The piano is a unique and interesting instrument. Plus, it’s fun to play. Even if you think it’s impossible to become good without years of expensive piano lessons, that’s not necessarily true. With a little knowledge about notes, keys and chords, as well as lots of practice, you can learn to play the piano through self taught piano lessons.
Here are some tips on how to improve your skills as a pianist.
Use instructional books. These will help you learn the ABCs of how to read music as well as how to play scales and simple songs.
Study the keyboard and notes. Each one of the keys on a piano’s keyboard, black and white ones, have a corresponding written note on a sheet of music. You will first have to learn the name of each piano key, then the system for how the keys on a keyboard are translated to notes on a piece of paper. It sounds harder than it is; there are plenty of tricks developed over the years to help.
Practice the scales. Playing scales will help you become familiar with notes and their sounds.
Learn some simple songs. Use your instructional book and do the lessons. With them you will learn to play simple songs, as well as to master the location of the fingers.
Practice a lot. Learning to play the piano requires a lot of practice. Plan to practice at least for half an hour, three to four times a week.
Find an instructor. If the self taught piano lessons are giving you a hard time, you will need help. This is the most expensive option, but also the most appropriate to learn to play music. A good instructor will not only have a history that proves their ability to help beginners learn to play music, but can teach you the basics correctly. Hiring an instructor will help you avoid bad habits that could take a long time to fix.