4 Tips to Learn Piano Effectively

Published on April 22, 2016 by Dominik  |   one comment
Learn piano with Skoove

Our students often ask us, “What’s the easiest and fastest way to learn piano?”. It’s with Skoove, of course ;-).  We’ve designed the app so that you can learn piano at your own pace, get real-time feedback, learn the proper techniques for playing piano, and dive into a deep catalog of songs inside fun online piano lessons. It’s very easy to get started!

While there’s no substitute for practicing – sorry folks! – here are some effective tips to help you along your piano learning journey. I’m sure it will be a very exciting one!

  1. Be patient with yourself while practicing. It takes time for you brain and muscles to connect. Did you know that sleeping between practices helps you make faster progress? Take a nap!
  1. Practice slowly to avoid mistakes. Your brain will remember mistakes faster when you have an emotional outburst (“Arghhh, no”). Rather practice slowly and feed your brain the correct information, then give it a positive affirmation like “Yeahhh, I’m a piano genius!”
  1. Make a schedule to practice piano each week, like 15 minutes every second day (I bet it will turn out to be at least 30 at least once you start playing!). By setting easy goals, you can avoid associating practicing piano with “pressure” or discomfort. And your to-do list at work, uni/college, or school is long enough already. Playing piano should be the fun part of your week!And now you can add your piano practicing goals to Google Calendar, which automatically finds the time to schedule your goals.
  1. Be comfortable playing the piano piece before you move on to the next challenge. Learn to play the piece in time. Also try to play the piece by heart; that’s the best indication that you’re more than ready for the next song. Plus you’ll impress your listeners by not needing any musical score in front of you and hear them say, “Wow, he really IS a piano genius”.

Learning to play the piano is a lot of fun and a very rewarding experience. Why not start today with our online piano lessons?

Happy playing,

Dominik

About the author

Dominik Schirmer is a German-born Jazz Pianist, former Lecturer at the renowned Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Composer, Singer-Songwriter, Musical Director, and the Director of Instrumental Teaching at Skoove.

He studied Jazz Piano and Popular Music at the ARTEZ Conservatoire Enschede in the Netherlands (1997-2001), and Film Composition, Arrangement, Songwriting and Music Production at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA, 2001-2004). In 2004, Dominik won the Greenberg Award for “Expertise in Jazz”.

Dominik released three albums on his label "Treewalk Records" with his own songs, which were partly supervised by Sir Paul McCartney.

From 2008 to 2013, Dominik was a Fellow-Lecturer at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, teaching Jazz Piano, Composition for Film & Media, Arrangement, and Music Theory.