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7 Tips That Will Change The Way You Learn Play Piano

By Ana J. Carpio

Everyone can pick up a skill or two and learn play piano but not everyone who has done that can become good pianists. What keeps most of us from dedicating ourselves to learn the instrument? Well, there are actually a few common problems including lack of motivation or interest, not knowing enough musical theories and principles, and not having a good piano teacher. No matter the reason from not continuing your piano lesson, the tips below can give help you conquer common problems that discourage you from learning the instrument:

Consider hiring a good piano instructor. Online piano programs, software, lesson and tutorials are very good options for learning piano music but nothing beats the advantages of having an actual teacher who can guide you throughout the process of learning the instrument.

Don’t skip your lessons. Although it is often tempting to skip your lessons, as each lesson may take hours and even days to perfect, this always prove counterproductive. Master all the exercises, no matter how bored or tired you are in repeating your lessons. Piano lessons are specifically created to become specific so your mind and muscles can acquire the skills and technique taught by the lesson. Perfect your scales, arpeggios and finger exercise. There is no easy way to becoming a good pianists; they are not made overnight.

Begin with the basics. It is highly likely that this is not your first time to repeat your basic piano lessons. This suggests that you are already quite familiar with your piano. While you are just refreshing your memory, it is still not a good idea to skip your lessons. A rule of thumb in taking piano lessons is to complete the basic lessons first before jumping to more complicated ones.

Memorize basic piano chords by heart – the major, minor, and dominant including the diminished chords and the 7th diminished. To make it easier and faster for you to play all five, memorize the formula for each. Also, familiarize yourself with the rudiments of music theory including arpeggios, scales and inversions.

Apply what you have learned. It is no use to learn one thing and not apply it in practice. When practicing with the piano, always try to apply the things you have learned. Pick pieces that you are most comfortable practicing with and integrate the skills and techniques you have acquired using your lessons. For guidance, search for music sheets or even song books which contain songs that you are most familiar with.

Learn from the masters. Find inspiration in a pianist who have honed his skills enough to be considered a great. Pick up from his techniques and style and integrate these to enhance your own. Keep the things you have learned from your ‘inspiration’ and use these to advance your own technique and style. Remember, it is always beneficial to have someone as your inspiration for learning, it makes the process not only easier but also faster.

Go the extra mile. Piano lessons don’t start and end during an hour of formal piano lessons. It is a continuous process that should not know neither boredom and fatigue, it is a long-term commitment.

Learn play piano and mastering it is never easy, no one said it was. But of course, the road to becoming a brilliant piano player is paved by a certain degree of dedication and interest on the craft.

It takes some serious time spent to learn play piano. Not everyone can do it but everyone who enough dedication and interest can. Find out more about learning how to play this beautiful instrument and visit my website.

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