Learn To Play Piano At Home

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If you want to learn how to play piano faster, you need to put the work into it. There is no special shortcut, but with this guide on practicing more effectively, you will be able to get the most out of your time at the piano? Don’t waste your potential by not practicing and don’t waste the time you do spend at the piano. A lot of people sit at the piano but don’t really focus on what they are doing.

If you found this lesson helpful, you will definitely want to check out the 5 Mistakes You Must Avoid When Learning Piano. https://goo.gl/6PmI0N

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Lesson Notes
Practicing for the appropriate amount of time is very important, but slightly less important than remaining focused on the tasks at hand. If you daydream and start playing your favorite pop tunes instead of what you should be playing, your efforts will be greatly diminished.
How long should you be practicing?
15-30 minutes if you are just starting out, or if you are just looking to play a few simple songs
30 minutes – 1 hour if you are looking to get better and play some more substantial pieces like Fur Elise.
1 hour – 2 hours – This will get you some good results
2 hours – 4 hours – Is the professional level of practice.

What should you be practicing
1. Warm up, should take up to a 3rd of your practice time
– Scales, Arpeggios, Hanon, Czerny,
2. One to three songs you are working on. Start from the problem areas. Do not start form the beginning all the time.

Plan for success
Over the next month, make a commitment to spend time everyday practicing. Think about your goals as a musician to determine how much time to practice. You can make good results putting in an hour every day. Set a timer and don’t get up from the piano until the timer is finished. Come up with a practice routine based on what we talked about in today’s lesson (warm up, 1 to 3 songs).
Optional: Make a recording of your playing on day 1, then on day 31 record yourself again to notice the difference.
Come back to the comments in this lesson to let me know how you did, or if you have any questions along the way.
Good luck!

Time stamps
00:00 Intro
00:13 The secret to the best method
01:38 All about piano practice
07:43 Tips of focusing
09:12 Practice Assignment
12:17 Watch the 5 Mistakes You Must Avoid When Learning Piano

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Whenever I meet a student for the first time I ask them a few questions:

Why do you want to learn to play the guitar?

What’s your favourite type of music?

Who are your favourite artists/bands?

Do you want to be a musician or do you just want to learn to play songs?

The last question always baffles them. The common response to that question is, “Is there a difference?”

The answer is “Yes, there is a huge difference… to me anyway.”

If a student just wants to learn to play songs then I find the songs that they like, work it out in different keys and then teach them the chords and anything else that they need to play the song exactly the way they hear it. This method is very productive in them learning to play the songs they love and in building a repertoire very fast. In a year some of my students have learnt between 30 and 50 songs.

I find that the students who favour this method want quick results and don’t mind not knowing any music theory. Their goal is to just play songs and have fun. I, too, have a lot of fun teaching them. One of the reasons I like this method is that I don’t have to go into heavy music theory details.

For those who want to be serious musicians my approach is different. We build up a repertoire of songs slowly, but they learn every single detail about music – reading, theory, scales, chords, arpeggios, improvisation and so forth.

This method is highly involved and teaches the student how to think like a musician, how to listen like a musician and how to execute like a musician. By the end of these courses the student can walk into any exam and pass with flying colours, they will be able to pick up any piece of music, read it and play it.

Becoming a musician is more than just the ability to pick up a guitar and strum chords. It’s about knowing how chords work in conjunction with scales, it’s about knowing how to use scales, chords and arpeggios to improvise and create new melodies and harmonies; it’s about knowing what a chord is by just listening to it.

I absolutely love this method. In as much as I teach my students I learn so much as well each time I go over the material.

So, in my opinion, there is a huge difference between just learning to play songs and becoming a musician. One is not better than the other. The end goal is just different. Which one would you choose?

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