Have you ever wanted to learn to play the piano? Think you’re too old? Maybe you had some bad experiences as a kid, but would love to take up the piano again? Do you wonder if you can teach yourself to play the piano?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then you’re in the right place! We’re here to encourage you that it’s never too late to learn how to play the piano. And yes, it is possible to teach yourself! There’s no need for expensive lessons; however, you’ll need to spend time practicing. But don’t be afraid of practice—just look at it as some fun time to improve your skills.
False Assumptions About Learning to Play the Piano
We covered a couple of these in the beginning paragraph. Many people would love to take up the piano, but they may not believe it’s possible because:
- They’re too old
- They don’t have musical talent
- Believe it’s necessary to learn music theory, read music, etc.
- Believe it will take too much time and effort
These assumptions are all false. For one thing, you’re never too old to learn how to play the piano. There’s the mistaken belief that to learn the piano, it’s necessary to start out as a young child. That’s simply not the case.
What if you’ve never played an instrument before? Another false assumption is that people believe they have no talent for music. Maybe they’ve never even tried to play an instrument in the past, so they think they’re not musical. Or perhaps a teacher in the past told them they weren’t talented. Again, that’s simply not the case. You never know until you try—even if you’re trying for the second or third time around. Give it another whirl.
You don’t have to know how to read music or know music theory to learn to play the piano. It’s simply not true.
As for the amount of effort or time involved, that completely depends on you and how much time you want to devote to learning. If your goal is to become a classical pianist, then it will take more dedication and time, certainly. On the other hand, if you’d like to learn to play just for enjoyment, then this won’t take as much effort. However, you’ll still need to practice regularly and consistently.
Benefits of Learning to Play Piano
If you give it a try, learning how to play the piano offers many benefits including:
- You’ll become a people magnet—everyone loves a piano player!
- Playing the piano helps to relax and relieve stress.
- You’ll learn to hear music differently—you’ll notice the movements in the song and more.
There are even more benefits you’ll experience by learning to play the piano, this is not an exhaustive list.
How to Teach Yourself Piano
We’re going to tell you like it is—it’s not easy to learn the piano on your own. As with anything, it will take consistent effort and consistency when it comes to practicing. You’ll also need a good dose of patience. However, if you put in the time and effort, you’ll have a fun new skill to enjoy.
Now, let’s review the steps to follow to teach yourself piano:
1). The instrument
Before you can start lessons, you’ll need access to a piano or a keyboard. If you don’t have access to a piano, then you might consider renting one. If that’s not an option, you could invest in a keyboard. We suggest looking for a keyboard with at least 72 keys.
Later, if you’d like to transfer from a keyboard to a piano, there are some small differences. However, you should find it pretty easy to play the piano, even if you learn on a keyboard.
2). Learning the basics
When it comes to learning, you’ll need to start with the basics. You’ll need to learn about notes and keys and chords.
- Notes: are found in groups of 7, and they’re referred to by letters: C, D, E, F, G, A, B. You’ll also learn about octaves, which are groups of 8 notes that go from C (for example middle C) up to C.
Middle C is the division between your left and right hands. The left-hand plays below Middle C, while the right-hand plays above Middle C.
- Keys: pianos have 88 keys—both white and black, while a keyboard may have 72 keys or less. The white keys are called naturals (because these are natural sounds) and the black keys are called accidentals (these are the keys that make flat or sharp sounds).
- Chords: a chord is made of 3 or more musical notes that are harmonic, or sound well together. These notes are played at the same time. You’ll find that there are four major basic chords: major, minor, augmented and diminished.
3). Teaching yourself to play
now, you’re ready to start teaching yourself to play the piano! There are several different methods you can use. You can buy instructional books on how to play the piano. Or you can try an online course. With a course, you’ll learn the basics and the course may contain audio and video material to help you learn. In fact, an online course will be a bit more structured and you’ll have some guidance, rather than learning completely on your own.
Summing It Up
It’s entirely possible, and pleasurable, to teach yourself how to play the piano. Whether you choose to use an online course or not, you’ll find the challenge brings you many benefits, which includes building up your self-confidence. You can teach yourself, and experience all the joy of learning to play your favorite tunes and bring joy to others, as well!
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