Learning How To Play Piano

Learning how to play piano by yourself, is that even possible? Here is a look at the three most important aspects when teaching yourself to play piano.

Learning How To Play Piano By Yourself

Learning how to play the piano

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? I have found that the three most important aspects of successfully learning how to play piano by yourself are:

  1. Getting and staying organized.
  2. Knowing what to do and in what order.
  3. Finding ways to stay motivated.

Learning how to play piano

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. Here are lots of tips on how to get started: Teach Yourself To Play Piano 10 Tips to Get Started.

Knowing What To Study And In What Order

This is where it gets a bit harder.

You’ll find help using a great 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 courses 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: Tips about great piano methods for adult beginners.

Finding Ways To Stay Motivated

Like with everything else new, it is important to stick with it until it becomes a habit. Find a practice schedule that is realistic and works for you, then stick to it for at least 3 weeks- this is minimum time required for creating a new habit. Get more tips about how to stay motivated here.

Get Occasional Help

Finally, If you can manage to get piano lessons from a professional piano teacher even once in a while, it is great for checking that you don’t learn something the wrong way. It also works as a motivation booster; keeping yourself pushed to always improve! If you need help finding a piano teacher, here are some tips: How to Find a Piano Teacher

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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~Mark Twain

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