How To Learn To Play Piano
In my nearly 30 years of how to learn to play piano experience, I have made contact with so many people of various backgrounds – those with no piano experience to those with lots of it. Interestingly, even the majority of those with years of playing behind them, who had already achieved a certain mastery of the basic skills mentioned above, viewed improvising on piano (piano styling) as somewhat of a mystery. The reason? It’s pretty simple. They were not exposed to the art. [indeed-social-media sm_list=’fb,tw,goo,pt,li,whatsapp’ sm_template=’ism_template_1′ sm_list_align=’horizontal’ sm_display_counts=’false’ sm_display_full_name=’true’]
Playing piano and interpreting and performing the music of the “classical” masters is an accomplishment of its own (and a worthy one at that) – but it’s what most piano students are taught. Why? It’s the “status quo,” one might say. It is the most understood. It’s what degrees that are earned have been based on for ages. If an art form is not understood by the majority, then it stands to reason that the majority of instructors won’t be teaching it, due to their lack or limitation of understanding.
Makes sense, right? Yet, if you asked 100 people today who either have no experience or have had a few years of piano lessons what they really would like to learn on the piano, it would be interesting to hear the responses and what most of them point to. People want to create – it’s an innate desire. They want to have the know-how to sit down at the piano and play, without having to endure tedious years of “university style” lessons before they have fun.
Is This Fair On Their Part?
Sure it is! The truth is, you don’t need years of lessons before you can play – furthermore, you don’t need years of training before you can learn how to play creatively. As a matter of fact, you can (within a very short period of time) learn how the professionals do a lot of what they do if only – yes, if only – you could get them to share it with you. Thankfully, there are a few out there who recognize this public desire and who share bits and pieces of what they know.
If you mix your desire to learn with your passion to play and improve your playing, you can make the kind of progress that will amaze even yourself. I created a program that is aimed at people opening up their minds (and musical ears) to creative piano playing called Piano in 30 days. It consists of a weekly program that you receive via email which unveils many of the secrets the piano pros have used for years. It no longer has to be a mystery.
The program is free to try as well. If you have a tiny bit of piano knowledge, this will certainly enhance your understanding. In short, you’ll be having more fun at the piano. If you want to learn something, commit yourself to learning it. Investigate the resources that can help you. Don’t accept the “status quo” just because others do. Take your understanding to the next level.
A Part Of Your Life
It applies to learning piano as it applies to any other facet of your life. Just because people you know have been doing the same things in the same ways for years doesn’t mean that you aren’t meant to go beyond that. If you’re a classical musician, for example, and you feel an inner need to be more of a creator than a follower, then by all means be willing to admit that, even with your current abilities (which may be excellent), you still have a limited understanding.
After all, the only real way we can ever make any significant progress in any area of our lives is to be open to the idea (or fact) that there is more to learn than what we already know. Face the facts. Take the leap. Learn. The piano and piano lessons are fun, easy and a great way to enjoy making your own music. Piano lessons are the foundation of learning music, especially for very young children. Forget all of what you have heard or remember about piano lessons.
Piano lessons don’t need to be hard or take a long time. Piano lessons can help you realize your true potential. Music is a wonderful way to express yourself. Playing an instrument should be fun, playful and enjoyable. A piece of music consists of repeating patterns of single notes and hand formations, which are combined in different ways to produce different sounds.
Music Is A Powerful Resource
Music truly is a universal language and one of the most powerful forces on the planet. Piano Lessons are an ideal way to fit music into your schedule. Online piano lessons are a simple way to dig in again and are cheap and easy to follow. For those that do not have a teacher at all, look for online piano and keyboard lessons that begin from step one.
All you need is a piano or a keyboard to get started. The benefits of piano lessons are numerous and can last a lifetime. Your time spent practicing piano should be nothing less than a positive experience aimed at fun, productivity, and self-discovery. If you are at the point where your piano practice is something you despise, then it’s time to reevaluate your situation. There is still hope.
If you are currently studying with a private instructor, I strongly suggest that you communicate with this person, letting him/her know exactly how you feel about practicing – really invite a serious discussion about the matter. Although I would not interfere with the communication going on between a student and teacher, but I can say a few words here: First of all, I would recommend being honest with yourself and ask yourself what exactly it is about practicing that you are not comfortable with.
Is it the material, the fact that a certain amount of time is expected of you, etc.? Once you can acknowledge this, then you can more clearly come up with a solution – again, if you’re studying with someone, by all means this gives you something to go on.
Acknowledge One Basic Fact
A very important thing is to acknowledge one basic fact: we resist what we don’t like – now, taking this into consideration, look at this for a moment or two: you “hate practicing” and you’re involved with practicing an art form that one must love in order to perform to his or her potential. It’s important to get yourself in touch with methods/strategies that will bring out the inner passion you have for music.
Instead of adopting the mindset dreading the half hour, hour, or more that you have ahead of you, concentrate on loving the very first minute or two, and don’t look ahead. Try this. Surely, there are things you very much love to play – start with something like this – get into it!! Practice with passion, as I so strongly promote in my 88 Keys to Learning program, for the next week (and longer, of course), really concentrate at making those first couple of minutes at the piano something you look forward to.
Refresh Your Relationship With The Piano
You can ease into the more “serious” side of practicing, of course… but again, for now, I really thing it’s so very important for you to start refreshing your relationship with the piano. I’ll say that again… START REFRESHING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PIANO! Do whatever it takes to love playing! Instead of just setting aside one super long session, try giving yourself a few two-minute sessions per day, just going to the piano, playing something you love, and then leaving it for a while.
Do this again and again, constantly developing a healthier relationship with the instrument…smile, have fun, play something you enjoy, relax, take a break… at some point during the day, ease into a longer session, adding a few minutes here and there. So, perhaps you will eventually have three or four “two minute thrilling sessions” at the piano and one longer more “serious” (methodical might be a better word) approach (which should still ultimately be thrilling!) where you start off with just fun material and ease into material you want to improve.
Make every minute count! Make every minute fun! Not because you have to, but because you want to. After only your first few piano lessons you will be more than ready to get started with weekly, or even daily, lessons.
You can soon be playing for friends and family, amazing them with your new musical talents. You can learn a variety of music styles such as classical, jazz, gospel, or rock and roll easily once you’ve mastered the right theory concepts. Did you ever notice how most people who start off at a young age taking piano lessons rarely continues past high school? Then, when these people grow into adults, many of them will eventually regret their decision to quit.
Why Do Most People Quit?
So much so that, many will actually seek out a new piano teacher and start all over again. Why do most people quit? I don’t think it’s because they’re not motivated or they don’t like music. I believe it’s because they don’t realize why they’re taking piano lessons in the first place.
Sure they can tell you that music is important and they probably should be trying harder but the fact is most simply cannot tell you the real reason for learning in the first place.
Usually, this happens because we compare our abilities to others and the distance between the way we play music now and where we want to get seems insurmountable. But, here’s the good news. Nothing can get in your way of learning if you just realize that know matter how you play you cannot be bad.