(Closed) How many songs are too many to ask a friendor pianist to learn?

posted 8 years ago in Music
  • poll: How many songs is too many?
    More than 1 : (2 votes)
    17 %
    More than 2 : (2 votes)
    17 %
    More than 3 : (5 votes)
    42 %
    More than 4 : (0 votes)
    More than 5-6 : (1 votes)
    8 %
    More than 7-9 : (0 votes)
    More than 10 : (0 votes)
    Any amount is okay, just get her an awesome thank you gift : (2 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    We asked ours to learn two out of the three songs we used. I also felt bad asking him to learn a lot, especially b/c ours are traditional Jewish songs so he didn’t know anything about them. I would just ask him what is ok though.

    Post # 5
    23 posts
    • Wedding: August 2011

    definitely just ask her. Maybe she is a quick learner or maybe she needs extra time (that you may not have) It is better to have one amazing song than 30 minutes of your guests wishing they were hearing impaired.

    Post # 6
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    depends on their skill level.. if they are very musical n talented then it wont take them more than a few attempts to learn several songs but some pianists need more time than others to learn songs

    Post # 7
    376 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    It depends on how well she plays and reads music. Some pianists can learn a new song in a hour and master it. Others, it could take longer. I took lessons for 8 years and was fairly good, but not so great at reading sheet music so it would take me about 2 days to really “get” a song. BUT my instructor could pretty much just look at a song and play away. 

    I’d just ask her. I’m sure that she won’t be offended and will probably like that you asked 🙂 

    Post # 8
    866 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Has she played weddings before? It sounds as though she’s comfortable with the book of classical songs, so practice time for those will be minimal. Given the time constraints, however, I would choose three important songs for her to learn (and learn well). The ways of pop music (technical stuff like chording, pedaling, etc.) are rather different from classical and will take more time to perfect, but three is a reasonable number.

    Post # 9
    106 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    my husband and I are both professional musicians.  We chose a WONDERFUL pianist who is amazing.  I can offer some advice:  CHOOSE A GOOD PIANIST!!!!  If your pianist is a great musician–he/she can probably sight-read your music the first day you hand it to them… go to a local college and get the emails of the professors.  Ask them–they love to make extra money!   If they cannot do it then ask if they can recommend a student.

    Coming from a musician who has played many weddings–DO NOT FEEL BAD about asking them to learn a lot of music!!  It is their JOB.  YOU are paying them.  You should get what you want.

    If they cannot handle it then they will probably tell you.  Ask to hear it a few months before your wedding so that you can approve of the quality!

    Post # 11
    13 posts

    Definitely ask your pianist!  I request a song list at least 30 days prior to the wedding date, and this is my full-time job.  No one wants to play poorly due to inadequate preparation time. 

    It’s in your own best interest to get your pianist the music as soon as possible, and I’d suggest no more than 2-3 songs that she’d need to learn.  If she has to spread her practice time over more songs, each one that she’s learning won’t be as good as possible.

    The sooner she has them, the better everything will sound.  You don’t want them to sound just OK!  She might also have some suggestions of pieces that she is comfortable playing.

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