Piano as an instrument is an inspiring delight to play. For some people, it is a hidden hobby and for some a persuading career. Be it any reason to lay your hands on the piano, now it is possible to become good without years of practice in expensive piano lessons but at the comfort of your home. With basic knowledge of piano notes, keys, piano chords, and lot of practice, one can learn piano and self-train oneself towards becoming a pro-pianist.
So, now you have decided to go for it alone, here I will walk you through some basic pointers to consider:
1. Choice between piano or keyboard to start with for a beginner:
The most effective and affordable way to start are Electronic Keyboards. The keyboard should be with 88 weighted keys. The weighted keys build hand strength and respond more like the keys of an acoustic piano. Most electronic keyboards do not have weighted keys. If a keyboard with 88 weighted keys is still out of your price range, we recommend that students use a keyboard with at least 61 keys.
2. Familiarize oneself with basic piano knowledge:
Can be either 88 keys digital piano or 61 keys digital piano. Usually for a beginner, 61 keys piano keyboard is enough to cover maximum number of songs. Keys are organized in a distinctive 12-note pattern that repeats across the entire piano key layout. White piano keys are called naturals because they make a natural note when pressed. Black piano keys are called accidentals because they make a sharp or flat note when pressed. There are seven naturals on the keyboard namely C-D-E-F-G-A-B
3. Schooling yourself with major keys and chords
Start with playing and familiarizing to differentiate the tones i.e. the middle tones (middle of piano), flat tones (left black keys), sharp tones (right black keys), bass tones (low sounds) and high tones (high sounds) by listening to them. The basis step is to study the 8 major keys and to be able to identify the sound each one creates. Songs are mostly composed of variation of chords and the chords are composed of same notes. Identifying these notes is the major step towards identifying a song. As for starter, one should focus in getting accustomed to the basics chords, its location in the keyboard and its sound.
4. Notice the patterns
All songs are composed of musical patterns. Chords repeat themselves often in a steady beat or rhythm. If you can identify the patterns that you hear, it is much easier to play a song that you hear. You’ll be able to learn which chords are combined with others.
5. Mastering finger placement
In order to really play, one has to know with which fingers to play the keys with. Following any instructional video or book follow the pattern of numbering the fingers. With practice one can master the finger placement.
6. Use various instructional books and internet
You can use instructional books and online sites like You-tube as your tutors to learn how to read music, play basic scales, chord progressions and then simple songs.
7. Practice is the key to success
Play with sheet music to get better at sight reading, fingering and playing. Plan on practicing about three to four times a week for about a half hour. Don’t move on to the next lesson until you’ve mastered the previous lesson. Listen to songs. Then practice humming them and see if you can duplicate the song on your piano or keyboard. Or, select a song that you like and using the techniques that you’ve learned, attempt to play it by ear. Becoming a good piano player requires lots of practice. You’ll need to practice at least three times a week
8. Last but not the least, you can also go for online tutors
Since it is a costly affair, for additional support for tuning up your basic knowledge one can also opt for online piano lessons. Using this method alongside would help you avoid bad habits which are difficult to unlearn.
Myths to keep an eye for before starting:
- Learn to read music is the sole way to learn a piano
- Everything is not just about placement of fingers
- Practicing a single song repeatedly
What are you waiting for!! Tune up your piano and have fun playing!!