'm surprised at how nice it is - I remember back in the 80s when "Casio" pretty much equaled "toy.")

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  2. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    Piano was the first instrument I learned, and I find it really helpful to figure out chord progressions and write songs - much easier than on the bass.

    The higher-end Casios are pretty good instruments these days, even though they're relatively inexpensive. Their internal speakers are horrid, but if you use the earphone out to drive a power amp (or a bass amp aux in) and full-range cab, they produce an amazingly realistic sound.
  3. waleross

    waleross Guest

    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    I have been in and out with piano(love/hate) for many years. Those of us that were in music school had to pass a piano proficiency test. The thing is now I have a cool piano teacher to teach me theory(again !) and arrange Real Book Tunes. I won't say get a teacher. There are many videos on YouTube to help you along. Casio's are great to get you started........Best of luck :cool:
  4. Sam Evans

    Sam Evans

    Nov 29, 2008
    I forgot to anticipate the "get a teacher" responses ... ;) I too had some basic piano tech classes back in music school (20+ years ago ... ), so I think I'm okay to get started, and the instructors in the music department at my college will probably help a poor philosophy professor out if I ask nicely. :)
  5. Same boat here. I won a Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom just after Xmas....I don't play any guitar, so I sold it and bought a Yamaha MOX6. Had to do the keyboard thing at music college as well, 20+ years ago. So I am not a complete newb on keys. But I will never be more than just a noodler on it. It is just a composition tool/ entertainment device. :D
    It is sweet having a keyboard at home now though. I also got a Sonuus B2M, so I can trigger keyboard sounds with my bass as a MIDI trigger.
  6. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Using headphones makes practicing/noodling very convenient.
  7. BassyBill

    BassyBill Still here Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    I have a Casio piano and it's been a good instrument for about 13 years now. I also use it as my main MIDI controller for VSTis when recording. The only time I need to hook up my old SY85 for that job is when I want to go crazy with the pitch and mod wheels.

    Have fun with your piano/keys journey!