You have decided that you want to learn and play the piano and you are a complete beginner.
Where do you start?
There are two broad options to choose from, the electronic piano/keyboard or
upright/grand piano. Keyboards are cheaper, smaller and portable. But there is
nothing like the rich, solid sound of the piano to whip out tunes from the Great
Composers and beyond. Go to your local music shop to view and get advice. If you
know exactly what you want however you can take a look Here.
So you now have a piano or keyboard. Great!!
If you have a piano, is it in tune?
Your piano needs to be tuned every time its been shifted or at regular intervals. You
will need to find a piano tuner in your area. Maybe someone at the music store can
direct you to a reliable one.
If you have a keyboard, you will need to understand how it works by reading
the manual. Different brands of keyboards have different features and may be
set out differently. Even different types within the same brand can have variable
Now…how do you play it?
Great question. There are three options:
1. Find a Piano Teacher:
You can go along to a weekly lesson for guidance.
It is useful to have someone to see and hear what are learning. A teacher can tell
you what you are doing well and what needs working on and give extra material to
help as required.
There will be variances on fees and payment.
2. Learn On Your Own:
a. You can buy a tutor book, CD, DVD and learn yourself.
This is a cheaper option than lessons with a teacher and comes with a one off fee.
You can learn at your own rate and it is convenient not to go out to a weekly lesson.
However it has it's disadvantages in that you do not get feedback and you may get
some bad habits and get confused.
b. With an Online Piano Course:
This is another option to be able to go at your pace. They generally have a one-time fee.
And as well as getting books, audio, video there is a online support service which is
used to answer any questions you may have. Take a look Here.
When you are learning the piano by any of the methods you need to learn step
by step. Every instruction is vital to get a complete knowledge. So do not skip any
lessons. Of course if you are learning from a teacher then it is harder to skip lessons
and it helps keep up the interest.
When you start learning the piano you learn sitting posture, hand and finger
position, finger numbers, note names, note lengths, the keys of the keyboard, musical
terminology and more…all step by step, from the simple pieces to the more complex
pieces as you move onto more notes and rhythms.
It is your job to get familiar with all of this so you can play your favourite pieces for
sheer pleasure and total relaxation.
And so you need to be guided into good practise techniques. You know, the idea to
learn the piano is to play and have fun. So in your learning journey take note of all the
pieces you like. And every time you go to the piano you can pull out a piece or 2 for
a warm up or warm down. And do your focused practise bit in the middle.
Take a Look Here for Practising Techniques For A Musical Instrument.
The amount time you play each practice session depends on your level of playing.
My Motto Is
Play Little Amounts Often
On Different Days Of Week
Repetition is the Key
Rather than one larger playing just before each weekly lesson
So what are you waiting for?
Contact a teacher for lessons.
Buy a tutor book,CD,DVD or
Purchase an Online Piano Course Here
And enjoy your amazing journey into the Art of Piano Playing