Friday, November 20, 2009

Warm ups

There are some exercises you can play to warm up your fingers (especially when the weather is cold). This is very good and helpful, but not so fun after a while.

What's the shortcut for this?
Well, get yourself a bucket (or whatever you can find to store water with) of warm water, put your hands in there and start moving your fingers.
Do this for a about 30 seconds and use a towel to dry off your hands (or your shirt, etc.).

Now sit down and play. Don't stop to take breaks though, because you would have to warm your hands up again.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Which song should I play?

It depends on your skill level.

But really, if you want to play a song, just get your mind set to do it.
It's much easier to play something you like than something easy but you don't really like it.
Find a song you love, maybe a theme song from a movie? Something you heard when you were little? Anything, as long as it's what you want.

How is this a shortcut?
Well, most of the times, piano teachers will force you play certain songs/exercises you don't like.
In my opinion, it's really painful to learn it that way.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

How to read music sheets Flash App is finished

I added it to the top of this page so you can easily find it.
It is really simple. If there is any changes you want me to make to help people understand it better, please leave a comment below.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Current project

I'm working on a Flash Application that actually helps you read Music Sheets.
It's simple, but very helpful.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

How to memorize songs quicker

In order to play the music off of the top of your head, you need to know how to memorize all the notes.
Some can memorize the notes in a matter of minutes, some can do it in several hours.
There are a few things you can do to help improve your memory:
1. Sleeping can give you a better memory. Look at the notes first, play it over several times, then go to sleep.
2. Know the melody of the song.
3. Look at the keyboard when you play and study your hand movements.
4. This is the old school way: Play the song over and over and over and over... Until you feel like you can play it without even thinking about playing. (This process takes about a week)

There are a lot more things you can do, but I think those are the essential ones.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009


In order to achieve something, anything, you must have a goal.
So the question is "Why are you learning to play?"

1. To enjoy the music.
2. Make your brain work faster. (Yes folks, playing the piano or any musical instruments can make you smarter).
3. To impress you friends when you have the chance.
4. Your personal reason.

You can choose all of the above. Or maybe just one. As long as you have a goal(s), you will see that the motivation will help you out a lot.

Monday, October 26, 2009

How to use dowload and use Synthesia

This program can help you out a lot if you can't read music sheets.
(This is the easy way out) The first shortcut. :)

First, go to To download the installer file, choose your operating system.

Install with the recommended settings, If for some reason it says the program wasn't installed correctly, just install it again.

Once you have it installed, Open Synthesia where you stored it.

Click "Play!"

There should be pre-installed MIDI files if you used the recommend settings.
Please note you can download additional MIDI files. Just look it up on Google.
Here's how your search should look like. "*Song Name* MIDI". Save it in the "Synthesia Music" Folder. Should be located in your Documents.

You can slow down by pressing the "down arrow"
Speed up by pressing the "up arrow"
Pause by pressing the "Space Bar"

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Before You Begin

Things that you will need in order to play the piano:
1. Fingers.
2. A keyboard.

Things that will help you:
1. Me. I'm your friend, so trust me.
2. Synthesia, the program that helped a lot of people who either can't afford a teacher, or too lazy to take those boring lessons.
You can download the program here:
I'll talk about how to use it in my next post.

There are some other things, but they're not on my mind right now.
Until next time!