Learning from Beethoven

Of all of the classical music played today, perhaps the most popular is still Beethoven, who remains an icon to many musicians who aspire to master his compositions. Playing the piano just requires a learning of the notes and practice, so all anyone needs to do is pick a song and practice them, or pick a series of notes to begin their own composition. However, it’s wise to begin with and, at any point along the way, practice such works as the Moonlight Sonata or the Fifth Symphony. Many other classical works exist, but many piano players resort to this one master who changed the course of music during his time

What pianists have to learn from Beethoven is the intricacy and emotion he put into writing his sonatas. The tonality of each drives the organization of the music, and just as the composer believed this was central to understanding music in general, people find that by playing his music, they can acquire a better understanding of the concept. There is always much to learn from a genius, but taking in all of the technical understandings of the music while learning to play it really helps to master it. Beyond that, it is diligent practice that makes someone great at the piano.

The various sonatas also have multiple parts, integrating even more intricacy into the music. When this is accomplished, it helps someone understand better how different parts of the piece fit together, and fills in more mental details as well. It is beneficial to playing other works and with creating one’s own compositions. Connecting each part was something the classical composer was good at, but with this knowledge at hand, any budding pianist can use his examples to further their own understanding, as well as experienced players too.

To reinforce the amazing skill of Beethoven, it is often retold that he began playing the piano as a child, and by his teens was composing music. Even after becoming deaf, he continued to compose and play on the piano. Audiences still gave excellent responses when he did play in public, and he had sophisticated ways of communicating in writing to his friends. The level of familiarity with the piano required to be able play despite a lack of hearing ability shows how skillful or perhaps innate this composer’s musicality was.

As much of a genius as people think he was, the composer still learned from others. He learned from people such as Christian Gottlob Neefe, and later on, Haydn. Additional vocal and violin skills were learn from with the teachings of other notables of the time. This goes to show, even if you want to be and are good, it can be very beneficial to learn from others, not just to further your own skill, which is necessary in all cases, but perhaps even for the purposes of collaboration.

Finding musical notation for the musical works from this time is quite easy. The many concertos, sonatas, and symphonies are popular to this day, and the Internet includes a wealth of resources to help connect piano players with these works. Therefore, using these to further your own skill becomes more of a reality since they are so accessible. You can begin playing whatever sonata or concerto you want even if you are a beginner, or at least make your first bold attempt to do so.

The music of Beethoven is perhaps one of the most prominent of all of the classical works online. The composer is just as popular on the Internet as he was historically, or perhaps even more, because there are millions of people playing or attempting to play and learn from his music.

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