ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Learn Piano Online: Can You Really Do It On Your Own?

Updated on February 12, 2013

So you want to learn piano?

Perhaps you are one of the many millions of people that have always dreamed of being able to learn piano. Doesn’t it look thrilling to be able to make such lovely sounds, sitting down next to that beautiful piece of furniture, and letting your fingers roam freely on the whole length of the keyboard. But perhaps you are not so sure what you have to do to get there?

Well, you don’t absolutely need anything other than the instrument – if you are talented enough you will probably be able to find your way towards making some kind of pretty acceptable sounds come out of your instrument. But chances are that you will get there quicker and become more competent if you get some instruction.

Before the era of internet communication, there was only one next step when you realised you wanted to learn piano: finding a suitable piano teacher somewhere, hopefully reasonably close, and making an appointment to start lessons.

Learn piano online

Today it is far less obvious what steps you should take if you want to start to learn piano. The new communication technologies have opened up a whole range of new possibilities. You can learn from somebody from a totally different part of the world if you like. You can easily find a piano course without having to make appointments to meet a teacher: you can get all sorts of tips and help online. Just a few clicks away, there are millions of articles to read, pictures and videos about how to learn piano, finger-by-finger tutorials of specific songs or pieces et cetera. You might even share recordings or videos of your own playing and get feedback, either from a professional teacher or from like-minded amateurs.

So what do old-style, real world piano teachers think about this? And more importantly, how do you make the best use of all this available information? Do you still need to see a teacher at all, or can you find everything you need on the internet?

There might not be an easy answer to that question. It certainly depends on what your goals are, and on other factors like your natural talent. Like I said at the beginning of this article, if you only want to play a be able to play a few chords, or learn just a few of your favorite tunes, and you find that you can easily get a grip on some basic principles that work for you - then you might not need much instruction at all.

However, you might want to aim higher than that. The higher your aim, the more problems you will have to solve, and the more questions you will want to have answered. And you might find that many questions and problems concerning piano playing are not so easy to find an answer to online.

Seeing a piano teacher

Most of the time when you are learning things on the internet, there is no one there to respond to your particular needs. Your question and problems will more often than not be related to your specific circumstances: your hands, your fingers, your muscles, your body, your piano. If you actually go to see to an experienced teacher, he or she will have answers that are tailor-made for you. He or she will hopefully be able to give you an answer that takes account of what you need right now to make real progress.

Your real world teacher will have a plan for you, to learn things in the proper order. Of course you can learn one or two pieces just by imitating a YouTube tutorial. The trouble is that when you want to learn hundreds of pieces, everyone will be as slow to learn as the first one. Learning the principles behind the notes and developing your skills in a balanced way will mean that, in time, you will be able to learn much more quickly and solidly.

Many online piano courses will of course teach you the most important principles. An online teacher might even be able to listen to or watch samples of your playing and give you personal feedback, maybe even live instructions through a webcam. But cameras and microphones, even if they are first rate, will not be quite the same thing as being together in the same room. The help your teacher can give you by actually showing you over and over, touching and forming your hands for you, trying different solutions to find the one that works best for you, is essential if you want to really keep improving and developing your skills.

To sum up: if you want to learn piano and be serious about it, make sure you use all the possibilities of the internet, but remember to go and have real piano lessons with a real piano teacher as well.

Share your experiences

Have you learned to play piano on your own? If so, how did you go about it? Did you make any mistakes along the way that you would like to warn others about? Did you miss a live piano teacher at any point, and why? Do leave your comments and thoughts on this subject, whatever your experiences, and let's continue the discussion below!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • PianoTips profile image

      Louise Woodcock 

      2 years ago from Kent, UK

      A real live teacher is best but if you live out in the country or travel a lot, then online learning may be a good option.

    • profile image

      Jane Zabala 

      4 years ago

      I just found this hub at the appropriate time. I bought a piano at http://www.yourinstrument.com and now its time to look for tutorials and helpful article like this one.

    • ronhi profile image

      ronhi 

      6 years ago from Kenya

      I was doing some research on a writing gig i have and i found this hub via Google. Awesome piece. Thanks for sharing the information. Enjoyed reading it. Voted up, useful

    • RNMSN profile image

      Barbara Bethard 

      6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      I really like you information on this...I have used the online instruction myself :) but think it helped me to have had that basic instruction from a teacher firt/even if it were long ago!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)