8 thoughts on “5 Bad Habits Holding You Back as You Learn Piano

  1. I agree that learning to read is one of the most important if not the most important thing to do first when you’re learning piano. Great article!

  2. Hi Suzy,

    Thanks for sharing this article. I agree, these are five habits that can hold back prospective piano players. I have started my early years of playing the piano with some of these habits. I had to find time to correct my posture, fingering techniques, plus learn to read music. If I was trained to do these things from the beginning then I wouldn’t have to go through these basic things again. I am happy I did though, it pays in the long run.

    Great article! 🙂
    All the best!

  3. What you say about the folly of memorizing solely using muscle memory is true. Lots of good ideas in this article. Thank you!

  4. I’m not entirely sure that this article appeals to the ear learners in the world. I am two years into piano, but every time I play in front of strangers (musically inclined ones as well as not), they tend to guess that i’ve been playing for at least six or seven years. I have not learned how to read, write music at all. In fact, I feel that learning how to read music and focusing on all of these minuscule details hinders you from actually having a deep connection with the instrument. Without all of these ropes holding your own creativity back, you start to learn that yes, while the instrument has mechanics, you don’t have to adhere to rules or guidelines on how to play it in the slightest. If you completely ignore theory, you learn to make your own; and your fingers and brain work almost in synchronization to do the most daunting task of all: improvisation. So in my opinion, the structure built around music to help better understand it is truly obstructing music’s creatively.

  5. Learning to play the piano is a therapeutic and cognitive skill to learn, especially for children. We offer some great courses if anyone is interested.

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