How To: Get Better At Piano Playing

Are you looking for ways to improve your piano playing techniques and skills? Here are a few ways on how to get better at piano playing: 

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Miller Piano Specialists July 31, 2020 3 Min Read

Are you looking for ways to improve your piano playing techniques and skills? There are many ways people learn how to master this instrument, but there are a few essential skills that can help you in your piano playing journey. Here are a few ways on how to get better at piano playing: 

Practice Your Fingering

Working on your fingering is essential in your piano playing journey. If you can learn how to control your fingers while you play, you will be able to play easily up and down the Piano. Most songs are made up of patterns, arpeggiated chords, and finger crosses. So, next time you have a challenging part of the song to learn, take it slow. Play through the sections of the song slowly and try to find the best fingering. The way to know if you’re doing it right is by making sure your fingers and hands are not moving uncomfortably or running out of fingers. Figuring out a good finger pattern to play your song will make the song sound and feel more melodic and put-together. Practicing scales and arpeggios can help you develop and grow proper fingering. 

Check out this short video on finding your fingering on the piano:

Practice Scales

Yes, consistent practice will get you better. But what should you be practicing the most? Scales. Scales consist of every note that exists in a key signature. The benefit of learning each scale is knowing where the sharps and flats are placed on the scale. Learning scales will make it easier for you to transpose any song and be familiar with every song’s key signature. 

Sight Reading

Sight-reading sounds intimidating, we know. But sight-reading is a skill that will open up a whole new world for you in piano playing. Choose a music piece that challenges you, but it is not too easy or too hard for you. Make sure to choose a piece of music that you have never seen before. If you’re a beginner in sight-reading, there are plenty of online videos and lessons that can teach you the basics of sight-reading. 

Chords and Cadence Patterns

Another thing you should be regularly practicing is different chords and cadence patterns. What are those? These chords consist of major and minor chords, diminished chords, augmented chords, major 7th, minor 7th, and dominant 7th chords in all inversions. If you didn’t know, a cadence is a chord pattern commonly used in music. Understanding different types of rhythms in every key is recommended. Learning about I, IV, V, I; I, ii, V, I, and I ii vii0 I chord progressions can benefit you in the long run.

Watch this helpful video explaining Candence Patterns:


Articulation in music is how a distinct note sounds like. For example, does the song you’re playing have long and connected notes or short and detached notes? Articulation in a song can also define the certain feeling a song can give off. A great way to get better at articulation in your music playing is listening to different songs and genres that have different kinds of articulation. Pick what you like, and practice how to translate that emotion or feeling into your piano playing. 


We hope you enjoyed reading on a few ways on how to get better at piano playing. If you are looking for effective and free online lessons, take advantage of free lessons with Sherry on our Facebook page daily! Click here to check out previous lessons with Sherry. 

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