How to Quickly and Easily Learn Piano for Beginners

If you’re learning to play the piano, or if already took some piano classes, there are some tips that may help you. Whenever you feel a little discouraged because you’re not evolving fast enough, or if you want to gain more confidence when you’re playing, make sure to check the following list:

Take a break:

When you decided you wanted to learn how to play a piano, you never thought it could be so hard. It’s not hard; you just need a break.

You need to understand that learning the piano takes a lot of practice and a lot of dedication. And this is how a break may just well be what you need. Just take a couple of hours or even a day away from your piano. You’ll notice that it will help you release all your frustration and stress, and when you go back to play again, you’ll feel much more refreshed and confident.

Play music you like:

One of the things that makes most people drop their piano classes is that they just don’t like the music they’re playing. You enjoy playing the piano; you just don’t like the music you’re playing. So, why not change it? Even if the music you like doesn’t dare your skills, it doesn’t matter. You’re playing piano because you love to do so. You’re having fun.

Learn the theory:

When you first think about learning piano, you simply assume that you’re going to sit on the bench and that you’ll start playing immediately. However, and although you might actually sit on the bench and try to play for a while, if you’re serious about learning the piano, you need to learn some of the theory as well. It may seem boring – especially when you look at the piano right beside you -, but it can really help you improve your skills. By learning some theory, you’ll then be able to play more freely and play a more wide repertoire.

Work on scales:

In order to learn the 12 key signatures, scales can help you. So, you need to practice scales and make it as a part of your daily routine. This will allow you to become more and more familiar with the piano as well.

Don’t make it a point to learn all the scales and start playing them perfectly immediately. Instead, you should take the time to improve your accuracy.

Take it slow:

Take the time to internalize all the steps when you’re learning the piano. The first thing you need to do is to learn the music, with all the rhythms and the right notes. And only then you need to develop your technique and muscle memory to play the music well.

If you rush things instead of taking some time to learn, you’ll end up missing some important points that will translate in later bad habits.

Express yourself:

Music should act as a way you have to express your emotions. And this is why the best musicians have their own ways to feel the music. And when they do feel it, they share this same feeling with whoever is listening. Much more important that playing the entire music without missing a note is to play it with the heart.

Musical Impact on Culture

I love music. There is so much beauty and culture to be found in varying genres of music. Of course, we all have different tastes. I personally am quite partial to what is commonly known as “Indie” music. Artists like Lighthouse and the Whaler, Young the Giant, and Chet Faker dominate a large portion of my car time. I have friends who are more partial to country music, favoring relatable lyrics and catchy melodies. My own brother enjoys the incredibly rhythmic properties of rap and hip-hop. Even within these categories, there are thousands of sub-categories with tens of thousands of artists all with varying degrees of fandom. These fans swear by their taste in music and often belittle those who like anything else. Why is that?

I had a friend in high school who grew up in a very musical family. His mother and sister are both very talented singers and his father composed and recorded music for years. He played in concert band for much of his schooling and is an insanely good drummer. He has a rich background in music, but would often swear that rap and hip-hop do not qualify as music. This style was foreign to him. He did not enjoy it and did not see how it pushed forward music as an art form. It had no relevance to his culture, so he disregarded it.

Music has the unique property of being a sort of second language for a subculture. Rap and Hip-Hop are commonly tied to urban areas and lower-income upbringings. Country music is often played in the Midwest and South. This music provides us with an easy way to relate to each other and to interact on an emotional level with strangers. It can provoke a vast array of emotions from sadness and anger to affection and joy. I hear it often said that artists are influencing youth culture, but I would propose the exact opposite is true. Popular music is a reflection of the culture that produces it.

My friend grew up in a middle-class household surrounded by classical music. Rap was simply not relatable to him. However, my hope is that as he grew up, he recognized that what is often being rapped about in these songs is actually an amazing window into a different culture. Music is an incredibly easy, accessible way to learn about other cultures. I believe that, given the proper exposure, it could be one the most unifying tools our generation has to offer.