It’s incredible how many people have taken piano lessons but no longer know how to play piano. Here are the reasons why traditional piano lessons don’t work for most people (and why they didn’t work for me):
- Too much theory. Regular people don’t need to know all the nitty gritty details of music theory. Theory is probably the #1 reason people quit the piano.
- You’re not a robot. Virtually all piano teachers teach by sheet music. When you learn a new song with sheet music (let’s not forget this takes a LONG time), you aren’t really learning music, but just repeating back a particular pattern of notes. Even if you choose the route of looking up tutorials on YouTube, you’re still just parroting back exactly what someone tells you. With Piano In 21 Days, you’ll take a different approach. I won’t teach you how to play specific songs. I’ll give you a framework to learn any song quickly and easily.
- Only once a week. Most piano lessons are once a week for 30 minutes. You go to your first lesson and learn a few things. Throughout the week, maybe you practice, maybe you don’t. At your next lessons, by the time you’ve reviewed the material from the previous lessons, your current lessons is basically over. The amount of progress you get each week is minimal. Only meeting with a teacher once a week is just not enough to get any reasonable results.
- Boring practice. When you’re first starting out, you spend most of your time practicing. Traditional “practice” doesn’t involve playing real songs. Why wouldn’t we want the majority of the time we spend at the piano to be fun? I believe every time we sit down at the piano it should be fun.
- Terrible Song Selection. When I took traditional piano lessons I got so sick of the same old Mozart and Bach stuff. I had to play the songs my piano teacher wanted me to learn and I didn’t have much say in the matter.
- Unclear goals. When you sign up with a traditional piano teacher, what are your goals? You’ve signed up so that you “learn piano”, but how do you know when you’ve gotten there? The teacher’s hope is that you keep going back to your lessons week after week. In other words, forever. When I’m teaching someone, I like to define where they want to be with piano, then get them there. At that point they know what they’re doing and can break free of the regular lessons with me.
- Unproven teachers. Just because someone is a “piano teacher” doesn’t mean they know what they are doing. It also doesn’t mean that the types of songs he or she wants to teach you aligns with the types of songs you want to learn.
- Very expensive. My parents spent over $20,000 on my piano lessons growing up. And what did it really get me?