Playing your favorite tunes and learning songs from movies are a few reasons to learn to play the piano yourself. Especially since there are now digital instruments that have headphone outputs and allow you to play without uninvited listeners.
Learning to play the piano is not as difficult as it seems. There are many tutorials, video tutorials, and other helpers. But whatever program you choose, it’s important to know and follow a few rules.
First Theory, Then Practice, Play The Piano
Reading the literature is not as interesting as pressing the keys. But if you mix practice and theory equally at first, your learning won’t come to a standstill after you’ve mastered a few popular tunes. You’ll be able to develop in the field of playing the instrument, and sooner or later there will come a point where you’ll be picking up your favorite tunes by ear and creating arrangements.
What’s especially important in theory:
- Music notation. This is a way of conveying sounds using signs on paper. This includes notation of notes, durations, and tempo. This knowledge will enable you to read any piece of music from the sheet. With knowledge of music notation you can learn anything you want.
- Rhythm and Tempo. Music isn’t just a collection of sounds, it’s also the order in which they are played. Any melody is subject to some kind of rhythm. Basic knowledge of what a rhythm is, what it is and how to create it is necessary.
- Harmony. These are the laws of combining sounds together in a way that turns out beautiful and pleasing to the ear. Here you will learn the different tonalities, intervals and sound orders, the laws of chord construction, combinations of these chords.
After you will train to arrange melodies in different tonalities, select accompaniment, the doors to the world of music will open before you, including composed by yourself.
Practice Must Be Plenty
You need to practice a lot and often, preferably every day! Experienced teachers say that daily classes of even 15 minutes are better than 2-3 times a week for 3 hours. If you don’t have time to study much in 15 minutes yet, divide the piece into parts and study in chunks, but every day.
Allocate time when you won’t be disturbed. Don’t cancel the class, or it will be harder to get back to it later.
What to do in practice:
- Learn tunes by sheet music. Once you learn musical notation, you can play without prompting and at the right tempo.
- Once you’ve learned the harmonies, you can transpose the pieces into other tones, find different accompaniments, and even create your own arrangements.
- Play scales every day. It’s a great exercise for practicing your fingers and memorizing tones.
When the feeling of novelty wears off, the real work begins and it gets hard. You’ll often run out of time, you’ll want to reschedule for tomorrow and then a day off. This is where it’s important to inspire yourself.
Watch videos of your favorite musicians, listen to music that takes your breath away, learn those tunes that inspire you. You need to play and create something that you yourself are interested in listening to.