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Which do you believe is more difficult to do, learn to type by touch, or learn to play the piano blindfolded?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26821points) March 21st, 2015

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longgone's avatar

It depends on what you mean by “playing the piano” and “learning to type”. I’ve been playing piano for three years. Compared to some people, I’m good – compared to Mozart, I no more play the piano than know how to crochet.

That said, I think playing the piano blind-folded would, in some ways, be easier than with use of your eyes. I constantly try to keep my eyes off the keys. For the most part, trusting my fingers to know where they should go works much better!

Strauss's avatar

~I don’t know, my piano teacher never blindfolded me!!~ at least not in the rehearsal studio!

I do both. When I learned the piano keyboard it was on the accordion, so it was more difficult to look at the keys while reading music. Later, when I took piano as part of my training in college, I was encouraged to know the keyboard by touch and relative position.

I learned typing by touch, and I was not blindfolded for that, either, although the keys were unmarked on the typewriters we used in the classroom.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I’d imagine the process is very similar. I can’t play the piano, but I can touch type. My brain is so conditioned to know where the keys are, I don’t think about it. I couldn’t tell you where specific keys are on the keyboard. My brain knows where they are but I’ve been typing for so long my fingers find the keys without any conscious thought. I’d think if I played the piano for long enough, the same conditioning would result.

ucme's avatar

I have no fucking clue
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anniereborn's avatar

I can touch type, I learned it in high school typing class. I also took piano lessons for a year. I wasn’t very good at that, and I had my eyes open.

gailcalled's avatar

i learned how to play the piano the old-fashioned way, using my eyes. But now I can play without looking at the keyboard except for non-traditional and large jumps…over several octaves or unusual harmonics or chord patterns. If you watch a professional keyboard player, he rarely looks at his hands.

Since I have trouble memorizing,, I usually keep my eyes on the music and not on my hands.

Watch this rendition of Great Balls of Fire. Jerry Lee Lewis watches the audience most of the time with only occasional peeks at his hands, such as he plays the arpeggios.

(I also touch type.)

CWOTUS's avatar

Although I have never tried to learn to play the piano, with or without a blindfold, I did learn to touch-type about 35 years ago, give or take. And I’ve been doing that ever since. Since no one particularly cares about your cadence when you type, only that you hit the right keys nearly all of the time, I suspect that for that reason it’s easier to learn to type. Because playing the piano is more than just “hitting the right keys”, it involves learning and keeping the proper tempo, too – and changing it from time to time to suit the tune being played.

On the other hand, I can sail in the dark, and I enjoy doing that very much. I could probably do it blindfolded, too, if I already knew the boat and wasn’t relying on keeping to a particular course. As long as I can feel the wind on my face I can trim the sails and steer.

ucme's avatar

Stevie Wonder, ace piano player, shit at sending texts.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@longgone It depends on what you mean by “playing the piano” and “learning to type”.
Well to elucidate a little, I mean typing at least 30 wpm without looking or ”hunting and pecking” accurately, with very little to no typos. Playing the piano well enough to play even simple tunes but do so with the correct notes, that it sound like music and not noise.

@CWOTUS And I’ve been doing that ever since. Since no one particularly cares about your cadence when you type, only that you hit the right keys nearly all of the time,
That would kind of be where a blind person gains an advantage playing the piano, they can tell right away if you screw up because you can hear it; a typo will not make a sound and let you know until you look.

Mariah's avatar

I find it easier to type since the hand positioning stays relatively static; it’s hard to hit the correct notes on a piano if you need to move your hands around and you’re not looking. But then again, pianos have aural feedback that keyboards lack, so it might be a faster learning experience. Not sure.

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