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Do I have to learn music theory to learn piano?

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I've been learning piano, and I just got up to music theory. I find it very confusing, and don't see the point. My plan for learning piano is just to read and learn songs, and I know how all the notes and rests work. I think if I just practice learning songs, I'll gradually get better, and is that enough? Or do I have to learn all the chords and things?

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No , but , if you want to become a well rounded Pianist , then knowing music theory, from rudiments of music to Harmony , you can enjoy making music and better understand the structure of music and how it flows from beginning to end. The chords are the words in music. To study music theory should make it easier to you to understand the patterns in the music you want to perform.

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Well, you'd certainly learn the basics of music theory like notes, intervals, accidentals etc. Learning music theory is not actually very important if you don't plan to be pursuing music very seriously. A basic knowledge would serve the purpose of being able to play and impress. So it's your choice if you want to dive into the deep abyss of music theory or not.


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Do I have to learn music theory to learn piano?

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I've been learning piano, and I just got up to music theory. I find it very confusing, and don't see the point. My plan for learning piano is just to read and learn songs, and I know how all the notes and rests work. I think if I just practice learning songs, I'll gradually get better, and is that enough? Or do I have to learn all the chords and things?


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No , but , if you want to become a well rounded Pianist , then knowing music theory, from rudiments of music to Harmony , you can enjoy making music and better understand the structure of music and how it flows from beginning to end. The chords are the words in music. To study music theory should make it easier to you to understand the patterns in the music you want to perform.

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@TheNuckster: understanding the theory will make it so much easier to read, memorize and play the music you like. It will enable you, instead of memorizing "this note and that note and that note, followed by that and that and that note", to see, "end of the phrase, G7 resolves to C - alright, I've seen that a hundred times". - Richard Metzler Jun 22 at 7:27

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