Piano for idiots! What a way to start an article, right? As a self-confessed idiot, I’ve tried to my hardest to learn both piano and guitar. I own books, DVDs and even some VHS cassettes (yip, I’m getting old). They normally get me through the basics but more often than not I start to lose interest in the material quite quickly. That’s not to say that any of these courses are bad – just monotonous.
Should You Learn to Read Music?
I’m sure you’ve read about some great pianist that has never learned how to read music notes. Or perhaps you have a musical genius in your family that boasts the same… Personally, I believe that if you have a less than great memory – you really should learn to read music. Although it may look quite daunting from the offset, I guarantee you that’s it’s easier than you think.
Musical notation is simply a graphical representation of music. You may look in a magazine and see charts or graphs that clearly point out how much money or water (for example) is being used or wasted in a particular scenario. Musical notes work in a similar way – clearly describing how music should sound.
Okay, so maybe it’s not as simple as that but if you use the right piano course, you can learn to play piano and learn to read music all at once.
Piano for Idiots
So where do we start? First things first, we’ll need tools for the job. Have you picked up and purchased a piano yet? Borrowed from a friend who is fed up with trying to learn? If the answer is yes – you’re on your way!
When I first started learning, the most important bit of advice I received was to place all negative thoughts to the back of your mind. It’s easy to quit when you haven’t given yourself a fighting chance yet. Focus on the future and convince yourself that you can learn it (even if you’ve failed miserably many times before).
How I Finally Learned to Play Piano
Now, if you’re serious about learning to play piano, you’ll need to find a decent tutorial. There are an endless number of options available (I’ve purchased many) but few that cater for those that have failed to learn before.
After years of trying I finally found a course that worked for me. Basically it’s a Piano for Idiots guide…
Once you have this course or another of your choosing, you’ll need to set up a schedule for practicing. Now I know you’ve got work or school, and life can be crazy. But if you’re committed to finally learning to play piano, you’ll need to make some time in your week and put the work in. I can promise you that it’ll pay off in the end.