1. Getting and Staying Organized
- You need a
piano or a keyboard in a well lit place where you can study undisturbed for at
least shorter amounts of time, like 30 min to an hour.
- You will need the sheet music and book
you want to study, pencil and an eraser. Optional is a metronome for rhythmic
studies and a timer or clock to keep track of time.
2. Knowing What To Study And In What Order
This is where
it gets a bit trickier. You’ll find help using a
great self teaching piano method, it will have the pieces organized in the correct level of
difficulty as well as coordinated technical exercises.
You could also choose to
use a piano course like Learn and Master Piano, which is one of the top recommended DVD course packages for
all-round piano playing.
Another option is to follow the syllabus of an
examination system like RCM Royal College of Music, or ABRSM Associated Board
of Royal Schools of Music. I find the
pieces and the recommended order of study of both repertoire and technique is
excellent. They are brilliant to use even if you do not sign up for the exams.
What piano books and methods should you use?
There is so much to choose from. I have compiled a list of adult piano learning repertoire and in what order to study the material here that might help: Tips about great piano
methods for adult beginners.