Piano Lessons for Beginners
An Approach that Actually Works for Regular People
Piano Lessons for Beginners
For the last few years, I’ve been noticing a lot of interest online in piano lessons for beginners. In fact, there are thousands of adults looking for a way to learn how to play the piano – even if they’ve never taken a single lesson before. Since you’ve found your way here, maybe you’re one of them.
If so, you’ve come to the right place! Get comfortable and keep reading, because I’m about to tell you everything you need to know about piano lessons for beginners. Not only that, I’m going to help you figure out what type of beginner piano lessons could be best for you. Here we go!
Who is a Beginner?
It might seem silly to ask who the beginners are. After all, I’m sure you already have ideas as to whether you are one or not! But you’d be surprised how many opinions are out there on what constitutes a beginning piano student.
Some people (the sticklers among us – you know who you are!) say that a beginner is someone who knows absolutely nothing about the piano. This kind of beginner couldn’t identify a single note on the keyboard if their life depended on it. They have no idea what a melody or a chord is. They’ve definitely never had a teacher or attended a class!
Other people say those beginning piano players are students who have had some lessons, but can’t quite read music well yet. They probably don’t play in a manner that anyone would call “pleasant”.
My Take on Who the Real Beginners Are
In my opinion, a beginning piano player is anyone who can’t sit down at a piano and enjoy playing a song. And that can include people who have already taken lots of traditional lessons! After all, if you can’t use the skills you’ve been practicing to actually play something, what’s the point?
That’s where I found myself some years ago. I had taken plenty of traditional lessons but still couldn’t handle playing even a simple tune on my own. Of course, the classes I had taken taught me some valuable things. But nothing I had learned translated into an ability to actually use that knowledge! It was so frustrating to discover that I was, after years of practice: still a beginner.
I’ve come a long way since then, and later in this post I’ll be telling you how. For now, suffice to say that you might be a beginner – but you don’t have to stay that way!
No matter what kind of beginner you are, the piano has piqued your interest. You want to get started playing – so now what?
If you’re like most people, you hop online and start searching to see what other piano beginners do. And that’s a great idea, because why reinvent the wheel, right? Why not do what everyone else does… right?
Well, that might work out in some cases, but let’s think about this for a second. Why are so many adults seeking piano lessons for beginners? And why are these adults, many of whom took years of piano lessons as children, still looking for a better way?
Maybe the more traditional route to learning to play piano isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. As I’ve already shared with you, my own experience with traditional lessons didn’t get me very far. And over the years, I’ve heard from lots of other people who also have been frustrated by similar experiences.
Piano Lessons for Beginners – The Options
If you want to make good choices on your musical journey, first you have to know your options. There are three main ways to get started learning the piano:
– Traditional Lessons
– Guided Practice
– Alternative Methods
First up we have traditional lessons. This is probably the style of piano lessons for beginners that you are most familiar with. Traditional piano lessons focus on music theory, learning how to read sheet music, and playing more classically-oriented pieces.
These kinds of lessons can be time-consuming and costly, and you end up needing months if not years of instruction to progress into more advanced levels. In my opinion, traditional lessons are best for future music professionals or students who want to focus on the classical genre.
Next up is the “self-guided” approach. This method is basically comprised of figuring out how to play from resources such as library books and YouTube videos.
I am all for taking self-initiative, but let’s cut to the chase here. Trying to learn piano by cobbling together what you can find and hoping something sticks is a hit-and-miss approach at best. True, you may be able to keep costs low, but I only recommend this method of learning piano for those rare “natural” musicians – or highly-motivated individuals who actually enjoy sifting through scores of videos and books with no guarantee of results.
And now we can talk about alternative methods! There are a variety of alternative approaches to piano lessons for beginners out there. These vary from ear training, to special apps with memorization features, to the chord-based approach. In fact, that last one is exactly the method I use in my own Piano in 21 Days course!
Obviously, I can’t list every detail of those other alternative methods. For now, what I will say is that my own approach to piano lessons for beginners is focused on streamlined skill development. I also offer it in a much convenient learning format than traditional lessons. So I may be a bit biased ( 😉 ), but I think my Piano in 21 Days course is ideal for busy adult learners and/or people who feel intimidated by or discouraged with more traditional lessons.
Okay, so far so good. You now know the three main types of piano lessons for beginners, and maybe you already know which type you are leaning towards. But if you’re an adult learner, there may be a few extra factors you need to take into consideration before you make your next move.
What Makes Adult Learning Different?
If you’ve ever aken a college course well after growing up and becoming an adult, you already know that being an adult learner is a whole different ball game. Here are the two most important considerations that adult learners should consider:
You have real-world responsibilities, maybe a family to care for. There are bills to pay, appointments to keep, and much more. That means that convenience matters more too as an adult learner!
Unless you have your own personal chauffeur and plenty of time on your hands, you probably don’t relish the thought of driving to a piano class a few times a week. Even if you can get a private teacher to come to your house during the evenings or early mornings, are you really ready to commit to welcoming a stranger into home 2-3 times a week?
The way I address the important issue of convenience is by offering my course materials online. I’ve intentionally designed my course to be a standalone resource – you won’t need to time your practice sessions around anyone else. You’ll have all the information you need, anytime and anywhere – and you can progress through the lessons as slowly or quickly as you like.
Have you ever paged through a typical music book created with piano lessons for beginners in mind? I’m willing to get that the first song in that book was either Mary Had a Little Lamb or Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star – right?
Admittedly, both those little ditties are cute, as well as classics in their own right. But do you really want to be practicing children’s songs for a week, or even a month at a time? If you go the route of traditional lessons, it might be hard to find a teacher with resources that really appeal to your tastes. It could take months or years before they let you move on to pieces you enjoy.
Alternatively, maybe you’ve been using library books or YouTube videos to try to piece together a way to learn the piano. If so, there’s a good chance that you have no clue where to start! Maybe you love a certain song, a specific band, or singing group. But just clicking on videos willy-nilly and trying to memorize how other people are playing is extremely inefficient.
One of the features that I love about my method is that it’s great for modern songs. You can easily learn a variety of songs across many genre with my course. One of the most shocking thing about it is that it may only take you a few days to get to that point! I’ve had great feedback on this (and many other) aspects of my course, and that’s a fact that I’m very proud of.
Piano Lessons for Beginners – Why Now?
As I wrap this post up, I just want to address one thing I often hear from adult learners. They say things like this:
“Jacques, I’ve spent the better part of my life not being able to play piano the way I want. But now that I see what’s possible, I still find myself questioning whether this time trying to learn how to play will be any different than the last. I’m not getting any younger, and I have to ask myself, why now?”
Reading comments like that motivates me even more to share my methods with the world – because all it takes to start is a mindset shift. Instead of asking “why now”, what I want for that commenter and for you to instead ask yourself “why not”?
If you’ve been dreaming for years of being able to sit down at a piano and launch effortlessly into your favorite song, why don’t you do something to make that happen?
The more of life I see, the more I sense how fleeting time is and how important it is to work toward one’s goals, now. Think about it: there’s plenty of regret when we miss an opportunity, but we almost never regret the effort we put into something worthwhile. And that’s true whether you’re 18 or 80.
Time to Get Started!
So now it’s up to you. Why don’t you take one simple step forward on your musical journey – today? Sign up for my free 5-day workbook to get started with my simple, easy-to-use method that can get you playing your favorite songs fast. And don’t worry, I’m a real person and I’m happy to help if you ever have any questions.
Best of luck as you begin!
The Piano In 21 Days – Piano 101 workbook is available for free!