10 Tips to Help Teach Yourself to Play Piano
1. First of all, get a piano method for adult beginners like Alfred's Self Teaching Piano Course.
2. Set up your piano work place to be as inviting as possible. You will need a good piano, a comfortable chair, and great lighting.
3. Decide to devote a certain time each day for piano practice. When you teach yourself to play piano you need a certain amount of self discipline. -Remember it takes about 21 days to form a new habit.
4. Start each session with some form of warm up. You can stretch and flex your fingers, arms and neck. Yoga!
- Do some stretching that feels good.
Use your right hand to play the black keys on the
piano, from the middle going to the right- this is “up” on the piano.
- Use your left hand to play from the middle going “down” or to the left.
Press down the right pedal if you wish, it sounds nice!
- Make up your own little melodies on the black keys. Everything you do sounds great here! This is a pentatonic scale you play, using only black keys.
5. Use a piano course with DVD's; this makes sure that you follow a step by step approach, and you can see how it's done but still work at your own pace. Try for example Learn and Master Piano, a complete piano DVD course for adult beginners.
6. Make sure to end your session when all works well-
if you end on a happy note it is much easier to get back to practice
the following day.
- You do not need long sessions- how much time you practice is up to you,
but you can have great results with 10-30 min each day.
- The trick is
regularity, the more often you play the piano, even short sessions, the more progress you make.
7. Make a habit of playing a repertoire of songs
that you have learned, before you finish. Even if it is only “Mary had a
little lamb” at first.
- Keep a selection of pieces handy that you can
play by heart, wherever you go. But remember- use them or lose them!
Unless memorized pieces are played regularly, you will forget them.
- For newly learned pieces, play them every day. After a week, once every
2 or 3 days should be OK. After that once a week for as long as you
want to keep them.
8. Listen to other pianists and musicians
often. Listen to a lot of piano music to keep you inspired. YouTube is
also great to see how other pianists are learning.
- You can buy DVDs with
your favorite pianists and styles. Go to concerts whenever possible. See if there are any nice magazines for amateur pianists available.
9. Keep a journal. Write down your goals, your
progress as well as thoughts or questions after each practice sessions.
Divide your goals into manageable tasks, baby steps. Tick them off as
you learn. It is great for your confidence to see the progress you make.
Since you teach yourself to play piano, you are your own teacher, so you have to monitor your own progress!
10. Spend a few minutes each day to pick out simple melodies playing by ear.
Start very simple- "Hot Cross Buns", for example. Then gradually up to
"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". Five minutes a day is all you need.
- Continue with parts of melodies you hear on the radio. A little at a
time. This is a very healthy practice habit when you teach yourself to play piano!