10 Piano Learning Tips for Beginners

Learning the piano helps to keep the brain active. It helps to reduce depression, fatigue and anxiety. It increases communication, memorization confidence and independence, creative growth, social skills, improvement in literacy and overall cognitive development.

Learning the piano gets easier and exciting with consistency. The experience gives you confidence as you progress with effective practice.

Therefore as a beginner in playing the piano one should be ready to challenge himself to constantly improve and learn more.

Here are 10 learning tips every piano beginner should note:-

1. Sit correctly with good posture

Good posture while playing the piano helps to remove tension. It helps the pianist to play expressively and accurately. Always adjust your seat to get the right height. Sit facing the front half of your bench.

Relax your feet making sure that from your heel to toe is on the ground. Set your weight to be centred on your buttocks. Make sure your elbow and arm fall free from your shoulders. Your forearm should face parallel to the floor. Sit with your back kept straight.Sit comfortably such that you can move smoothly around the keys with your fingertip.

2. Ensure to play with correct hand positions

Both hands should be relaxed, slightly above the piano with fingers slightly bent. Your wrist should be the same level as your hands. The goal is to feel natural and tension-free while playing the piano.

3. Use the correct fingerings 

Ensure that you’re using the correct piano Fingerings: Fingerings involves the recommended finger for playing the piano. Learning the major and minor scales fingering will be the first step to correct Fingerings. The short fingers of the hand which are the Thumb and pinky finger actually play long keys while long fingers like the index finger, middle finger and ring finger play short keys. While learning Fingerings note that the fingers are represented as:

1= Thumb

2= Index finger

3=Middle finger

4=Ring finger


4. Always warm up before playing

Warming up is very essential for all pianists and musicians. Just as every athlete warm-up so is every musician expected to warm up. Warm-ups help to build muscle memory. This is because beginners will see the hand positions and motions as strange. Warming up helps the pianists to familiarize themselves with hand positions.

5. Independent hands

By this, the hands are playing independently. One is playing a certain key and the other is moving around to hit other keys. Learning to play with the hands at the same time but Independently is a skill that will be learnt in the course of playing the piano.

6. Improve Piano Tone

A good beautiful piano tone is described as dark, rich, sweet, round, e.t.c. A beautiful tone has the tone articulate the notes richly and with resonance. A tone is produced by playing the piano. The way the playing is done affects the tone. Your tone helps to interpret and express your song. In order to produce a good tone involves the body and mind. Endeavour to start early to play and practice with a good tone.

7. Practising a piece

While learning the piano as a beginner try practising for about 20 minutes daily and then as you advance increase the time from 30 mins to 4hrs. Practice helps the pianist to be better in his art. Always warm-up before every practice. Avoid starting from the beginning when you make a mistake during practice. When practising a piece warm up with a scale, slowly play through your selected piece, Look out for the hard spots and practice them, Note down key points and be thorough in your practice.

8. Aural skills

Work on your Aural training which is the ability to score the songs by ear. With an improved Aural skill the pianist can easily accompany a vocalist or instrumentalist without seeing the piece of sheet music. Aural Skills can be developed by transcribing songs, playing scales, recognizing chords and chords progressions, playing melodies and sight playing.

9. Intervals 

The distance between two musical notes is Intervals. Learning to identify intervals helps you to choose the right note to be played and to build on harmony and create melodies. Learning and recognizing the intervals is an important attribute of a Pianist.  Learning to play intervals become easy when you learn it properly and correctly. Methods to learning intervals are to memorize a lot of melodies to familiar songs, complete focus and regular practice of your instrument.

10. Follow the instructions of your tutor

The truth about learning to play an instrument is the work you put in. Tutors are there to guide you with their level of experience. Your role is to practice all you have learnt regularly. Be excited about your training. Ask questions and enjoy the process. There will definitely be trials and errors but don’t give up. Rome was not built in a day.

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