What Is The Best Way To Learn To Play Piano?

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It’s a story heard far too often in the SoCal Pianos showrooms in Ontario & Palm Desert, CA (appointment only at both locations), the story of a person or family buying a piano then quickly giving up the instrument because of frustration while trying to learn how to play.

TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

Let’s start with the obvious: You will need lessons. Self-taught piano players are few and far between. SoCal can help you find a piano teacher through our extensive database available on our website. After you start taking lessons you must do your part to get started on your musical journey. Here are seven tips to help:

LEARN THE BASICS

There is always a temptation to cut corners and jump ahead in the learning process, but ignoring the basics almost always slows down the process of learning to play. The first focus should be on posture. Piano playing involves a lot of repetitive motion and good posture reduces the strain on your hands and wrists. This means sitting correctly and focusing on the basic techniques.

SET A SCHEDULE AND FOLLOW IT

Playing piano is no different than any other hobby, if you want to be good you must invest the time. Practice does indeed make perfect. You should have a set schedule and practice the same amount of time every day and don’t stop.

PATTERNS ARE IMPORTANT

Because music is made up of patterns, taking the time to learn those patterns makes it easier to learn by ear. Working with a piano teacher is a great way to learn patterns and understand more about melodies and how they are constructed.

APPLY THE 80/20 PRINCIPLE

This has become popular in all types of training, even in the business world. The idea is that 80% of your progress will come from 20% of the work. In other words, don’t put all your efforts into learning every piano skill. Simplify the process by focusing on the skills that will make everything else easier. It also helps you focus on what you need to know to play the music you enjoy.

SLOW IS GOOD

It’s important for beginners to realize that accuracy is more important than speed. Make sure you are hitting the right notes and the speed at which you play piano will increase naturally with repetition. 

STRETCH AND WARM UP

Piano playing may not be vigorous aerobic exercise, but your hands are doing a lot of work. If you don’t stretch and exercise before playing you can risk injury. Stretching your hands and doing warm up exercises will help blood flow to your hands and remove stiffness.

PRACTICE MUSIC YOU ENJOY

Like any hobby, learning to play the piano is supposed to be fun. When practicing, make sure you are working towards playing the songs you love. There are several beginner songs that are still catchy and good for practicing your technique. 

FINAL THOUGHTS

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s work together to start your learning to play musical journey now. Soon you will be putting a smile on your face and entertaining friends and family members by playing the piano. SoCal Pianos in Ontario & Palm Desert, CA (appointment only at both locations) is always here to help you reach your goals.