The fish was a really good piano player because she could easily tune up her scales.

If this funny joke is right up your alley, it's probably because you are familiar with the process of learning the piano or the elements of classical music.

Truly, the art of piano playing is more than just the memorization of piano keys or moving your fingers as fast as possible while playing.

It is also about music appreciation, putting emotions while playing and also the application of certain styles of music. For instance, some people may prefer to learn jazz piano to the usual classical piano while some may prefer to play the keyboard rather than the grand piano.

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Keyboard vs Piano: Which one should you choose to buy?

Some of you may be confused now. Isn't learning to play the keyboard and learning to play the piano the same thing? Well, technically there are some similarities between the two of them.

As long as you can read music notes and use the correct fingering, you will be able to play both of them. The key differences lie in their distinct characteristics and how you want to use them in the long run.

a) Portability of the instrument and maintenance consideration

If you are a freelance pianist that performs at various events or someone who only plays on a weekly basis for your church, for instance, you can consider buying a keyboard instead of a piano.

It is easier to move the keyboard around (you can bring your own keyboard wherever and whenever you want) and it is relatively easier to maintain.

Piano, on the other hand, is heavier and requires regular tuning to produce a good and clear sound.

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b)  Range and Sound Produced

The piano has a total of 88 keys whereas some keyboards have fewer keys (differs according to sizes). This means you can play a wider range of keys on the piano.

There can even be two players sitting in front of the piano for piano duet songs. In terms of sound produced, you can experiment with more sound effects on the keyboard.

This is extremely useful for seasoned performers who might need to adjust their playing styles according to song selections and occasions.

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If you are a pianist who performs at different events, it is probably better to own a keyboard.
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c) Purpose of learning

At the end of the day, the purchase of a keyboard or a piano is a huge monetary investment. You need to consider how long and how frequent you are going to use them, and also the purpose of using them.

If you are committed to learning piano and sitting for the ABRSM test until Grade 8, it is advisable to invest in a piano instead of a keyboard. This is because you will need to play the pieces on piano during your examination.

You need to be familiar with the force that you place while hitting the notes as well as control the pace and sound dynamics through pedaling.

If you only intend to learn piano as a hobby, a keyboard would be a more suitable choice.

An important note: You can still take piano lessons even if you only have a keyboard at home.

How To Play The Piano For Chords? (Elements of Music To Be Mastered)

"What key are you playing for this song?" 
"Oh, it is a D major."
"Ok, got it." 

Ever wonder why some people can just play a nice melody instantly once they identify the key? That's because they can start playing the chords of the key and improvise as they play.

Here are some go-to tips that you can consider if you are a beginner when it comes to learning how to play piano chords.

a) Identify the piano notes (black and white keys)

Before you can play the chords, you need to first know which key stands for which note. You need to know where is F#, C#, G#, B flat and so on.

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b) Learn about major and minor key signatures

Remember that we mentioned D major earlier? Piano chords are three basic notes that are played apart from one another.

So if it is D major, the basic notes would be the D (Re),  F (Fa) and A (La).

But D major has two key signatures which are F# and C#.

Since F is involved in the chord, you have to play D, F# and A notes as a complete D major chord.

This is why it is important to learn about the major and minor keys so that you can play various chords freely.

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Learning to play chords with the right fingering is a great tool to enhance your piano learning experience.
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c) Practice correct fingering for both hands 

In order to move between chords freely and swiftly, you need to know the right fingering for both hands when you play. This comes with some experimenting as well as lots of practice.

What Piano Tutorials Channels You Can Subscribe on YouTube?

If you are interested in piano tutorials that cover a diverse range of songs, you can visit the below YouTube channels to see how the songs are arranged to suit beginners.

1. PHianoize

This channel provides piano tutorials for K-pop songs, classical music, theme songs from popular shows like Squid Game and even the latest singles from Taylor Swift and Adele.

2. MangoldProject

Some of the content that you can watch from this channel covers beginner lessons for chords playing, as well as how to do progression smoothly for various genres of music including jazz and ballads.

3. Pianote

You will be able to learn about piano improvisation, the right piano rhythms as well as some fun content on how to learn piano more effectively through various tips and techniques.

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You can watch some piano tutorial videos with your kids after practicing.
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Where Can You Find A Piano Teacher At Seberang Perai?

Finding piano lessons in Malaysia is never an issue when there is always a constant demand for piano teachers at different cities.

Northern cities in Penang are not excluded from our list, so do check out the below recommendations if you are looking for a piano teacher at Seberang Perai.

AIM Music Academy

Located at Komplex Cemerlang, Butterworth, AIM Music Academy offers piano classes to kids as young as five as well as adult piano learners.

There are many experienced and qualified piano teachers that are equipped to teach students to master the latest ABRSM syllabus from Grade 1 to Grade 8 too. The music school also offers online piano lessons for interested students.

Yamaha BM Music Town

There are two main piano learning programmes that you can choose from at Yamaha BM Music Town.

Yamaha Piano Course (YPC)

  • For students aged 6 years and above
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Online learning is possible
  • Comprehensive music training
  • Training includes note reading and playing, composing and aural skills
  • Students will sit for level-based examinations

Music Friends Course (MPC)

  • For students aged 6 years and above
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Online learning is available
  • Quick mastery course
  • Students learn to play a wide selection of songs
  • Flexible teaching methodology

Aesthetic Music & Art Centre

This music school was established in 2006 and is located at Taman Ceri, Butterworth. Currently, online piano classes are available for kids and adult learners.

Students will experience a one-to-one 30 minutes to 45 minutes learning session with their assigned piano teacher.

Trial classes (20 minutes) are also available for interested students at a limited price offer.

Some other piano lessons that are offered are as follows:

  • Very Young Children Piano lesson
  • Prep Piano Course
  • Graded Piano Lesson
  • Adult Intensive Piano Lesson
  • Music Theory Lesson 
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Superprof

Look no further than Superprof if you are opting for flexible and personalized piano lessons. You can instantly view and compare various piano tutors around your nearest physical location and also learn from piano tutors from other cities.

Even if you are based in Seberang Perai, you can still take piano lessons from tutors that are based in Georgetown as long as you have Internet.

Found an online piano teacher from Ipoh that you fancy? That's not a problem too! Online piano lessons can be equally effective as long as you know the right tools to use! Do not let the pandemic stop you from resuming your piano learning journey.

At Superprof, what matters most is your convenience for learning various subjects, including how to play the piano.

You can refer below to see what information will be listed at every piano tutor's profile at Superprof. All the information on the profiles has been verified.

  • Hourly rate (including package lessons) 
  • Response time 
  • Mode of the lesson (online/physical) 
  • Taught subjects and age levels covered 
  • Teaching methodology
  • Teaching/performing experience 
  • Medium of language used
  • Previous students' reviews and recommendations (if available)

After viewing and comparing the profiles, you can then proceed to connect with the tutor to discuss about the classes and payment method once everything is finalized.

Do take note that most piano tutors at Superprof offer their first piano lessons for free, so do not miss out this opportunity!

“The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colours in your mind”― Maria Cristina Mena

What are you waiting for? Enrol yourself in a piano lesson today. You can also browse online piano classes offered in Petaling Jaya.

Remember that it is never too early or too late to start playing. Enjoy and excel at learning the piano because it is a wonderful experience!

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