Learning piano playing can be a wonderful way to gain a new skill and have lots of fun. Anyone can learn to play the piano, but it will take a bit of time and effort. You need to be
patient with yourself. Don’t get disheartened if you feel that you have got stuck at a certain level. Just go back to the beginning and run through the basics again to see if there are any areas that have been holding you back. It can also help for you to get some professional piano lessons.
A teacher will be able to assess your technique and suggest changes to help you improve, and stop you from forming hard- to- break bad habits.
Learning Piano – Practice
When you are learning a tricky new skill, there is no substitute for practice. It has been shown that the body and brain learn new skills from repetitive patterns. By practicing your piano exercises, you will literally be training your fingers and brain. Finger exercises such as Hanon and Czerny are highly recommended to develop dexterity and stamina. Although it can be
somewhat repititious to keep playing the same exercises and scales over and over again, this is the foundation to your learning experience, and is similar to training for any sport. Once you have mastered the basics of playing the piano, the music will flow much more easily for you.
Learning New Music
One of the great joys in learning piano playing is mastering a new piece of music. The easiest way to do this if you are a beginner is to break down the piece into sections. Make sure you have understood each section fully before you move on. This will give you the chance to learn the piece thoroughly so that you can play it through in a relaxed, error free manner.
Playing With Others
Playing in a group or with friends is a great way to learn more about timing and rhythm. You will learn how to stay in time when you are all playing different parts of the music. The additional concentration required will improve your skills in sight reading, timing, understanding harmonies, and more. Playing with other musicians is also a lot more fun and will
give you a reason to keep practicing and learning piano playing. Many beginner musicians go on to play in groups for a living. If you enjoy rock, blues or jazz, then why not try and find some like minded friends to put together a band? You could learn and grow as musicians together.Some bands, such as the Harry Lynn Quartet, stay together throughout their musical careers. This jazz band started back in 1990, and are still swinging together.
Never Too Late
If you are interested in learning to play the piano, then it is never too late to start. You could start off by buying a low cost keyboard and learning the keys and basic music reading yourself. You could then think about getting some professional tuition to help you master the basic techniques and keep you away from those bad habits mentioned above. I have taught students in their seventies and had great success with them.
Learning piano playing can take some time, but if you persevere, this can be a very fulfilling and rewarding hobby that could even turn into an interesting career.