Do you love the piano? Do you rue skipping your piano lessons as a child? Do you feel bad you dropped your dream of being a piano master way too soon? Do you feel that it’s too late now? Well learning is never limited by boundaries of age, be it any learning a new language, or any instrument. While children can learn faster, adults can learn better! As an adult you’re able to connect to music and understand the abstract concepts and intricacies way better than any kid.

So chuck the excuses and get learning, it’s never too late to start! Mentioned below are some practical and effective tips that will enable you to master the piano. Check them out!

Find what You Like

Before you choose to attend any piano lessons or hire a tutor, you must have a plan. For instance what kind of music do you want to learn, classical or contemporary?

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Of course the basic foundation of chords will be the same for both genres but classical music requires a different playing technique than the modern one. Also it is best that you choose early whether you want to learn how to play the keyboard or the piano.

Join Music Lessons or a Group

Now that you know what you want, the next step is to know how to achieve your goals. As an amateur, you’ll need a professional music tutor who can teach you everything about the piano from the very beginning. A good teacher encourages you to experiment and improvise. You can either hire a private teacher or join music academies or a group.

In addition, playing for a group and/or a small orchestra can give you the much needed boost to improve your piano playing skills.

Learn to Listen

One of the most effective ways of learning how to play the piano is by listening to others playing it! Yes in order to master the piano you need to perfect your listening skills first, this way you can pick up the minor details and other technical nuances of the instrument far better than what any tutor will be able to teach you.

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Also watching your favorite musician play is a poignant opportunity to observe his playing technique, hand movement, style, and posture. You can draw some inspiration from the professional pianists and create your own style!

Take out Time to Practice

Practice makes perfect and that applies to your music lessons as well. Take out some time from your jam (no pun intended) packed schedule and practice your music lessons every day. Get in rhythm, create a routine, and follow it religiously.

Start slow with some chords and notes and gradually move up to the more complicated pieces. With consistent practice you’ll be able to hit the right chords with greater speed and precision.

Perfect the Notes and other Technical Details

This is kind of obvious but to master the piano you need to learn your music. Learn the basic notes and chords well before you actually begin playing. The technical intricacies and other minor details can gravely affect your performance.

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Music is perhaps the only field where both theory and practical knowledge hold equal importance; you won’t be able to play the piano unless you know your notes! Also try perfecting the hand movement, finger movements, and posture when you practice playing for better efficiency.

Don’t lose hope!

Mastering the piano is no piece of cake; it takes intense practice and loads of perseverance. It is a very tedious and time taking process and there will be time when you’ll just want to quit. This is when you need to take a deep breath and start all over again. Learning the piano is all about patience, hard work, and willpower. It is only with consistent practice and dedication that you’ll be able to master the instrument.

The Bottom Line

Music is an excellent way of expressing yourself and venting out the pent up emotions. A sound (pun intended) stress buster it instantly uplifts your mood and soothes your spirit. Granted, playing the piano will drive you crazy at times, particularly with the practice it demands. Of course, the rewards are all for you to savor for your life. Enjoy your musical journey, every bit of it. And on those hard days, fall back on this guide to show you the way forward.

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