If you want to learn how to play the piano quickly and effectively, then it is a good idea to opt for professional piano instruction. A professional piano teacher will have a lot of experience in tutoring beginners and will help you to learn all of the basic skills and techniques you need.
Choosing Your Teacher
Did you know that many professional musicians teach in their free time? This is a wonderful opportunity for you as a beginner to learn from someone who has a lot of practical experience in the music business. You can find out many great tips, not just for learning the instrument, but also playing in groups or to live audiences. If you are interested in a career in music, then it can be a good idea to look for a teacher who also has practical experience in the industry. They will be able to help advise you on finding your own group to play in and may have some useful contacts. For example, professional jazz musician Harry Lynn from the popular Harry Lynn Trio (based in Queensland, Australia) has spent a lot of time tutoring beginners in piano, and also offers opportunities for amateur musicians to perform in live venues alongside the professional band. This is a great chance for anyone just starting out in their musical career and there are many benefits from having piano instruction from such a seasoned professional.
How Many Lessons?
The number of piano instruction lessons you have will very much depend on your own personal preferences and budget. It is a good idea to start off with at least one lesson a week. This will give you a good structure to learn in and the frequency of the lessons will keep things fresh in your mind. When you are first learning, you do need some time to let the new skills ‘sink in’ so you will need at least a week between each lesson. This will also give you the chance to practice on your own and make sure you have really understood everything you have been taught. It is very important you do practice between lessons. This will ensure you can make the best of each ‘paid for’ lesson. If you have not practiced, then you will just end up going over the same lessons as the week before and making no real progress. If you are preparing for an exam or performance, then you may want to opt for a few more lessons in the week to help boost your confidence.
Online Lessons vs. Practical Piano Instruction
You can get piano tutorials online these days. This can be a useful resource but there is nothing better than practical tuition with a professional music teacher. They will be able to watch you while you play and correct any mistakes in technique that could be holding you back, and prevent bad habits from forming. A piano teacher will also be able to demonstrate difficult exercises or pieces of music, which can be very helpful. If you decide to buy an online teaching system such as Piano For All or Rocket Piano which are advertised in the Right Hand Column, a few lessons with a teacher in conjunction with the bought system will definitely keep you away from developing BAD HABITS !
If you are learning to play the piano, then you could benefit from professional piano instruction.