Learning to play an instrument can be quite an undertaking as it takes a great deal of time, attention, and commitment. Learning to play an instrument such as the piano is much more than sitting down to play a few keys. You will need to work on muscle memory, learn the musical alphabet, and be able to notice sounds and tones that work well together. Contrary to popular belief, learning to play the piano is not as difficult as you may think. If you are attentive to your lessons, commit to practicing regularly, and have a knowledgeable teacher, you will be able to learn to play piano in no time at all. By the end of this article you will have a greater understanding of what will be required of you to teach yourself how to play the piano.
How long does it take to learn?
Many new students start out their beginners lessons with this question. However, the question is hard to answer as it is subjective. Every student has their own style, goals, and level of commitment that they are putting towards the effort of learning how to play the piano. While one student may be committed to practicing 2 hours every night, others may only be able to allot for 30 minutes. The amount of practice time that as student puts towards their studies of learning to play the piano can greatly affect the amount of time it takes to learn how to play well. A good rule of thumb is that the time you put in to learning to play and practicing your songs will greatly impact how well you can pick up the instrument. On average, if you are hoping to be able to play a couple of songs by memory and you can practice consistently, you should be able to do so within a year’s time. However, if you want to learn how to become a professional pianist, you will need to be in it for the long haul, or at least a decade or more.
Is it easy to teach yourself to play the piano?
Learning to play the piano is not as difficult as you may think it to be. People from all walks of life, age, ability, and skill level can learn how to play the piano. When you start off learning how to play piano, it can seem to be a bit difficult but the same goes for trying to learn how to play a sport or learning to cook. Taking on a new endeavor can be intimidating at first but once you get the hang of it, you will be well on your way to playing songs at your next family gathering.
To learn how to play the piano, it is best if you start off by learning the musical alphabet. Once you have mastered the alphabet you can then begin to learn how to read sheet music. This can be a bit challenging at first as it may seem like you are learning a foreign language. If you have a good teacher, practice and partake in resources that are afforded to you, you will be able to pick up the reading of music in no time.
When in doubt practice.
The most important thing to remember when learning to play the piano is that being consistent and practicing regularly is imperative to your success. The more that you practice, the greater chance that you have of remembering your music, hand placement, and keystrokes than if you were to only practice once a week. Failing to practice on a regular basis will be detrimental as you will likely find yourself starting over during your next lesson. If you have a great lesson and then avoid practicing all week, you will most likely have to relearn the previous lesson during your next teaching session. However, if you practice throughout the week, you will be prepared to move on to a new lesson the next time you have a piano class. You have the ability to speed up your progress through practicing regularly.
Contrary to popular belief, learning how to play the piano does not have to be difficult. Nor does it have to take years upon years to learn. The key concept of this article is that if you practice consistently and you commit to learning how to play the piano, you will be successful in less time than those who do not have the same goals.