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Mistakes Beginners Make Learning Piano

Mistakes beginners make learning piano are easy to fix.  If we are aware of what to watch for, most of the mistakes beginners make learning piano, can be corrected before they become a bad habit.  Good habits like bad habits are learned by repetition. Knowing what to watch for, and recognizing a potential good/ bad habit being repeated and ultimately learned, is a good way to catch common mistakes beginners make learning the piano.

Common mistakes are made and easy to fix, when we first start learning how to play a piano. There are some common mistakes given below that many beginners make.

– Incorrect posture:

The correct position for sitting at a piano is to sit up straight, keeping your back straight, your arms and hands should be in a relaxed position. Correctly sitting at a piano is important as this determines a great deal how your arms, hands and fingers are going to line up with the keyboard. This in turn affects your ability to move easily, control your tone, and tempo to mention just a few aspects of performance. Some beginners  will be wanting to sit in a slouched position. I found over the years that this is particularly common among boy students.

-Hand/foot position:

The piano bench also must be checked for a comfortable height to fit the student. This will in turn determine the relaxing ability of the arm. Practice the good habit of playing with curved fingers, as in catching a ball or typing on a computer keyboard, finger tips only touching the keys, while keeping the wrist relaxed but level with the arm. Curved fingers give you the ability to effectively alter your keyboard touch from light to firm and gives you the  freedom and flexibility to reach and move smoothly from key to key. Sit to the front of the bench with feet flat on the floor, this gives you stability.

-Playing without a metronome:

A metronome is an appliance that helps the player to maintain a constant tempo. This is done with an audible  clicking sound on a swinging pendulum and the ability to move through from slow to quick tempos. Tempos are based on beats per minute.  A beginner student should learn as soon as possible how to use a metronome in all time signatures. This forms the good habit of playing at a constant tempo.


Mistakes are part of learning so don’t be impatient. It has been observed that playing piano has more benefits than purely enjoying the music. It develops many skills such as hand/eye coordination skill, creativity, motor skills  and much more. So, it’s not just a musical instrument, but also a way to include innovative attributes into your daily activities.


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