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Learn how to play the piano: The ultimate list for beginners

  1. You need to establish good practice early on - you need to set daily schedule where you time yourself to make sure you are practising for the correct time period. Consistent practise is essential to your development on the instrument.

  2. Make sure you are practising on a suitable piano or keyboard

  3. Make sure you find a good piano teacher who can give you good quality feedback.

  1. Look for good educational piano materials that will help with your learning

  2. Make sure you develop both hands when learning how to play the piano - lots of adults get stuck learning how to play the piano only with one hand. It is important early on to work on the left hand so you can accompany the melodies in the right hand. If you find a good teacher, they should be able to help with this.

  3. Children experience the learning of piano different to adults so you should use educational resources that are specific to your age group. Children cannot also be put into one category - there are different piano books that would suit a 7 year old to an 11 year old piano beginner.

  4. Keep motivation high to keep up your will power to succeed. Don’t always watch videos on youtube of younger learners who are more advanced than you as this can effect your enthusiasm.

  5. Record yourself playing so you have something to refer to when you want assess your own progress. Recordings will also highlight the areas of your playing that require more work and attention. Recordings can also be sent to your piano teacher in-between set piano lessons so they can monitor your progression.

  6. Set yourself personal goals - for example “I want to be able to play Fur Elise by October this year” - this will give you a goal to aim for which will help motivate you to keep up you practicing.

  7. Familiarise yourself with music theory. Anyone at any age can begin learning the basics of music theory- this will massively help with your general understanding of music and will complement your early studies at the piano a great deal

  8. Always make sure you are practising your scales and your appegios - these exercises will form the basis of your piano progression and development. Anyone who has reached a good standard at an instrument will tell you, it all comes down to practicing scales - yes they can be a bit boring to practise but if you do, you will notice you improve at a far faster rate.

Start up online piano lessons with Matthew Clayton today

If you are wanting to take up piano lessons from the comfort of your own home you should have piano lessons with Matthew. The piano lessons itself will take place over a video call through WhatsApp or Facetime. Matthew is a well qualified piano teacher with over ten years piano teaching experience. He also has experience of performing as a solo musician and for bands and choirs. He has a wide range interest in a variety of styles of classical, jazz, pop and musicals. Matthew has a lot of experience and can offer a great deal of advice to those who are learning the piano.

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