By Andrea D. Vacchiano
Learning to play piano online takes time, effort,
self-discipline, and some experimentation, but the rewards can be great. It is
an increasingly popular and accessible method of self-study.
How much time you dedicate to the piano really depends on you. Your initial
efforts will be spent finding a course amongst many different offerings that is
suitable for you. This is time well spent, however, as your research will
familiarize you with the various formats of lessons, their cost and you will
probably be learning about the piano along the way.
Course fees will range dramatically. Do not be too quick to dismiss the more
expensive ones. They will often have some free introductory lessons. These free
lessons will give you a frame of reference for evaluating other online piano
courses, and they tend to be the better ones anyways. Consider that the fees
for a quality online course, perhaps a couple of hundred dollars, is still
substantially less than you would pay for private lessons.
Enjoy the learning process rather than focusing on end goals. Your practice
sessions will make up most of the time you spend with the piano. This is true
for all musicians for all of their playing lives. A musician has to love the
Learning to play the piano online also takes effort. Your progress and
enjoyment of the instrument is reflected in the effort you put into your
studies, in keeping focused on your lessons, and in searching out more
information about your instrument. Consider building a regular weekly practice
schedule. You will experience the most progress for your efforts if you can set
aside four or five short practice sessions per week. One of those practice
sessions can simply be listening to music, or trying something new.
Self-discipline will become a major component of your learning. With online
lessons, there is no instructor waiting for you to show up to your lesson. Nor
do you have direct feedback for your progress. You will need the discipline to
study your lessons thoroughly, and staying with your weekly practice routine.
You can monitor your progress by recording yourself working through your lesson
material. Listen to your recording at least once a week to assess your progress
and set a study plan for the upcoming week.
Learning to play piano online takes a little bit of experimentation as well.
Every once in a while, try a different online program, perhaps a free one. This
practice can provide you with the opportunity to review some earlier technique,
or perhaps gleam some insight into some musical idea you have not yet quite
Keep your practice time fresh by mixing up your routine. For example, you do
not always have to start your practice with scales, but you could occasionally
review a simple piece as a warm up. Try sight-reading music from different
styles or genres. Just for the sheer experience of it, take five minutes to try
to play a really challenging piece, then put it away and forget about it.
Make sure that you are enjoying your practice as well. This will keep you
coming back to the instrument, and give you the encouragement for putting in a
regular effort. You can take time away from the instrument and continue to
develop musically by simply listening to recordings and going to concerts. As a
player you will approach these two activities with fresh ears and from a
completely different perspective.
Building a new skill like playing an instrument does takes a while. Allowing
yourself that time, putting in regular effort, developing your self-discipline
and having a little fun along the way while learning to play piano online will
pay off in the long run. The rewards are really endless and can apply to many
aspects of your leisure time. The process of studying music and an instrument
will help you develop your appreciation for other musicians, the music itself,
and art in general.
Andrea D. Vacchiano is a professional pianist and piano teacher of over 15 years. Having taught hundreds of pupils in both his home country of Italy and his current residence in the UK he decided to set up a blog and a newsletter for all aspiring pianists and those wishing to begin learning the piano. His website www.ThePianoExpert.com provides information on all aspects of learning the piano, where you can also get a free copy of his latest eBook on playing the piano.