You can do this! Thousands of adults are now playing the piano that have never played before. There are thousands of people that search google each month on how to learn the piano. Many feel they can’t because they think they can neither afford a piano nor the lessons needed to learn.
That is simply NOT TRUE!
Five Methods to Learn Piano
1. Use a Self Teaching Music Book.
This method is by far the cheapest. You can purchase these books at any music store or click on the pictures above to order from Sheet Music Plus online.
Many of these books have a CD or DVD included with them. They will give you a programmed learning experience that will enable you to learn the techniques to be able to play hundreds of your favorite songs. The CD or DVD will demonstrate the things you need to learn and you can play along with it and repeat it as many times as you feel necessary.
Many of the CD’s or DVD’s will also provide backgrounds for you to be the soloist and perform along with the band. That is really fun!
So – what’s the drawback. There is no one to point out mistakes you may be making and no one is there to encourage you and help you when you feel stuck and not sure what to do. But if you’re a good Do It Selfer you should be able to teach yourself piano.
2. Compact Disc Programs/Online Programs
You can learn from programs that have all the lessons on a set of dvd’s or from a series of lessons programmed online. Take a peek at this one from Legacy Learning Systems.
This method is not as good as learning from a real teacher simply because immediate feedback is not available. However, pre-programmed lessons can be given over and over until you get it.
Cost wise this is one of the best. However, you have to supply the motivation necessary to keep at it.
3. Computer Games
You can now purchase programs to learn music that are set up like computer games. With each game you play you progress through each round until you become very proficient. This is particularly good for children and for those who may have learning disabilities.
Here’s an example of a program that uses video games to teach piano.
4. Live/Video Piano Teacher Online
This is the second best method because while the teacher is not physically present, you still have the advantage of someone helping you that is watching your hands either through a camera or on a video that you send to the teacher. The reason this is not as good as the private teacher method is because the teacher can not demonstrate as quickly as someone sitting next to you. Communication is a little harder and therefore may take you longer to learn the fine points the teacher needs to convey.
However, with this situation you may be able to hire a much better teacher than is available in your community. This is especially true if you live outside a city which would require considerable time and money just for you to get to the teacher or for the teacher to get to you.
5. Private Piano Teacher
This is still the best method. Why? Because a private teacher is right beside you to encourage and correct any mistakes as soon as they happen. No delay. Immediate correction. This is very important for a beginner since proper hand position and finger usage can make a huge difference in how well you can play later on, although the live video teacher can catch this.
You can find private piano teachers in practically every little town. However, all piano teachers are not equally good. Good ones will generally have at least 2 years of completion towards a bachelor’s degree on piano, or the equivalent of study from a recognized music conservatory. The better you become, the more important it is that the teacher be advanced both with the ability to play and the ability to teach.
Rates vary according to teacher, training, experience, and location. Like it or not, the best way to learn piano is also the most expensive. You are, after all, hiring a private tutor with their expertise as well as their time.
However, I don’t believe anything else beats a private piano lesson. Provided you and the teacher have personalities that will encourage your development the most, this is the best method to learn the piano.
One Important Requirement
You MUST have a piano to practice on – at least one like the one shown below which you can get for as little as $300. I would caution you not to buy anything with less than 76 keys on it. You will quickly outgrow anything that has less than 76 notes and unless you are a professional musician, most keyboards are a toy with just a bunch of sounds and rhythms that do not help you learn piano. If you go to Amazon – read the reviews from people that have purchased this.
If you want something better, there are lots of choices. If you want a piano that feels like a real piano, take a look at the Digital Pianos from Amazon and look for proof of the unit having a hammer action or weighted action that does NOT have springs. Usually these will cost at least $600. Anything under that may look great, but they have spring actions and the feel is not like a real piano.
I am always amazed at the number of people that show up for piano lessons and have nothing for either themselves or a child to practice on. You can’t learn to walk up stairs if there are no stairs. You need a piano to practice on.
So what are you waiting for? In less than 30 days you can be playing the music you love on a piano.