So, you have decided to start playing the piano, but have no idea what is what and how to make your piano sound less like a torture device and more like the sweet symphonies we all know and love. Luckily, once you get the hang of how to play your piano, everything else comes easy, and you’ll be playing your favourite tunes in no time. But where is the best place to start, and what is the best way to learn piano? As qualified musicians providing piano lessons in Milton Keynes, we have put together a guide on the best solutions for learning piano, and what things you can do at home in between lessons to start getting the hang of your instrument.
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10 Tips On The Best Way To Learn Piano
Whether you are encouraging a young one to start playing the piano or you have recently joined our piano lessons for adults in Milton Keynes, there are a host of methods to learning the piano, and it’s all about working out which one is best for you. For example, some of our students work best in our accelerated group lessons, while others enjoy one to ones. To help you find the perfect way to learn piano, below are some helpful tips and tricks.
The first step to learning how to play the piano is to learn how to play notes and chords. Notes are the white and black keys found on your piano, and they come in seven natural notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, B. Chords are where you play more than one note together. When you start to learn how to play piano, you will first be asked to learn and practice ‘Triads’; these are made up of 3 notes. There are four main types of Triads known as major, minor, diminished and augmented, and it is important that these are the first chords that you learn.
To help you learn these chords, we have come up with the best way to tackle them:
Step 1 – It is best to start by learning what notes are in each chord (such as A, B, C), and you can do this by spelling the chords out loud. Once you have the correct chord combinations remembered, it will be far easier for you to play.
Step 2 – Now it is time to learn about the four main types of chords discussed previously. You will be taught these chords during your piano lessons, but to give you a basic overview:
- Major – This has a bottom ‘basic’ root, 3rd root and 5th root. The major chord is named after the basic root note. For example, if the basic root is E, then this will be an E major.
- Minor – Much like the major chord, a minor chord has a root note, a 3rd interval and a fifth interval.
- Augmented – This has a root note, major third and augmented fifth.
- Diminished – Starts with the root note, then a minor 3rd and diminished 5th.
Step 3 – You will then need to learn chord progressions that are different chord sequences. Skoove has a great article on how to learn chord progressions to give you a helping hand.
Step 4 – Practice. Of course, the best way to learn how to play your chords is to practice. You can do this at home using the sheet music and books we recommend, but you will also be allocated time to practice during your lessons.
To find out more about how to learn chords, we highly recommend taking a look at Joy Tunes handy article outlining basic terms with visual aids.
Now that you have got to grips with chords, it is time to look at the easiest way to learn piano. As qualified and experienced pianists, we have a host of solutions to help you learn how to play the piano. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at our top 7 tips:
- Learn The Basics
- Set A Practice Schedule
- Try To Find Patterns
- Focus On Specific Skills
- Play Slowly
- Always Warm Up
- Practice Music You Love
Although it can be extremely tempting to jump straight into the good stuff, it is first important to get to grips with the basics. Once you know the basics, everything else will come as a breeze. Not only can it help you to ensure that you play your piano the right way, but it can also give you lots of encouragement by showing that you are making progress. Start by learning notes and the chords, and once you feel 100% confident, then start moving on to playing your favourite music.
One of the most important parts of learning how to play the piano is practising. Once you have learnt everything you need to know, practice can help you remember the notes and chords. To keep yourself motivated, we recommend setting a schedule and sticking to it, such as playing for an hour after school or working before dinner. We also suggest focusing on one topic or technique and focusing on that for the hour, rather than trying to attempt more than one thing at a time.
Pianos have beautiful patterns and sounds, which can make it really easy for you to learn the piano. Finding a pattern means listening out for these sounds, which not only helps you to remember sequences, but can also help you to learn how melodies are made.
There is a principle known as the 80/20 rule. This concept means that 80% of your learning comes from 20% of the work you do. But how can this help you to learn how to play the piano? Well, putting all of your efforts into learning one skill or technique can increase your chances of successfully learning. For this reason, it is always best to focus on one skill when practising, focusing on this skill until you feel confident with it, and then moving on to the next one.
When you play fast, there is more of a chance that you will hit the wrong key and have to start over. For this reason, we advise that you start off slow and then pick up speed as you go. Once you can play the song the whole way to the end without fail, then try again slightly faster until you reach the speed of the song.
While it may not seem like a workout, your fingers will be doing all the playing, so it is important to warm up your hands and fingers before playing. This will prevent your fingers from hurting or causing potential injury. The best way to warm up hands up is to stretch them and perform a warm-up exercise, as this will help the blood in your hands to flow and remove stiffness before playing. Hanon Online has an article on the best hand exercise to do before playing the piano, so why not give them a try?
Playing any instrument can be boring if you don’t play songs you love, which is why you should always find a song, whether it’s Mozart or a bit of Adele, to practice your skills. In fact, when working with our piano teachers, you can play any music you wish, even if that means playing a bit of Disney.
It can be hard to know what piano to get when you’re starting out. There are a few things that you will need to consider when purchasing your piano. Piano Dreamers has a great article on things that you should consider when purchasing a piano, so it is well worth having a look before heading down to your local music store. With this in mind, here is the best learning piano selection:
You can find a host of demo songs on the Casio PX-770 to help you practice. Although it is a digital piano, it has an extremely realistic feel.
The Alesis Virtue digital piano is most likely one of the best value for money while still offering you lots of voice, sound and adjustability.
If you are looking for something a bit more serious to start playing on, then we highly recommend the Korg B2SP.
The Kawai KDP120 digital piano offers a compact solution with Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
The Roland RP102 delivers excellent performance while sticking to your budget, offering an authentic piano for you to practice on.
When you’re practising at home, it is important to have the best learners piano books at hand to give you some help when you get stuck. You will be recommended the best books during your piano lesson with our teachers, but if you want to get yourself prepared before your first lesson, then we recommend the following books for learners:
- Alfred’s Basic Piano Course: Lesson Book Complete 1 (1A/1B)
- Alfred’s Basic Piano Course: Universal Edition Theory Book 1A
- Alfred’s Basic Adult All-in-One Piano Course
- Hal Leonard Student Piano Library Book 1
- John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course
- Faber Music Piano Adventures
- Bastien Piano for Adults
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To learn how to play the piano, it is important to give yourself time to practice while equipping yourself with the right books and piano. There are many ways that you can learn how to play, but by far, the best way is to entrust our experienced pianists to help you learn. If you are looking for some piano lessons for kids in Milton Keynes, or you’re an adult looking to socialise while having professional piano lessons, then please feel free to give our team a call.
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