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The Piano Player, Issue #49 -- Teaching Yourself Piano
October 04, 2019

Tips & Tools for Piano Players

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The Piano Player--Issue #49, October 2019

In This Issue:

Teaching Yourself Piano

Can You Really Do That?

Many adults who have a dream of learning the piano, or who want to start again after many years of absence, start by trying to teach themselves.

Teaching yourself is absolutely doable, but I recommend at least a few lessons with a piano teacher to set you up correctly! Otherwise you might learn things like note reading or basic technique in an unnecessarily awkward or time consuming way.

Having said that, most of our time as pianists we actually work on our own, and teach ourselves. In this issue I'll give you some tips on how to get started, and more importantly- how to stay motivated and keep on going!

I hope you'll find some helpful tips here!

How to Learn the Piano by Yourself

Many try to teach themselves piano. Some may have taken lessons as a child, and now want to start again, others always dreamed of being able to play but were not able to earlier.

Even though the most recommended action would be to go to a dedicated piano teacher for lessons, this is not always possible. So how do you go about it on your own?

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Teach Yourself to Play Piano: 10 Tips to Help You Get Started

Most adults who want to learn piano don't actually aim to become a professional pianist. More often simply to be able to enjoy playing an instrument, play some songs, accompany songs, maybe improvise or play some beautiful pieces.

You can generally not teach yourself to play piano and become a professional pianist; you need years and years of training with the best piano teachers, a huge amount of dedication, ambition and sacrifice.

However, it is possible to teach yourself to play piano as an adult and become a good pianist.

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Teach Yourself Piano: 10 Tips to Stay Motivated

So, if you have chosen to learn piano by on your own, how do you keep yourself interested and stay motivated?

After the first weeks (days, months...) of your "honey moon" with your instrument, obligations and life's essentials pile up.

It all may get in the way of your efforts to teach yourself piano, and the dear old piano is gathering dust…

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Got Piano Questions?

Ask your piano related questions here: Piano Q & A
And music theory questions here: Music Theory Q & A

Piano Story of the Month

My Love Affair with the Piano

I was recording with a very old friend in his incredible home studio.. He likes the way I finger pick the guitar & the songs I've shared.

I became increasingly fascinated with the piano every time my friend would add piano tracks to the songs. I decided I wanted to teach myself enough to play at least one song; to have one song learned well enough to play in front of anybody without screwing up...

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Best Piano Books for Adult Beginners

Whether you're teaching yourself, or working with a piano teacher, the first choice of piano books for adult beginners should be your piano method book.

A piano method book teaches you the fundamentals of piano technique, note reading, music theory and has gradually advancing piano pieces to practice on.

Here is a selection of piano books for adult beginners I find very successful with my older beginner piano students.

Best Piano Books for Adult Beginners

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