The #1 Mistake Beginners Make When Learning Piano
And A Simple Way To Avoid It

In this post I’m here to tell you about a classic blunder that affects far too many new piano students. In fact, this is probably the number one mistake beginners make when learning the piano.

By the time you’re done reading this post, you may have figured out that you are making this same mistake yourself! But don’t worry, I’m also going to tell you a simple way to avoid this problem – so that you can get playing the piano with ease.

It’s Not As Hard As You Think

There are really only 12 keys you need to learn – total. That’s right, even if your instrument has the full 88 keys, you only need to memorize twelve. Why? Because each section of your keyboard or piano is just a series of the same 12 keys. They just repeat over and over across the length of your instrument.

It’s not too hard to master the names and placements of just those 12 keys. And if you do, you’ll be well on your way to playing much more fluidly than typical piano beginners.

Dave’s Story (A Cautionary Tale)

Dave was excited about learning to play the piano. He raced through his first lessons and exercises with great enthusiasm. He even told his friends that he was going to learn to play carols for his family during the holidays! But for all Dave’s excitement, he didn’t give attention to learning the notes that he so eagerly wanted to play.

Next thing he knew, a few weeks had gone by – but Dave was no longer thrilled about getting to his lessons. He had hit a wall. Every time he would try to make progress and learn a new song, he caught himself hesitating. It felt like it was taking way too much time to find and play different chords.

What Went Wrong?

It turned out that Dave didn’t really know the names of the keys on his piano. He figured that since he already knew where middle C was, he could just do a quick review and find the notes when he needed them.

The reality was that Dave wasn’t able to easily form any of the chords for songs he wanted to play. Thats because he had skipped the important step of memorizing each key on its own. Once Dave realized this, he took the time to go back and get it right. And that made all the difference!

Now Dave is finding his lessons fun again. Not only that, he is able to understand and play chords for all sorts of songs that will give enjoyment to his family year-round!

The Moral of the Story

You’re smart – you already know the moral of this story. 🙂 Playing piano without knowing the keys is a recipe for frustration. But putting in a little extra effort at the beginning will pay off in spades.

Just like when you learned the names of the days of the week as a child, you need to start practicing names of the keys. Of course, you can do this in front of your keyboard. But as I explain in my resources, there’s also a very simple technique that allows you work on memorizing keys anywhere. And when I say anywhere, I mean even if you’re on line at the grocery store! Just don’t do this exercise while driving.

The Goal Is Mastery

So as I’ve been saying, knowing the keys on your piano or keyboard is extremely important – if you want to learn to play the piano and actually enjoy it. Maybe you’ve taken lessons before and they didn’t stick. Or maybe you’re a complete beginner! Either way, my advice to you is the same:

Take the time to get to know every single one of those all-important twelve keys. Learn where they are and their location in relation to each other. The goal is to master the keys just like you’ve already mastered days of the week and months of the year!

Time to Get to Work

It’s up to you now – are you ready to nail this part of your piano learning? Start practicing and soon you’ll be on your way to playing favorite songs on your own. And don’t forget, my free 5-day workbook is right here waiting for you.

Best of luck, and enjoy the ride!


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