Stop putting off the idea of playing the piano if it’s something that you’ve been considering for some time now. The benefits of doing so are many and you can teach yourself how to play if you can’t afford to hire an instructor. Following these five steps will help you get started and on the right track to piano playing success!
- Gather Your Equipment and Tools
The obvious piece of equipment you need is a piano. You have several options when it comes to this option which differs in size, shape, and budget. The most affordable type for beginners is an electronic keyboard, however, you should upgrade to a digital or acoustic piano as soon as possible since sound quality is much better.
When deciding on the right piano for you ask yourself the following questions:
- What type of piano do I prefer?
- How easy is it to use?
- How much am I willing to spend?
- Does it cost anything to maintain?
Along with a piano, pick up a comfortable stool or bench. Feel free to get a cushion for the seat to have maximum comfort. Other accessories you should consider are instructional books or DVD’s, a piano lamp, or metronome.
- Perfect Your Posture
Set up your piano bench and music books on the sill this musical instrument. You want to sit back with your back strain, forearms parallel to the floor and towards the keys. Additionally, position your bench until you land a comfortable position with no strain on your shoulders or arms. You want to be as relaxed as possible before beginning to play.
- Familiarize Yourself with Notes and Keys
You don’t need prior musical knowledge to learn how to play an instrument. Anyone can start playing the piano no matter their age or intellectual level. There are several instructional guides or videos that you can find online that gives you a basic understanding of music notes.
Stop by your local music store, look videos up online, or order material that explains the basics of notes. Using your guide work on your hand position and work on notes. After getting familiar with notes, move onto the piano keys. Familiarizing yourself with all major and minor keys is essential before moving onto the next step.
- Start with Easy Songs
Work on playing some notes and scales before moving on to some melodies. Begin with very simple songs and work yourself up. As you develop your skills you’ll be able to study and practice sheet music as well. Remember that practice makes perfect!
Getting your skills to where you want them to be, require time and practice. Don’t become discouraged as this will only make the learning process more difficult. While learning how to play piano many seem strange to you now, it won’t always be this way.
Eventually, you’ll work yourself to playing songs you never thought you could reach. There is always room to improve and challenges to take when playing this musical instrument. Best of luck and happy playing!