Learning piano may seem like a daunting task to take on. Getting a teacher and attending piano lessons is the best course of action to learn the basics quickly. However, you can learn to play all on your own. It may be hard, but it could be easy. It all depends on your natural talent for playing the instrument, your past experience with musical instruments in general, and several other factors.
Do You Need a Teacher?
Having a piano teacher can have its advantages and disadvantages. Many people who have no experience with musical instruments can learn some very useful skills from a teacher, but they might also pick up some bad habits. The biggest benefit of getting a teacher is that you learn faster in 6 months with a teacher than you would on your own. If you choose to hire a piano teacher then choose a professional that meets your needs. If you want to learn a specific genre of music, such as jazz or pop, then you want to hire a teacher that specifically teaches that. You want to avoid teachers that use inflexible methods that you know you won’t be able to meet.
Teachers are extremely helpful in the beginning. They teach you sitting position, hand movements, general hand positions, and other helpful methods. The little things that are difficult to explain in a textbook and difficult to correct by yourself. They also can gauge how you’re doing and provide practice material that is appropriate for your learning needs. Teachers provide a structured environment that you may not be able to provide for yourself.
Before you even thinking of hiring a teacher for piano lessons, you need to make sure you can afford all of the materials. You’ll need to decide on which music book is best for you. If you’re a true beginner, you’ll want to find a starter book to teach you the fundamentals. It should teach you how to read music and provide you with common fingerings, such as time signature, accompaniments, arpeggios, and scales.
You’ll of course also need a piano to practice on. Getting a piano can be a big investment, so you want to be sure that learning is something you really want to do. Once you’ve dedicated yourself to wanting to learn, you don’t have to go straight out and buy a grand piano. A keyboard or upright piano will do. Keyboards are more affordable, but nothing quite matches the quality of Bechstein pianos.
Piano lessons can also be considered starting materials if you decide to go that route. Piano lessons can range from $15 to $40 dollars for every half hour. While these lessons can be invaluable, you don’t need them to be successful at playing the piano. The choice is up to you.
Are Piano Lessons Worth It?
Learning piano can be a frustrating but rewarding endeavor. You don’t have to invest in piano lessons if you feel super competent in your abilities. The best part is no matter how much experience you get, you can always invest in piano lessons later..
© Dave The Piano Man