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Like it is with learning most skills, learning to play the piano could be quit overwhelming at first for beginners. This is especially true if the learner lacks the right information and guidance. As a piano learner who is just starting out, it’s not a strange thing to find yourself not knowing where to begin your learning journey, even with the high volume of information available on the subject. Sieving through the high volume of information available for piano learners to select the important ones could be a daunting task.
To make your learning journey an easy one, you need the right information and guidance. This short beginner tips are designed with the aim of helping the absolute beginner gain the insight into how he could begin his learning journey and what to expect in the course of learning. It is prepared to make learning the piano a bliss, and to avoid most of the confusion that the beginner learner would otherwise encounter. Now let’s delve into the tips that will help you take you from a complete novice to a budding pianist.
1. Ask the Right First Questions: what, why?
Music itself is a large art discipline, having many branches called genres. To gain some kind of specialization, every serious musician must focus on some genre(s) of their interest. This enables the musician master that genre and specialize instead of being involved in all while mastering none – think if jack of all trade... Same thing could be said of pianists: there are different aspects of piano.
You could choose your interest based on the genre(s) of music you are most interest in – like jazz, hip hop, new age, country,- or your choice could be based on what and where you want to play – is it in church, concerts, or in your leaving room to entertain yourself, friends and family. As a beginner, you don’t want to be all over the place. Choose an aspect and focus on that aspect, based on the intended use of your skill, you can always add to it once you’ve mastered the previous one.
2. Choose your Learning Resources
To begin, you will have to learn from someone, somewhere. The goodnews is, technology has made is easy for anyone to learn anything from the internet. There are thousands of easy-to-follow tutorials all over the internet that can help you achieve your goal of becoming an excellent pianist. For decades now, internet platforms like Youtube, Shillshare, and Udemy have proven to be excellent learning resources for many. One can literally go from being a novice to a pro learning from these platforms. A simply Youtube search on “Piano lessons” for instance will return hundreds of video tutorials on the subject.
While searching for online piano tutorials however, ensure you choose only tutorials that are well structured for absolute beginners. Those that will take a complete novice on a step by step journey to become a good pianist. You don’t want a tutorial that does not fellow a particular order or one that is intended for pianist who are already advancing in their art.
Apart from internet tutorials there are tons of piano resources out there that a beginner can make use of. Piano lesson books, tapes, and video clips that are beginner friendly are available in your regular musical shops, book shops etc. All you have to do is carry out a little research.
3. Create a Learning Plan
Most accomplish students have concrete learning plans and so should you as a serious piano student. If you are to be successful, then you must be intentional, don’t do it only when you feel like it. Design goals and milestones that you most meet on daily bases. This will help you stay focus. You can start by blogging out time in your daily schedules and linking that time to the aspect of piano lesson you want to focus on for that day. This will not only ensure that you stay focus but will also help you structure your lessons to progress from step to step effortlessly.
4. Focus on Every Moment’s Plan
In the last tip, we focused on planning, however, plans not backed by actions are as good as no plans. To succeed, you must do everything possible to push through with your learning plan. Try as much as possible to block out distractions, you can employ any tool you know will help you stay focused. Tools like google calendar will help you keep track of time and your activities. A personal do-to-list will help you move from one activity to the other without missing a task.
Also, while starting out, you will be tempted to try all the beautiful tunes in your head, tunes from great pianist that you’ve been listening to from the time you were born. This is quite normal, but never give into the temptation, it is better to stay on the basics and learn the foundational practices which are necessary to make you a great pianist yourself.
5. Don’t Miss the boring Stuff
As you progress, you’ll discover that some aspects of beginner lessons are very boring. So boring are they that you will be tempted to skip them. Think about you having repeat certain notes combinations what seems like eternity. Quite boring right? Especially when you can hardly connect it usefulness to the sounds in your head – those beautiful tunes you’re eager to play. Well, those practices are designed to help you learn certain note combinations, gain certain finger mastery, so skipping them won’t do you any good. They may not make sense to you now, but they sure will in the future.
6. Take One Step at a Time
Previously, we talked about the need to focus on the moment’s plan and schedule. In this tip, we will talk about the need to stick to the lesson on your schedule until you have mastered it. Touching on different aspects without doing justice to them individually will not do you any good. Stick to the lessons, till you have learned them thoroughly. Even if it guts down the time of the next lesson, ensure you finish it. Your current lesson maybe the key to understanding the next one, so don’t just skip through, learn it thoroughly. Naturally, it may take you longer to master some things than others, that’s okay, but stick to the plan.
If you follow the lessons meticulously, you will find a sense of fulfilment knowing that you are digesting your learning well. After all, it’s all the pieces put together that makes you a great pianist right?
7. Stay on the Keys
The only way to become a great pianist is to keep playing. Learner or expert pianist, you must keep playing to advance your skills and stay at the top of your game. So don’t give into the temptation of relaxing after you’ve learned some rules and master a few tunes, as it’s not the best way to grow.
Look for people who are ahead of you in the art, make friends with them, learn from them the things you don’t know or things you find difficult to grasp. Have mentors, you don’t have to meet them in person, make friends with their audios or video clips. Watch piano concerts, you can even attend a few if you can. Piano is an interesting musical instrument that many learners find not so difficult to learn, some even become lifelong learners.
So, there you have it, learning and mastering your piano is not rocket science. All you need is good planning and an unwavering commitment. If you follow the tips listen in this short guide, then you are sure on your way to quickly progressing from a piano novice to a budding master pianist.