Piano Playing Advice

By Larry Thompson

Piano PlayingCongratulation on taking the first step in getting piano playing advice that will help you with learning how to play the piano!

With the right advice and instructions you will have what you need to teach yourself piano.

The piano is a wonderful instrument and is an instrument that most people love to play for their enjoyment. It is not too hard to learn but it does take a commitment the time to learn the piano.

If you want to learn to play the piano you must make the commitment to learn and commit to piano practice and learning how to read sheet music.

By coming to this site I am convinced you have been researching and reading online about how to learn to play piano. The best advice I can provide you at this point is to remain focused and do not get overwhelmed with all the information on the internet!


With all the sites and instruction online it would become very easy to float from one site to another looking for the best instructions. But my advice is to stick with one training program until you have learned everything available to you and there is nothing else for you to learn. Only then you should move forward.

Everyone learns differently. You may one that learns best from written lessons, audio lessons, or video lessons. Whatever learn style works best for you there are endless options which should appeal to you as you go about learning to play the piano. But the best way to learn is to learn to practice the piano on your own. Practice is the only way to really learn how to play the piano.

If you are a visual learner then video lessons may be the way you should go. There is an incredible amount of piano lessons on video. Choose quality online lessons which you believe will keep you focused and excited about learning the piano.

Why Piano Lessons Online Are Better

Thanks to the internet today, learning to play the piano can now done right from your living room by simply turning on your computer and connecting to your favorite piano learning site.

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Online Benefits That You Won’t Get With Face-To-Face Instruction

Learning to play the piano through online instructions is very cost effective. The cost is usually under $50. Most courses include ebook, audio, and video instructions. Compare this to a personal teacher where you can pay a lot more over the long run for the exact amount of information and instruction. You also save money by not having to drive to the teacher’s house or a music studio.

Another benefit with online piano instructions is that you can at anytime you can review a specific lesson. The problem with a live piano teacher is that they will not have the patience teaching the same thing over and over again. With online instruction you can review a lesson or even go back to a previous lesson and practice it over and over again. With online you can go as slowly or quickly as you feel comfortable with learning the piano lesson.

These benefits provide a great advantage over traditional private lessons. Remember that piano lessons and instructions are just a few keystrokes away.

Advice For Someone Just Starting Out On The Piano

The first bit of piano playing advice is to learn music theory. It is not a fun part of learning but you need to gain an understanding of theory to help with learning to play the piano. For a lot of people music theory helps the light comes on when they start playing the piano. Most people will get now where without understanding music theory.

The second bit of piano advice is to listen to lot of piano music. Buy some piano CDs such as George Winston or David Lanz and listen to the music. While listening to the music you should try and figure out by ear what notes and piano chords are being played. This will help you recognize intervals, notes, and chord patterns. This might sound hard but with practice over time you will develop your listening ear.

The third bit of piano playing advice is to work on your music scales and musical terms. Scales will help you improve your dexterity and help your fingers learn the piano keys locations. Scales and theory go hand-in-hand. Do not become obsessed with scales. Just work on scales during your warm up session. Play them a couple of times and move on to other practice elements. You should play them slowly at first and do not play them at light speed. Over time you will develop your scales and overall skills as a pianist.

The fourth and most important advice is practice practice. You need to set up a daily time to practice the piano to development piano playing skills and techniques.

Two Kinds Of Pianists

There are pianists that improvise really will by playing by ear and those that read sheet music and play by sight. It is very rare to find pianists that do both well. It is either one way or the other.

Whichever way to take it is very important to learn music theory. Understanding the theory will help you see the chord patterns on the keyboard and convey that to your fingers.

Finally, for pianists at all levels, playing the piano is not about hitting the right notes, it is all about expressing yourself through the keys and your fingers. The piano is a tool to express, thought, emotion, and feelings. This is the way you want to learn to play the piano.

What is Next?

Most people who visit this website are looking for advice, tips, and lessons for playing the piano.

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12 Responses to “Piano Playing Advice”

  1. James says:

    I wanted to express my thanks for your fantastic website. It is the most useful single source for piano playing advice. There are plenty of tips and advice for beginners just starting out with learning to play the piano. Your site is worth checking on a weekly basis.

    • Larry says:

      Thanks for your positive comments. I am glad to read that you found value in reviewing the information and advice provided on this site.

  2. Zena says:

    Great page! So interesting to hear some piano-specific playing advice.

    I would add one more bit of advice: “Practice, don’t test.” Do not get into the habit of testing your memory because you will get into the habit of allowing for failure since most tests are either pass OR fail. By far practicing will make you better every time.

    So glad to find your blog!

    • Larry says:

      I like your advice “practice, don’t test”. I have always felt that when you learn a piece of music you should be able to play it mistake-free. But I have failed many time and when I return to the piece I thought I new I only find that I need to relearn it again. Some pieces remain in memory but not all. I find practicing is the best way to retain the piece in memory.

  3. Barbara says:

    A very inspiring website, Larry. I have always wanted to learn to play piano even when I was little but I never had the chance. Is it too late to learn?

    • Larry says:

      It is never to late to learn to play the piano. I have read about people learning at ages over 54. I hope that you give it a try!

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    • Larry says:

      Thanks for the nice comments. It is our goal to provide advice on pinao playing that will help beginners learning to play. Yes I am OK with you adding my site to your blogroll.

  5. Dominique says:

    Do you have some advice for someone my age just learning the piano?

    • Larry says:

      First, it is a good thing to learn some music theory. It is by far the least fun part of learning the piano, but gaining an understanding is what turned the ‘light’ on for me. Without understanding the basic music theory you will never get anywhere as a pianist.

      Secondly, listen to different kinds of piano music. Buy some George Winston CDs, or David Lanz’s CDs. Then select a slow song, sit at your piano with CD player playing the song, and figure out, by ear, the different notes being played. This helps you train your hearing so you can recognize notes, chords patterns, and intervals. This may sound difficult but over time you’ll find that you’ll get better at it.

      You do not have to learn the entire song at once. Work on learning a small sections at a time until you can play the whole song.

      Good luck with your learning an playing the piano.

  6. Alison Novotny says:

    Such a great site and great info! my daughter has been playing for a year now and loves it she has come across some useful info on your site . She is doing a paper and need your credentials if you don’t mind for reference. Are you a piano teacher , or did you study music.
    Thank you so much!

  7. I’m a jazz piano teacher here in London and often work with adult classical pianists that are unable to improvise a simple 12 bar blues or hear the chord changes to a basic pop song. Something is missing in their initial musical education.

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