Is It Possible to Teach Yourself Piano
Learning music isn’t easy, especially if you aren’t familiar with
it in the first place. After all, how can you learn something on your own if you don’t know what it is to
You couldn’t simply sit down at a table and learn trigonometry just because you tell yourself you can. It would
be nice, but it isn’t very realistic. Learning takes prior knowledge, and since you don’t have it yourself, you
need to get that knowledge from some outside source.
That is why, in this article, we are going to discuss whether or not it is possible to teach yourself piano.
So first off, since we already explained that you can’t teach yourself something that you have no prior
knowledge of, you need to find some prior knowledge. Luckily, that is something that is very, very easy to do.
Instructional DVDs and books and other materials are easy to find, and even easier to use. In fact, our favorite
DVD set, the Learn and Master Piano system, contains DVDs, CDs and
books. However, systems like this aren’t necessary; a basic piano book will be good enough to start off with, as
long as you do a little bit of research beforehand and stick to using it in a linear order.
(Later on such things won’t matter, but at the star, you’ll want all of your learning to be in order—thus, you
will want to learn your scales before your chords as you will understand them much better, and melody building
before transcription, as a basic knowledge of building melodies will help you to get a good hold on transcribing
Now teaching yourself from a book or from a DVD set
is fairly simple. In most cases, the lessons will be outlined for you so that you won’t have to worry about
planning. The one thing you will have to worry about is practicing. The best way to get in the habit of
practicing often, and practicing well, is by making a schedule.
You want to make your practice schedule so that it does not interfere with
other activities such as sports, or daily necessities like school and work. Make the schedule consistent and allow
yourself some leniency for hours, meaning don’t make your practice schedule so extreme that there is no hope of you
being able to actually practice for the stated amount of hours.
You want something realistic, and something that you will be able to accomplish week in and week out. It may
also help if you design a sheet on which you write down your skipped practices, or missed practices, as it will
help you to decide whether or not you are slacking, then take the initiative to work yourself back into practicing
on the right schedule.
In the end, we’ve shown that it is possible to teach yourself piano.
All that is requires is a little bit of hard work, some dedication, and the ability to consistently adhere to a
schedule. If this sounds like something you can do, then go for it!