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Hi guys,

What was the first piece of music you learnt to play?

I'll start the ball rolling....

For me it was Beethoven's Ode to Joy.

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Probably Fur Elise. I am sure that it is super common as well.


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Something by Bach, Minuet in G? also a minuet by Beethoven - don't remember which was first -It's been almost 50 years -and my fave - a simplified version of Chopin's funeral march (kids are so grisly)


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Paderewski's Minuet in G (the main theme, anyway ... minus the turns).

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"Mis - sis - sip - pi Hot - - Dog"

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Oh "real" music:

In that case, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" by W. A. Mozart - on which the Mississippi Hotdog variation is based.


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From the William Smallwood's piano tutor I learned a Rondo by Haydn and trailed into a Mozart something or other. I learned it at break neck speed since it was the only music I had.


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All music is 'real' music. wink

If you need a famous name on the sheet - or on something you wear, drink, or look at, before you think you 'know' whether it's 'good' or not, then you've missed the bus...


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All music is 'real' music. wink

If you need a famous name on the sheet - or on something you wear, drink, or look at, before you think you 'know' whether it's 'good' or not, then you've missed the bus...
I think what Prince Charles meant was what was the first piece of music one learned that wasn't written specifically for young students as part of a method book. I certainly made that distinction myself when I was a kid and felt I'd really accomplished something when I graduated to "real music."


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I'm so glad that Gerg mentioned a non-classical piece. The first piece I "learned" was "The Laws Must Change" done by the John Mayall Blues Band. I learned it by ear on the bass.

Then I realized that I'd totally messed it up and have re-learned it several times using different string stopping methods.

First classical piece...well, I'm still kinda workin on that, but I spose you could say a Sonata for flute and continuo by Benedetto Marcello. (Sonata #1 in D Maj, Opus 2 if anyone's counting.) I play the continuo part, my oldest son who doubles as my theory teacher and blues/bass student (how's that for convoluted?) plays the flute.

We're also working on a Sonata by Pietro Locatelli, but I can't give you chapter and verse on that one.

In addition, we're working on "New Orleans" as played by Herbie Mann and Canned Heat's instrumental version of Terraplane Blues (Robert Johnson.) I've got him playing bass on a couple of slow blues pieces just for the different perspective. I can say without equivocation that he picked the bass up much quicker than I did the organ. (It's much lighter. smile )


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When I was about 9 and given the little air driven Hohner organ which had an orange starter book, "What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor?" which was full of sixths that I absolutely adored.

No instrument has ever given such sweet sixths. It was the first "keyboard" on the market, and the poor battered antique from the 1960's has just been returned to me. It growls and wheezes but those sixths with a vibrato due to the way the air passes over the metal reeds is still there. Is it tuned differently?

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Fur Elise, about 53 years ago. I hated it then, and I still hate it. Not Beethoven's fault however. Just a piano teacher who was a stickler for playing perfectly (3 times in a row).

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Another Fur Elise. yawn Sad thing is I still play it. frown (Imperfectly, and usually just once in a row.)

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[b] All music is 'real' music. wink

If you need a famous name on the sheet - or on something you wear, drink, or look at, before you think you 'know' whether it's 'good' or not, then you've missed the bus...
I think what Prince Charles meant was what was the first piece of music one learned that wasn't written specifically for young students as part of a method book. I certainly made that distinction myself when I was a kid and felt I'd really accomplished something when I graduated to "real music." [/b]
Yes, I thought that's what was meant too. I just don't happen to agree with making that kind of distinction - either from a teaching or learning perspective. smile

I stand by my opinion that all music is real music and that I don't see dividing it up as particularly useful. Perhaps it's because it puts me in mind of the more stuffy and off-putting books that were inflicted on me as a child (going back 50 years now).

But perhaps I approach music in a different way to students who just do a more formal or structured type of study on piano. For instance, as well as keyboards I also play various guitars, mandolin, banjo, clarinet, sax, and drums (at varying degrees of competence and incompetence) and I measure my progress by how much control I'm getting over an instrument, how good I can make the music sound, and how much enjoyment I'm getting from it. Who wrote or arranged it (which may well be an improvisation on somebody else's theme or melody, or even something of my own anyway), and for what purpose, doesn't really change whether I think it's 'real' music or not.

From playing the first note on a new instrument, to being able to play something quite complex feels like one long seamless line to me. But perhaps I'm just an odd man out... laugh

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Very first "If a Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood" and I still have it memorized!


First "real" music - Minute in G a Provencal melody, anonymous in 1961!


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Gossec's "Gavotte" in a piano version. This remains for me the first "serious" music even if the arrangement might have been simplified. Have been trying for some months now to find a piano version.

After that, Benedetto Marcello's "Adagio".


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Well, don't really able to recall it but I am sure it's not Fur Elise nor Bach's Minuet in G.

Possibly Hanon..

I start out playing contemporary music that I couldn't remember what are they.. Yeah, some disney's...

So, if the 'real means classical, then it really should be Hanon.

How sad it is!!

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"In Dreams" from the movie, "The Lord of the Rings".

It was the first piece of music L & I taught ourselves when I bought the DP several years back. I've since forgotten how to play it, but L still does...somewhat beautifully, I must say.

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First classical piece, end to end, "Minuet in G Major", BWV 114 Bach/Petzold - no trills...almost as good as those 6 year old kids on youtube.

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Hi Everyone,

I thought Fur Elise would be up there - am just surprised that it would be the first piece that people learned. For me it was the 4th piece.

Am also surprised that Ode to Joy wasn't on anyones as "first piece played"

Your thoughts?

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My first piece was an improvised version of stairway to heaven.

Different strokes! wink

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Fur Elise!

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