Once you start learning piano, you’ll find that you have embarked upon a journey that will never end. No matter how proficient you become at the piano, you’ll find that there is always something new to learn. For the beginner it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. But beginning piano is just like beginning any other skill. You take things one step at a time. Even the longest journey begins with just one step.
History is helpful
Some of the online resources for learning the piano are aimed specifically at the beginner. Typically these beginners piano lessons will introduce you to the piano itself and provide a bit of background on its history and construction. Although this may seem a bit superfluous it will help to put your efforts into context. Having the background knowledge gives you a broader perspective.
Sight read or play-by-ear?
Depending on whether you have chosen to go down the sight-reading route or down the play-by-ear route, the course should introduce you to the keyboard and its layout. And it should explain why it’s laid out as it is. Typically, to enthuse you from the word go, it will have you playing a simple tune within minutes. If you have never played before, the sense of accomplishment that this will give you is not to be underestimated. Knowing that it’s possible to get a recognizable tune out of an instrument that you have never played before will motivate you enormously. Most beginners piano lessons incorporate something of this nature, just to get you started and to give you an idea of what you’re going to be able to achieve. Crucially, the type of downloadable beginners piano lessons we’re discussing here will contain small music clips that will enable you to listen to what it is you’re supposed to be playing before you actually play it. The difference between this type of approach and that of a teach-yourself-book which can never do this, has to be experienced to be believed.
Fingers and thumbs
As you progress, you’ll learn how the musical stave is constructed and how what you see on the page relates to the movements expected from your fingers. At this point, many beginners come up against their first real hurdle. They may well find that their fingers are not as responsive as they would like and they sometimes seem to have a will of their own. This is common. The answer lies in specifically written fingering exercises that stretch the joints, build up strength in the fingers (see how much strength and mobility you have in your fourth finger compared to the others) and help you develop finger movements that you didn’t know existed. All good piano courses contain a set of fingering exercises. You’ll also learn about chords and harmony and about how chords are constructed, how they are related and why they sound like they do.
Once you have mastered the these different elements you’ll be well on your way to becoming a proficient pianist. You will have had a lot of frustration on the way, but also a lot of fun.
If you decide to buy one of the beginners piano lessons courses we feature at Piano Detective then you’ll find that they all contain the key components mentioned above and they will help you turn your ‘beginners piano’ into something that you, your friends and family will all enjoy as they see just how far you have progressed. All you need to do is decide which one best suits your needs and then sit down and get playing!