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Sheet Music vs. Visualizers: What to choose?

Learning how to play the piano can be a challenging but rewarding experience. One of the questions that many beginners face is whether to use a visualizer or sheet music when learning new songs. In this video, I discuss the benefits of learning sheet music and why it’s a better long-term solution compared to relying on visualizer.

Disadvantages of visualizers

While visualizers may seem convenient, they can limit your musical development. By learning sheet music, you’ll gain a solid foundation in music theory, which will help you understand your piano in a new way. You’ll be able to learn new songs faster, and it will also enable you to play with much greater dynamics. Visualizers tend to provide a very static recording with little room for personal interpretation, whereas sheet music allows for more creative freedom and expression.

In addition, sheet music provides access to a much wider range of songs. It’s often challenging to find the right MIDI file when using visualizers, and many musicians may stop sharing their files due to copyright reasons. However, sheet music will always be available, making it a time-saver for those looking to learn new songs quickly.

Sheet Music is a not as complex as you may think

Learning sheet music doesn’t have to be overly complex. It’s a skill that can be easily acquired by taking an easy-to-understand and intuitive approach, such as the one offered by our online course on how to learn sheet music. Even simple songs can be played in a bad, static, and undynamic way, or they can be played beautifully with more dynamics and personal interpretation. By learning sheet music, you’ll be able to explore and incorporate your own feelings into your performances, ultimately becoming a more accomplished musician.

In conclusion, while visualizers may be a great starting point for beginners exploring the piano, it’s best to progress to sheet music to develop as a pianist. With the benefits of a solid foundation in music theory, greater creative freedom, and access to a wider range of songs, learning sheet music is the best long-term solution for anyone looking to become a better musician.

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