Learn to play the piano - and discover a whole new world of music.

Learn to play the piano - and discover a whole new world of music.

Learning to play the piano can be the beginning of a lifelong musical journey. Find out how to plan and practice, reach milestones and goals, and stay inspired and joyful.
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Plan these things to effectively learn the piano

  • What your goal is
    You don’t have to start out trying to climb Mount Everest. Few piano players start their journey aiming to become world-famous virtuosi. Most piano beginners say “I want to have a beautiful, satisfying hobby”, “it relaxes me, I can unwind” or “it improves my concentration while I have fun”.
  • What you want to play with
    Good equipment pays off: Whether you opt for acoustic or digital, a piano is a bigger investment. Consider space and placing, weight, transport and maintenance costs (tuning, headphones, care) for a piano. And make sure you start to play with weighted keys that give you a proper piano feeling. Your old childhood keyboard will not do. Used pianos are a good alternative.
  • How you work
    If you love adventure trips you will probably be unhappy doing a guided garden trip. When learning the piano, there are several different approaches, too. Do you prefer to learn alone? Do weekly classes with a teacher motivate you? Is making progress your priority? Do you lose motivation when you’re only ever served with one genre of music?
  • Where you start from
    All piano starters are the same? Wrong. Depending on how much musical experience you already have, you might have a different starting point than others. Can you read sheet music? Do you perhaps read sheet music for piano? Do you already play another instrument? Then you are not an absolute beginner.

3 “magic moments” for piano players who learn

  • Musical note
    You can play your first piece with both hands
    The incredible feeling of both hands gliding over the keys, reaching the end of the piece without hesitating or stumbling! This is a real magic moment when you play the piano - especially after intense practice sessions.
  • Musical note
    You play your first piece by heart
    Your fingers find their way across the keyboard and accentuate exactly the right passages! You don’t have to keep concentrating on where you are in the piece and which keys need to be played when. Instead, you express yourself while playing.
  • Musical note
    Your first "gig" in front of an audience
    You probably will be excited before playing to an audience, even if it’s only family or friends. Shoulders down, take a deep breath, and just trust in your abilities! The applause and the cheers will make it all worthwhile.

3 common mistakes when learning to play the piano.

  1. 1

    Erratic practicing

    • Every hiker knows that, to get to the top, you have to moderate your tempo. If you alternate between resting & running you’l Learning to play the piano should be just the same. It is more effective to practice for half an hour twice a week than three hours in one go the day before the piano lesson.
  2. 2

    Imprecise practicing

    • Sitting down in front of the piano alone will not get you anywhere. Stumbling through your arrangement will not improve your playing, either. You have to mean it, and really tackle the hardest bits first. Practice it until you have it figured out. Use a metronome to keep your timing. And don’t forget your finger exercises.
  3. 3

    Wanting too much too soon

    • Maybe you have a role model, a piano idol, or you want to master a specific piece as quickly as possible. That’s great - except if it depresses and demotivates you when you find you are just not ready yet. Change your attitute! No world class hiker started out by climbing the seven summits. Learn to like more accessible milestones on your way.

Learning to play the piano is good for you!

  • Activities that force you to spend time sitting down are unhealthy? Not true! Learning to play the piano is exceptionally healthy for you.
  • Physically - you train your motor and sensory skills as well as your memory when learning and practicing the piano.
  • Your brain - many layers are stimulated and trained: scientifically proven are improved coordination between left and right brain halves, improved exchange of information between cerebrum and cerebellum when “automating” motion sequences, and the regulating effect on our brain region for fear and excitement (cue: stress release).
  • And, unlike other instruments, you can play every style of music, and even sing to it - with even more positive results concerning relaxation and mental health.

Frequently asked questions

  • When is the best time to start playing the piano?
    The best time is when you are really, really keen on starting! The notion that you have to start learning an instrument as a child is long outdated. What matters, however, is that you regularly invest some time to practice - so it might be wise not to start right before taking a journey (without any chance to practice the piano). There are even some advantages in starting to learn the piano as an adult - your taste in music is already developed, and you know how to study.
  • Can I start to learn without a teacher?
    Yes, this is possible - up to a point, especially if you have some prior knowlegde from playing another instrument. But often the piano serves as an entrance into the world of music. Getting started from scratch is, quite frankly, easier with an instructor. Whether you want to do the 1-lesson-per-week routine, whether you prefer to use the many booming online classes, or whether you just want to be coached whenever you feel you need guidance - all of this is a question of time, taste, and your budget.
  • How long will it take me to learn to play the piano?
    That depends on how you define “learn to play the piano”. Even the world’s best virtuosi can fine-tune their interpretation, can work to make their intonation sound even more mellow. You can, however, expect stable piano performance after around a year - what we mean by that is abilities and routines are established and you can perform a selection of (not too challenging) favorite music pieces.
  • Is it hard to learn to play the piano?
    No, it is not. Let’s compare the piano to other instruments: The keys are assembled in a “logical” way, so you can construct chords if you know the principle, and don’t need any fingering charts. Another advantage is that you don’t have to tune your piano before every use. Guitarists envy you for that! Thirdly, it is as easy to play very high and very deep tones as it is to play tones in the middle range - this is something every violinist dreams of! And finally, it is very simple to make the piano sound - you just have to press a key. If you have ever tried to elicit a note from a trumpet, you will value easy tone production!