Welcome to A Little Off Beat – Online Piano Lessons and Resources
Hey everyone, and welcome to A Little Off Beat. I’m here to help people learn about and play the piano while providing the necessary resources to do so.
Currently, I am focusing on building a Beginner’s Guide, gear reviews, and other music information for new pianists to get them started. A beginner has enough on her mind to think about exactly what to buy, how to learn, and what to play.
I also have a blog page where I’ll put up posts on my thoughts and ideas that will hopefully help guide you along the way.
Once you’re ready, you can put your email in to receive 3 free lessons delivered right to your email to get you started.
A Vision of the Future: Life is Short…Learn to Play!
When was the first time you thought about playing piano or a musical instrument? What brought you there? What were you feeling? What were you thinking?
We all have a reason to want to play music. Music personally helps me get through the tough times in life and also express what I’m feeling in ways I just can’t otherwise.
What’s your reason?
I encourage you to really stop and take the time to think about it. Music isn’t meant to be a mechanical thing, although that’s how we learn and master it. We don’t just play it though, we perform and express.
I hope that I can help you to do whatever it is draws you to it with A Little Off Beat.
My vision is to create a place where new musicians can come together and learn the craft while helping people lead more fulfilling lives through the access of their emotions using the expression of music.
These will be musicians who have all the right tools and knowledge to create and play beautiful music.
These musicians will integrate all different genres of music as they create new ones. They will utilize technology to create music in ways we never knew were possible.
Let’s work together to create this community!
Beginner’s Guide to Playing Piano
The Beginner’s Guide on A Little Off Beat covers a few different things. I’ve broken it into Part 1 and Part 2.
Part 1 – First, it covers the history of the instrument…it’s quite interesting. Then, you learn about the different types of pianos so that you have a better understanding of what people talk about when they say “upright”.
Next, I go over a quick basic guide on how to actually sit at a piano, the posture you want to have, and how it is laid out.
Part 2 – After that, I get heavily into the process you go through from the time you first have the thought that you want to play through actually learning how.
Hopefully the guide helps you as a beginner, even if you aren’t planning on using any of the lessons I provide. If you are interested, I provide some information on the resources I have that can help you go through this process.
If you just want to jump right in to some lessons, you can do that too! I have a whole month of lessons being created that will be free, but I want to get an idea of what people are looking for as well. Please provide some feedback if you like what I have so far.
Resources to Help You Play Piano
Under here, you’ll begin finding resources that help you understand the complex world of music. Right now, I have a general piano terms page that helps explain things you may have heard or will hear so that you don’t get lost.
Soon, I’ll put some practice sheets up. If you already have a basic knowledge and just want some type of practice regimen to follow, then you can find it there. I love creating routines to follow (more on that on the blog later), and you’ll find a lot of benefit from them.
If there are resources that you’d like to see here, then give me a shout; I’ll get something as soon as I can! A Little Off Beat is here to be a resource for YOU.
Reviews of Pianos, Gear, and More
Reviews will include pianos/keyboards, accessories, and music resources of all kinds. Anything I have found useful and or use, I will put up here for your benefit.
Currently, I have reviews on the setup that I am using and some of the books I like.
As time goes on, I’ll add more reviews and products that will be useful to you. As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you think something should (or shouldn’t) be there.
Contact Me For More Information
If you have any other questions or just want to leave some suggestions for A Little Off Beat, I would love to hear from you!
Hop on over to my Contact Page and drop me a line.
A Little Off Beat Facts About Learning Piano
Fact: It’s actually easier to learn something the less you think about it and the more you explore it. Stop letting your brain get in the way.
Solution: Don’t get yourself in a position of information overload. I highly recommend just diving into lessons after doing a little research on which ones are good. If you don’t, you risk over-analyzing and studying things about music you don’t even need to know yet.
Fact: The brain learns by building on prior knowledge. You can’t start playing advanced things until you know how the basics work.
Solution: Work on the fundamentals until you understand them thoroughly. You’ll find the advanced stuff much less intimidating, and you won’t waste hours trying to do something that is too difficult for you at this time. Start small!
Fact: Regular practice helps build skills much faster than simply learning and practicing one time.
Solution: Practice just a little bit every day, and don’t burn yourself out by trying to do too much at once. 10 minutes each day is enough to start.
Fact: All of our senses help us to learn, and so do our emotions.
Solution: Be present while you practice. Watch what you’re doing, listen to what you’re doing, examine how you feel while you’re sitting. And most importantly, connect with an emotion you have about playing.
Do you want to be a musician? Do you want to serenade a loved one? Make it about the emotion of the goal, not the practice.
Solution: Learn a small, new piece of the puzzle in music, then immediately engage it with a song that you know. Do this for just a few minutes each day.
With each new fact, you’ll have something to connect what you learned to something you already know. Your learning will be drastically enhanced!
Fact: Actively quizzing the brain on what you have learned promotes learning more quickly.
Solution: Quiz yourself each week on what you have learned. Create flashcards or other ways to help you create quizzable material. If you’re learning in manageable, realistic chunks, this will be easy to do and take hardly no time.
But it’s effects will be learning that sticks.
Fact: Coming up with your own melodies and songs using what you have learned will help you learn more quickly.
Solution: Take 10 minutes to let loose and play around with a concept. There are no “wrong answers” and you’ll learn it more solidly that just following a lesson.