Virtual Piano Keyboards

pianoIf you like to play the piano for fun but do not have a piano at home, you can try virtual piano keyboards. Here are some free online or Virtual Piano Keyboards you can practice on or just for fun.

Kids will enjoy these virtual pianos. Adults who love to play the piano but never had the chance to learn as a kid may like them too!

Virtual Keyboard Here is a nice virtual keyboard from BGfl.org. Apart from the virtual piano keyboard, you can toggle between organ, saxophone, flute, strings, guitar, steel drums etc.

Virtual Piano Keyboard This Virtual Piano Keyboard from Zebra Keys is great for practicing because it includes the name of the keys including sharps and flats. It will help you to memorize the keys on the piano keyboard. I like it because you can play both with the  mouse and the computer keyboard.

Flash Piano This Flash Piano from Behind the Music.com is another great virtual piano keyboard for practicing scales. You can use the mouse or the keyboard. It is up to you. You can also choose to show the key names but once you have mastered them, you can play a tune that you like.

Virtual Keyboard Game This virtual piano keyboard is a game with music demo as well as short lesson to teach you to play several pre-arranged tunes.

Can Adults Learn Music And Learning Music Theory Resources

Can Adults Learn Music?

Why of course! You can learn anything at any stage in your life. What more, the internet is full of free learning resources. It is up to you to find it and use it!

I am an adult learner of music. I started to learn the piano at age 41 for the first time. I wanted to learn the piano very much when I was a child but we could not afford one. A piano is a very expensive piece of instrument. Finally, my father bought me an electronic organ on a monthly installment basis and sent me off for organ lessons instead.

It was cheaper, but to me, it was not the same. I wanted to learn the piano!

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Piano is the first book I used for teaching myself to learn the piano for the first time as an adult.

It has always been my dream to learn the piano

I wanted to learn the piano since I was a child.

My dream to play the piano came true!

It was my spouse who made my dream come true. In the year 2007, he surprised me with something I wanted all my life. A piano! Then the next day he took me to the bookstore and bought me a “Learn to play the Piano on Your Own Book.” Then he signed me up for piano lessons! The lessons were for once a week.

Whenever I had my piano lesson, he would watch the kids for the whole hour, take them to the park to play before coming to pick me up at the music school. That is the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for me.

You can read my musical journey in more detail here in the Play Piano and Music Category on my Blog. I learned with a music teacher for a year and eventually even managed to perform at the school music concert together with my daughter. I don’t play extremely well but I know enough to play some soothing tunes on a recreational basis for relaxation and just for fun.

Pop Piano or Classical Piano?

As an adult piano learner, I decided that it was better for me to learn Pop Piano. I figured that it will be easier to learn than Classical Piano which was harder technically, or so I thought. That may not necessarily be true. As I said, anyone can learn anything at any age. Age is not a hindrance. Time is though. Make time, if you want to learn something seriously.

The Chord Wheel – The Ultimate Tool For All Musicians

Learning Chords is very useful for any musician.

Anyway, I wanted to play pop music because I enjoy that genre. So pop piano it was for me! I took up music lessons from a music school for 2 and 1/2 years.

I learned Music Theory Online On My Own

I had learned to play the organ as a child so I do know some basics on how to read some music notes and it helps of course. However I never took up Music theory seriously. I took practical organ Yamaha Electone examinations but that was it. I learned enough theory, that is to read music notes and some dynamics and rhythm, enough to play musical pieces, that is all.

When I started learning the piano in 2007, my music teacher asked me whether I wanted to learn some music theory. She said it would help me in my playing but I declined. I did not have the time for it, having two young kids to look after full time.

Learn Music Theory Online Free Resources

You can go to my Parenting Blog for resources for learning music theory online for free. You will understand Music Foreign Terms, learn musical dynamics and rhythm, scales, musical notes and symbols and more. You will learn to read and write music and base your musical learning on actual examination syllabuses etc. I compiled those resources for children but they are equally useful for the adult learning music for the first time. I hope you enjoy the free online music theory resources as I did.

Note: You can use those resources whether you are the learner or to assist your child in their music education.

It is never too late to learn!

It is never too late in life to learn music! Whether you are learning or your child is you will find the resources for learning music theory online useful.

Last Piano Class

Today I shall be having my final piano class but it is of course not the end of playing the piano for me. I have learned enough to self learn from now on. Now that the boy has started to learn as well, I no longer have the time to learn myself as well as help two kids with their practises. Besides it is very expensive to have 3 people in the house all learning at the same time.

Piano Teacher has asked me to memorise my “Moonlight Sonata” and improve on “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”. She also gave me two new songs to learn last week. “Souvenir D’enfance” and “Les Fleurs Sauvages”. All for a half hour class. This is a very tall order indeed!

With that I wrap up 2 1/2 years of learning the piano. Yahoo! From now on I can just play for fun. No more practising for lessons or concerts though I shall miss playing together with my girl. We managed to “perform” at two of the piano school’s “concert” and it was a very nice experience to be playing with her. :)

Below is Richard Clayderman’s Les Fleurs Sauvages as played by HeartBtrue on YouTube. I wish I could play like that!

Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course, Level 3

This is to certify that MG has successfully completed Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course, Level 3 on this day 16th September, 2009. Hehe.

This is the last of the series of workbooks and I just played my last song the “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven. Ahem. Ahem. Yahoo! Yipeee! *Doing happy dance.* A dreamed fulfilled.

Thank you to my darling who bought me a piano for my birthday in 2007,  signed me up for lessons and fetched me to lessons while he watched the kids after work. He has helped me to fulfil one of my lifetime dreams….. ie to be able to play the piano. He is the best!

I had my first lesson sometime in July 2007. Wah! I have learned for 2 years. I am planning to stop my lessons at the end of this year and self learn from there on, just playing for fun. Really no time to practise.

“Its never too old to pick up a new skill. You just have to be thick skinned.” 😉

My YouTube Channel

I have been a YouTube user since December 18, 2006. That’s what it says on my YouTube Channel. I hadn’t realised that. I absolutely love YouTube! You can find a video on just about anything you need in there. What I love the most about YouTube is the playlist. I have created a few playlists and I am allowed to select “Play All” of my playlist which plays the videos on my playlist continuously like a long cartoon, show or music video etc.

I use YouTube for my kids to watch their favourite cartoons. I find educational videos to teach them and as for myself, I have workout videos in parts which I can put together to make my very own workout routine. I also have my favourite free and easy listening playlist as well as 90s music which I enjoy. I also listen to piano pieces that I am learning to help me in my learning process.

So, here it is, My YouTube Channel to share with my blog readers. Go ahead and check it out and make use of it if you like. In my playlist, I have cartoons for boys and girls so you can find videos for your boy or girl without searching hard. I have already done the job for you (I created the playlists from time to time but I only set up my channel this week). I will regularly update the playlists. So enjoy!

At the moment, I have the following playlists:

  1. Love Songs (91 videos)
  2. Musicals and Disney Singalongs (40 videos) – For the girls and boys too.
  3. Christmas Songs (21 videos)
  4. Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (32 videos) – For the boys.
  5. Chinese Songs and Cartoons for Kids (37 videos) – For teaching kids Chinese
  6. Cartoons (15 videos)
  7. Dance, Fitness, Exercise, Aerobics (65 videos)
  8. Piano and Other Pieces (12 videos)
  9. Educational Series (5 videos) – For teaching English Grammar
  10. My 80’s (32 videos)
  11. Children’s Songs (3 videos)

When you go to My YouTube Channel, all you need to do is pick the playlist you like, then click on the video that you like. The playlist will play the videos continuously starting from that video you clicked. Great isn’t it? Very easy for the kids. They don’t have to do any navigation or surfing and the best part is, its all free!

If you have the time, you can create your own playlist too. If you already have a playlist, why not share it here in my comments box. I’ll post up your playlist or YouTube Channel links right here in this post.

This looks a bit like a sponsored post doesn’t it? 😉 It’s not. I wish I was being paid for this though. Jobs are hard to come by this days.

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