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Learning How To Play A Piano
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If you are interested in learning how to play a piano, then here is a few tips from an experienced piano teacher.

Firstly, you need to find a local teacher, regardless of whether the student is a potential Mozart or a person who just wants to play Motown tunes for recreation. Selecting a teacher, should not ideally be based on location alone. Having a good rapport between the student and the teacher makes for a more enjoyable and therefore more productive process. You also need to select a teacher that will teach the style you want to learn, For instance I'm a classical teacher, so I don't teach advanced jazz.

The next thing that you need to know in learning how to play a piano, is that you should have an instrument (either a piano, pianola or keyboard) to practice on and you should set aside time to practice. Ideally it should be every day! Sometimes this is not realistic, but you should be able to set aside some time, most days. I've come across so many people that would love learning how to play a piano, but are just not willing to put in the time to practice. To put it bluntly, you are not going to get very far at all if you don't practice!

As a piano teacher, I've come across many students (or their parents, in the case of children) who try to tell me what they want to play and when. It seems to be forgotten that firstly I have learnt how to play the piano successfully and secondly I've helped many others learning how to play a piano very well. In other words, I know what I am doing and so do the majority of music teachers, especially the ones that have formal qualifications. My point here is that if you want to learn to play the piano, you have to trust your teacher and let them guide you to the end goal of playing the sort of music you want to play.

The final ingredient needed for learning how to play a piano, is patience and persistence. It is a skill that takes years, not days to perfect. So often, students will quit after a few months of lessons because they don't think they are getting anywhere. If you are truly getting nowhere, your teacher will tactfully (hopefully!) tell you so.

I hope I have given you useful information. Good Luck!


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