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The Best Method for Learning to Play the Piano

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Authored by Colleen Michele Peralta in Music 
Published on 11-20-2009

When choosing to play the piano it is important to find the appropriate method and method book to help ease the learning process. Learning to play an instrument should be exciting and fun for the beginner. Your experience at the introductory level is based on the method you choose to learn from so make sure you enjoy what you are learning.

A lot of material that exists for beginning pianists is very outdated. This instrument has been around for quite a few centuries and it is easy to find that antiquated methods of learning are no longer inspiration for beginners – regardless of age or musical experience. When I was seven I started taking piano lessons. The method books I was taught from were very dull and made practicing seem very lugubrious. The books I was taught to study from were the Schuam method for the child beginner, A Dozen a Day by Edna Mae Burnam, John Thompson’s Modern Course for Piano and Michael Aaron Course for Piano. I might have been too young to be enthused by these dull black and white methods for piano. I would recommend these books for the older beginner or more patient child beginner. These books are very old and were published well before your parents and grandparents were born.

In modern times, with modern beginning pianists, it is important to look into the newer material being published for pianists. Of all the methods, I recommend the Alfred Piano Primer series. These books are published specifically for children. They have big print that is easy to read for beginning readers; notes and staffs are clear and easy to read as well. These books also offer colorful and demonstrative illustrations to help aid the beginning pianist. They also offer method books for the adult beginner. The Alfred piano method series has a companion series that matches the piano method with methods for learning music theory. Music theory is extremely important knowledge for any level of musician to have a grasp of. These theory companion books have fun exercises and fill-in-the-blank music theory games. This series is both fun and easy to earn, as well as enhancing musicality.

While learning by yourself from a method book is a good method for some people, others may prefer a group setting. Your local music studio or community college may offer group piano lessons at different levels of experience. You may also choose to embark on your quest by hiring a private piano instructor. Whether you are looking for the right method for the older adult, or seeking advice for your musically inclined child, remember that any new hobby takes effort and patience in order for success.

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