Myths about Learning to Play the Piano

5th January 2017

It is quite common to hear myths about learning to play the piano, even from people who have never used the instrument! However, there are also people who have been playing this instrument for many years who believe in some of these myths too. Here are three of the most common myths.

The first step is to learn how to read music

You would think that this claim makes sense because how can aspiring piano players start playing without sheet music? However, many experts will disagree with this because learning how to read music, in the beginning, could potentially put people off, make the process of learning less enjoyable and also make the player less creative. Some of the most famous piano players like Prokofiev and Mozart have started learning by playing by ear. It’s usually best to get a feel for the piano first and a good piano teacher will allow you to explore the instrument first before you get into the detail of how to read music.

It’s all about the fingers

There are two ways in which you can play the piano. You can push the piano keys forcefully with the power of your fingers or you can sit back, relax and let the weight of the arms perform this. To put it simply, allow gravity to do its job. Clearly, the second option is better because it gives you more control, keeps you relaxed and enables the rhythm of the music to come through

Practicing is all about playing the same piece for dozens of times

If you are practicing a new piece or song, you should never practice by repeating the same song from the beginning to the end over and over. Of course, consistent practice will help you, but this is not the most efficient way to master a new song. Don’t forget that playing piano is all about expressing yourself so focus on specific parts that cause problems and then practice slowly.

To become a successful piano player, you will need to develop your ear, use your entire body and learn the difference between practicing and playing. This takes time, but it’s worth all the effort.