If you are thinking of beginning piano lessons, then you will need to carefully consider what goals you want to achieve. This will help you to focus on your learning and ensure you have right tools to achieve your aims. For example, if you just want to learn how to play a few tunes on the piano, then you could try teaching yourself from books, DVDs, or online tutorials. However, if you are thinking about a career in music, then you will benefit from professional music lessons. Many teachers, have spent countless hours correcting badly ingrained technical habits, easily avoidable by getting the foundations right. The music industry can be competitive so you will need to make sure you have mastered all of the skills you need to become a proficient musician.
Beginning Piano Lessons
If you are just beginning piano lessons, then you cannot expect to start playing your favorite tunes straight away. When you are learning any new instrument, you need to master the basic skills first before you can move on to the more complicated (and interesting) parts. It is important that you spend the time practicing basic exercises, as these help you to train your fingers and improve strength and dexterity. Although basic exercises can be a bit tedious, they provide you with the skills you need to enable you to play your favorite tunes.
Teacher and Practice
If you do decide to book a professional piano teacher, then you need to decide where you are going
to have your lessons. A piano teacher may work out of a local music school or their own home. This is useful for beginners as this means that there will be a proper piano for you to learn on. You can then just buy a keyboard to practice on at home, which is a cheap and easy-to-use option. Pianos are relatively expensive and take up a lot of room. They are also quite loud (you cannot turn down the volume or wear headphones like a keyboard), and you may not be able to practice as much as you want to without disturbing the rest of the house. If you do want to have piano lessons at home and you have a piano already, then you do need to make sure this is regularly tuned and maintained. Your teacher will find it very difficult to teach you if the piano is in bad condition or out of tune. Make sure you arrange piano
lessons for a convenient, quiet time. This will help to prevent any distractions while you are trying to learn.
Beginning piano lessons will require a big commitment from you as you will need to dedicate the time and effort to practicing. You cannot learn the piano simply by having a few lessons. You will need to practice regularly in between lessons to make sure you have mastered the techniques your teacher has shown you so that you can keep moving forward in your studies. Without practice, you will get stuck at a certain level of skill and you will find it very hard to move forwards no matter how many lessons you have. As I have told many pupils, especially boys, practice is the same to music, as training is to all types of sport. Beginning piano lessons is a great way to learn a new skill and could even lead to an interesting and rewarding career in music.