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How to Play Piano - Without a Teacher

Updated on October 8, 2011

It can be tough to learn how to play piano without a teacher, but you can make it easier for yourself

Having a teacher solves a lot of problems that otherwise would occur. Having a teacher will hopefully pump up your enthusiasm to playing the piano. The piano teacher would also know what to teach you, when and how. He would also be able to most likely answer all of your questions. But how do we learn how to play piano without a teacher?

A lot of what you learn by a piano teacher will be easily accessible. A lot of videos on the net has tutorials on how to play piano. So basically all the tools are there, but then why can it be so difficult to learn how to play the piano without a teacher.

On the net there is literally millions of pages and videos about how to play piano. Of cause getting past the basics isn't that hard, but that's because it is easier to have an overview of how. You'll learn some scales and chords, but after that you'll not only have one or two options of what to learn. After you've got the basics down, there are a lot you could learn, and even though that it is a good thing cause otherwise music would be boring if you could become a piano virtuoso after two weeks. But having so many options, can make it difficult to know what to learn.

The solution actually is rather logic. If you had to shoot a golf ball, you would aim for the hole right? There are many pianists, all different and unique in some way. You need to set a goal to which kind of a pianist you want to be. If you wanted to become a classical pianist, you may should consider learning to read sheet music. If you wanted to become a jazz pianist you may wanted to learn some pieces that pointed in that direction and master chord extensions.

Every time you learn something, it becomes a part of your toolbox. Some tools are more important than others, some tools my not be necessary and will not be worth the trouble getting. You should know what kind of a piano player you want to be, and slowly and consistently ad a tool that will make you even better in the right direction.

Okay, now you may already have thought a bit while reading this of what kind of pianist you want be. Try writing it down so you wont forget it. Write down what kind of a pianist you want to be, how you'll get there and where you are right now. Just as losing weight you should have a long term goal but also a short term goal. But remember to be very specific to what your goals should be. Here's an example of a plan:

Skill level now: Can play major, minor scales and chord with extensions and able to play Bach's " Minuet in G"

Long term: Becoming a advanced classical pianist and able of playing "Beethoven Moonlight 3rd Movement"

Short term: Learn how to play Für Elise in two weeks

How to get there; Practice scale and chords used, and practice measure 1-20 slowly tomorrow...

It doesn't have to be that way, but just make sure to answer the fields specific because that will give you a clear goal to pursue.

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