6 tips to learning piano keyboard online

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For many years, learning to play involved going to lessons one-on-one with a teacher and practicing on your own. With technology, learning piano keyboard online requires additional considerations.


Here are six tips which will help you navigate such an experience, get the results you are looking for, and motivate you to advance your skills:

1. Purchase and work on a piano you like

You will be working with this instrument for a long time and you need to like the sound of it. Some keyboards have a list of many sounds (called voices), but if those sounds are annoying to the ear, you will not play and enjoy the experience. You also need to get an overview of the specifications. There are many options available but you must not underestimate the value of choosing the best piano.

2. Decide on your starting level for the program and whether the offer fits your goals

You should know if you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced learner. You should also have a good idea of what will make you feel like a successfull pianist. Do you want to :

  • Play for fun and entertainment for your friends and family?
  • Sing and accompany yourself as a singer-songwwriter?
  • Play jazz in a piano bar?
  • Play for church or community singing?
  • Be a concert pianist?
  • Simply amuse yourself on the piano?


3. Understand the offer

Before you sign up to a program, or purchase a product, make sure you understand how the teaching will be delivered. Watch a video of a lesson or an example, and note whether the instructor talks too quickly, glosses over new principles, moves his/her hands so quickly that the demonstrations are not clear. Ask yourself if you think your goal is attainable with this type of instruction, within reasonable time.


4.  Assess your available time 


Although the activity is decribed as ‘playing the piano’, it is mainly an activity of ‘work’. You will need time to go carefully through the lessons but unlike children being sent to class, there will be no parents sending you to switch on your computer. You have to switch on a minimum of three times a week, to get the information and also to clarify anything that you may have missed.

5. Spend time on the keyboard away from the computer

It is no secret that the computer will not always be in front of you to guide you into striking the right notes at the right time. Schedule at least two times to practice on your own, just you and your keyboard. Get rid of all distractions.

6. Appoint an accountability partner

Find someone who is firm, to whom you will describe your mission. It has to be someone who will, not only  ask about your progress, but  also ask for you to play what you have learned.

There is a deep desire, by many people, to learn to play with a hope of nurturing their talent and bringing out the creativity of their inner musician. With time being at a premium, and location sometimes a hindrance, learning piano online is no longer out of reach, but requires effort, and a willingness to work with these tips. It might end up being the best action you would have taken to enhance your life. Are you willing?











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  1. walker2

    I took piano lessons as a child and learned the basics but that has been many years ago! I love the piano and have always wanted one in my home but they are so big that I’ve never had room for one. Do you recommend using a full-size piano or can a keyboard work? I would be playing at home only! Are these online programs to teach piano simpler than learning from an actual “in person” person? Thanks for your informative post!

    1. Joy (Post author)

      I have been a music teacher and performer for years and I am now setting up details for my website from which I will be teaching people to play as a hobby. It is such a wonderful experience to be able to play a few songs you like. Many persons have been asking about pianos. I have chosen pianos that I would recommend for playing at home and, so far, they are happy with what they chose. Your decision will be based on pianos with a good sound, fitted to your preference for style, available space and affordability. Below is the link suggesting what you need to look for, and further down the page you can click the link of each one to get descriptions and hear the sounds. Also if you click on the piano, you will be able to see prices and other information. Please leave your email contact so i can get in touch with you when the teaching program is fully rolled out. Thank you  for your comments. Please let me know if you have further questions.

      Link: https://mypianohobby.com/choosi

  2. Avareth

    I have a friend that is naturally extremely gifted for playing, and has mostly learned by watching individual song tutorials and picking up on things from them. She also does a lot of improv that is beautiful to listen to. This is a great read for anyone that needs a more lesson oriented experience for learning (I definitely would).

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Thanks for your comments Avareth. Some times people learn a few tips here and there that enhance their musical expression. However when they actually learn what is going on, what are the patterns and the rules, they will be able to create and develop even more. The process of learning music can go on forever…… Best wishes !!!

  3. Mike

    hi Joy,
    I thought the post was well written with good information.
    I have always dabbled with the keys but never have been able to put in the time. I would love to eventually play, but I am almost in my 50’s at this point. I will keep your site bookmarked in case I ever get the itch to try out the keyboard again.
    Thank you for posting.

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Good to hear from you Mike. No, no, 50 is not too late to start piano lessons and the good thing with online training is that there are others who are trying to achieve the same goals. Age is no barrier. I hope one day you will give it a try. My students ( some over 50) love it !!!

  4. Shanna

    Theses are some good, solid considerations for anyone setting out to learn a musical instrument. I think the points about assessing your time and finding accountability are particularly useful, especially if you’re doing the entire thing online. I took music lessons my entire childhood, and all through college. I love playing, but if I didn’t have the physical lesson to go to each week, I’m sure I never would have practiced. Self paced is great, but if you’re like me, you need someone to keep pushing you to succeed.

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Shanna. Learning music online is definitely for persons who are self motivated. I, too, benefitted from going to music lessons as a child, but I did all my advanced learning online. Because I wanted the those skills so much, I worked it into my daily life. Since you already ahead, maybe you could enjoy music as a hobby by learning short online courses to add to your skills. Thanks for your comments.

  5. Alice A.

    These are really great tips to learning piano lessons online. I am very much interested to learn piano but I’m not sure I will be able to devote enough time to it. I am very much tied up to my day job that I do not even have enough time to spend with my loved ones.

    But with the availability of many piano lessons online, I guess this is the right time to do it. I’m just wondering if there are courses that offer free trial, let’s say for a week or so, that will give me enough time to assess if it is the right program for me.

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Alice, thank you for your comments. As soon as I am up and running, I will design a trial into the program. (thank you for the idea). I know we are sometimes very busy, but it is important that we devote a little time to give ourselves a little gift. Online makes it easier. Best wishes !!!

  6. Darren

    I think it’s s good idea that you can learn piano through online programs as not everyone wants to have a tutor.

    When I had a private tutor as a child I didn’t enjoy it completely as my tutor was very formal and I sometimes I felt uncomfortable.

    Learning online for me would of been better as I could learn in my own time as can others who prefer this way if learning. 

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Yes Darren. The main ingredient you need for online piano lessons is discipline. There is no teacher who will remind you to practice. If you love music, really want to play, and are motivated enough to stick with the lessons, who knows? You might become a world class performer..Thanks for your comments


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