As a piano dealer, I have heard so many different myths about how to play piano. Below you will find five myths that have been going around for far too long.
Piano is an easy instrument to play
While it is true that the piano is easy to play, it does require a lot of patience and practice in order to master it. There is no way that you can play Gershwin within thirty to sixty minutes – that is simply not feasible. The design characteristics of a piano make it possible to learn, but you need to practice frequently. In spite of what you may have read or seen online, you need more than three or four piano lessons to play a complicated piece. After all, there are plenty of rhythms to play, chords to master and scales to learn in addition to all other multiple variations that you come across.
You need to be born with natural talent
A large number of my clients feel condemned every time they hear this myth. Some of them feel that they should not even consider learning how to play piano. Let me be the one to tell you that everyone and anyone can play the piano provided that he or she exercises the required practice time and patience.
As I mentioned before, the piano is created in such a way that it is relatively easy to learn especially if it is compared to other musical instruments. For instance, the violin has no markings to indicate all the notes. There are no frets such as the ones on a guitar and there are certainly no black or white keys like the ones on a piano. In order to play a violin, the person needs to memorize where all the notes exist and it can take a very long time to master that. However, with a piano, it is a lot less stressful!
Study classical music before attempting gospel or jazz music
All music genres start with the basics. People who argue that classical music lessons should come first before gospel or jazz music lessons have no idea what all the different genres have in common, which is all the favorite chords and scales. If you feel that you want to play the piano for your gospel choir or master the jazz piano, going through the beginner’s classical music book would not discourage you from your plans. The reason is simply that as soon as you start with the intermediate or advanced level of piano lessons, you will begin to see how all the genres diverge from one another.
Children master how to play piano faster than adults do
It is common to see people credit the younger brain as the faster-learning tool in almost all subjects from learning a new language to mastering the piano. Nevertheless, numerous researchers have found that there is no hard-core difference between adults and children. The only real difference when it comes to learning something new is dedication.
I tend to agree with this because from my observation, I know a number of children and adults who progress along through all the piano grade systems at the same time. It shows that as long as you are dedicated to practicing constructively, then you can definitely accomplish it.
Playing by ear is easier compared to reading notation
From my experience, it is a lot easier to concentrate on reading notation first. However, I also recognize that a pair of well-trained ears is just as significant, as each skill set has its own advantages. I must say that neither approach is more difficult or a lot easier than the other is. To compare both approaches are akin to comparing apples to oranges, thus making it useless to do so.
Do you feel discouraged by all the myths about how to play piano?