Learning The Piano in 20 Steps
Teach yourself piano in 20 steps! (Eh? Can you really do that? )
the piano, with or without a piano teacher, is a process that can be accomplished in
any number of ways.
However, in order to get the most results as early as possible and not learning things in an awkward way, nor having to relearn any aspect (horror!) for all of us that want fast results ...
... here is a plan on what steps you may take when you want to learn the piano from scratch.
Any kind of learning process could be seen as a spiral;
you will learn a certain amount of things on a basic level that will be
repeated again and again as you progress on more advanced levels.
steps could be seen as a first swirl around that spiral…!
said, I am not trying to present a one-solution-to-all progress; because
that would be impossible.
Even though core elements in the process are the same
in many ways of teaching and learning how to play piano, something that works for one person
simply does not mean that it would work for another.
So, here is
just one way of looking at a step by step plan for learning the piano.
Spend as much time as you need on each step and make sure to master each before moving to the next. And do enjoy yourself!
20 Steps to
Learning the Piano
- Immerse yourself in
sing, watch others play. Do this daily.
- Acquaint yourself with
the piano and all its
parts and sounds. Learn about the strings, soundboard, pedals, and lid… all
there is. Toy around and test everything!
- Know how your body
works and learn how to use it when playing. Learn
about proper posture, hand position, weight balance and how to relax.
- Learn the names of the piano keys
and your finger numbers.
- Begin without note reading. Learn easy, simple improvisation
and playing by ear. Use the pedal. Explore. Don’t be afraid, test drive your
instrument; it is hard to break!
- Pick a simple piece of music, with only a few notes and learn it. Observe how a melody moves; up and down in
steps, skips and repeats. Learn to read a simple piece of music with notes
in the same way. Practice to really listen to everything you play. Do this
- Play five finger patterns all
over the keyboard, and in many different keys. Use a lot of black keys! First
without notes to learn the geography of the keyboard, and then with notes using
“landmark notes” to find your way.
- Learn to identify and play simple harmonic
and melodic intervals from unison to a fifth. Learn the difference between
a half step and a whole step. This will help you with note reading a lot!
- Practice to play loud (forte) and
soft (piano) and anything in between.
- Learn to play staccato and
- Master playing pieces with simple
melodies where the hands take turn to play. (Not simultaneously yet).
- Continue with simple pieces that
use both hands at the same time. Always practice hands separately first.
- Learn about basic chords and how to
play them in root position.
- Learn to play a C major scale in
one octave first in each hand separately, and then in contrary motion. Do
the same with the A minor (natural)
- Play simple pieces with C major
scales and chords.
- Identify and play intervals
unison to an Octave, melodic and harmonic.
- Continue to learn 10 major and minor scales the easy way in one octave by ear, hands separately. Learn about the changes in harmonic and melodic minor.
- Practice playing chords with only
white keys: chord inversions. Play pieces using chords, blocked and broken. Make
sure to use the correct fingering.
- Simple pedal technique: Learn to use
and change the pedal smoothly.
- Take time to learn basic music
Repeat this process with more advanced materials!