To anybody who is just starting to learn the piano, it can seem like a very complicated instrument. It’s true that the piano is an instrument that is difficult to learn. But once you got the hang of it, the rest would be easier. After familiarizing yourself with the notes and all the chords, playing a music sheet would be a breeze. That sounds easy but only if you have mastered hand-eye coordination.
Before we start, you should go get your own piano. Buying a good quality piano is better even if it costs a lot more. The right quality piano can last you a lifetime and sometimes more. Also, pianos are for keeps. It’s a good decoration and people who come to your house can play it.
The basics of piano playing are simple and easy to learn. The first thing you have to know is the keyboard layout. Although the keys may seem so many, there are only 12 notes to remember. The rest of the keys will be the same notes but will be of a higher or lower octave. Have a feel of the entire keyboard or piano, just to make you enthusiastic about the coming lessons.
One important stipulation for playing the piano is that the player must be able to read notes from a piano piece. But don’t worry since this can be learned easily. You only need to memorize notes and you’re all set to go. Now that you can read and play the notes individually, you can now practice with the scales. Try not to look as you press the keys as you go on. Eventually, you will be required to do this, anyway.
One thing that you are required to learn in the starting lessons is the placement of your fingers on the keys. Because new pianists choose to be comfortable rather than efficient, this is a problem. At the start, you should already know the proper finger placement, as this not doing so will ultimately harm your playing. Find a “fingered” scale if you want to practice on the black and white keys.
One mistake that beginners are guitly of is the habit of practicing with just one hand, this produces the melody of the song. That is a big no-no. Both hands are equally important, especially as you go on to harder music sheets. Your left hand gives the balance so the sound produced will turn out just perfect.
Two more obstacles beginners face are the symbols and the musical terms. There are rules with each of them, so you have to familiarize and use it when playing. For example, music written with a ¾ time at the left side of the sheet means that there are three beats per measure. This seems hard, but this is really the easy part. You will progress to advanced levels as your proficiency increases.
By any standards, being able to play the piano is a significant achievement. People never fail to admire pianists. They know it’s hard to study piano, and harder still, is the continuous practice. Without constant practice, whatever was taught and no matter how well it was taught, will come to naught.