2021 is a new year, and with a new year comes new goals. If one of your goals for 2021 is to learn the piano, but you aren’t sure how to go about it, we can help you! Here’s how to learn piano in 2021:
1. Find Your Genre
The first thing on the list is for you to find the music you love to listen to. Are you interested in R&B, Classical, Contemporary, etc.? Whatever genre you are interested in, it’s essential to know what path you want to take. Every genre has its style, sound, and technique.
For example, classical music requires playing the piano on a high level. In contrast, pop music can be relatively easy to pick-up and learn. Once you choose what you want to play, then you can plan your path. Many apps will take you through a well-thought-out approach to achieve your goal.
2. Learn The Basics
Suppose you have absolutely no experience playing the piano, first learn how to sit at the piano and use your arms and hands correctly. It does not take much time and may seem unimportant, but it’s essential to know the correct posture.
The next thing to learn is your finger numbers. Number your fingers from one to five, making both your thumbs ‘one’ and pinkies ‘5’. If you are reading music and seeing small numbers over a note, it’s showing you which finger to put on that note. Although it may be confusing at first, practicing this and getting comfortable will help you play smoothly from one note to the next.
💡If you want to know why piano posture is so important and how to learn it correctly, check out our blog on “Is Technique Important When Playing The Piano?“
3. Learn To Read Music
Yes, learn to read music! One of the best ways to learn piano quickly is to learn to read notes. The best way to begin practicing this is by looking at the music rather than down at your hands.
First, learn five notes in the right hand and then five notes in the left hand in the same session. Many people make focusing big mistake too long on reading right-hand notes and then struggle when they try the left-hand notes. If you learn both at the same time, you’ll avoid a lot some possible frustration.
4. Learn The Hard Parts First
Before you begin a practice session, it can help warm up with a song you already know or a finger exercise you know well. Once you start learning, the best thing you can do is focus on the more challenging parts of the song. This way, you’ll avoid getting frustrated later on in your practice.
5. Make Practice A Priority
Practice time may sound like a chore, but it’s the only way you will get better. The first way to make the most out of your practice time is to practice slowly. Although it may seem counterintuitive, it helps you fix all the mistakes you may be making. Once you’ve got the pattern or song down at a slow speed, then you can begin to increase the speed.
The second way you make the most out of your practice time is to prioritize practice time. For example, have a set time of the day to focus only on practicing the piano. A great way to keep track of your time is by keeping a practice log and setting a reminder on your phone to practice each day.
Lastly, make the most out of your practice time by keeping a list of goals that you want to reach other times and even goals you want to achieve in practice time. This way, you’ll have a way to track your progress and objectives, and it will keep you motivated.
With some commitment and time, you can reach your goal of playing the piano this year! We hope you enjoyed reading on how to learn the piano in 2021!
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