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?