Sometimes in life we regret not completing hobbies or pastimes we once enjoyed. I know I regretted never carrying on with playing football and also continuing my passion for learning piano, reading music, especially the Piano. Learning piano can be a daunting task, however taken in bite size chunks and with plenty of tuition and practice it can be mastered. Learning piano can be a great adult pastime.
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to learn any musical instrument is to learn how to read music. Being able to read scales can easily help you prepare for finding your way around any musical piece. The piano is a solo instrument and is perhaps one of the easiest instruments to learn to play. Whether its a solo piece and or used for accompaniment the style of music suited to the piano are endless.
The best way to learn to play the piano is preparation. If you are serious about learning to play, then you will need to set aside at least 30 minutes to an hour each day to practice. Piano’s can be expensive instruments. It might be better to invest in a keyboard at first to get used to the layout, otherwise that piano may become an expensive shelf for nick-nacks.
The next step is to decide exactly how you want to learn. If you feel your time would be better spent being trained by someone else, look for piano teachers in your area. Just doing a search for Piano teachers on the internet will give you plenty of scope, to figure out which one is best for you, based on your learning style, price and location. Also speak to other piano players and visit musical instrument shops for a good recommendation or testimonial of a piano teacher. Many schools and colleges may offer subsidized courses for those looking to learn the piano.
If you would rather learn by yourself this is another option. You can purchase piano/keyboard lessons online, at your local musical instrument shop or library. However remember this is going to take patience and practice. You will have no one to guide your progress and in fact you will often have to become your own teacher.
Now you have decided on a method one of the first things you will learn is the layout of the keyboard. A piano normally has 88 keys, 36 black keys and 52 white keys. In the beginning it is best not to worry too much about the black keys as these are usually added to pieces once you feel comfortable with the overall layout. Leaning the correct hand positions when playing a piece of music is a bit like learning to type. To begin with the right hand should start on the “C’ note with the thumb and the rest of the fingers should be placed on the other white notes directly to the right. The left hand usually handles the accompaniment or chords for a piece.
Learning to play the piano is fun but hard work. Like anything you try and learn never give up and practice practice, practice. Happy playing.
Neil Maycock writes articles for Piano Lessons Chester