General teaching materials to date
In Japan, “Bayer,” “Burgmüller,” “Sonatina,” and “Sonata” were often used in that order as general piano materials.
These materials are designed to allow students to practice various fingering and playing techniques in a sequential manner.
However, this trend seems to be disappearing now.
The reason is simple.
Because it’s not funny.
So it’s not interesting.
I agree with you on this, and I don’t remember ever feeling that “piano is interesting” with Bayer, etc.
To take it a little to the extreme, practicing with Bayer is all about “swinging barefoot” as in baseball.
If you cannot hit the ball and just keep on swinging, you will lose motivation due to the difference from your image.
It will not last long unless you do it with someone else, have a strong intention/clear goal, or pay for lessons.
So what do I need to prepare?
It is not music if you do not enjoy it.
The first step is to fall in love with the piano.
I think the secret to self-study is to slowly practice simple songs that you know.
I think the first songs to start with can be JPOP, Western music, and of course classical music.
There are many free sheet music available on the Internet.
Some of the band scores also list guitar and bass.
If you only have a band score, first play only the vocal part with your right or left hand!
Some examples are described in the next issue.