If you stop reading right here, that
piece of information is crucial. Students
that consistently practice throughout the
week outperform those who play “catch
up” on the weekend. A little bit goes a
Why is this consistent practice important? Well, our brains and fingers need to
be activated several times a week to really
grasp a new concept at the piano.
Besides consistent practice, I’ve found
it equally important for students to create
a piano practice routine for themselves.
This is imperative for the beginner, but
important for students of all ability levels.
A good practice routine starts with
finding a time of day that you can practice with the least amount of distractions
on a consistent basis. Maybe this is first
thing in the morning, before lunch or
just before dinner. It’s best to avoid practice after eating, too early in the morning,
or too late at night.
The human mind and body crave
consistency. Creating a routine for your
piano practice creates a routine as well
as a motivation (read: guilt) if you miss
too much practice. You’ll feel good about
what you accomplished, and the brain
wants more of that good feeling!
Piano or Keyboard…
Does it Matter?
When it comes to learning the piano, you
can start on either a piano or an electronic keyboard. There are many benefits
of both. First, when I say “piano” I really
mean piano or electronic keyboard. You
can learn on either.
An acoustic piano is great because you
get the real piano sound and real piano
touch. However, they need to be tuned
every year (especially for new students
getting used to the sound of the instrument) and they take up a lot of room in
Don’t get me wrong, I have a six-foot
grand in my house and wouldn’t give it
up. However, I know for many students, a
six-foot piano may be out of their budget
or space requirements, so a smaller up-
right piano or keyboard is fine. The big
takeaway is . . . keep it tuned!
Electronic pianos (keyboards) are
great because you can use headphones,
they don’t require tuning, and they are
usually less money to purchase.
Personally, I like the Yamaha DGX
series. As of this writing, you can find a
full 88-note DGX-650 online for about
When considering purchasing a keyboard, I would recommend getting an
88-note digital piano that has weighted-action (sometimes called “
hammer-ac-tion”) over a smaller 61-key instrument.
“I Got The Piano, Now What?”
We’ve covered when to practice, where
you should practice and what you
should practice on. If all is going well,
you’re sitting in front of your new piano
or keyboard and might be wondering
Traditionally at this point, you’d find a
local piano teacher and drive to his or her
studio to take a lesson. The teacher would
tell you what to practice; you’d practice it
We all know the more
you practice, the better
you get. However, the
real key ingredient is