Many apprentice musicians choose to start learning music with a guitar. Often inexpensive, easily transportable, it is best known for being an easy instrument to learn. Indeed, it is not uncommon to start the guitar self-taught and quickly be able to play popular songs like the famous “Come as you are” of Nirvana or ” Wonderwall ” of Oasis. Nevertheless, learning the piano is not to be neglected when you want to progress in guitar and that’s why:
Learn the piano, ideas to banish
Too often, the image conveyed by the piano lessons is that of a severe musical education with a teacher too strict closing the lid of the grand piano on the fingers of his students at the slightest false note. For others “piano” rhymes with “classical music” and is incompatible with “modernity”. Still others see it as too bulky an instrument that can not be transported. Think again ! The piano, like most musical instruments, evolves with its time and can adapt to all musical styles! Today you choose your piano teacher, your musical genre and the model you want to acquire!
Work your musical ear
Playing, or even listening to different musical instruments is a good way to improve your guitar playing and expand your musical universe. Playing the same notes alternately on the guitar then on the piano will help improve your musical ear. This ability will be even more appreciable when you try to compose: being able to transpose a melody you just improvised on the piano to the guitar and conversely enrich your compositions!
Learn to position yourself well on your musical instrument
Unlike the guitar, the piano is not played from a tablature, but from a score consisting of staves, two keys and notes and other signs. The language in which a piece of piano is transcribed is the universal musical language: music theory .
By learning to decipher piano sheet music you acquire a great knowledge of solfeggio, which at a certain level becomes essential to progress. Centuries of music composed for the piano can not be learned in any other way.
Rest assured, reading a score is not that complicated and the advantage is, that the place of the note on the staff indicates the note to play on the keyboard! For the rest, it is enough to learn the meaning of each sign, as well as the transcription of the rhythm (silences, breaks etc …)
As you learn, you will discover completely different ways of playing and musical styles that will enrich your game and bring something new to your performance or song composition on the guitar. And then, learning music theory will also allow you to open your universe to instruments more or less close to the guitar, which will be very useful if you plan to play in a band. The more versatile you are, the more you will be able to understand each other’s instruments, and thus create harmony between them. However, keep that in mind: the guitar always sounds an octave higher than the score.
Perfect your way of composing
On a piano, being able to play a different part with each hand is a talent that few guitarists possess . It is thus easy to make a test with an upward melodic movement while the other goes down, then to transpose this idea with two guitars or a guitar and a bass. You will be able to solve your chord problems more easily, so it will be easier for you to compose a melody for stringed instruments or to staple stringed instruments on a pre-existing melody, simply because you will master both. Learning the piano will also help you to progress in improvisation .
Are you tangling the ropes?
It is difficult to understand the complex chords of a guitar without a little training and working fingers.
- The guitar has a musical register a little less wide compared to the piano.
- Secondly, the strings of a piano allow you to play ten fingers on a wider range of notes.
- Nowadays, pieces made of complex chords are not the most popular pieces. If your music uses mainly chords of power, you will quickly realize how much this same chord may sound weak with a piano in front of a guitar, even with a distorted amp.
However, with a piano it is possible to easily play polycord (ie several strings struck at the same time). Learning to play will make you hear chords that do not exist on a guitar, unless you have at least two playing at the same time. And practicing more elaborate chords will improve your arrangements, especially if you choose to compose for several guitars.
The final word
In terms of composition, it is always useful to know how to get out of your comfort zone. Thus, all the little fads that you adopt on the guitar will disappear once on the piano. It can also be convenient to always have a keyboard available to test different chords and melodies. All these experiments will bring changes to your playing on the guitar, and it will be better!
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