Myths That Often Hold New Piano Players Back

Myths That Often Hold New Piano Players Back

When new piano players first start, they approach piano with enthusiasm and excitement. They’re ready to learn, and can’t wait to play their favorite songs. 

Many find playing the piano more challenging than they’d imagined. That’s when it’s easy to say goodbye. 

Before you stop practicing and let go of your dreams of playing the piano, find a way to move past the challenging myths plaguing so many new piano players. 

Myth #1 – Reading music is a must

There are many ways to learn to play the piano. You don’t have to invest in workbooks, learn to read music, and focus on theory. While some teachers may think it’s mandatory to increase your skills, there are just as many teachers who provide other training methods. 

If you’re discouraged by a teacher, look around for other training methods. There are many who will teach by listening, and help you understand playing by ear. 

Myth #2 – Start by learning simple songs

How long have you been playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Mary Had a Little Lamb? They’re easy to pick out and play on the piano; that’s where many new piano players start. 

But if you dream of playing your favorite country or rock songs, move towards that sooner rather than later. Music is a series of chords – you may have learned that if you play the guitar. Piano works the same way, with 24 chords to create music. Yet very few songs cover all 24 chords – learn just a few, and you’re set to go. Hear the way they come together, and you’ll quickly hear it in your favorite songs. It makes playing any music that much easier. Just pick up the chords within the piece. 

Myth #3 – Practice is all hard work 

The sole reason you started piano in the first place was to have fun. Yes, learning anything involves practice and commitment. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while doing it. That’s why you wanted to play the piano in the beginning. 

Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice does. And to accomplish that means repeating specific patterns – practice scales, work on something new, then enjoy what you do. Should you give yourself a challenge? Of course! That’s how you grow. But you should have fun in the process; that’s what keeps you motivated. 

If you’re having trouble staying on track, and are thinking of quitting, do something else instead. Hire a new teacher. Find a new approach. There are many ways to fall in love again, and get really good at playing the piano.