So you’ve made your mind up and you want to learn how to play the piano, right? Fantastic! Before you plop down and start banging away at the keys there are a few things you should clarify so that you start out on the right track.
Set the Stage for Success
How do you play piano with no previous knowledge of music? One way is to hire an expert to show you. So first, take a look at your daily and weekly schedule. You will need to set aside time for lessons and practice on your own and make sure your daily routine can accommodate regular practice sessions. Every player’s style is unique, and students learn at different speeds depending on aptitude. A private instructor can help you develop the fundamentals of playing, the discipline to practice, and the desire to transform a curiosity into a rewarding skill.
Next, think about exactly what sort of a piano player you want to become. If classical is your thing then make that distinction when selecting an instructor. Think about the many different styles of music and pinpoint the one that moves you the most. The more specific you can get about the direction you want to take, the easier it will be for a teacher to guide you there.
Start Out Strong: The Right Teacher and the Right Gear
How do you play piano well without developing bad habits? The best way is to have the pitfalls explained to you by an experienced player. A good teacher is going to get into your head a little bit and show you what not to do from the very start. You’ll likely start with a review of sitting posture and why it’s important not to slouch to the side or slump forward.
Your teacher can also help you determine the gear you need, including helping you decide between an actual piano or a keyboard, as well as the additional accessories and materials you’ll need.
Teaching Your Hands How to Dance
Training your fingers to move in unfamiliar ways means re-programming your hand muscles. This happens gradually through extensive repetition of exercises called scales. By practicing these exercises regularly, you’ll build up the muscles and tendons in your hands so that they have the strength and endurance to keep up with the demands of playing the piano. Learning piano scales (and how to practice them) is essential to your success, and working with a private teacher who can keep you motivated will certainly help.
How do you play piano if you are unmotivated to practice? Your relationship with your teacher is the leverage that gets you away from distractions and in front of the keys. You both are invested in your progress. Setting goals will involve you making a commitment to rehearsing, and your teacher will help hold you accountable.
Stepping into the world of music doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. Allowing a private teacher to show you the ropes and make sure you don’t get tangled up is a great way to become a proficient piano player. Have fun!
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