How To Learn The Piano Fast

Since its invention around 1700, the piano has quickly become an icon of western music in many areas of the globe. Pianos are considered among the hardest but also most rewarding instruments to play. Some say that if you can get a handle on playing the piano, you can begin to learn other instruments with all of the principles you would have used to become adept at the black and white keys.

Like with many instruments, some dedicate their entire lives to learning the intricacies of piano-playing, and can do so within many different styles and forms. Of course, there are also offshoot skills, such as organ players or keyboardists that use similar skillsets. On top of that, the popularity of electronic MIDI instruments fashioned with keyboard-like keys has led to renewed interest in the piano and its very many possibilities.

There’s no way to override learning piano properly, and anyone who hopes to become a capable pianist or play certain sheet music adequately needs to put in the time, effort and practice. However, learning well does not necessarily mean you have to learn slowly. It all depends on how you take new information in and the time you have to dedicate to your practice.

However, if you were to lift weights, it’s true to say that you will make more progress in less time between sessions if you commit to lifting with great form, and bit by bit add weight each week. In the same way, structuring great practice sessions and attending lessons of high-quality can help you learn more quickly than you may otherwise.


Let’s consider how that might work:

Learn To Read Sheet Music

This can take place in tandem with your piano lessons and practice, but as sheet music is the standard for how musical information is communicated to practitioners, it’s helpful to learn. Segmented by five lines and four spaces (known as the staff), and populated by note symbols, including the stems, flags, differing note values (such as whole notes which have no stem, half notes, and quarter notes), as well as rests, learning sheet music will help you not only hear the piece, but better understand the pace at which it’s supposed to be played.

Sheet music for basic songs such as nursery rhymes can often be a great place to start, because seeing how familiar tunes are written across the sheet and becoming familiar with playing to them can help you begin to take a seamless perspective towards reading, understanding, and ultimately expressing music. It will also help your piano teacher better communicate with you.

Find A Great Piano Teacher

It’s possible to learn a great deal from online guides, tuition books, and even YouTube videos, but there’s nothing quite as important as finding an appropriate piano teacher to help guide you through the process.


This is because while online guides may be able to teach you the songs and certain melodies to play, piano teachers can help you eviscerate bad habits, show you the form of playing and correct finger positioning, as well as the notes and how to read them along the keys. They’ll also teach you maintenance basics, such as selecting the best piano from the Piano Gallery for home use and learning how to repair a broken piano string.

When the time comes, a piano teacher can also help you prepare for your official playing examinations, helping you through the grading system or the equivalent in your country. Your teacher doesn’t have to have any special certifications to teach you, but it can be helpful if you politely ask for their experience in playing and teaching when deciding to utilize their services.

Become Familiar With The Piano Layout

Ultimately, a piano remains the same. 88 keys, spanning seven and a quarter octaves, and a stool to sit on. It’s important to become familiar with these keys in order to become fluent, not in playing but in understanding the piano in front of you, and cognitively ‘accepting’ being presented with such a large instrument.

 In simpler terms, a piano can seem quite overwhelming when sat in front of it for the first time. That’s why using groups of two and three black keys to find C and F, you can work your way up the note alphabet, finding C, D, E, F and stopping at G. 

Then, aligning your hands upon the piano properly can help you find the best starting position. This will help you begin the first step, which is always the hardest part, and will help your confidence to try.

Practice Scales, Fifths, & Hand Control

With five-finger scales such as G-A-B-C-D you can practice your scales more easily, doing so in a manner that helps your hands conform to the keys separately, pressing them down properly and with care. Finding your playing style is as important as learning the keys, and a gentle, playful approach is the best means of finding that.

From here, you can play fifths, which means playing with the first and fifth fingers on both hands. C, G, A F is often the most common, and can emulate a simple but popular chord progression you hear in many culturally significant songs. From here, you’ll find that your hands can begin playing their own notes more confidently and that as they gain independence from one another you begin to think of two sides at once. 

Practicing this along with your piano teacher is key.

Aim For A Song

Once you’ve learned the most popular chord progressions, it’s a good idea to consider learning simple, full songs, guided by your sheet music. Let it Be by The Beatles, Imagine by John Lennon, and Lean on Me by Bill Withers are some of the most popular, but many are listed online by difficulty depending on the style you’re hoping to learn.

This gives you a worthwhile project to focus on, and as you improve at the song you’ll be able to see your skill improving. Don’t forget, however, to try and practice at least an hour a day if you can, or the equivalent thereof. This will keep your fingers flexible and leave your willpower intact.

With this advice, you’re certain to learn the piano as fast (and as completely) as possible.

If you are looking for quality piano lessons contact Ogden Piano Gallery for availability and pricing.

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