10 Motivational Tips When You Teach Yourself Piano
1. First of all, schedule a regular time for yourself when you can be undisturbed.
2. Make your "piano corner" a cozy place. Have a really comfortable piano bench at the correct height, perfect lighting, a CD player, maybe computer or laptop, pencils, metronome, music books and piano sheet music, and books - all within reach.
3. Get organized! Seems obvious, but even as a professional I am often too lazy to go and get a simple pencil for noting down things when I work- and instead opt for "I can probably remember it anyway..." (Which of course I can't and instead waste energy trying to remember!)
So, simple things count- your place for learning piano should be inviting and functional, inspiring and relaxing!
4. The time you spend how to learn piano is entirely up to you. Just spend it!
Even if you don’t feel like playing, stick to the plan and lean back in a comfortable chair and listen to some great (piano) music, to inspire you- or read about composers, famous piano performers or styles of music that interest you.
You could also learn more about piano history and/or music theory.
5. Make the time you spend in your "music corner" your own special time. If you make the time you spend to teach yourself piano cozy, inspiring, relaxing and fun and you are already motivated!
Watch piano DVD's for inspiration or YouTube videos with your favorite pianists or composers, go to concerts-indulge! You'll get inspired and keep your own creative "juices" flowing!
6. Set goals! I keep a journal with pieces I intend to play. When I practice, I think about how much I would like to learn that day. Afterward I jot down a note or two about how it went, and what I would like to remember for next time.
This way, even if I will not be able to practice for a while- I can start exactly where I left last time. It is also fun to actually see the progress I make.
7. Record yourself! Once you have reached a goal,
learned a piece or even made your own, record it! You can also video
Depending on your skill at the computer, you can make mp3
files, and compile them into your very own CD.
Every year each of my students get a CD with their own
performance of the pieces that they have studied during the year. The CD
is a perfect gift for relatives of course, but also motivation and a measure of progress.
We have a dear friend, a retired University professor, who every
year creates a CD with his own compositions. This is a hobby of his and
with a synthesizer, some recording equipment and computer; he creates
his music and sends as a gift to his friends. What a wonderful idea!
8. Start a blog! Share your piano learning
adventures with friends and family! I have seen several charming blogs
by instrumental hobbyists, sharing their trials and successes and above
all, love for their instrument with the world. Great motivator!
9. Once you have a little repertoire going-invite friends and family and have a very informal home concert!
Instead of the regular dinner, serve snacks and drinks and share your
Even better- play with friends! Pianists are always wanted for
all kinds of ensembles and accompaniment! Or start a group yourself,
there are many fun ways to play in an ensemble.
10. Above all- remember to have fun and enjoy yourself!
Sure it takes discipline to teach yourself piano as anything new- but
if we don’t have fun or enjoy it, there is no way we would stick to it!
If you teach yourself piano, you can also get help and motivation from this online piano course that teaches you all the basics in many different styles.